Trending Problems

A few problems that keep popping up. There's plenty more where that came from.

  1. CX-5 Daytime Running Light Failure

    The LED daytime running lights in the 2016 CX-5 are known to flicker and fail. Mazda admitted that the sealing gaskets attached to the light's wiring connectors release sulfur, corroding the circuit.

    Continue
  2. Valve Stem Corrosion and TPMS Warnings

    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 cl…

    Continue
  3. Variable Valve Timing and Stretched Timing Chains

    Mazda’s L-series engines are earning a reputation for variable valve 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 i…

    Continue

All Problems

What Owners Complain About the Most

Sorting out which topics, problems, and model years have the most overall complaints from owners on CarComplaints.com.

The Least Reliable Mazda Models

Some models just can't seem to get out of their own way. We've created a list of the least reliable GMC models using data such as complaint volume, average cost of repairs, age of the car when it breaks down, and recall frequency.

All Models

  1. Mazda CX-5

    Reliability
    19th of 19
    PainRank
    25.76
    Complaints
    366
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a
  2. Mazda MAZDA3

    Reliability
    18th of 19
    PainRank
    20.12
    Complaints
    530
    Continue
  3. Mazda CX-7

    Reliability
    17th of 19
    PainRank
    19.48
    Complaints
    144
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a
  4. Mazda MAZDA6

    Reliability
    16th of 19
    PainRank
    10.48
    Complaints
    267
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a

Key Numbers

  1. 22 models

    Each with their own trim levels, bodystyles, and special blend of headaches.

  2. 41 generations

    A group of years for a specific model with the same design, features, and problems.

  3. 30 model years

    Grouping all models by their year can reveal some baddies.

  4. 2,097 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  5. 5,214 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  6. 157 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Worst Generations

A generation is a group of model years where little, if any, changes were made. They tend to have the same problems and some generations have horrible reputations for reliability. Here's a handful you should avoid.

See All Generations

  1. 1st Generation CX-5

    Years
    2013–2016
    Reliability
    36th of 36
    PainRank
    24.84
    Complaints
    321
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a CX-5
  2. 2nd Generation MAZDA3

    Years
    2009–2013
    Reliability
    35th of 36
    PainRank
    18.92
    Complaints
    291
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a MAZDA3
  3. 1st Generation CX-7

    Years
    2007–2012
    Reliability
    34th of 36
    PainRank
    11.43
    Complaints
    144
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a CX-7
  4. 1st Generation MAZDA3

    Years
    2004–2008
    Reliability
    33rd of 36
    PainRank
    9.97
    Complaints
    121
    Continue Front 3/4 view of a MAZDA3

Recent Mazda News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. There’s enough corrosion forming on the subframes of the 2009-2010 Mazda6 to separate lower control arms and cause steering rack mounting bolts to fail.

    The best case scenario is your alignment feels off and the steering pulls harshly to one side. Given enough time, you’ll loose all steering ability entirely.…

    keep reading

See More News

Have a complaint about your vehicle?

The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.

Add a complaint