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There's a lot that can go wrong in a Mazda

We collect information from owners and combine it with data from NHTSA to give you a clearer picture of what breaks the most and in which vehicles. We even have recommendatiosn on vehicle generations to avoid. Oh, and there’s the occasional bright spot too. Emphasis on the occasional.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)

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Corroded Mazda valve stem

TPMS Warnings And Valve Stem Corrosion

Mazda owners are experiencing warning lights, valve stem corrosions, and sudden tire blowouts that can all be traced to issues with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Law firms are currently gathering information about potential class-action lawsuits.

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Clutch Problems and Warranty Headaches

Mazda has been known to dodge warranty claims on their allegedly defective clutch systems. So much for that ‘bumper-to-bumper’ guarantee. A lawsuit has been filed by owners tired of replacing their clutch early and often and while Mazda tried to get it dism...

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Stretched Timing Chains and Variable Valve Timing

Mazda’s L-series engines are earning a reputation for variable vale timing (VVT) defects that can cause oil leaks, excessive smoke out of the tailpipe, loose timing chains, and catastrophic engine failure. Mazda acknowledged the problems in a “special service program” but, ...

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CX-9 brake pedal replaced with a sponge

CX-9 Brake Booster Failure

CX-9 owners are worried about increased stopping distances with brake pedals that feel spongy (and unsafe) or really hard to push (and unsafe). I bet you’re sensing a theme here. NHTSA was looking at the issue but closed their investigation after Mazda extended their warran...

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The Most Recalled Models

Mazda generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Mazda News

Too Much “Weld Spatter” is Disabling Steering and Airbag Functions in the 3rd-Generation Mazda6

An excess of “weld spatter” on the front seats of some 2015-16 Mazda6 vehicles is rubbing up against and disabling important electrical components, like the Occupant Classification System (OCS).

The spatter recall comes after years of trying to pass off the problem as no big deal.

  • December 2015 – Mazda engineers investigated reports of all the dash lights coming on at one. They confirmed that the insulation on the OCS was damaged due to weld spatter. Mazda altered production by adding protected pads to the seat frames.
  • February 2016 – Mazda skipped a recall after claiming there was a low chance for “disasters” and that a driver could still control the car even if problems occurred.
  • November 2016 – Mazda received 13 field reports about the harness problem, but the automaker said the incident rate was too low to do anything.
  • September 2017 – Mazda issues a recall for the problem after meeting with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The recall is expected to begin on 09/27/17 and additional details are available on CarComplaints.com

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Mazda Has a More Permanent Takata Fix for 80,000 Vehicles

Back in January, Mazda issued a confusing Takata recall that is finally coming to its conclusion. At the heart of the confusion was Mazda’s “temporary fix” to a dangerous problem without any real indication how long a more permanent fix would take.

Thankfully, that fix is here.

There’s still come confusion though surrounding recall “zones”, but don’t worry – CarComplaints.com has the full break-down.

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Parking Brake in Mazda3 and Mazda 6 Might Bind When Trying to Drive, Disengage When Trying to Park

Have you ever tried to drive your car with the parking brake still applied? It doesn’t take long to realize something is wrong. That’s something 228,000 Mazda3 and Mazda6 owners might soon experience thanks to corrosion. From CarComplaints.com:

The 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 cars have brake calipers where water can enter and cause the parking brake actuator shafts to corrode and bind. This can cause the parking brakes to not engage or completely disengage.

So the brakes can stick AND disengage randomly?

So not only does the brake bind up when you’re trying to drive, it could also disengage after parking on a hill.

Mazda engineers found a design flaw in the protective boot of the rear caliper. Bad seals allow water to enter and start corroding the braking system. No wonder it needs to be recalled, which is expected to begin in August 2017.

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