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Mazda 3 and Mazda 6: 2.3 l engine failure and clogged catalytic converter : An unusually high number of catastrophic failures of 2.3 l engines has been reported to the APA. Abnormal oil consumption typically precedes these failures. Frequently, an obstruction of the catalytic converter occurs simultaneously. If your vehicle has been plagued with either one of these problems, do not hesitate to fill our complaint form. [Full Report]

Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6
Electric power steering: an unusual sound could signal the failure of a joint in the steering column or the need to replace the steering rack. An intermittent loss of steering assistance is possible. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Honda Accord 2003-2004 with 4 cylinder engine
Engine oil consumption have been reported. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Honda Civic 2006-2009
Coolant leaks and/or overheating because of engine blocks cracking have been reported. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Honda Civic 2006-2009
Air conditionning condenser and/or engine radiator in the front of the vehicle might get dammaged by road debris. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Honda Fit 2007-2009
Air conditionning condenser and/or engine radiator in the front of the vehicle might get dammaged by road debris. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Hyundai Santa Fe (odometer / speedometer)
Reports of innacurate odometer and/or speedometer. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Kia Rondo (odometer / speedometer)
Reports of innacurate odometer and/or speedometer. Please complete the complaint form  if you have had this problem.

Mazda 3
A noise heard when idling (after 100,000 km) could be caused by a worn valve in the air intake ($900). Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Mazda 3 2004-2006
The APA has determined that many 2004 and 2005 Mazda 3s have corrosion problems, notably on the rear fenders where they meet the bumper cover, the trunk, hatchback and welds where the outer door skins attach to the inner door. Dealers are repairing this problem under the perforation warranty that has been extended to 6 years for original owners.

Mini Cooper
Check the operation of the continuously variable transmission (CVT) to discover any signs of defects. An original replacement CVT from BMW costs $3500 (plus labour to fit it). Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Nissan 2.5L four (Altima and Sentra)
Catalytic converter: recalls for 2002-2003 3.5L models. 1) An exhaust hanger could pick up debris from under the car, which could catch fire because of heat from the catalytic converter; adjust. 2) Risk of the catalytic converter becoming overheated, causing converter substrate to enter the combustion chambers causing bore wear, excess oil consumption and engine failure. If Nissan is unwilling to pay for engine repairs, send them a claim letter by registered mail before authorizing any repairs. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix 2002-05
Differential bearing and manual transmission failures beginning from 100,000 km. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem.

Volkswagen with 1.8L Turbo engine
Reports of premature engine timing belts failures. Please complete the complaint form if you have had this problem. 

Volkswagen models (odometer / speedometer)
Reports of odometer and/or speedometer .  Please complete the complaint form if you have this problem.