The 3 Most Common MAZDA3 Problems

We've pulled together a list of the problems MAZDA3 owners.

  1. 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…

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  2. Mazda Clutch Failure and Warranty Problems

    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 tri…

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  3. Dangerous Glare Off Mazda's Melting Dashboards

    The materials used in certain Mazda dashboards can't stand the heat of the sun, which is unfortunate when you consider that they sit under it all day long. Perhaps feeling the heat from a class-action lawsuit, Mazda extended the warranty co…

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What MAZDA3 Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

MAZDA3 Generations

The MAZDA3 has 4 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 2nd generation (2009–2013).

  1. 4th Generation MAZDA3

    Years
    2019–2020
    Reliability
    12th of 36
    PainRank
    0.97
    Complaints
    4
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  2. 3rd Generation MAZDA3

    Years
    2014–2018
    Reliability
    32nd of 36
    PainRank
    9.88
    Complaints
    113
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  3. 2nd Generation MAZDA3

    Years
    2009–2013
    Reliability
    35th of 36
    PainRank
    18.92
    Complaints
    291
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  4. 1st Generation MAZDA3

    Years
    2004–2008
    Reliability
    33rd of 36
    PainRank
    9.97
    Complaints
    121
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MAZDA3 Key Numbers

  1. 530 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 1,067 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 22 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent Relevant Lawsuits

The MAZDA3 has been named as a class vehicle in the following lawsuits.

Recent MAZDA3 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. 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. 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.

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  2. Mazda's 2016 "Grand Touring" package is a ~$1500 technology upgrade

    that was advertised as having auto dimming mirrors, rain sensing wipers, and an integrated navigation system with "live traffic" alerts to help drivers find alternative routes around congested roads.…

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  3. Mazda says a strength defect in the seat adjuster lifter links of 174,000 vehicles could suddenly put drivers in an awkward position.

    Owners have reported hearing a rattle beneath their seats right before finding themselves lounging back or leaning so close to the steering wheel that even their Grandmother would be embarrassed.…

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  4. You don't often hear of an automaker making two separate recalls for gas tank fires in the same day, but Mazda is here to show you anything is possible.

    The automaker says some 2014-2016 Mazda3 cars have gas tanks that were damaged during manufacturing. The inlet check valve can fail over time, allowing gas to pour out onto hot surfaces. That's a recipe for disaster.…

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  5. Heads up, Mazda owners! The automaker just announced a recall of 2.2 million vehicles with rear hatches that can come crashing down.

    Mazda says the vehicles don't have enough of a corrosion protective coating on the ends of the external cylinders of the rear hatch gas lift supports. Without enough corrosion protection, the dampers can be affected by water containing road salt and cause the dampers to break.

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