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Mazda 323 SP20 acceleration problem

Asked by Tolga

My partner owns a 2003 Mazda 323 SP20 that has always been serviced by Mazda. It still looks and feels great for its age, but I have a massive problem with it. The accelerator pedal is really sticky when you first start the engine and take off. So much so that I once thought the accelerator wasn't working, until I applied quite some force with my foot and it 'clicked' out of its sticky position and began accelerating. My partner has learned to live with the problem, but I don't think I can. Is this a known problem? And if so, do you suggest taking it back to Mazda or to a specialized mechanic?

Answered by CarsGuide

10 Jun 2016 Graham Smith

It's not a problem we have heard about, but I suggest it's related to the throttle position sensor. Take it to an independent mechanic experienced in Mazdas and they should be able to fix it. You're right not to put up with it.

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