2nd Generation (2009—2013) MAZDA3 Problems

MAZDA3 owners with a 2009—2013 model year have the most problems with the clutch (29%), interior (23%), and the transmission (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Clutch Failed 65 complaints at an average of 37,627 miles in the 2010 Mazda MAZDA3.
  2. Gears Grinding 4 complaints at an average of 20,188 miles in the 2012 Mazda MAZDA3.
  3. Gear Whine 2 complaints at an average of 55,646 miles in the 2012 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 2010 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2013 34 1 314 12.62
2012 31 1 279 26.92
2011 29 2 158 18.93
2010 168 3 166 31.67
2009 15 4 110 4.96

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