1st Gen (2004 – 2008) Mazda MAZDA3 Problems

The 1st generation of the MAZDA3 has a cumulative PainRank™ of 9.66. That can be compared against other Mazda generations. Shopping for a Mazda? You should probably steer clear of this generation.

Owners of the 2004–2008 MAZDA3 model years have sent in 115 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (22%) followed by the transmission (21%) and the lights (13%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2008 25
2007 14
2006 18
2005 21
2004 37

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