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2009 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (22%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 289 repairs.
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2009 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (18%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (51%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 94 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Arizona, United States
Feb 2009 - Oct 2013
Sep 2009

13000 mi
had a rattle from windshield cowl at speeds above 75 
Mar 2012

58000 mi
Right side engine mount leaked and had to be replaced under warranty. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Texas, United States
Mar 2009 - May 2013
Aug 2011

18600 mi
The damper arrived 4 business days later and was installed in a day. 
Aug 2012

25300 mi

US $315
Pulley tensioner was making sounds similar to a bad bearing - was replaced. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Virginia, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

24000 mi
Had to have a shock absorber replaced, but it was covered under warranty. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Utah, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2012
Feb 2012

61000 mi

US $55
Replaced the Idler pulley and belt. 
Jun 2012

67000 mi
Passenger Motor Mount and Transmission Motor Mount replaced 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in New York, United States
Nov 2010 - Feb 2013
Dec 2010

34000 mi
Check Engine Came On. Engine Stumbling Upon Acceleration. Determined to be bad 02 Sensor 02 Sensor Replaced. No further Issue. 
Jul 2011

47000 mi

US $80
Rusted Screws and Clips Securing Plastic Skid Plate under engine 
Oct 2011

51000 mi

US $500
replaced one rear shock leaking oil replaced opne leaking rear shock 
Jun 2012

63000 mi
Tire Pressure Sensor Failed in Driver Side Front Tire. Dealer diagnosed, replaced, and damaged my 18 inch stock alloy wheels during tire dismount and remount. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Texas, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2014
Jun 2011

15000 mi

US $47
Random misfire CEL, dealer insisted K&N SRI was culprit even though 22 months and 14k miles with it with no problem. Mazda authorized new spark plugs, would not do any further tests without stock intake. Replaced intake, cleared codes, light stayed off. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Apr 2009 - Oct 2012
May 2010

12000 mi

US $155
Broken left front upper strut bearing. 
Jan 2011

28000 mi
Gas cap broken. 
Feb 2011

34000 mi

US $95
30,000 mile service by dealer, minus all the stuff I take care of locally. LR windows switch broken. Cabin air filter replaced, brake pads measured. Intermittent exhaust smoke reported but unable to replicate. Turbo going bad. Update: never happened again. Check engine light diagnosed misfire. Dealer replaced all spark plugs as couldn't tell which one caused the misfire. 
Sep 2011

36000 mi
Factory fill of brake fluid replacement, new tires, and new OEM brake pads (rotors are good). Issues not seen by dealer check at 30K but discovered by owner at 36 after a more complete (and pessimistic) inspection. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

20000 mi
Replaced left rear shock - leaking. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2016
May 2011

22000 mi
CEL came on. P2187 - "lean at idle". Dealer fixed by replacing 02 sensor. Covered by warranty. 
Jul 2011

25000 mi
Fuel gas cap was leaking and causing a 'Gas Leak (Minor) and Gas Leak (Very Minor) Check Engine Light codes'. Dealer replaced gas cap, no more CEL. Air Conditioner Vent has been making noise as if something was stuck in it. Mechanics found a piece of paper stuck in the vent that was creating noise by fluttering in air movement created by the Air Conditioner. 
Feb 2015

81000 mi

US $600
EGR Valve reporting insufficient flow. Had to buy new valve and have the shop replace it and the gasket. 
Sep 2015

92000 mi

US $320
Passanger side motor mount snapped and was spraying hydralic fluid. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2016
Feb 2009

5000 mi
Gas cap stuck. 
Mar 2010

35000 mi

US $10
Refurbished No. 1 engine mount. http://www.msprotege.com/forum/showthread.php?s=37a0b43bcc686131c411eecc8de16098&t=123654918 
May 2011

66000 mi

US $50
P0401 EGR flow low. Clean EGR valve, EGR tube, throttle body and intake. Not paying staler $500 to replace EGR when $3 in solvents and paper towels will do. $50 spent on spark plugs and brake fluid to flush system. 
Oct 2012

99000 mi

US $30
Remove and clean driver side window switch. Evap leak. Diagnose to failed purge valve. Cleaned purge valve, put filter in line to check for charcoal from canister. So far no charcoal seen in filter. 
Dec 2012

103000 mi

US $11
Add grounding wire for windshield motor. 
Jun 2013

112000 mi

US $1000
Replace shock absorbers, bearings, bump stop Replace torn engine mount, passenger side. 
Oct 2013

116300 mi

US $3
Emissions. Purge valve stuck open. Attempted to clean out valve. 
Feb 2014

119700 mi

US $450
CV boot tear. CV joint suck in hub. replaced knuckle, hub, bearing, and shaft. $100 for used knuckle+hub. $100 for bearing, $120 for new shaft. $200 for lift time. 
Dec 2014

123000 mi

US $150
Trans leaking oil. replaced diff seal. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2009 - Dec 2016
Feb 2013

42000 mi

US $650
A rear strut blew up so I replaced all four as the other three were getting worn. $650 for a set of koni FSD struts, no labor included. 
Jul 2014

51000 mi

US $60
Strut steering bearings (front only) were binding. Possibly a result of a mis-installation. Removed and replaced with MOOG equivalents. 
Oct 2015

60700 mi

US $200
Rear brakes started dragging and wore down. replaced pads, rotors, and slide pin bushings 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in New York, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
May 2009

4000 mi
rattle driver side outside creaking. was repaired no more rattles great car 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2016
Feb 2009

540 mi
Intermittent fault on Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Traced to Radio Frequency Interference from Rain Sensor. Rain Sensor module replaced under warranty. Appears to have resolved issue. Vehicle in shop 2 days. 
Apr 2009

2000 mi
Gas Filler cap would not come off. This was discovered when car was low on gas (of course). I now know yellow light = ~40mi to go -ran out of fuel 0.3 miles after pickup. Fortunately this was at the entrance to a gas station, 15ft from pump -lucky eh! 
Nov 2011

28000 mi
Tire Pressure Monitor (TPMS) light comes on intermittently in cold weather. Pressures are fine on all tires inc spare. Told my radar detector was interfering. Removed and disconnected, still a problem; contacting dealer to reattempt fix. Loud 'click' from front driveshaft when pulling away or accelerating briskly. Dealer lubed driveshaft splines, they were dry. Prob fixed. Apparently there is a TSB for the issue. Loud 'chirping' from front suspension when driving over bumps. Not present when brakes applied lightly. Dealer lubed brake caliper slider pins. Prob fixed. 
Dec 2011

29000 mi
Previous unsuccessful repair to TPMS system reattempted. Dealer ordered a new 'TPMS module' (apparently combined with the rain sensor by the rear view mirror) and fitted. Seems to have worked. 
Jul 2012

35000 mi

US $700
Blown rear shock absorber leaking oil. Purchased full set of 4 aftermarket shocks (Koni FSD) and replaced rears. Will do fronts when time allows. 
Dec 2013

45000 mi

US $320
Replace worn Front Rotors & Pads. Performed by self. Parts were expensive: Pads ~190, rotors: 140 
Sep 2015

54000 mi
Reach adjustment of steering wheel was loose such that under heavy braking it was possible to move the wheel, despite it being locked. Removed steering column cover and tightened a locknut. 
Dec 2015

55000 mi

US $75
Clunking from rear of car. Replaced rear endlinks and swaybar bushings. Still clunking, not successful. 
Apr 2016

56000 mi

US $555
Starter motor failed. Possibly due to carwash. Car started upon exiting carwash, 30 minutes kater at home, did not. Had to be flatbedded to garage. 
Jun 2016

56000 mi

US $180
Stil has clunk from rear susp. Replaced rear strut mounts and bumpers. Still clunks. 
Oct 2016

57700 mi

US $550
clunk from ront suspension. replaced strut mounts and endlinks 
Dec 2016

59000 mi
Suspension still clunking. Attempted to replace front swaybar bushings, but garage could not source correct part. Shimmed bushes as an interim fix, improved matters. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Arkansas, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2012
Jun 2009

15000 mi
Gas cap stuck. Repaired/replaced under warranty. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
May 2016 - May 2016
May 2016

126000 mi

US $760
Check engine light was on. EGR valve was replaced. Gas tank cap not providing tight seal. Warming light on. 

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2009 Mazda Mazda3

Engine not specified

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Utah, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

11000 mi

US $35
There was a squeak coming from the rear suspension assembly, I just had to tighten an endlink.  

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Oct 2009 - Dec 2016
Sep 2010

17980 mi
Notice oil leaking into wheel wells. Leaking oil pan gsaket repaired. 
Dec 2012

34100 mi

C $155
Ambient temperature display was displaying outside temperature ~20-25 degrees too high. Ambient temperature sensor was replaced. 
Apr 2015

46480 mi

C $66
Check engine light came on due to possible loose gas cap. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2008 - May 2012
Mar 2009

1240 mi
inside panel (driver side) was changed because a small crack was noticeable 

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Saskatchewan, Canada
- Jan 2010
Jan 2010

12400 mi
Warranty repair to replace creaking front suspension 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Dec 2013 - Jul 2016
Dec 2013

50000 mi

US $400
Due to cold, engine wouldn't start. It was found that the engine flooded with gas. Dealer drained it and replaced spark plugs. 
Mar 2016

67000 mi

US $850
Pads needed to be replaced and rotors resurfaced high pressure steering hose leaking 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2009 - Mar 2016
Dec 2013

52080 mi

C $25
Drivers side low beam headlight bulb burned out. Was replaced with a new H7 bulb. 
Nov 2014

63860 mi

C $20
Passenger side low beam headlight bulb burned out. Replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Jun 2015 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

70700 mi

US $400
Sudden clutch failure, don't think it simply wore out but not sure. 
Jul 2016

76000 mi

US $1100
The transmission subsequently had a synchro problem and was replaced, so I think the problems are a combination of the previous driver abusing the vehicle and my 16 year-old learning to drive in it. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Feb 2009 - May 2013
Jan 2011

37000 mi
Clutch slave cylinder sprung a link. The slave cylinder was replaced. 
May 2013

82000 mi

US $110
Clutch slave cylinder sprung a leak (again) Broken engine mount; cracked transmission mount. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ukraine
Nov 2009 - Dec 2016
Apr 2013

21700 mi

$200
Rear shock absorbers leaking 
Mar 2014

27900 mi

$200
Rear shock absorber leaking. Replaced both. 
Nov 2014

32860 mi

$60
REAR STABILIZER LINK (right) Right Engine Mount 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Dec 2016
Mar 2015

60000 mi

US $110
replace battery 

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2008 - Dec 2016
Apr 2009

5000 mi
"Snapping" sound coming from center of dashboard along with poor radio reception. Dealer replaced audio headunit. 
Aug 2009

10000 mi
Fuel Cap Seized. The fuel cap could not be removed. Had JUST enough gas in the tank to get to the dealership. Gas Cap replaced under Warranty. 
Nov 2010

32000 mi
Once fog lights were activated with low beam headlamps, they would stay on regardless of fog light switch position or high beam operation. Replaced fog light relay under warrantee. 
Dec 2010

35000 mi
Seat belt wouldn't retract correctly...part ordered and installed. Rattle in cowl at base of windshield when driving over bumps. 
Aug 2012

56500 mi

US $520
Front rotors and pads replaced; 4 wheel alignment 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2014
Aug 2014

95000 mi

US $30
rear brake pads replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

11000 mi
Car and steering wheel started shaking only while braking,Front rotors warped,replaced under warrantee N/C by Mazda Dealer in CT. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Feb 2009 - Oct 2016
May 2009

1000 mi
Check engine light came on, I knew it was the gas cap screwed in incorrectly, but it didn't clear after 48 hours so had to bring it to dealership to clear computer code/error. 
Oct 2014

31700 mi
warped rotar 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2016
Oct 2013

70000 mi

US $210
Car stalled but dealer could not find anything wrong with it. They clean the throttle body and it hasn't happened again. 
Jan 2016

101300 mi
Clunking noise on rough pavement, shock replaced 
May 2016

104000 mi

US $2400
ABS control and master cylinder needed to be replace. Replace CV joint. $2400 total 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Jan 2009 - Sep 2016
Apr 2010

9700 mi
Faulty purge valve 
Jan 2012

23000 mi
Check engine light came on. The Evap pump needed replacing. Battery needed replacing 
Sep 2016

53000 mi

US $100
Replaced battery 

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

156-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Wisconsin, United States
Aug 2011 - Dec 2013
Jan 2013

63000 mi

US $100
Tire pressure sensor replacement. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Nov 2016
Aug 2013

33040 mi
Oil leaking 
Sep 2014

42160 mi
seatbelt secure device 
Apr 2015

46900 mi
The button to open the hatch got stuck 
Dec 2015

51460 mi

C $1129
During regular maintenance service, was told need to replace front brakes and rotor. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2013
Aug 2012

55500 mi

US $300
Leaky power steering system, replaced hose and gaskets 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2010 - Dec 2014
Jul 2011

28000 mi
transmission pan gasket was leaking, sealed, refilled under warranty 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Oct 2008 - Sep 2016
Jan 2011

31000 mi
Check engine and traction lights came on while driving on dry road. It had been very cold that morning (-14F) but was 25F when the lights came on. Dealer said code was P2128 (APP sensor) but couldn't replicate, likely caused by the cold. 
May 2011

35000 mi

US $28
Rattle in headliner over driver near moonroof. Dealer removed headliner and added foam where it was rubbing metal roof. Also had an oil change performed. 
Dec 2011

45000 mi
Same error code as in January 2011 - P2128. I checked the code myself and called the dealer; since the vehicle is out of warranty and I've driven more than 12,000 miles since the last code, they won't fix it under warranty. 
Jan 2013

59000 mi

US $350
Recurring CEL P2128, same problem previously taken in for - accelerator pedal position sensor. Had dealer replace pedal because they couldn't do only the sensor. 
Jul 2013

69500 mi

US $250
Broken rear shock. Both rear shocks replaced 
Nov 2015

113000 mi

US $425
Replaced left front wheel bearing Exhaust hanger bracket rusted and failed. Shop welded a replacement on. 
May 2016

125300 mi

US $200
Replaced AC clutch with aftermarket part as Mazda does not sell the clutch separate from the compressor 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

20000 mi
Faulty connection within the gas cap. It was malfunctioning, causing the "check engine light" to constantly appear. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Dec 2008 - Dec 2016
Jan 2010

8000 mi
Steering issue upon turning. Took car in, but problem was due to excessive ice buildup in front wheel-wells, affecting control arms. No repair needed (just a thaw in the shop). 
Jun 2010

12000 mi
Original fuel filler cap not sitting properly and triggered a CEL. Fuel filler cap replaced at no charge. 
Nov 2010

16000 mi
Gas pedal sensor failed, engine would not rev when accelerator was pressed. Since car could not be driven above idle, I had to have it towed the ten miles to the dealer for repairs. Same repair trip as above - Thermostat replaced because of faulty ECU readings. Problem was unrelated to the failed gas pedal sensor. I hate this car and am going to get rid of it at the earliest possible opportunity. 
Apr 2011

19000 mi
CEL light illuminated (AGAIN!!!). Code reported "major evap leak". Shop smoke-tested the system but couldn't find any leakages.  
May 2015

69000 mi

US $350
Broken sway bar linkage and broken rear spring on driver's side. Most likely due to hitting potholes repeatedly over the winter/spring months. 
Sep 2015

74000 mi

US $20
The hex nuts affixing TPMS units to the tires corroded, cracked and split, causing flat tire on interstate. Since no replacements available, I had shop remove the TPMS and put in a regular valve stem. 
Nov 2015

75000 mi

US $550
Replaced front passenger side ball joints (worn). 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Feb 2009 - Apr 2013
Apr 2009

2000 mi
Gas cap defective. Factory installed caps are defective causing the cap to break apart leaving part of the cap in the filler neck. Dealers have a revised fuel cap. 
Jun 2009

4000 mi

US $4225
Paint chipped on drivers door and drivers side quarter panel. Both areas repaired and entire car was wetsanded and recleared. 
Aug 2009

7000 mi

US $8
Rear wiper cover broken. Replace cover. 
Jul 2010

16000 mi
Power steering failure with temperatures above 80 degrees F. common. DTC C1099 was evident, showing electric power steering pump rotation was too slow. TSB determined the power steering pump had to be replaced with a revised unit. 
Oct 2011

27000 mi
Interior light in cargo area inoperable due to poor ground connection. Replaced ground connector. 
Dec 2011

30000 mi

US $253
Battery cables loose at starter. 
Oct 2012

45000 mi

US $35
Throttle body carboned up causing no start issue. Removed TB to manually clean and polish part. 
Nov 2012

46000 mi

US $120
Coolant coming out of overflow on degas bottle. Replaced thermostat and radiator cap; continued to come out of the overflow. Checked head gasket, which it was torn, blocking the coolant water jacket. Replaced head gasket. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

102000 mi

US $1000
Compressor seized Replaced struts 

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

156-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Jun 2009 - Oct 2010
Feb 2009

500 mi
Three tire inflation valves failed. An engine sensor also failed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2015 - Dec 2016
Apr 2015

138000 mi

US $48
Heard clicking noise. Mechanic found no problem with drivetrain. Cleared rust off wheels and test drove it and gave it a clean bill of health. 
Jun 2015

139000 mi

US $640
Had rear springs and sway bars installed. Left rear spring had snapped and both were repaired. 
Jul 2015

139700 mi

US $1300
Front breaks repaired. New pads and rotors.  Front axle boot repaired as well front axle itself. 
Nov 2015

142000 mi

US $1048
Power window switch was bad and was replaced. Wheel bearing and passenger side control arm replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2011 - Dec 2016
May 2015

126780 mi

C $850
Both front struts replaced. Rightside shock blew out. Decided to replace both struts. 
Jun 2015

127100 mi

C $450
Right rear shock blew out. Replaced both right rear and left rear shock. 
Sep 2015

130200 mi

C $800
New Pads and Rotors on all four wheels 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
May 2010 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

39000 mi

US $402
I was informed by the dealer that my steering wheel was shaking. I was told that I have had 3 bent rims and needed Rotor resurfacing. I take care of vehicles and drive responsibly. They did not "need" to replace the rims; only brakes done. I was told that I have bent 3 rims which would cost between 300 - 750 to fix in total, at the dealership. Another ASE Mechanic informed me this was not true. I did not replace/repair the wheels 

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2012 - Oct 2013
Dec 2012

84940 mi

C $1400
Broken engine mount and front breaks replaced. Oil change and all that went with it also done. 
Apr 2013

86760 mi

C $1250
struts leaking, replace along with regular maintanence 

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2008.5 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Colorado, United States
May 2009 - Sep 2009
Jun 2009

16000 mi
Engine presented loss of power, heavy vibration and loud clanking sound.  
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2014 - Apr 2015
Sep 2014

55800 mi

C $100
Check engine P2006. Updated ECU et cleared the code. Problem came back one day later. 
Dec 2014

57660 mi

C $150
Car refused to start because it couldn't recognize my keys. Replaced bad fuse. 
Apr 2015

60760 mi

C $400
Slave clutch cylinder broken. Replaced and lines bled. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Florida, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2016
Jul 2008

3000 mi
Bass drop-out at high volume. TSB issued for replacement/software upgrade. 
Jan 2010

14000 mi
Noticed the A/C wasn't cooling. Fuses and relays all intact. Compressor not turning as it should. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Virginia, United States
Oct 2008 - Oct 2009
Apr 2008

1248 mi
Radio Replaced under warranty BEFORE TSB was issued. 
Mar 2009

7000 mi
The gas cap broke and was replaced under warranty. A free rental car was provided. The repair took 4 hours. Great dealership! 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2012 - Dec 2016
Mar 2013

39060 mi

C $25
Fuel filler cap broke. Cut cap into pieces, removed, and installed new non-OEM part. 
May 2013

41540 mi

C $300
Rear sway bar bushings squeaking. Replaced and greased. 
Jul 2013

46340 mi

C $93
Blower speed drops after prolonged AC use during extreme heat; blower speed returns after cycling AC on and off. Diagnosis began, but problem was not determined and was not solved. 
May 2014

58280 mi

C $1100
Major oil leak in rear shocks. Rear rotors need replacement. Will replace at next service. 
Nov 2015

76840 mi

C $1200
All rear end bushings and such replaced. Solved squeaking and clunking issues. 
Apr 2016

82220 mi

C $60
Turbo to intercooler pipe slipped off intercooler causing very rich mixture, misfire, and blinking CEL. Very rich mixture fouled plugs. Replaced turbo pipe hose clamp and 4 spark plugs. Cleared CEL. Problem resolved. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in West Virginia, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

42000 mi

US $75
Pressure valve on tire was cracked. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2016
Aug 2009

13000 mi
Driver's side door trim beginning to peel. Replaced under warranty. 
Oct 2010

21000 mi
AC noisy. Blower motor replaced under warranty. 
Jul 2014

36000 mi

US $260
Driver's side rear door handle fell off. Replaced by dealer. 
Feb 2016

41000 mi

US $4500
Clear coat failure. Exterior repaint required. 
May 2016

41000 mi

US $350
Vinyl wrap around doors/windows replaced. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2014 - Sep 2016
Jun 2015

129000 mi

US $550
Front brake pads and rotors replaced at 125,000 miles, normal wear-first replacement was at about 60K. Back brakes still original after 135,000 miles 
Mar 2016

146000 mi

US $589
Shifter seal developed leak and was leaking gear oil. Most of repair cost consisted of labor 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Missouri, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

50000 mi
This car was in the shop repeatedly for a malfunctioning TPMS system. It had sensors replaced multiple times including the entire TPMS system. It also had repair work done on the turbo (documented problem in other turbos). Also recall fixed 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2008 - Aug 2010
Jul 2009

9000 mi
Gas cap broke. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2012 - Jun 2016
May 2012

23560 mi

C $600
rear shocks leaking replaced both 
May 2015

43580 mi

C $300
Replaced pads and rotors 
Jun 2015

44020 mi

C $800
Upgraded shocks and springs 
Jul 2015

44420 mi

C $300
Axle replaced 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Illinois, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2014
Apr 2010

14000 mi
Fuel cap got stuck and cracked when trying to remove. Dealer replaced under warranty for no charge. 
Dec 2010

27000 mi
Fuel system sensors replaced. I previously had to take the car to the shop for the same problem (check engine light) in which case they found nothing, concluded I didn't tighten the gas cap and charged me. 
Sep 2012

59000 mi

US $200
Excessive noise/rattles from rear suspension when going over bumps. Dealer inspected and recommended to replace rear sway bar links. This was done and noise improved, but not gone. Dealer recommended replace rear shocks after repair. 
May 2013

67000 mi

US $160
Both rear shocks were replaced. Passenger rear shock was stuck and did not have full range of travel. Excessive noise coming from rear suspension when going over bumps. Check engine light came on indicating EGR problem. Removed the EGR valve and noticed plunger was a bit stuck due to carbon build up. Cleaned EGR valve and put back on the car. 

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2008.5 Mazda Mazda3

Engine not specified

Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2012
Sep 2011

57000 mi

US $1100
Rear shock was leaking oil for the second time in 30,000 miles. First repair was at 27,000 miles and covered under warranty. Recent repair was out of warranty and paid out-of-pocket. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2016

111000 mi

US $6500
the head gasket blew and I had to replace the motor. It never overheated or showed any signs of a problem except for a slight ticking noise. CEL came on and I took it in. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Michigan, United States
Oct 2011 - Mar 2012
Nov 2011

96000 mi

US $80
Neutral Safety switch CEL, dealer said switch was bad and wanted $250 for replacement. I chose not to oblige.  Found the issue myself - true root cause was a severed ground wire @ the switch. Soldered together, solved CEL. DEALER = CROOK. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2011 - Jul 2012
Nov 2011

40000 mi

US $350
The manual gear stick broke in half while driving 
Apr 2012

45000 mi

US $500
all 4 struts on car bad and leaking 

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2008.5 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in South Carolina, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2016
Apr 2015

85300 mi
To date, not fixed. Currently quoted 1,200 for A/C compressor replacement. 
Jun 2015

88000 mi

US $1100
AC never fixed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Apr 2008 - Mar 2016
Jan 2009

5000 mi
Stereo Bass cutting out over level 34, like this since new.  
Mar 2012

28000 mi
2 bad motor mounts causing vibration at 2,250-2,500 rpm. 

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2008.5 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
May 2014 - Oct 2014
May 2014

71000 mi

US $250
Routine replacement of brake pads and rotors. Rotors had slight wobble in the steering wheel - break pads still had life left. Lots of corrosion on the rotors due to road salt. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2010 - Nov 2012
Mar 2011

35340 mi
Power Steering occasionally shut off. Mazda eventually initiated a recall while I was waiting for parts. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Tennessee, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

12000 mi
bass would cut out at certain speeds 
Mazda Mazda3 in New South Wales, Australia
Dec 2008 - Jan 2010
Jan 2009

620 mi
One issue at 1300km due to a rattly interior fitting, fixed at initial free 1000km/1 month service. 

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2008.5 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jan 2009 - Apr 2012
Jul 2009

5270 mi

C $150
8000 km service, MVI, hood deflector installed 
Nov 2009

7440 mi
Gas cap replaced 
May 2010

9920 mi
A stutter when shifting from 3 to 4 (auto) 
Aug 2011

17980 mi
Noise in right front, replaced strut, no leak. Also did wiper motor grounding recall at the same time 
Mar 2012

21700 mi

C $247
Replaced 2 MAZ C2Y6-28-46X rear trailing arm bushings. Rubber let go in bushing, to me I think it was a defect & should have been fixed through the MAP warrenty. Mazda said no. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2013 - Mar 2015
Aug 2014

50800 mi

C $250
Changed brake pad and rotar 
Dec 2014

55180 mi

C $100
Wire of automatic transmission rusted 
Mazda Mazda3 in Manitoba, Canada
Aug 2014 - Jan 2017
Aug 2014

61380 mi

C $150
A loose bushing. 
Dec 2014

75020 mi

C $563
One of the back tires made a clacking noise so we got a part replaced and a wheel alignment. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2010 - Jan 2014
Aug 2011

45260 mi
replaced the drivebelt tensioner 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2012 - Apr 2015
Dec 2012

102300 mi

C $300
Belt, tensioners, oil. Two shocks. 
Apr 2013

105360 mi

C $460
Above regular brake replacement the calipers needed to be changed. They are supposedly weak on the rear set. 
Jun 2013

107880 mi

C $1600
Replaced Transmission 
Aug 2014

119500 mi
Starter replaced and wires replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Mar 2008 - Apr 2013
Jun 2008

1000 mi
Simple volume/amplifier problem with the stereo above volume level 35. Known problem, had to order new audio unit. 
Jul 2008

1000 mi
Replaced stereo unit due to small amplifier defect affecting volume levels at lvl 35 and up. 

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2008.5 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

156-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Sep 2013
Jul 2011

40000 mi
Car would require jump start intermittently. Thought was related to previous recall - power steering. Took to dealer - found it was alternator. Replaced under Mazda Extended Care warranty. 
Sep 2011

40000 mi
Still having electrical issues - this trip replaced the wiring harness from PCM to Alternator. Previously replaced Alternator (twice) and PCM (Power Control Module). Mazda Regional/Corporate involved in this repair. 
Jul 2013

52000 mi
"Refix" of stalling, no start problem from before. Another power distribution/computer part. Covered by Ext. Warranty. Approx $2000.00 of repairs plus rental car coverage. "Should be fixed now" - we'll see. Broken motor mount Belt tensioner pulley. Front strut "weak" 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Feb 2009 - Aug 2009
Mar 2009

5000 mi
Has been in shop many times for transmission, stalling, burning brakes, many rattles and creaks, etc. In shop twice this month, but nothing done. Repairs so far have been unsuccessful. 
Apr 2009

6000 mi
Would not diagnose problems on vehicle - too many for Mazda to approve, voided warranty on those areas. 
Jun 2009

7000 mi
Bolt fell out of hatch...service manager took apart hatch and put it in. Bolt held spoiler on. 
Jul 2009

7000 mi
Parking brake assembly was replaced, button got stuck inside. I got a plastic pushpin thing replaced to hold this plastic trim piece on in the engine compartment that got lost somewhere a few months ago. 
Aug 2009

7000 mi
Sold car because dealer refused to fix intermittent stalling problem. 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
May 2008 - Mar 2012
Mar 2009

14260 mi
Wipers stopped working and had to replace PJB. 
Sep 2009

21700 mi
Airbag light came on. They checked it out, ordered parts. Installed previously ordered airbag part. 
Mar 2010

30380 mi
Replaced brake discs due to vibration under braking. 
Mar 2012

70060 mi

C $200
Driver window winder stopped working. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Jun 2008 - Dec 2016
Jul 2008

3000 mi
Radio issue, bass falling out around volume 34/35 Replaced radio unit. 
Mar 2011

30000 mi
fuel cap stuck and top separated from threaded part 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2015
Mar 2010

68000 mi

US $110
warped rotors 
Sep 2012

148000 mi

US $1100
tires were cupping. Had to replace struts and shocks. Did not include cost of tires in cost above. 
Sep 2013

172000 mi

US $300
AC compressor inoperable. Harness had failed. 
Feb 2014

179300 mi

US $225
Motor mount 
Mar 2014

181000 mi

US $275
Replaced high pressure hose 
Aug 2014

189000 mi

US $1300
Had to replace catalytic converter for car to pass smog. 
Feb 2015

198700 mi

US $140
AC Compressor Relay replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2008 - Jan 2017
Jun 2009

18000 mi
MIL illuminated; indicated by evaporative emissions sensor; gas cap was loose and it took 3 days for the MIL to clear after it was properly tightened. 
Sep 2009

21000 mi
Fill valve on Right-Rear wheel began leaking. Dealer determined cause was faulty TPMS sensor housing. Replaced entire TPMS sensor and fill valve assembly under factory warranty. 
Dec 2009

24000 mi
Noticed creaking sound coming from right front suspension when going slowly over speed bumps. Dealer Service Technician diagnosed as bad front sway bar bushings. Ordered parts. Front sway bar bushings replaced. Problem fixed, but returned after ~10 days. Note: unusually cold (15-20 below normal) temperatures of <10F could be a factor with this problem. 
May 2010

27000 mi
Creaking from right-front, confirmed/repaired in a previous repair trip as being caused by the sway bar bushings, has returned albeit infrequently and depending upon how quickly the driver drives over speed bumps/curbing, etc. 
Oct 2010

32000 mi
TPMS sensor warning - low tire pressure; checked and found Right-Rear low by ~10PSI. Dealer Service replaced faulty TPMS sensor and O-ring(s) under warranty. 
Nov 2010

32500 mi
TPMS sensor warning - low pressure; checked and found Right-Rear tire was low by ~10PSI AGAIN. Dealer Service replaced TPMS sensor and O-rings AGAIN. 
Jan 2011

34000 mi
TPMS sensor warning - low pressure; checked and found Right-Rear tire was low by ~10PSI YET AGAIN. Dealer Service replaced TPMS sensor and O-rings YET AGAIN. Repaired? Maybe 3rd time's a charm. 
Apr 2015

76000 mi

US $1300
Front-right strut had been leaking for ~1 year. Showed signs of degraded performance at 75,000mi maintenance interval. Replaced both front struts, bushings and bearings with OEM parts. 
Sep 2016

90000 mi

US $255
Rattle and slight shudder on right front when going over a bump while turning left. Diagnosis and testing confirmed bad front-right lower ball joint. 
Nov 2016

91500 mi

US $906
CEL illumination and occasional rough shifting (AT). Had to bring it back in while the issue was present. Ended up replacing the Transmission Control Module. The original TCM wasn't communicating with the main computer. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Colorado, United States
Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
Aug 2013

53000 mi

US $80
Every 20K miles the Mazda chews thru tires. Tires that are warranted to 60K. Finally after 3 alignments in 5 years, a mechanic tells me the front suspension probably came out of spec from the factory and cannot be fixed. Passenger side seatbelt connector rattles every time the temp drops below 40 degrees F. Connecting belt to it or stuffing things down between seat and connector doesn't help. DRIVES ME NUTS! When passenger side window reaches top there is a loud "snap". Other owners report similar issue. No repair. It happens randomly so not too worried about the issue. 3/29/11 Dealerships says clicking from front wheels under torque and clicking front passenger side seatbelt connector are "operating as designed." reported bass drop at 34/35 on radio. Original dealer delivered car when new even though this radio/changer was on recall. Just a quirk now. Not interested in repairing. Also, light on cig lighter fails at times. part not in stock. Rear end started making a rattle/jangle noise when hitting low speed ruts. Body on driver's side has dropped. Haven't yet found the issue. car is only 5 yrs old and 53+K on the odometer. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Jan 2013
Dec 2011

29000 mi

US $250
Brake pads and other routine 
Jan 2013

44000 mi

US $100
Belt pulley noise 

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2008.5 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

156-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2014
Sep 2010

48000 mi
leaking oil from oil pan gasket and timing chain cover. Replaced both gaskets under powertrain warranty 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2016
Jul 2008

2000 mi
Radio exhibited random variation in bass tones. Logic unit was on recall, but selling dealer did not check unit prior to sale. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
May 2008 - Jan 2011
Jun 2008

1000 mi
Stereo not functioning correctly - bass would cut out at higher volumes. Stereo issue. Stereo installed 
Dec 2008

8000 mi
Starter motor failed - car wouldn't start in cold weather. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Jul 2010 - Apr 2011
May 2010

37000 mi
Leaking (fluid-filled) motor mount replaced under warranty Bad engine coolant thermostat replaced also under warranty 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Jul 2008 - Dec 2011
Nov 2008

4000 mi
Squeak when going over speed bumps from right front suspension. Dealer replaced sway bar bushings and right lower control arm. Right side squeak gone, but left side started squeaking so it will have to go back when I have time. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Feb 2016 - Apr 2016
Mar 2016

169000 mi

US $20
Coolant drain and refill. Was prepared to do a thermostat replacement, as the thermostat failed a year ago and the symptoms were similar. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
May 2008 - Dec 2016
Nov 2013

74300 mi

US $150
Normal break pad replacement. Did not have to replace rotors. 
Apr 2016

95300 mi

US $281
Engine had a sense of hesitation or misfire. After some repair work car is still having an issue. No code was present so I need to wait for a code before continuing with additional repairs. 
Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
Aug 2008 - May 2011
Oct 2010

30000 mi
The gas cap failed to open. It just kept spinning and the cap had to be pried off. 
Feb 2011

32000 mi
A slight noise, sounded like someone shuffling a deck of cards, coming from the console area only at SLIGHT acceleration and already at speed. Dealer could not replicate problem. Similar sound from my 2001 Honda Accord. Dealer replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2010

42000 mi
Carpet kept sliding out from under the console on the left side, Dealer used Velcro. 

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