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2005 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 342 repairs.
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2005 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (29%)

$100 - $499 (55%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 143 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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2005 Mazda Mazda3

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Mazda Mazda3 in New Mexico, United States
Sep 2009 - Mar 2010
Oct 2009

65000 mi

US $250
My engine light came on, took the car to Mazda to check it and the didn't find anything since light turned off one day before taking in for service in Sept. Three weeks ago, engine light again. Replaced damaged engine mounts. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2007 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

65000 mi

US $630
Stated transmission was leaking fluid and it would cost $230 to fix ontop of $300 60K maintenance. When I got the bill, it just stated that they sprayed a foam insulator around transmision case. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2014
May 2012

58300 mi

US $1190
A/C compressor burnt out and needed to be completely replaced. The part is VERY pricey. Radiator thermostat went bad, simple repair. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2005 - Oct 2013
Oct 2006

26000 mi

US $50
Bad motor mount, recognized by Mazda. Motor mount was replaced. Window regulators would stick, recognized by Mazda. Regulators were oiled. (MK) 
Nov 2007

40000 mi

US $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. 
Oct 2013

114000 mi
Passenger side wheel bearing started to fail. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Jul 2011
Apr 2011

36000 mi

US $495
Both rear anti-roll bar links were visibly bent, and entire suspension was out of alignment, causing noticeable tire feathering. Not sure what caused it. 
Jul 2011

38000 mi

US $200
The turn signal switch had to be replaced; it was no longer self-canceling after a turn. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2008 - Apr 2013
Nov 2008

44000 mi
Seat track on passenger side was rattling. Took three trips to successfully diagnose. Replaced seat track. Paint was bubbling on inner door edge-rear right door. Covered by factory warranty after rep approved it. Navigation screen made clicking noise when opening- replaced after parts ordered- waited one week or so All four rims pitted around center caps- replaced under warranty after approval by rep 
Dec 2008

45000 mi
Found water on passenger side floor after rainstorm. Dealer could not replicate, though said probably caused by leaves on cowl. They cleaned and has not happened since.  
Feb 2009

46000 mi
More water found inside car after rain - found TSB regarding cowl change. Dealer ordered parts. Howling noise coming from undetermined wheel. Happens after car is parked- only a few times. Rotational in nature. Dealer could not replicate. B-Pillar trip misaligned- could not fix, so new part ordered. May have been present at delivery, but never noticed. Ratchetey noise coming from steering column- sounds like clockspring. Dealer could not or did not want to hear it. Noise is obvious to me. Right rear tail lamp has condensation inside. Dealer said normal. Not present in other light, or any other Mazda3 tail lamp on dealer's lot. Will pursue at a later time. Clock lost 12 minutes overnight. Dealer ordered new clock display + computer. Common problem with Mazda3 Navi screen occasionally will not turn on in a timely manner. Usually in cold weather. Dealer could not replicate as screen turned on immediately. Will try again when ordered parts come in-seems that screen has to be off for a few days to cause problem. 
Mar 2009

46000 mi
Clockspring replaced in steering wheel- made clicking noise. 
Apr 2009

48000 mi
airbag light came on- problem with main computer. Computer replaced. 
May 2009

49000 mi
Parking brake cable on left side seized. Towed to prevent damage to rotor and wheel. 
Feb 2010

57500 mi

US $200
engine mount rubber torn. mount replaced 
Nov 2010

64000 mi

US $875
Right front strut popped its seals. Leaked fluid all over wheel well and onto driveway. Replaced front struts bilaterally with aftermarket KYB Excel-Gs. Wanted Bilsteins HDs, but out of stock everywhere. Replaced swaybar links also. 
Aug 2011

74000 mi

US $900
AC kept turning off on fan speed 2. replaced master control Auto down feature for drivers window not working in hot weather. Switch cluster replaced. 
Nov 2011

77000 mi

US $400
Bubbling rust noticed on rear door B-pillar under black plastic stick-on trim piece. Water had been trapped in weatherstripping and had rusted through causing 1cm bubbles (approx3). Had to be drilled out and filled and plastic replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Dec 2015 - Sep 2016
Apr 2016

140000 mi

US $75
Thermostat stuck open and was not allowing engine to reach operating temperature. OBD code P0126 and P0128 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Oct 2007 - Apr 2010
Nov 2007

24000 mi
When driving over a rough road, a knocking noise was heard from the front left suspension. Vibration of the piston rod on the front shock absorber was transmitted to the mounts due to fluctuation in the oil pressure of the front shock absorber, resulting 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2007 - Mar 2010
Mar 2007

26050 mi
Rear driver's side door latch was loose, but repaired for free. Fuel filler door would not close completely, but fixed itself after 1 week. 
Feb 2009

48360 mi

C $100
Replaced rear brake pads. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2013
Nov 2009

40000 mi

US $50
AC taken in for stopping working. Took to garage for a diagnostic on the AC system and was informed of a failure by the compressor. Personally recharged AC system and no problem since. Beware of auto garages. 
Mar 2013

60000 mi
AC compressor failure. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Oregon, United States
Sep 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

87000 mi

US $350
Thermostat stuck in open position - had to replace 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Nov 2005 - Oct 2016
Mar 2015

255000 mi

US $90
Wheel bearing 
Sep 2015

265000 mi

US $35
Water pump 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
May 2005 - Dec 2016
Feb 2005

2970 mi

US $38
Headlights out of adjustment; had to align the passenger side headlamp 
Oct 2005

9485 mi
Rattle in glove box cover. Dealer had to order a new glove box. Diagnose clunk heard in front end when first moving after shifting from Park to Reverse. Replacement glove box came in and installed 
Jan 2006

12043 mi

US $38
Repair for clicking noise when first moving after shifting from Park to Reverse; replaced axle bolts and removed ABS shield to replace with updated washer. Described in Mazda TSB 03-003/05. 
May 2006

14985 mi

US $36
Battery leaked; no electrical system problems found after check of alternator and battery, likely was overfilled battery fluid. Cleaned up connectors and battery/battery box. 
Jun 2006

16008 mi

US $238
Replaced front exhaust insulator under front part of car car after being damaged. Drove though a deep standing rain after a heavy downpour and destroyed insulator. Part was $130, $108 to install. 
Oct 2006

18091 mi

US $70
Pop heard in front windows when rolled down half way then rolled back up. Covered by TSB, had to removed interior door panels and properly torque bolts from window mechanism to glass due to improper tightening at factory 
Jun 2008

32373 mi

US $41
Engine would stall out when coming to a stop sometimes. Reflashed powertrain control module per TSB to eliminate problem. Moisture in right rear tail light; replaced entire tail light assembly since there are no drain/weep holes in tail light. 
Jul 2008

32928 mi
Replaced torque axis engine mount due to burst rubber bladder that caused damping fluid to leak out. Covered by TSB. 
Oct 2008

34584 mi
Trunk lid difficult to open; diagnosed leaking trunk struts, dealer ordered new ones. Driver's side window regulator replaced to to clicking noise when rolling up window. New trunk struts installed due to charge leaking. 
Jun 2009

40445 mi

US $104
Rust showing inside edges of doors where inner/outer steel panels are crimped and sealed. Service adviser took pictures and reported to Mazda USA. 
Oct 2009

43118 mi

US $126
Engine would stall when coming to a stop. TSB addressed issue, had the throttle body pulled and cleaned due to excessive carbon build up. 
Jun 2010

47338 mi

US $395
Click heard in front end when making hard right turns at slow speed. Had to remove left side axle, found some rust on splines (common issue in Mz3). Removed rust, greased splines and reinstalled. 
Aug 2010

48000 mi

US $100
Car made clicking noise when doing hard left turns(NOT the sound from bad CV joint). Mechanic had to remove right side half-shaft, remove rust on spline, grease and reinstall half-shaft. Common issue on Mazda3. 
Sep 2010

48000 mi
Rust repaired on the door interior, where inner/outer stampings are sealed. This is the 4th time this has occurred. Paint bubbles up and in this case the area was rusting, not just paint delamination as before. 
Nov 2010

50000 mi

US $275
Check engine light came on, trouble code set indicating the vehicle wasn't getting up to set temperature within 5 minutes. Thermostat was replaced as it was sticking. 
Apr 2011

51000 mi
Third (maybe fourth? I've lost count) trip to body shop to repair rust in passenger rear door inner/outer stamping joint. Shop this time stripped rubber seam sealer, applied rust inhibiting/bonding primer, repainted. 
Aug 2012

58000 mi

US $315
Car had a P0715 code, "turbine speed sensor fault". Caused the car to not get out of 3rd gear, check engine light and AT light were on. Sensor was replaced. 
Dec 2013

65000 mi

US $180
Right rear caliper replaced. During a brake fluid bleed (fluid was old and dirty) the bleed valve stuck open and could not be closed, requiring a new caliper. 
May 2014

66000 mi

US $1600
Replaced shocks/struts, new front/rear sway bar end links and rear shock mounts due to creaks in suspension. Creak/groan in rear end caused by defective brake pads. Dealer replaced with new brake pad design and added extra brake grease to pads. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2016
Aug 2013

119000 mi

US $100
Check engine light on - code was Failed Engine Knock Sensor. Replaced knock sensor. Also replaced intake manifold, EGR and throttle body o-rings as these parts had to be removed to gain access to knock sensor. 
Sep 2013

119000 mi

US $140
A/C pressure switch was replaced. 
Oct 2013

121000 mi

US $70
Right side engine mount and transmission mount broken. Replaced both and rear engine mount as well. Front stablizer bar end links were bad. Replaced left and right side links. 
Nov 2014

134500 mi

US $180
Master cylinder replaced. 
Jul 2016

162000 mi

US $190
Rear sway bar end links would cause clunking noise over bumps. Rear motor/transmission mount failed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Jan 2014 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

83000 mi

US $550
Power steering module failed. Replaced with remanufactured unit, Mazda unit would have been $1,000. Mazda dealer had to align unit within board computer. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2014 - Aug 2015
Mar 2015

79360 mi

C $700
Replaced rear brake pads due to normal wear and tear. 
May 2015

80160 mi
Amber check engine light came on. Called dealer and was told this is a semi-common issue with Mazda3's with my age and mileage. Issue is caused by degradation of gas cap seal and light will usually turn off as fuel is used. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Feb 2007 - Apr 2008
Jan 2007

26300 mi
Check Engine light. Code for large evap leak. Replaced purge control solenoid. 
Mar 2007

28085 mi
Check Engine light. Code for large evap leak. Replaced O2 sensor. 
Apr 2007

28288 mi
Check Engine light. Code for evap. Purge control solenoid connector loose. 2 weeks later: Check Engine light. Code P0128 low fuel trim. Required PSI, 51-60; in car PSI, 44. Replaced fuel pump under warranty. 
Nov 2007

37261 mi
Check Engine light. Code P0441 "Evaporative emissions system canister purge valve malfunction". Replaced canister purge valve under warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jan 2006 - Dec 2014
Oct 2006

25000 mi
Replaced faulty driver's side window switch. 
Nov 2010

66000 mi

US $200
Replaced rear upper control arms with adjustable units. Camber in the rear had degraded to the point where it exceeded -3 degrees. Tire wear (even with regular tire rotation) was catastrophic. Adjustable arms allowed spec'ing reas.camber 
Jan 2011

68000 mi

US $370
Passenger side engine mount failed. Replaced. 
Oct 2011

82000 mi

US $150
Was told there was a leaking caliper seal on the right rear brake caliper. Took car to have caliper replaced along with routine maintenance. Was told it was necessary to have caliper replaced in pairs - to the tune of $1400. No thanks. Found another shop that replaced the one rear leaking caliper for a reasonable price. 
May 2012

92265 mi

US $1600
Enter A/C system replaced (compressor, condensor, evaporator, etc.) 
Aug 2012

98000 mi

US $492
Computer code indicated failing thermostat. Went to dealership as was informed that replacing the thermostat alone wouldn't fix the problem - also required PCM update. Had PCM update and thermostat replaced. 
Dec 2012

105000 mi

US $300
Replaced thermostat and updated ECU programming with newer version to address part of the issue. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Nebraska, United States
Sep 2005 - Mar 2010
Jan 2008

39000 mi
Clunk when raising driver-side window. Fixed by retighting factory bolt. 
Aug 2008

47000 mi
Check engine light on. Turned out some component in the evap system had failed. Successfully repaired with a new part. While in shop, mechanic noticed a damaged motor mount. Replaced under warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
May 2013

69740 mi

C $440
right front wheel bearing replaced 
Jun 2013

70060 mi

C $80
Driver door opened too far and bumped into front fender, requiring repair of door checker. 
Dec 2013

75020 mi
Signal light switch fails to cancel after a turn, must manually switch off after right turns. 
Jan 2014

75620 mi
Corrosion in the rear wheel wells - leading edge just behind rear passenger doors. Very noticeable now. Only minor bubbling started a few months ago. I think the paint is quite thin. 
Apr 2014

77500 mi

C $70
Repaired some rust with POR-15 (paint on rust material) 
May 2015

89900 mi

C $230
Parking brake cable partially seized causing rubbing of rear brake pad on one rotor. Replaced parking brake cable. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Jun 2010 - Dec 2016
Jan 2012

59000 mi
Front brake pads and rotors were replaced 
Feb 2015

71000 mi

US $350
My lights and other electrical accessories were turning off and the battery light was on. The alternator was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2006 - Jun 2010
Mar 2008

24800 mi
Hard early morning shifting and vibration when down shifting from 4th to 3rd in manual mode. Still hard shift when engine cold, down shifting was corrected no vibration. Driver seat back replaced. Four new 17" rims installed. Engine whines they say its normal. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Mar 2013 - Oct 2015
Jun 2014

124000 mi

US $800
At least 2 factory rims leaked air and 1 caused catastrophic tire damage. Replaced all 4 rims at the tire shop, and tires with bigger sidewall than dealership provided. Ride has improved greatly. This is where I found alignment issue. 
May 2015

130000 mi

US $600
Frequent air leaks in 2 factory rims, 1 caused catastrophic tire deterioration. New rims needed immediately. Also reduced rim size to 16" from 17" to improve ride quality. 4 new rims and four new tires, new rims holding air perfectly. 
Oct 2015

134000 mi
Rear shock separated from body after hitting a bump. Not safe to drive. Car is now at end of useful life for me because of other needs:  trans leak & burning smell, AC and heat failure, oily residue on a few wheels. Trading in. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

59000 mi

US $100
CEL P0126 came on showing that coolant was not getting up to normal operating temperature. Usually indicative of faulty thermostat. Replaced coolant and thermostat to solve issue. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Sep 2005 - Mar 2010
Oct 2007

24000 mi
Discovered oil leaking in garage from engine compartment. Initially suspected engine oil but appeared different upon closer inspection. Inspected engine and discovered fluid leaking from passenger side motor mount. Made appointment with dealer to fix prob Dealer installed new motor mount, issue resolved. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

35960 mi
Car reving high at idle. Problem was a solenoid valve on intake. it was replace and software updated. 
Jul 2009

49600 mi
car revving high at idle. problem was a manifold valve. It was replaced. Software updated. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

100440 mi

C $200
Car needed new rotors for safety. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Sep 2014
Dec 2009

36951 mi

C $148
Shift cable-lever lock 
Jul 2012

59680 mi

C $970
Replace rear axle trailing arm bushing Replace brake cables, parking 
Jun 2013

66960 mi
Replace front disks and rotors 
Sep 2013

71300 mi

C $186
Replace right upper engine mount. 
Sep 2014

82460 mi

C $540
Control arm 
Mazda Mazda3 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Jul 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2013

133300 mi

C $800
tie rods and control arms 
Aug 2013

134100 mi

C $200
rough running, replaced coil pack 
Feb 2014

137640 mi

C $250
Strut replaced Caliper replaced 
Jul 2014

139080 mi

C $800
Rear brake line leaking, rear brake pads + rotors When wet, gear selector not going into P-Park. Had to start car in N-Neutral. Replaced rusted wire from gear selection indicator to electrical system control. 
Feb 2015

140740 mi

C $250
Loud clunking noise RR, after pothole 
Sep 2015

144460 mi

C $550
struts 
Dec 2015

145080 mi

C $700
RR caliper seized 
Jun 2016

146320 mi

C $550
leaking transmission fluid 
Sep 2016

146940 mi

C $110
exhaust system: rusted parts caused rattling. repaired.  but this was not the real problem: air conditioning compressor starting to fail: causing belt noise 
Nov 2016

149840 mi

C $700
replaced compressor 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Jan 2007 - Apr 2013
Jul 2010

57000 mi

US $350
Replaced front brake pads and rotors. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Oct 2010 - Sep 2014
Jan 2012

53000 mi

US $115
Replaced the battery 
Aug 2012

53000 mi

US $140
Vehicle would not start because the transmission interlock sensor had become corroded which meant the system did not detect the "park" position and would not start. Dealer cleaned and lubricated the affected parts. 
May 2014

55000 mi

US $391
replaced rear brake pads and rotors recharged air conditioner 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

67000 mi

US $356
Rear shocks warn as evidenced by tire condition, needed replacement 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Jan 2007 - Jul 2011
Apr 2008

79000 mi

US $100
Transmission fluid leak. Leaking from the transmission fluid pan gasket. After that repair immediately noticed it is leaking from a higer spot on the transmission. 
May 2008

80000 mi

US $50
The transmission fluid inlet from the radiator had coroded and a rust hole formed. 
Dec 2010

142000 mi

US $1500
Leaking Strut. Replaced Struts and Shocks. 
Feb 2011

144700 mi

US $400
Front Wheel Bearings needed to be replaced. Both sides made noise and the bearings were very loose when removed from the car. 
Jul 2011

146000 mi

US $150
The front Strut mounting bolt was sheered off during normal driving. Decided to replace both front bolts. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Jul 2008 - Jun 2015
Jun 2014

114000 mi

US $160
Replaced End Links 
Apr 2015

125000 mi
Under Engine Plastic panel came loose. Remaining few fasteners holding it in place completely rusted and unable to remove. Had to destroy the panel in order to remove it. What a PITA. 
Jun 2015

125000 mi
Trans not shifting correctly. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jun 2007 - Sep 2013
Jul 2007

19000 mi
CD player needed replacement 
Jun 2009

26000 mi
AC fan was making noises. Dealer took all day to incorrectly diagnose and order part. Never called to say part was in. Took another two days. Fixed problem, but would have taken only one day if they'd THOROUGHLY looked at the problem. HATE dealer service. 
Jun 2011

33000 mi

US $125
AC recharged. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jul 2006 - Jun 2011
Oct 2006

15000 mi
squeeky rear brake pads 
Mazda Mazda3 in Oklahoma, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
Jan 2011

46900 mi
Diagnostic exam done to try to find out why the car will stall during deceleration or idle. Exam showed nothing wrong with car. Went for a second diagnostic exam, tested alternator and battery, still can find nothing wrong with car. Stalling at idle and during deceleration. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - May 2015
Dec 2010

62000 mi

C $2500
Engine mount was replaced. Left lower ball joint replaced. Rear and front rotors were replaced due to rust. Replaced two front wheel bearings (whole hub) 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
- Aug 2006
Aug 2006

19000 mi
Fuel pump replaced under warranty 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2007 - Jun 2011
Jan 2007 I had Mazda install the remote starter, after 8 months, it stopped working and car shut off on its own. They said it is common and dealer fixed it. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Sep 2015 - Jan 2017
Oct 2015

150000 mi

US $30
Rear Brake Caliper frozen 
Jan 2016

151700 mi

US $80
Car was pulling to one side. Tire wear on the outside of the front right tire. Tie rods bushings were very loose. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Feb 2015 - May 2015
Mar 2015

151000 mi

US $450
From passenger lower A-arm bushings. Replace A-arm 
May 2015

153000 mi

US $100
Passanger top strut mount was replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Jun 2011 - Jul 2015
Jan 2014

123000 mi

US $29
New thermostat needed 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

135000 mi

US $2000
Piston slap turned into blown motor Clutch slipping. Replaced clutch. 
Mar 2016

139000 mi
Nothing was done. Possible bad ECM 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2011 - Jul 2013
May 2013

106000 mi

US $200
Oxygen senser 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Jul 2014

67000 mi

US $65
rear shocks rattling, replaced both 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
May 2014 - Aug 2014
May 2014

79980 mi

C $830
Car died while driving. Ended up being the Alternator and they also replaced the Battery. Alternator is apparently a dealer-only part as it's specialized. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
Jun 2015

172000 mi

US $341
Stabilizer bar links were worn out (front and rear, apparently) and causing the car to sound like there was a tire error or metal clanking rolling around. The car felt like it was bottoming out often too. Both front and rear links replaced. 
Sep 2015

174000 mi

US $100
Fuel pump seal was leaking. Fuel system needed to be dropped to access and fix the seal. The driver and passenger side rear trailing arm bushings are both worn out, causing a rough ride. No service was done due to cost. 
Dec 2015

178000 mi
A large emissions leak was diagnosed by the OBDII. 
Mar 2016

179000 mi

US $633
Driver side rear trailing arm bushing and trailing arm link bushing were both shot. Replaced both driver and passenger side rear trailing arm bushings and the driver side rear trailing arm link. Passenger side rear shock was leaking. Replaced both driver and passenger side rear shocks. 
Jul 2016

180700 mi

US $520
Faulty seal on fuel tank caused fuel to leak and evap code due to loss of pressure. New seal was installed. The coolant thermostat was stuck open, resulting in low operating temperatures (code P0128). Coolant thermostat was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2011
Dec 2010

38000 mi
Engine light continues to come on. I have been told it is due to an oxygen sensor problem and that a new gasoline filler cap would resolve the problem. Unfortunately, this hasn't worked.  
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Dec 2008 - Jul 2009
Feb 2009

35340 mi

C $800
EVAP pump and purge solenoid valve defective on emissions system. CEL was on 
Jul 2009

40920 mi

C $800
EVAP pump and solenoid valve for EMS 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alaska, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2012
Apr 2009

31000 mi
Brake light switch failed, causing non-working brake lights and illuminating check engine light. Had tires rotated, mechanic noticed odd noise from front end. Replaced both front wheel bearings. 
May 2009

31300 mi
Brake light switch, both front wheel bearings, wheel speed sensor. 
Jan 2010

42000 mi

US $90
Replaced rear brake pads. 
Aug 2011

67000 mi

US $400
One HID headlight not working, had to remove front bumper to replace bulb, still did not work, ballast was bad and had to be replaced. 
Oct 2011

69000 mi

US $118
Broke wire in main wiring harness, causing non-working HID low-beam headlight. Isolated short, repaired 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Nov 2006 - Nov 2009
Sep 2006

22500 mi
Doors would not close because the car would think that the key is still inside 
May 2009

65000 mi

US $80
headlight bulb replaced 
Sep 2009

70000 mi

US $220
new rear brake pads headlight bulb replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Utah, United States
Oct 2007 - Feb 2011
Jun 2008

56000 mi

US $100
a/c compressor and associated magnetic clutch seized. dealer replaced above parts as well as associated pully and belt. cost of $1500 parts and labor covered by extended warranty less $100 deductible. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Mar 2006 - Dec 2016
Feb 2007

16000 mi
RH door seals do not touch glass, aero flares on rear bumper misaligned from poor installation last trip. New seals and aero flares ordered and installed later in the month. Neither problem fixed. In shop 2 days total. 
Dec 2008

48000 mi
Had dealer examine stumble at idle, low power at low RPM, stiff HVAC control, knock in driver's window and windows that stick in the seals. Was told that all were normal. :-( Paid $65.00 for loaner car since it was not a warranty issue & oil change. 
Mar 2011

87000 mi
Corrosion on 3 doors, Mazda USA replaced the LR door under the 5 yr. perforation warranty. 
Aug 2013

129500 mi
Under bumper splash shield came loose. Removed it and did not replace. 
Mar 2014

142000 mi

US $25
Passenger headlight out, replaced both as I wasn't happy with the light pattern with the cheap driver's bulb I installed several months ago. 
Apr 2015

158000 mi

US $223
4 new struts 
Sep 2015

165000 mi

US $153
4 new rotors, rear brake pads 
May 2016

173300 mi

US $135
Replaced lower control arms due to worn bushings leading to shake in the steering wheel.  Also replaced gas cap that was coming apart. 
Nov 2016

182000 mi

US $70
Car was hard to start after refueling. Replaced purge valve. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2005 - Jun 2008
Feb 2007

44640 mi
Glovebox Rattles 
Mar 2007

44640 mi
Repaired glovebox rattle 
Mazda Mazda3 in Wisconsin, United States
- Mar 2013
Dec 2012

48000 mi

US $1200
the right front strut was broken 
Mar 2013

51000 mi

US $255
One of the 3 motor mounts was cracked and needed to be repalced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Rhode Island, United States
- Oct 2009
Sep 2009

73000 mi

US $400
Front wheel hub assemblies (both sides) 
Oct 2009

75000 mi

US $75
Front ABS Sensor 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2009 - Oct 2014
Feb 2009

41540 mi
Rust forming around rear wheels. Mazda repairs this under the rust-proof warranty. 
Mar 2009

44020 mi
I had a rust repair around the rear wing on both sides (~$2,500). This was covered under Mazda's warranty and it also seems to be a common problem with the Mazda3 from 2004-2009.  
Mar 2010

61380 mi

C $500
Changed rear shocks. Driver side shock was broken, so both were changed 
Jan 2011

72920 mi

C $500
changed rear brake pads and rotor. Brake line was leaking and it took 3 days to get the part. The calipers were stuck on breaks so these were changed also. 
Apr 2011

76260 mi

C $500
replaced front break pads and disks 
Sep 2012

94240 mi

C $600
replaced rear struts, they were completely worn. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2010 - Jul 2010
Mar 2010

65000 mi

US $330
gas purge valve failed or was not signalling CPU correctly 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Jun 2011 - Dec 2016
Feb 2012

86800 mi

C $1
R/H wiper post housing. Cracked plastic housing, held together with adustable collars. Does the job intended. driver's seat L/H tear. Sewn up. 
Mar 2012

89900 mi

C $50
Airbag Caution Light: it ended up being a coin slipping through center console cup holder (a crack). The coin lodged against a wire which caused that light. Can't honestly answer to 'How badly the part fail', since it's a safety issue. 
Jun 2012

91140 mi

C $500
Muffler changed from end of catalitic convertor to the tip. L/H front lower suspension arm due to loose bushings. 
Oct 2012

94240 mi

C $500
3rd gear not holding in. 
Nov 2012

99200 mi

C $1200
3rd gear not holding. Replaced by second hand transmission. works good no problems. rear shock, right-hand. Shock head broke on chassis. Replaced both left and right-hand sides along with shocks. 
Jan 2013

102300 mi

C $300
Leaking from seal Oil filter cap changed. Cause: leaking, cracked 
Aug 2013

102300 mi

C $455
Both front Macpherson struts + front shocks tower heads. Front/rear wheel alignment 
Nov 2013

107260 mi

C $280
Left front lower arm, second time in two years. Don't remember if first time was reported. 
Nov 2014

118440 mi

C $50
Rear R/H shock head broken. Changed 
Nov 2015

124180 mi

C $100
Broken wire caused brake lights not to work 
Jun 2016

127100 mi
2 sensors: maf and O2 
Aug 2016

130200 mi

C $500
left front caliper seized, line ruptured. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Vermont, United States
Oct 2008 - Sep 2014
Oct 2008

38400 mi

US $10
Headlight bulb. 
Apr 2012

62000 mi

US $450
Bad front engine mount front axle shaft lube 
Aug 2012

62500 mi

US $200
bad rear engine mount 
Nov 2012

64000 mi

US $200
Rust on the outside of the rotors had accumulated, rubbing against the inside of the caliper. New rotors, problem fixed. 
Nov 2013

73300 mi

US $400
Engine mount 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2014
Aug 2011

73000 mi

US $400
AC controls inop with fan speed at max. 
Dec 2011

77000 mi

US $800
crack in dashboard 
Jan 2013

90000 mi

US $350
Drivers window inop. Window motor found to be faulty. 
May 2013

94300 mi

US $500
Brake booster leaking internally. Brake pedal goes to floor. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2014
Apr 2011

77000 mi

US $510
Water pump seal had very minor coolant leak that was watched closely for many months w/o serious problem. Decided to replace pump to avoid possibility of failure on a long road trip. Old pump looked better than expected when removed. 
Aug 2011

81000 mi

US $900
Rust was noted in one rear fender well. Rust was removed and anti-corrosion treatment applied. Area was then refinished. A body shop handled the repair 
Sep 2012

89000 mi

US $200
One of the motor mounts had lost its damping liquid and had to be replaced 
Jan 2013

94700 mi

US $150
A fuel vapor purge valve apparently deteriorated and triggered the check engine light. 
Jun 2013

97000 mi

US $320
A cv boot developed a leak. The cv joint and boot were replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

132000 mi

US $200
Replaced blower motor 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
Mar 2011

39680 mi

C $500
Front right wheel bearing needed to be replaced. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Oregon, United States
Oct 2015 - Nov 2015
Nov 2015

104000 mi
Connecting rod went through engine block, too expensive to repair. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Indiana, United States
Apr 2007 - Dec 2016
May 2007

24400 mi
Replaced right front tire pressure monitor, it was intermittently shorting out. Repair is under warranty. 
Dec 2016

65000 mi

US $230
Right blinker will not turn off automatically after turning, must be turned off manually. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Sep 2008 - Oct 2013
Dec 2011

81000 mi

US $750
Engine running very rough when accelerating or turning right, had to replace 2 engine mounts and a transmission mount. 
Aug 2013

104000 mi

US $1000
Replaced AC compressor 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Apr 2007 - Dec 2016
Dec 2008

44000 mi

US $62
Replace thermostat-open early. 
Jul 2009

50000 mi

US $292
Airbag warning light on-attempted repair-3 days after the repair-sensor light came back on. Scheduled for re-repair Monday August 10th. $98 for this repair. Rear brakes only, pads and rotors turned, pack bearings $194.33  
Jun 2010

57000 mi

US $385
Thermostat sensor replaced Number 3 motor mount replaced 
Apr 2011

64000 mi

US $505
Replace thermostat A/C magnet B+ wire frayed, soldered and repaired. 
Aug 2011

67000 mi

US $1700
Total failure of AC clutch, compressor, accumulator. All parts replaced and AC is returned to funtionality. 
Nov 2011

67700 mi

US $990
blown passanger side front strut 
May 2013

75000 mi

US $280
Replaced rear shocks. I drive almost exclusively on poorly maintained surface streets. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

68200 mi

C $500
replaced power steering lines as they were corroded and leaking. no after market parts yet available so very expensive repair.  
May 2010

75020 mi
power steering leaking ...copper gaskets replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2008 - Apr 2009
Dec 2008

45880 mi

C $15
Driver headlight low beam had to be replaced. Replaced by owner. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Jul 2008 - Jun 2016
Dec 2008

41000 mi

US $400
Brakes. Rear...and front disc ground...a little. 
Mar 2009

42000 mi
Slight but irritating noise from dash near window whenever slight bump or road wear. Turned out to be a bolt holding firewall to dash. 
Mar 2011

48000 mi

US $101
noticed oil on ground. drove in and it was trans seal and repaired with new seal, trans kit and new oil. 
May 2011

48700 mi

US $100
earlier repair to trans seal and such still did not fix leaking trans fluids. Now found corroded trans cooling line. replaced. 
Feb 2013

64000 mi

US $400
low beam headlight(s) replaced. also has all wipers replaced. also engine mount passenger side replaired...broken and engine vibration. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Feb 2006 - Jul 2016
Sep 2007

30000 mi
Headlights wouldn't turn off; told it was a defect with the fuse box. 
Dec 2008

44000 mi

US $50
Low-beam headlight went out, so I replaced both left and right low-beam headlight bulbs. 
Jan 2009

44000 mi
Auto transmission would shift very harshly into second gear, especially when cold. 
Nov 2009

54000 mi

US $325
Rear brakes needed new pads & rotors (before front!) 
Apr 2011

64000 mi

US $700
Replaced leak detection pump and charcoal canister 
Jul 2011

65000 mi

US $1900
AC went out. Seal on compressor had gone bad and leaked all out all of the refrigerant. New seal and system recharge fixed problem. Fix required significant labor to remove, fix, & re-install compressor. Leaking front struts replaced Front brake calipers needed to be rebuilt. Front pads and rotors also replaced. 
Mar 2012

67000 mi

US $417
Replace front brake pads & rotors Replaced both (!) front headlight bulbs 
Sep 2013

75000 mi

US $500
Replaced leaking rear shocks 
Nov 2014

83000 mi

US $475
Replaced thermostat unit 
Mar 2015

86000 mi

US $100
Headlight socket went bad, unit needed to be replaced. 
Nov 2015

89000 mi

US $400
Very harsh shifts; would not shift into 4th gear (top gear) 
Mazda Mazda3 in Indiana, United States
Sep 2005 - Oct 2016
Sep 2007

27000 mi
Leaky oil pan gasket 
Aug 2009

47000 mi

US $600
Brake light came on and stayed on. Faulty sensor in brake fluid reservoir; replaced. Horn did not sound. 
Jun 2011

72000 mi

US $1300
Fuel injector controller and related items replaced. Horn stopped working, was replaced. 
Jun 2014

93000 mi

US $2000
Broken motor mount 
Oct 2016

112000 mi

US $1200
Front struts and rear shocks replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jan 2015 - Dec 2016
Jan 2015

130000 mi

US $300
Speed sensor went bad 
Jan 2016

144000 mi

US $200
Thermostat needed to change replaced. Was overheating 
May 2016

148000 mi

US $400
Rear struts was leaking 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

33480 mi

C $254
Rear driver side tower mount for the shock absorber had to be replaced as it fractured while driving over a large pot hole. 
Apr 2010

35340 mi
Rear fender wheel well had to be repainted under warranty (driver and passenger) due to premature rusting. Rear passenger door also was repainted for same reason. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Aug 2010 - Apr 2014
Apr 2014

84000 mi

US $540
Sway bars seemed to give out on extremely bumpy Boston Roads. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2011
Jun 2011

114000 mi

US $600
Replaced front right hub 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Zealand
Aug 2012 - Jan 2017
Oct 2012

31400 mi

$130
Broken right hand engine mount 
Feb 2013

32640 mi

$300
Clunk in right front strut 
Dec 2013

35340 mi

$120
Replace left hand axle because of faulty cv joint 
Jul 2014

38640 mi

$150
Rubber on weather strips along all door windows hardened and cracked 
Feb 2015

41720 mi

$1000
UV coating had peeled off both front headlights (HID) causing them to go very cloudy. Had tried several times to repair by sanding and using aftermarket coatings (opticoat etc) but all failed within 3 months. 
Nov 2015

45040 mi

$75
Switch in tiptronic mode failed. Could manually shift up gears but not down. Replaced entire shifter with a second hand unit. 
Jan 2017

53940 mi

$70
Transmission mount 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2012 - Mar 2013
May 2012

77680 mi

C $500
passenger side engine mount.  oil pan gasket. alignment. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2013
Jun 2012

145000 mi

US $400
engine light On, used EDO device, changed OX sensor, but still did not fix problem. when filling gas tank full, it is hard to start and wants to shut off when it does start. after a couple minutes of running, there is No more problems with it, until the next time I fill up the tank 
Sep 2012

150000 mi

US $450
replace rotors and brake pads replace front and rear shocks 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Estonia
- Feb 2009
Feb 2009

42780 mi

€750
Had to replace both front bearings. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Mazda Mazda3 in Finland
Oct 2014 - Mar 2015
Feb 2015

118420 mi

€60
Faulty thermostat, stuck open. OEM Xenon ballast faulty on passenger side (Didn't always turn on) 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

34720 mi

C $600
Brake pads and front rotors replaced. Discovered as part of routine maintenance. 

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