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

What’s most likely to break in a Mazda? We’ve got the most common problems, which vehicles they affect, and how long until it happens to you. We even have recommendations on specific generations to avoid.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)


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Which Mazdas Have Recalled Takata Airbags

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 million+ vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in automotive history.

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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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The Most Recalled Models

Mazda generations that are better suited for the scrap yard

Recent Mazda News

Another Round of Takata Recall Expansions

Mazda, along with pretty much every other automaker, has announced another batch of recall expansions for Takata inflators.

The automaker is calling back 71,000 Mazda6, CX-7, CX-9, RX-8, and B-Series trucks. David Woods has the model year and zone breakdown on

Takata recalls are nothing new, in fact they’ve been going on for a long time. Yet, just when you think they’re about to go away for good another round of news hits that another person has died or an automaker tells owners that driving their cars is too risky.

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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

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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 – has the full break-down.

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