What's Wrong with the Mazda MAZDA3?

MAZDA3 owners have made 463 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the interior (18%), followed by the clutch (18%) and the transmission (10%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the MAZDA3.

Comparing MAZDA3 Generations

You should avoid the 2nd generation (2009–2013) MAZDA3 because of its overall PainRank™ of 17.15. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
3rd Gen MAZDA3 2014–2018
75 6.81
2nd Gen MAZDA3 2009–2013
273 17.15
1st Gen MAZDA3 2004–2008
115 9.66

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    The Worst MAZDA3 Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2005 (21), 2006 (18), 2015 (15), 2009 (15), 2007 (14), 2016 (8), 2017 (1), and 2018 (0).