I’ve had a mixed relationship with this dealer. I bought a brand new 2016 in June 2018. It was priced well to sell. After purchasing it I noticed several dings that weren’t fixed and that the straps for the top were broken. This was a common issue for early ND Miatas. I was not expecting to buy one with the straps pre-broken. I tried to get this repaired but was unsuccessful. Service was not helpful getting my car back to me. I guess a lot of their customers don’t have a typical 9-5. However, the original sales staff that sold me the car came through and made it so I could pick my car up. This took a lot of effort to get replaced. After leaving my initial review of this massive effort, management came through, picked up my car a took care of everything. They even brought me a loaner during the time that they would order parts and fix these issues. I was super pleased and willing to give this dealer another shot. It seemed to worth the 2-hour round trip for a couple of staff member that really made the difference from other dealerships.
Fast forward to having weird noises from my transmission and two trips to this dealer it got approved to be replaced by both the techs and Mazda Corporate. I was given a timeline and loaner during this time period. During the time period, they found some damage to one of my under panels and quoted me $50 to replace it. If I didn’t I was told there would be some vibration and noise. I said go for it because it wasn’t that much. When picking up the car I was told that I didn’t have to pay for this panel as it was actually covered under warranty. Awesome!
Later I went back to the dealer and got another common issue fixed, the delaminating screen. While I was there, I got some interior pieces replaced that were damaged when the trans swap was done. It just seemed like someone pried on the wrong parts and broke/damaged the center console button plastics/surrounds.
A few weeks later on a Sunday, I go to inspect the car underneath to figure out some noises. Low and behold I find the panel that goes under the engine missing and the panel I was told should be replaced and told it was replaced for free was not in fact replaced. I tried following up this discovery with service. My service rep had to do some investigating and was told things I should have been told in the first place when the trans was being replaced. Things weren’t lining up and I didn’t know if the tech was trying to cover themselves about the panel missing or what. Back to that second panel, the one that was meant to be replaced for $50 and then covered under warranty, I was now being told it would cost $130 for the part. Instead, I got the part number and bought it from another dealer for less. Upon receiving replacement panels and going to install them on the weekend I discover more damage to the car when the transmission was replaced. I found damage to the thermal under shielding that goes above the trans to be damaged along with missing a nut to hold a part of it on. On top of that, there were some impacts to the trans tunnel itself with now missing undercoating. At this point I gave up with my service rep, as clearly the techs weren’t giving him all the info, it was unfair on him to be mad because of someone else’s work. I finally call to speak to the man in charge of the service department, I called several times because each time he was apparently busy and what I had to say was not that important. This took three attempts, the last one only working because I told the operator that there was a bunch of damage to the underside of my car from when the trans was replaced. He then tells me I have to bring him the car so he can check it out and determine what do next. This was understandable, but I wanted answers and these parts to be in stock for when I bring the car around.
Dropped the car off, point out all the damage. Told by Randy those things would be taken care off. Told it would be done by the 29th. Called March 29th and told that they bit off more than they can chew and it would be done Monday, April 1st. On that date, I was called and told the car was done. Picked it up. The warranty issue with the mirror was not replaced. The Brace I was quoted $50 to replace and was replaced by myself was installed. The bolts have not been replaced. The Bolt that was damaged appears to been replaced by one a random one. It’s probably going to rust itself in place.
At this point, I have been left with damage to the interior and underside from a warranty transmission install by the dealer. While I’ve already had a visit to fix the damage interior parts that were removed for the transmission swap. I have missing components and damage to the trans tunnel have not been resolved and were immediately apparent after having to replace missing under panels myself. Panels that I was told that were damaged and needed to be replaced during the transmission work were not replaced at all. If I wasn’t skilled or had the willpower to discover these things they wouldn’t be known for years. I question how many times this has happened to other owners without them knowing. I question the work done and won’t be returning to a dealer again. I doubt I will buy a new car again or utilize the dealer ever again. I had high hopes that the dealer was different from the horror stories people typically have, only to find out it’s just as bad if not worse.
I’ve tried be fair working with dealer. I’ve given top reviews to those who are clearly too good to be working at a dealership. But I can’t anymore. This is my first new car and my first dealership experience, especially one with Mazda. The car isn’t even a year old in my hands all I have is wasted days going back and forth, sleepless nights wondering if my car is about to fall apart. I won’t be going back, I don’t know if I will ever buy a car new again, much less one from a Mazda dealership.
Timeline of most recent events:
Around December 18th: Visits to the dealer to get the trans replaced
December 19th: Called and told the trans is approved
January: trans replaced
January 10th: told a panel was damaged and needed to replaced because of sound/vibration could be apparent. $50, approved it. (N243-56-A9X)
January 17th: told everything was done and ready for pick up
January 19th: picked up the car, told panel was actually replaced via warranty and didn’t need to pay $50. Super happy.
February 18th: Returned car to have top plastics of interior replaced because of damage during trans replacement. Also has screen repair (TSB some panels were not fully seated back).
February 24th: Discover engine panel missing and rear one not replaced. Was told the techs will be talked to and figure it out. Only now being told that the tech said a lot of under paneling was gone (removed). News to me. At this point, I want things replaced and a bolt check to be done on the install.
March 2nd: Told panel that was meant to be replaced is $130. Got the part number and bought it for $96 myself to save myself the time and aggravation.
March 16th: After buying new panels and installing them on the car I discover significant damage and missing components. Damage to the frame rail, trans tunnel and trans tunnel shielding (wasn’t there in photos during install). Damaged bolt from over torquing. Missing shielding nut (appears to be missing before in photos).
March 18th: around 9:15 am a call to the manager, left a voicemail. Called several times and only got through when I directly called out there was damage to my car by them. Talked to the man in charge of service and he said I have to bring it round so they can fix and repair.
March 23rd: Dropped the car off, point out all the damage when they finally got the car on the lift to Randy the service manager. Told by Randy those things would be taken care off including opportunities missed by the factory. Told it would be done by the 29th.
March 29th: Called and told that they bit off more than they can chew and it would be done Monday.
April 1st: Told the car was done. Picked it up. The warranty issue with the mirror was not replaced. The brace I was quoted $50 to replace originally and was replaced by myself from another was installed, they didn't need to fo that as I already had one at home. The bolts have not been replaced. The Bolt that was damaged appears to been replaced by one a random one. It’s probably going to rust itself in place.
April 5th: Finally talked to the service manager. Was more interested in arguing, flip-flopping on which panel was apparently missing. Not sure how that fixes not being told the needed information at the time or the damage. He says he will take care of the mirror because he dropped the ball on that. Still waiting on it. So pretty sure that's not showing up.