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Honda CR-Z vs. Mazda Mazda3 Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2004 Mazda Mazda3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Mazda3s, 8.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 125200 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Mazda Mazda3 74
44.6428571429% 44.6428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Mazda3s, 8.7 months of data per Mazda3, average 117300 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.

 

2006 Mazda Mazda3 90
67.2413793103% 67.2413793103% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Mazda3s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 109700 miles

 

2007 Mazda Mazda3 63
44.025974026% 44.025974026% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Mazda3s, 10.6 months of data per Mazda3, average 105600 miles

First model year for the MazdaSpeed3.
2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.4 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 81400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2008 Mazda Mazda3 67
52.1978021978% 52.1978021978% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  51 Mazda3s, 10.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 90100 miles

 

2009 Mazda Mazda3 41
23.6263736264% 23.6263736264% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Mazda3s, 10.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 83200 miles

Includes 2008.5s.
2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 MazdaSpeed3s, 12.0 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 68100 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 13
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  88 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 66500 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.7 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 70000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2011 Honda CR-Z 7
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 CR-Zs, 10.5 months of data per CR-Z, average 64800 miles
2011 Mazda Mazda3 11
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 Mazda3s, 9.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 48700 miles

 

2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.1 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 40900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Mazda Mazda3 10
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  78 Mazda3s, 9.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 43700 miles

 

2013 Mazda Mazda3 14
5.2380952381% 5.2380952381% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 31900 miles
2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.8 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 30900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2014 Mazda Mazda3 20
24.2857142857% 24.2857142857% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  99 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 19400 miles

Redesigned.

 

2015 Mazda Mazda3 11
5.90062111801% 5.90062111801% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  71 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 9200 miles

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Mazda Mazda3 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It was neck and neck between the Mazda3 and the MINI COOPER. I had my heart set on the MINI, but reliability was the deciding factor. I spent countless hours researching vehicles over the last several months and was very dismayed at all the mechanical issues that plague the MINI. On the other hand the Mazda3 seems to be very much trouble free. I really wanted a MINI, but I knew its 'cool' fun to drive personality wouldn't be enough to overcome the reliability headaches I could expect. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2011 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Reputation for reliability. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2011 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Consumer Reports top rated is always a good choice. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Mazda has been a reliable purveyor of fun cars, and its Mazda 3 is no disappointment. The new-for-2010 version features overhauled sheetmetal and extra cabin refinement, and a 3 s Sport model. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I;ve had them in past and have had no warranty issues and other than regular maintenance had not had to take them in to get serviced. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2010 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I have been impressed with previous Mazdas I have owned. The 3 was well rated with CR and other automotive sites. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2010 4dr Hatch 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Always rated well see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2009 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have owned other Mazdas and liked them. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
reliabiilty is excellent so far. both rear shocks leaked after about 65,000 miles. one oxygen sensor replacemnent. that is it so far. made in hiroshima says it all i guess see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2008 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Highest level reliability rating by Consumer Reports see full Mazda Mazda3 review
Mazda Mazda3 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
According to various sources it is not as good as Honda/Toyota. I had 0 problems with the 3. In equal time and distance the Corrola had given me some light headache though. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2010 4dr Hatch 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The drivetrain reliability on this car is awful. Clutch started failing at 40K, axles have gone bad, wheel bearings have gone bad, suspension has been replaced.. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2009 4dr Hatch 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I got this from previous owner. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
turbo might be unreliable see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2008 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
My alternator went out after 10,000 miles of gentle driving. It happened to fail as I was driving through the coastal Oregon mountains, causing me to lose power steering intermittently on the twisties. Inexcusable for modern, brand-new automobile!! see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2006 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I am getting an intermittent CEL coming on, and it seems to be missing every now and then. Not sure if it is bad tank of gas, or a plug is dirty, but it is a little disconcerting. Sometimes when you pull away you feel it jerk a little, and then it kicksin see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2006 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Perhaps I have a lemon or drive it too hard, but have replaced: Clutch at 22k (free fix from dealer) Right Axle (CV joints clicking) at 65k ($480 part!) Left Axle (CV joints) starting to click Broken engine mount (rear, #3 I think) at 50k inspection see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2005 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Had several repairs during warranty. None engine related except one. Nearly every repair was covered by a TSB so known problems. Plus developed rust on inside door panels due to improper factory clean;Mazda has a lot of problems with rust in this model see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2005 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I've owned many great Mazdas in the past and they have always been exceptional cars, but this 3 has been awful. Everything was OK until around 70k miles and from there on out it has been nonstop issues.
  • Brakes - Plan on replacing rotors every time you do pads
  • Tie Rod - Broke clean in half at 80k miles. The car was never in a collision or anything that could have explained it. If I was on the highway I could have seriously crashed the car
  • Belt Tensioner - Only available OEM (and pricey)
  • Control arms, bushings (front and rear), constant clunks and thuds from the suspension.
  • Broken shock mounts
  • Heater Core at 90k miles
  • Wheel bearings - In 127k miles I have done all 4 twice. My mechanic says that this is common on all of the 3's he services.
  • Front End shimmy - It has had a shimmy of varying degrees constantly since about 50k miles on. I will get a bunch of front end work done, replace rotors, or balance tires, and it will be better, but never gone
  • All sorts of electrical weirdness (Sometimes the "you forgot your key in the ignition" chime wont go off until you turn the car back on/off)
  • Headlights - You will replace them so often that you can do it in your sleep. We also have a Mazda 5 and it is the same way. I have even had to replace the weird socket adapters they use. Currently I am getting no power at all to the passengers side. Also, those clear lenses haze like crazy.
  • Horn - even the slightest puddle drowns it. Mine seemed to have been shorted out as the relay trips but now I dont even get power to the horn itself
  • The condensate drain for the AC clogs constantly. If you dont notice it, it will slowly start to seep into the carpet and cause a wonderful mildew funk. Its easy to fix with a chopstick or pencil, but I have never had a car where this is an issue before.
  • Cruise Control now toggles off/on/off/on creating a wonderful seasick sensation
I would like to mention that I'm not some boy racer constantly hooning around. My car is completely stock, I'm a 38 year old dad, and 90% of the miles on it are highway back and forth to work. This is my daily commuter. see full Mazda Mazda3 review
2004 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
No major problems but there are still some problems with brake dust in the rear. Had to have the front passenger window fixed (got loose). Purge valve was found defective. Transmission 2nd gear shifted hard until the software was updated. see full Mazda Mazda3 review