What's Wrong with the MAZDA3?

There are 299 complaints over 14 MAZDA3 model years. These can be broken down into 2 generations.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
Gen 3 (2014—2016) 9.96 59 7 0 176
Gen 2 (2010—2013) 19.66 240 5 0 259

Recent MAZDA3 News

Mazda3 Recalled For Gas Tank Fires. Twice.

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.

Speaking of disasters, additional 2016 Mazda3’s are being recalled because they have deformed gas tanks that leak through recirculation pipe welds. All in all, it’s not a good day to be a Mazda3 gas tank … or a Mazda3 owner.

For specific build dates of the recalled vehicles, visit CarComplaints.com.

Mazda Hatches, Falling Down

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.

The scary part is those hatch supports can give out quickly. On the plus side, it turns something boring like taking the groceries out of the trunk into an “exciting” game of chance.