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Took my cx3 to a local shop had the coolant refilled with die, sure enough leaking condenser. My car has 50k miles now so warranty won't cover the crappy condenser mazda put in. Dealer want some $450 just for the new condenser. I found aftermarket condenser for $120, going to have my buddy help me put it in. Anyone have any experience with aftermarket condensers ?

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I honestly think the placement and lack of guard for the condenser is the real problem. The car being so low to the ground the bottom lip sucks in all the rocks straight into the condenser and destroys it, especially on highways.

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I honestly think the placement and lack of guard for the condenser is the real problem. The car being so low to the ground the bottom lip sucks in all the rocks straight into the condenser and destroys it, especially on highways.
Is there any way to install some sort of guard over the condenser? Living in Florida, we used to zip-tie a heavy duty nylon window screen in front of the radiator to keep out the bugs.

EDIT: Needless-to-say, the bumper would first have to come off :-)

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I honestly think the placement and lack of guard for the condenser is the real problem. The car being so low to the ground the bottom lip sucks in all the rocks straight into the condenser and destroys it, especially on highways.
Is there any way to install some sort of guard over the condenser? Living in Florida, we used to zip-tie a heavy duty nylon window screen in front of the radiator to keep out the bugs.

EDIT: Needless-to-say, the bumper would first have to come off :-)



I bought some aluminum grill mesh that I'm going to install in that lower part where condenser is most exposed. That should reduce a lot of the damage it takes from rocks.
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I bought some aluminum grill mesh that I'm going to install in that lower part where condenser is most exposed. That should reduce a lot of the damage it takes from rocks.
Sounds like a good idea ... pictures please :-)

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I bought some aluminum grill mesh that I'm going to install in that lower part where condenser is most exposed. That should reduce a lot of the damage it takes from rocks.
Sounds like a good idea ... pictures please :-)

Once I install it I will post it for sure
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Interesting thread here. I never thought of the condenser location as a possible issue. For many years, I owned a 1987 Toyota MR2, and the A/C condenser was likewise mounted very low and open to the road with a large front spoiler directing air (and everything else) thru it. Never had an issue with it or the A/C until the gave the car to my son (who is restoring it) a couple of years ago.

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2017 CX3. Yesterday was the first hot day of 2019 in New England. I don't use AC, as I'm always cold, but my wife was with me, and wanted it on. Nothing but hot air. I drive a lot, so I'm way over warranty miles. Went to my guy, and he said it was probably the condenser, as he had another CX3 in last Friday with the same issue. I'm pissed off. All in all, it's going to cost me a thousand bucks for repair on a 2.5 year old car. My love for this vehicle has dipped way below the safe range.
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I believe this is the subject of a universal recall and that you should be able to have it done free. I may be wrong, but from everything that I have read about the faulty AC issue, this should be the case.

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