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Last Saturday we picked our new CX-3. So happy with the car! It is really fun to drive, full of options and I love the looks!

However, there is 1 thing that I noticed driving it last few days. I have the feeling I can ‘feel’ the power steering working. For example when waiting for a traffic light and then turning my steering wheel a bit and keep it there I feel a very very small kind of vibration in the steering wheel (more like a buzz or something). Didn’t notice that during test drives or in my previous car. I must admit I’m a real freak with this kind of feelings and sounds, but I am wondering if this is normal or if maybe something is wrong with the car?

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I did not ;)

But I thought I felt something while driving and then checked by turning the steering wheel slightly when standing still. So that is the easiest way for you guys to check.. 0:)
 

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The steering is electrically assisted. You can probably feel the assisting motor under load as you apply some force to the steering wheel. It works with a strain gauge in the column that tells the motor how much assistance you are asking for. Its a clever system that unlike a hydraulic system, takes no power while there is no input from the driver - in a straight line, a hydraulic system is still pumping fluid round the rack.

One consideration you should be aware of, the Istop will not work and shut down the engine at idle if there is even the slightest force applied to the steering wheel so it is best to let go or completely relax your grip of the wheel when stationary. The wheel also needs to be in the region of about 15 degrees from the straight ahead position for Istop to work.

Regarding the system, you can read more here;
 

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Thanks!

What I thought. However, still wondering if other people have the same experience.

I almost never use Istop for normal traffic lights. Only when waiting longer for a train/open bridge/etc.
 

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Looking at those pdf files anchorman included on his post reminds me of two things :-

1) I've not tried adjusting the steering rake - it just seemed to fall into place naturally. When I think about it, can't remember adjusting on my previous 4 cars at least :)

2) If I decide to keep my car after the 3yr warranty runs out, I'd better sort out a Mazda extended warranty or warranty with someone else - these kind of complicated systems could be so damn expensive to fix if something goes wrong ! I'm failing in trying to get my head around some text in the steering system pdf which says "serviceability improved by the automatic configuration function and the steering wheel angle neutral position auto-learning function"
 

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Looking at those pdf files anchorman included on his post reminds me of two things :-

1) I've not tried adjusting the steering rake - it just seemed to fall into place naturally. When I think about it, can't remember adjusting on my previous 4 cars at least :)

2) If I decide to keep my car after the 3yr warranty runs out, I'd better sort out a Mazda extended warranty or warranty with someone else - these kind of complicated systems could be so damn expensive to fix if something goes wrong ! I'm failing in trying to get my head around some text in the steering system pdf which says "serviceability improved by the automatic configuration function and the steering wheel angle neutral position auto-learning function"
Ah, that's code! It means they can quote that just before they hand you the invoice for a service. It basically translates to " your screwed".
 

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2) If I decide to keep my car after the 3yr warranty runs out, I'd better sort out a Mazda extended warranty or warranty with someone else - ..."
Hopefully getting a Mazda extended warranty is different in the UK than what it is in Australia. Over here you can only get one extra year and you have to do it at the time of car purchase.
 

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Hopefully getting a Mazda extended warranty is different in the UK than what it is in Australia. Over here you can only get one extra year and you have to do it at the time of car purchase.
The Mazda UK site does have a section with details about an extended warranty administered via a third party Mondial Assistance (UK) Ltd :-

"Optional Extended Warranty

If your Manufacturer’s warranty or approved used warranty is coming to an end and you want to extend the cover, Optional Extended Warranty is available to help protect you against the unexpected cost or replacement and repair should something go wrong with your car.

With three levels of cover; Essential, Elite and Complete you have the choice to tailor your cover to your needs."

There are other companies in the UK offering warranties, but one would hope the one they offer and administered for them via a third party would be better if any awkward problems should arise. I've currently got almost 3 years to make a decision :)
 

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I can't say I've noticed any steering wheel vibrations. The only vibrations I feel is in the brake pedal, especially when the car is at a high rpm.
Then it is me I guess. My girlfriend also don't feel anything strange or so.

Hope to get another CX3 from the dealer this Friday when my car is over for service. Really curious if the feel of steering is the same as in our CX3.
 
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