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Got my first Mazda today! Manual issues, please read.
After driving Toyotas and Hondas (most recently a 2000 Accord), I just got a manual
2004 Mazda Atenza 2.3L (Hatch) today. The car looks fantastic and is in good condition, however I couldn't help but notice that the manual settings, i.e. clutch and transmission, are quite different to the other manual cars I've driven:
- The friction point is far higher than any other car, almost at the top of the clutch. I've formed a habit of completely depressing the clutch when shifting, so this has resulted in slow and sometimes jerky shifts. I suppose this could be negated by a "shallow" press and thus fast shifts.
- When in neutral, the accelerator becomes non-sensitive, i.e. it does not pick up revs easily. I have to almost floor it to get to 3-4k revs in order to rev match. This has made down shifting rather tedious. However I guess I'll get used to it soon.
I actually really like this car, it's just different from anything else I've driven before. Are the things I've mentioned above normal? Do you guys have any tips for me to make my driving life a bit easier?
- I think this suggests that the clutch is dying? I've never driven a Mazda before so I don't know if the high friction point is normal. If it's dying, both the problems above will be resolved with a new clutch. My wallet will hate me though.
Thanks for all your help
Last edited by brownsound01; 11-11-2012 at 05:01 AM.