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Mazda Mazda3 Problems and Repair Histories

1950 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Mazda Mazda3. 661 of these members (33.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 1458 repairs to Mazda Mazda3s--an average of 0.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Mazda Mazda3 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Mazda Mazda3 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Mazda Mazda3 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

31% of the Mazda Mazda3 repairs were to the engine, 5% to the transmission, 7% to the brakes, 19% to the suspension, 22% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 10% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 1458 repairs.

Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

Of the Mazda Mazda3 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 22% between $500 and $999, 12% between $1000 and $2499, and 1% more than $2500.

Chart based on 511 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Mazda Mazda3 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2006 0    
1860 0 Sticky Throttle Actuator for Choke. On the verge of TSB 
2480 0 MAF sensor malfunction in cold weather. 
13020 0 Shutter valve replaced and ECU reprogrammed to new specs. 
23560 0 Rear strut seals torn and leaking. Replacement parts covered under warranty, but opted to replace with 3rd party coil overs. 
34720 350 Rear chambers where way off (-11) and it took several additional hours between on a lift and a wheel alignment rig to correct.  
 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2006 0    
17360 0 Fuel cap hanger broke during cold weather while refueling. Replaced under warranty. Leather on shift boot badly discoloured - extremely accelerated wear. Awaiting part - will be replaced under warranty. Shift knob extremely loose - could not be tightened. Repaired. Centre console rubber bumper missing at delivery. Replaced under warranty. 
19220 0 Glove box light worked itself loose. Requires some disassembly of dash to repair. Covered under warranty. Installed new shift boot. 
29760 0 Power steering pump leaked from housing - pump replaced under warranty. 
32960 0 Transmission was "clipping" when shifting into third gear. Audible clunking noise outside car and rough feeling going into gear. Transmission removed and torn down - replaced 3rd gear and synchro ring. Abnormal wear - manufacturing defect. Replaced under 
48360 0 The reinforced locking plate installed by the dealership last year (part of an anti-theft recall in the Victoria/Vancouver BC area) somehow worked loose and interfered with the window - would not roll down. Replaced by dealer at their cost. 
102300 70 Failed connecting rod despite good maintenance history. Engine rebuild or replacement required. Repair not performed for cost reasons ($3000-6000) 
102300 4000 Broken connecting rod leading to catastrophic engine failure. Engine replaced with used motor. Mechanic believes it is related to earlier oil consumption issues as oil was consistently checked and changed as per manufacturers recs. 
122140  
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2005 3000    
18000 0 purge valve 
73000 300 thermostat replaced engine mount replaced 
 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Louisiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 3000    
3000 0 Replaced clock module and clips 
8000 0 Engine would turn over but not start. Fuel pump replaced. 
29000  

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2005 9000    
26000 50 Bad motor mount, recognized by Mazda. Motor mount was replaced. Window regulators would stick, recognized by Mazda. Regulators were oiled. (MK) 
40000 30 Squeak developed in the front end of the car. Thought it was from the right front suspension but dealer could not replicate noise even on a ride-along. 
 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2006 14000    
15000 0 squeeky rear brake pads 
 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3

Engine not specified

Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 25420    
26040 197  
30380 300 Grinding noise in brakes, suspension noise 
 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2006 50000    
51000 0 The timing belt tensioner failed during highway travel, seizing the engine. Engine was replaced successfully under Extended (CPO) warranty. During the repair, some maintenance needed to be done to finish the repair (cleaning carbon deposits). 
65000 0 Brake rotors replaced. 
68000 50 The radio face plate lost a button. Bought a new faceplate and replaced myself. 
 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 53000    
54000 0 Car has been "knocking" for some time. It sounded like a noise my Geo Metro had before - bad strut mount. It was determined by the dealership to be exactly that. However, the "knocking" has returned and I need to bring it back in... 
 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Missouri, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 38000    
38000 0 Rear end of car was unstable when going over bumps or driving on slick roads. Also experienced extreme rear tire wear. Clunking noise when rolling down driver's power window. Brake squeak when car is cold. Has been present since delivery. Manual transmission is very hard to shift when cold. Told it was normal due to heavy weight oil in transmission. 
 

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