1st Generation (2004—2008) MAZDA3 Problems

This generations ranks 35th out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (22%), transmission (21%), and the lights (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Motor Blew 4 complaints at an average of 88,608 miles in the 2004 Mazda MAZDA3.
  2. Transmission Fluid Leak 2 complaints at an average of 30,447 miles in the 2004 Mazda MAZDA3.
  3. Engine Knock 1 complaints at an average of 26,500 miles in the 2008 Mazda MAZDA3.

What MAZDA3 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 26 3 114 14.08
2007 16 2 116 6.25
2006 18 1 101 5.33
2005 21 2 121 6.21
2004 37 2 165 16.71

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