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2006 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Engine (36%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (4%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 327 repairs.

2006 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (17%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (51%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 138 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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2006 Mazda Mazda3

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Mazda Mazda3 in Tennessee, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2011
Aug 2011

75000 mi

US $400
Some repair to some valve that was making me fail emissions... Check engine light came back on after my August repair - but the dealer bought it as is. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

48000 mi

US $350
thermostat 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

75000 mi

US $260
starter out 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Apr 2016
Oct 2012

47740 mi

C $400
Replaced broken plastic panel under the engine. Changed engine and oil filter - synthetic. Changed transmission oil - first time after 6 years. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Apr 2006 - Dec 2015
Apr 2010

83000 mi

US $800
Car surged forward by itself in stop and go traffic. Had to control it with the brakes. Was able to replicate somewhat the next day with a mechanic in the car but they could not duplicate it on the rack. Major maintenance svc seems to have fixed it. 
Mar 2011

100000 mi

US $688
Briefly lost power. Warning light came on. Drove to dealer. Alternator replaced. 
Feb 2015

139000 mi

US $1200
replace control unit for shiftable automatic transmission 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2011
Jan 2008

250 mi
Dealer replaced all 4 Wheels and Tires, 4 Tire Pressure Sensors, TPMS receiver and EMC to remedy TPMS light that would not go off. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Jul 2008 - Jun 2011
Apr 2008

31582 mi

US $199
PCM update-reflashing under warranty,oil pan gasket leak under warranty, dashboard crack, replaced under warranty,glove box lid r&r under warranty, oil change (syn. oil),cabin filters changed, wipers replaced. dealer cracked my windshield. 
Dec 2008

45869 mi

US $252
replaced front driver's side strut under warranty which was found during transmission flush service/and oil and filter change (syn. oil) Price was for all services. (strut covered by warranty.) 
Apr 2009

53000 mi

US $35
driver side head lamp, shifter area light 
Jun 2009

50000 mi

US $28
headlight 
Feb 2010

65778 mi

US $288
replace right front strut 
Jul 2010

71395 mi

US $295
right front engine mount replaced. Inspected the rest and full circle inspection 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Aug 2006 - Aug 2011
Jul 2009

35000 mi
Fan module defective. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2012
Sep 2010

44000 mi

US $210
No.3 engine mount replaced 
Nov 2011

54000 mi

US $387
Replace stuck thermostat, reset CEL 
Mar 2012

58000 mi

US $1100
Replaced four leaking shock absorbers 
Mazda Mazda3 in Indiana, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016
Jun 2015

86000 mi

US $500
Rear trailing arm bushing went bad. Had them replaced on both sides. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2012
Jan 2012

96000 mi
Alternator died 101000 miles 
Mar 2012

108000 mi

US $200
Engine motor mount passenger side is faulty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2006 - Jun 2016
Dec 2010

23000 mi
Clips supporting the plastic undercarriage were stripped/rusted closed. Needed to order new clips and bolts in order to fix. Oil change had to wait until this repair was complete. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Nov 2011 - Apr 2014
Dec 2011

49000 mi

US $100
Fixed the driver window snap click issue per tab. Out of warranty unfortunately. 
Jan 2012

49700 mi
Clock jumping time worse now. Clock replaced again. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Feb 2006 - Sep 2012
Jul 2007

13000 mi
clock not keeping accurate time. 
Aug 2007

12000 mi
Clock not keeping accurate time. 
Sep 2011

57000 mi

US $1300
Right front strut and control arm replaced. 
May 2012

70500 mi

US $250
Replace one motor mount 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
May 2007 - Mar 2010
Jun 2007

12000 mi
Car sputtered occasionally when starting up and immediately driving without waiting for car to warm. Reflash described in TSB took care of it. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Hampshire, United States
Oct 2012 - Nov 2012
Nov 2012

127000 mi
Getting u0101 error code. Car loses power(drive)and the AT light flashes. 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Missouri, United States
Jan 2011 - Apr 2011
Mar 2011

58000 mi

US $410
Thermostat replacement. Cooling system flush. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

66960 mi

C $370
engine mount had failed 
Mazda Mazda3 in Colorado, United States
Oct 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

106000 mi

US $350
Thermostat Replaced. Water pump Replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2015
Jan 2015

88000 mi

US $150
Right front motor mount needed replacement. 
Feb 2015

89000 mi

US $500
Front struts required replacement. 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2006 - Nov 2015
Jan 2007

17360 mi
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. 
Feb 2007

19220 mi
Glove box light worked itself loose. Requires some disassembly of dash to repair. Covered under warranty. Installed new shift boot. 
Jul 2007

29760 mi
Power steering pump leaked from housing - pump replaced under warranty. 
Sep 2007

33480 mi
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 
Sep 2008

48360 mi
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. 
Sep 2011

102300 mi

C $70
Failed connecting rod despite good maintenance history. Engine rebuild or replacement required. Repair not performed for cost reasons ($3000-6000) 
Feb 2012

102300 mi

C $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. 
Sep 2015

130820 mi
Bearing issue, opted not to replace. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Utah, United States
Dec 2012 - Apr 2014
Jan 2013

121300 mi

US $3300
Sudden onset of engine noise (clatter). Diagnosed as connecting rod and new engine needed. Remanufactured 2.3L engine has been ordered and should be delivered within 5-6 days. 
Sep 2013

131000 mi

US $450
Loss of traction when cornering. Diagnosed as worn out struts. Replaced front struts. 
Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2006 - Jun 2016
Aug 2006

500 mi
Transmission replaced when car just a few weeks old. 
Jul 2007

7000 mi
Power steering pump was leaking. Key had difficulty going into ignition. 
Sep 2008

15000 mi
In dash CD changer was jammed, would not play, eject, etc. In dash CD changer replaced at no cost under warranty. 
Dec 2013

51000 mi

US $250
Bad thermostat caused check engine light. Thermostat replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2006 - Jun 2012
Jul 2008

23560 mi
Rear suspension noise, repair attempt not successful. Must schedule another visit. 
Sep 2008

25420 mi
Unable to find source of noise, even though they agree there is noise coming from rear end. They suspect something as part of bumper, but this would require me to leave the vehicle with them. 
Dec 2008

26660 mi
Stabilizer rod 
Jun 2011

39060 mi

C $500
Parking brake cable and calipers 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Nov 2005 - Jun 2008
Dec 2007

14000 mi
Rotors needed to be resurfaced - covered under warranty because of low mileage. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2007 - Dec 2013
Dec 2007

29000 mi
air bag actuators broke light came on and wouldnt shut off side molding peeled off rotors warped 
Jan 2010

73000 mi

US $40
wiper arm stripped at joint -- aluminum inside wiper arm, steel at joint-- steel wins every time 
Jul 2011

94000 mi

US $450
a/c went out 
Aug 2013

123000 mi

US $600
pcv needed to be changed--- it was eating oil 
Oct 2013

125300 mi

US $250
starter failed 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Sep 2007 - Jun 2011
Nov 2007

27000 mi
Rear wheel bearings bad on both sides. Car out of commission for 3 days waiting for parts. Rental car provided. 
Jan 2008

30000 mi
had a brief vibration in the steering wheel that occurred between 65 and 75 mph only. Took it to the dealer and determined the wheels needed to be rebalanced. It was performed under the warrnaty. 
Mar 2008

32000 mi
End links loose, front end made a thunk when turning the steering wheel. 
Jun 2008

38000 mi
Washer nozzle was clogged and the car needed to have the state inspection updated. 
Apr 2009

52000 mi

US $375
A/C compressor replaced. The car was out of warranty but the dealer decided to cover part costs while I had to pay $375 plus tax for labor. 
Oct 2009

58000 mi

US $158
Broken motor mount. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2007 - Feb 2014
Feb 2007

23500 mi
New clutch pressure plate, friction plate, throwout bearing, fork. All covered under warranty. 
Aug 2007

34000 mi
Clicking noise heard from passenger side rear wheel when accelerating around left-turns (when that corner is weight-loaded). Dealer says they heard it from front right, but could not find anything, so they tightened all suspension bolts they say. Proble 
Apr 2009

57000 mi

US $500
Replaced passenger side axle (CV joints clicking when in first gear - manual transmission - during turns, like in a parking lot). Pain in the rear. I think I damaged wheel bearing in the process. Very expensive parts with a core charge. 
Jun 2009

58000 mi

US $30
Mysterious clicking noise turned out to be a missing lugnut on the passenger-side front wheel. No replacement wheel bearing necessary! 
Jun 2010

77000 mi

US $40
A/C stopped working last fall, so I bought a gauge, checked system pressure, and charged with 2 bottles of R134a. Blows cold now and cycles at a normal rate. 
Jan 2013

139700 mi

US $30
Windshield washer pump failed. Ordered replacement from Autozone (TAAP part#5-190). Pressure worse than OEM but still works acceptably well. 
Jan 2014

157000 mi

US $800
Engine making loud clatter at 158k miles, diagnosed as likely connecting rod bearing. Used engines and remanufactured engines very expensive, likely because this is a common problem with 2.3L MZR. Ordering an engine rebuild kit. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Jul 2007 - Sep 2012
Feb 2007

14700 mi
Difficult to put 5 spd in reverse 
Feb 2008

32000 mi

US $108
MAF Sensor failed and problem with MAF connector and wiring. 
Mar 2008

34000 mi
Crack in center front of dashboard. Dealer gave a loaner for repair. 
Sep 2011

91000 mi

US $40
Bad thermostat. Caused vehicle to run cool and trigger MIL. 
Jan 2012

95000 mi

US $90
Replaced MAF 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Nov 2005 - May 2011
Jun 2008

23000 mi
The LCD display and the light on the stereo/radio/clock had failed, and the unit had to be replaced. 
Apr 2011

48000 mi

US $40
Needed a new heat-a/c control panel. The air conditioning would periodically just turn itself off. Part was $640 from dealer, found a used one on Ebay for $40. The dealer agreed to install it for me free of charge (about 1/2 hour of labor).  
Mazda Mazda3 in New Brunswick, Canada
Jun 2009 - Oct 2011
Jun 2011

51743 mi

C $1000
Clunking noise in rear. Dealer replaced both rear shocks and front control arm. Clunking still present. Took back to dealer and after test drive a broken spring was found. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Nov 2005 - Oct 2010
Nov 2006

18000 mi
purge valve 
Apr 2010

73000 mi

US $300
thermostat replaced engine mount replaced 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in New Jersey, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2014
Mar 2013

134000 mi

US $650
Replaced brakes and rotors 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Mar 2011
Mar 2011

68200 mi

C $300
Engine cooling system (radiator, water pump, thermostat, heater core, etc.), repair 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Nov 2011
Nov 2011

42160 mi
Engine light came on in October, rear O2 sensor broken. Estimate was 250 CAD, not repaired prior to accident. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Indiana, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2016
May 2009

33000 mi
Replaced standard CD player under warranty. Radio still worked but refused to read CDs 
Jan 2012

81000 mi

US $25
Both headlights burned out within one week of each other. Replacement is moderately challenging and took approx 1 hour. No issues since then. 
Aug 2012

100500 mi

US $16
CEL was for emissions leak. New gas cap corrected issue. 
Sep 2012

103000 mi

US $500
Low speed squeak/squeal, especially when making parking-lot turns. Front-passenger corner. Despite new mid axle shaft, problem never corrected. 
Oct 2012

105000 mi

US $650
Bought strut/shock replacements (all four corners) online. Paid a local independent shop to replace the front struts. I did the rear shocks myself. Repair due to mileage of car (primary) and front-passenger suspension squeak (secondary) 
Nov 2012

108500 mi

US $70
Needed to replace purge valve solenoid and connecting line. Common issue for MZ3s over 80k miles. Valve wears out, can become jammed with carbon buildup. Sticks open or closed. Can lower fuel economy, hard to start. Hoped it would also fix uneven idle. Uneven idle. Butterfly valve sticks in throttle body due to excess carbon buildup. To remedy, remove engine intake, remove throttle body, clean throttle body. Replace throttle body gasket as a preventative item. 
Feb 2013

115500 mi

US $264
Engine mount was worn. Replaced at 115k. Common issue for model between 90-120k miles. 
Jul 2013

129500 mi

US $35
Replaced thermostat myself at cost of 35 dollars. Took approx 1 hour total. Valve in thermostat was starting to stick, throwing CEL. 
Nov 2013

139700 mi

US $30
Purge valve solenoid died again, resulting in CEL. Believe previous replacement part was of low quality. 
Jul 2014

156700 mi

US $30
Replaced rear motor mount to quell vibrartion when increasing or decreasing throttle. Very quick, easy to fix. Less than 1 hour. Parts cost roughly $30. Wears out with time. 
May 2015

175000 mi

US $15
Engine code displayed about large emissions leak and lean cylinder 1. Have seen this before. Replaced gas cap. Has not displayed again. 
Jun 2015

178000 mi

US $50
Purge valve solenoid failed again after about 40,000 miles. Took 10 minutes to swap. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Montana, United States
Apr 2014 - Jun 2016
Mar 2015

121000 mi

US $1475
Replace front end struts and springs Replaced serpentine belts Rhythmic noise when applying breaks. Told shop that it sounded like it was coming from the front. They told me the rear rotors had hot spots. Replaced rear rotors. Didn't fix the problem. Car is currently at another more trustworthy shop. 
Jun 2015

124000 mi

US $700
Caliper was dragging, tires were not balanced. Replaced caliper and also had to replace both front rotors. Balanced tires 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
May 2008 - Jul 2009
Dec 2008

48360 mi
Resistors for fan stopped working; fan only worked in maximum speed; replaced under warranty 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Nov 2011
Dec 2009

47740 mi

C $20
Passenger side low beam replaced 
Jun 2010

52080 mi

C $300
Front rotors replaced + pads on all four wheels. Front rotors were extremely difficult to remove due to rust. 
Sep 2011

67580 mi
Rust is visible on the rear passenger door window upright + both rear fenders + tail light. 
Nov 2011

67580 mi

C $600
Rear brake line was seized on one side and replaced. Also replaced all four rotors with new parts. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Colorado, United States
Nov 2005 - Dec 2011
Jul 2007

17000 mi
Faulty ignition key cylinder 
Apr 2010

64000 mi

US $1100
New battery, replaced #3 motor mount and New tires 
Jun 2010

65000 mi

US $400
Thermostat needed to be replaced,  
Jan 2011

73000 mi

US $1100
Had front struts replaced Experiencing High Idle at start (2000+rpm), dealership recommended Fuel Injector Cleaning and new spark plugs, performed FI cleaning, problem continues, not sure new plugs will address issue? 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
May 2013 - Apr 2016
Apr 2015

109120 mi

C $1600
Clutch exploded, whole assembly replaced. No damage to transmission. 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2007 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

80000 mi

US $150
Bad fuel cap triggered check engine light. Cap would not tighten down properly. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Apr 2007 - Nov 2008
Apr 2008

12000 mi
Front bushings replaced (due to squeeky steering), 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2012
Oct 2011

72000 mi
Passenger Side Motor Mount Failure. Ordered OEM Part independently to cut costs. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2006 - Jun 2011
Feb 2007

9920 mi
inverted seatbelt 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Dec 2010 - Sep 2012
Aug 2011

72500 mi

US $245
Felt like a miss, replaced #3 motor mount. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Louisiana, United States
Jun 2013 - Jun 2016
Sep 2014

117000 mi

US $350
worn sway bar links replaced to stop noise. 
Dec 2014

120000 mi

US $225
replace both headlight systems due to exterior damage that reduced visibility 
Feb 2015

121000 mi

US $85
door handle broken 
Aug 2015

127500 mi

US $480
2 motor mounts went bad 
Oct 2015

131500 mi

US $484
Leak on outlet fitting of radiator...had to wait 3 work days to get part and new gasket 
Mazda Mazda3 in Louisiana, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2014
Feb 2013

43700 mi

US $236
Check engine light came on, thermostat needed replacing. Part replaced, coolant added. 
Mar 2014

49000 mi

US $516
Engine light stayed on. Code indicated O2 Sensors needs replacement. Driver side power window would not roll down 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
May 2013 - Jun 2016
Oct 2013

80160 mi

C $212
CEL came on,diagnosed as stuck thermostat. Thermostat replaced. 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Oklahoma, United States
Feb 2011 - Jul 2016
Jan 2013

92700 mi

US $350
Vehicle threw error code for faulty thermostat.  Dealer discovered Transmission Pressure Sensor was faulty and also a broken engine mount. Warranty company covered all but the thermostat. 
Nov 2013

109300 mi

US $900
Transmission would not shift and no display lit up in the cluster. Diagnosed with code U1101: Communication Fault. The TCU went out and I was told this is common on Mazda 3 vehicles with over 80K miles. 
Jan 2016

147000 mi

US $300
Replaced brake rotors and pads, struts, shocks, inner/outer tie-rods, and suspension linkages. All but pads and shocks had been replaced before. Much was deferred maintenance. 
Feb 2016

147000 mi

US $120
Observed oil on spark plug threads when replacing the spark plugs. This is common due to bad valve cover gasket design. Bought improved gasket and used blue Locktite on cover fasteners. 
Jul 2016

149000 mi

US $378
Ripped boot during earlier front ball joint replacement. Replaced complete front L&R control arms. Replaced rear trailing arm bushings; rear spring insulators; rear rear upper & lower control arms. Bought special tool for bushings (included in cost). 
Mazda Mazda3 in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2009 - Sep 2013
Jul 2012

77700 mi

US $650
Front struts were leaking, one had collapsed. New struts and end links were required. 
Dec 2012

85000 mi

US $1
Engine mount replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Mar 2014 - Jun 2016
Oct 2014

129000 mi

US $700
Automatic transmission control module failed. Replaced with new unit, car drives like new again. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2015
Apr 2012

103700 mi

US $50
Thermostat required replacing. I was able to do this myself for about $50 in parts including coolant. The whole project was easy and took less than 1 hour. It would be even quicker for an experienced shop. 
Jun 2013

115000 mi
Electrical system becoming erratic; alternator needed to be replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Jul 2011 - Apr 2014
Sep 2013

79000 mi

US $750
Front left bearing had to be replaced. Front brake rotors also replaced prematurely due to excessive wear. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Mar 2016
Jun 2012

36580 mi

C $300
One of the motor mounts was leaking, replaced by dealer. 
Nov 2012

40880 mi

C $400
Turn signal stalk won't return to original position after turning right (or left, don't remember). Dealer replaced turn signal stalk, problem fixed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Apr 2007 - Mar 2010
Feb 2007

9453 mi
Defective TPMS sensor - left front wheel 
Mazda Mazda3 in Rhode Island, United States
Jul 2011 - Jul 2015
Sep 2011

76000 mi

US $415
Replaced power steering pump to fix intermittent power steering failure. 
Oct 2013

97300 mi

US $248
Replaced worn front tie-rod ends. 
May 2015

114000 mi

US $100
Rear brake discs were worn and heavily grooved, somewhat noisy when braking. Replaced rear brake pads and flushed brake system at the same time. 
Jul 2015

116000 mi

US $1300
Car would not shift correctly: clunking noises when shifting to D or R, transmission seemed stuck 3rd gear. "AT" and "check engine" lights were on. Dealer replaced transmission control module and fixed a minor, unrelated transmission leak. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Sep 2010 - Jul 2011
Sep 2010

51000 mi

US $195
Replaced thermostat due to P0126 check engine light, "coolant temperature always too low" 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Jun 2012 - Sep 2013
Jul 2013

115700 mi

US $1100
Received error code U0101 - Lost Communication with TCM. TCM had to be replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Apr 2015
Jul 2012

44111 mi

US $235
#3 Engine Mount Collapsed, Replace 
Dec 2012

47000 mi

US $350
Error code P0126 Coolant Failure due to stuck open thermostat. Drained coolant & removed thermostat. Replaced thermostat & refilled w/new coolant. Also replaced battery for a seond code, cranking low. Third code for dirty throttle. Previously aware of this from a July service visit. Punted again on this one. 
Dec 2014

66000 mi

US $1692
Replace all brake pads, replace front brake rotors. Front right strut had been damaged since about 30k miles - never repaired. Replaced both strut assemblies and replaced front/rear shocks also. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2007 - Mar 2015
Oct 2007

9920 mi
DOOR SECURITY PROBLEM - replaced door lock cylinders, and installed shock alarm sensor 
Sep 2008

16120 mi
Replaced rear drivers side seatbelt, latch sticking. Done under warranty 
Jul 2009

22320 mi

C $90
Routine brake fluid flush- not bled properly. Brakes not working, eventually they replaced front pads and rotors, because they could not bleed brakes after 5 attempts. 
Dec 2012

40300 mi
replace drivers side headlight bulb 
Jun 2013

42160 mi

C $1211
Sheared upper drivers side rear shock mount. Ended up replacing both rear shocks and mounts, both rear springs (one cracked), and rt rear stabilizer bar 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Dec 2007 - Dec 2011
Mar 2009

39000 mi
Driver's side sun visor clip replaced (original had cracked so sun visor would not properly stay in place when folded up) 
Aug 2009

45000 mi
Noticed that OEM painted alum wheels had bubbled (rust underneath) so dealer arranged to have all 4 refinished - no charge and received lifetime warranty for repair 
Jul 2011

56000 mi
rattle or clunking noise coming from rear end of car, independent shop unable to fix it 
Nov 2011

58000 mi

US $282
same as with independent shop, had dealer refasten all screws, tighten all things that could rattle, etc. but noise still exist --- not related to the car but will be trading it in 
Dec 2011

58000 mi
tried one last time to no avail to resolve 'clunk' in the rear of the car, had other reasons but traded car in on another make and model 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Dec 2010 - May 2014
Feb 2011

31000 mi

US $1700
Warped rotors and asymmetrically-worn brake pads replaced, along with one wheel bearing and two axles. 
Feb 2013

53300 mi

US $1500
Axle shaft, passenger side, shattered while making a right turn at ~3mph. Recently had a passenger open the door and leap out while the car was in motion, traveling ~35mph, after earlier encountering a gaping chasm of a pothole. Replaced warped rotors, pads. I say both right bearings were bad. Mechanic ex-boyfriend replaced just front, and just the ring, not the whole hub assembly. That failed today, three weeks later. Control arm replaced along with axle half-shaft. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Idaho, United States
Mar 2006 - Sep 2010
Aug 2006

14000 mi
Front passenger window re-aligned. 
Aug 2009

60100 mi

US $200
Replaced battery. Passenger side motor mount deteriorating, ordered a new one. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Aug 2010 - Oct 2010
Sep 2010

57000 mi

US $630
Temp probe went out. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2013 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

89280 mi

C $275
Alternator and Battery replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Nov 2006 - Sep 2010
Sep 2007

43000 mi

US $235
needed brake pads replaced 
Jun 2009

71000 mi

US $135
Passenger side engine mount failed. I replaced it. 
Jul 2009

72000 mi

US $150
Replaced right front strut. 
Aug 2009

74000 mi

US $270
Replaced rear shocks and left front strut. 
Feb 2010

83000 mi

US $37
Replaced rear brake pads. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2016
Dec 2010

121951 mi

US $775
replaced fuel pump 
Mar 2012

136000 mi

US $100
CIL signed Pulse Generator failure. AT would signal problem and prohibit gearing higher than 3rd. Replaced sensor. 
Mar 2014

158000 mi

US $283
replaced bad thermostate 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Oct 2007 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

29000 mi
Area around the sunlight sensor, on the front of the dash, by the defroster vents, is cracked. Dealer said there was a TSB about it; awaiting part to arrive and dealer to repair under warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Jan 2012

60740 mi

C $175
Replaced front oxygen sensor 
Jun 2012

63860 mi

C $80
Check Engine Light turned on for the thermostat. Replaced thermostat, along with AC, serpentine belt, and idler pulley. 
Oct 2012

70060 mi

C $500
Replaced front struts and rear shocks 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Apr 2014
Aug 2011

118300 mi

US $1200
Fuel pump 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Oregon, United States
Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

85000 mi

US $325
Car needed 8 qts oil over 5000 miles. Dealer suggested replacing cylinder heads ($2500), possibly the long block ($6000). 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Jan 2007 - Jun 2016
Mar 2007

13000 mi

US $1500
rear passenger side fender was dented 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Jul 2015 - Jun 2016
Aug 2015

125000 mi

US $960
steering shudder when accelerating and braking. noises from suspension steering shudder when accelerating 
Jan 2016

127300 mi

US $315
CEL code 1026. Thermostat replaced along with coolant flush 
Feb 2016

127700 mi
CEL code for coolant low. Coolant level looked good so went to shop for diagnostic. Code reset and CEL has yet to return. Shop did not charge for diagnosis and reset. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2016 - Sep 2016
Sep 2016

118420 mi
Complete AC failure. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Nov 2014 - Jan 2016
Nov 2014

92000 mi
Vehicle reported check engine light, multiple warnings. Dealer diagnosed issue as faulty sensor. Oxygen sensor replaced. 
Apr 2015

98000 mi

US $55
Engine still has oil leak. It's getting worse, and oil changes and too offs last less and less. Everything in the car is great with the exception of the engine, which is destroyed. 
Jan 2016

109000 mi
Engine failure today at 5PM. Vehicle is now inoperable. Avoid Mazda engines >2009, specially 2.3L variant. 2010+ okay. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Connecticut, United States
Oct 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

5000 mi
Dealer had to replace factory battery because it was very low. Dealer stated that it had happened to a few other people before. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Jul 2014 - Jun 2016
Dec 2015

78000 mi

US $550
Brake master cylinder failure. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Mexico, United States
Sep 2012 - Mar 2016
Jan 2014

85300 mi
Stuck CD changer w/many CD's lost to the player. 
Jan 2015

121000 mi

US $100
CD changer inoperable. Not able to retrieve cd's 
Sep 2015

129000 mi

US $800
The clutch and flywheel were replaced. Ck engine light comes on intermittently. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Apr 2014 - Dec 2014
Jul 2014

82000 mi

US $200
Pass. side e-brake was sticking, so relaced pads/rotors and lubed the cable. Rear shocks replaced. 
Sep 2014

84000 mi

US $380
Still shuddered over bumps. Front struts replaced, lowering springs installed on all four corners, adjustable rear upper control arms installed & alignment performed to get rid of excessive rear camber from lowering. Shudder now gone. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2005 - Jun 2016
Aug 2011

81500 mi

US $307
Motor mount on passenger side starting to separate. Adviser recommended replacement before complete failure occurred. Also said this particular mount is the one of the three that is stressed the most and may need replacement at some point Both low-beam halogen bulbs burned out. Right-side around December 2010, Left-side around February 2011. Bought and changed myself, $17 each bulb. 
Oct 2012

101000 mi

US $20
Both low-beam halogen bulbs died, a week or so apart. These were already replacements, the first pair (original from Mazda) lasted about 80,000 miles. The two I replaced, from Sylvania, barely lasted 20,000 miles... Kudos to Mazda!!! 
Nov 2012

103000 mi

US $750
Had to replace the struts. Adviser said the was almost no oil left. Judging from what I found on the internet, struts may need to be replaced around 50-60,000 miles. It seems like having to do it just past 100,000 miles is not a bad deal! 
May 2014

129500 mi

US $417
Rear brakes completely worn out. First time they needed to be replaced. Not bad, almost 130,000 miles with the original rotors and pads! Stupid e-brake cables got stuck due to rust... new cables were $100 (still too much), but the total with labor amounted to $427, what a rip-off!!!!!! right wheel bearing got very noisy and had to be replaced. $297 total. 
Mar 2015

141000 mi

US $700
Bushings on control arms wore out. Replaced both control arms and had alignment done 
Dec 2015

153000 mi

US $78
Windshield Washer pump died. Replaced by a local shop. Rear right shock mount broke (drove over a really bad expansion joint on a highway overpass...) Mechanic replaced broken mount and the one on the other side as a preventive measure, as it was severely corroded. 
Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

56000 mi

US $1365
Wiring loose on oxygen sensors caused CEL, also new battery put in, not enough charge from current unit. Also included 60,000 mile service - power steering, trans fluid, rotate tires, align. CEL also caused by loose gas cap, advised $57 for 08 gas cap. Getting 4 new tires put on, advised rear brakes and rotors needed to be replaced. Complete rear brake job completed, $450, 4 new Kumho tires $408, putting tires onto wheels $58. Car feels great on new rubber - highly recommend the Kumho's. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2006 - Jul 2013
Nov 2008

29140 mi
Clutch release bearing was making noise. Clutch pedal assembly was initially suspected but it was the bearing. Clutch itself was also replaced for whatever reason. 
Sep 2009

35340 mi
Motor mount leaked fluid, was replaced under warranty. Motor mount was near passenger side strut. 
Mar 2011

53940 mi

C $340
Hand brake seized, need to replace entire cable assembly. Original cable suffered from corrosion damage. 
Mazda Mazda3 in South Carolina, United States
Oct 2008 - Jul 2016
Jun 2008

20000 mi
window assembly came loose. the nuts just needed to be tightened. covered under warranty. 
Nov 2008

30000 mi
From a stop and releasing the brake pedal to accelerate, the brake pedal makes a rattling sound.  
Nov 2013

106000 mi

US $50
Thermostat stuck open. Replaced thermostat and coolant lost during the replacement. 
Feb 2014

106500 mi

US $400
Front struts were worn out. Replaced struts and springs. Replaced all 3 motor mounts. 
Jul 2015

125000 mi

US $7
Driver window would go down partially and made a crunching sound. Ordered a gear for the motor assembly ($7) and replaced myself. 
Nov 2015

129000 mi

US $80
Replaced brake master cylinder and fluid for bleeding. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Aug 2008 - Jun 2016
Nov 2008

35000 mi
Gas cap gasket leaking. Mazda dealer said old design of cap was faulty and replaced with redesigned cap. 
Jul 2010

56000 mi

US $1300
Front struts, rear shocks worn out. One leaking, not functional. All had needed replacement for a long time. Shop said OEM shocks usually low quality, don't last. Replaced struts/shocks, front strut mounts and bushings, and did alignment. 
Aug 2011

71500 mi

US $45
Had a relatively minor problem with idle being uneven. Mechanic cleaned the throttle body and reset the computer. 
Dec 2011

75000 mi

US $330
CEL gave P0126 code, "Insufficient Coolant Temperature for Stable Operation." Shop verified thermostat had failed and replaced thermostat. 
May 2012

82000 mi

US $1306
A/C compressor seized, causing belt to melt and break. Replaced A/C compressor (with new part), expansion valve, receiver drier, and belt; evacuated, flushed, and recharged system. 
Mar 2013

94000 mi

US $130
KYB rear shocks from previous repair failed prematurely. Wear on rotated front tire indicated shock had failed already by 20,000 miles. KYB replaced shocks at no charge, but had to pay for installation. Also did alignment. 
Jul 2013

99000 mi

US $452
Wavering idle, wanted to stall starting from stop. Periodic diminished power hitting accelerator. CEL issued two codes for rich system: P0172, P2275. Mechanic diagnosed failed mass air flow sensor, cleaning didn't help, replaced sensor. 
Feb 2015

121000 mi

US $224
Replace right upper engine mount. Mount was broken. 
Mar 2015

122000 mi

US $260
Car having trouble starting. Cranks several times before starting or only on second try. The longer car sits, the more cranking it takes to start. Replaced spark plugs and cleaned fuel injector. Did not solve problem. Back in shop currently. 
Apr 2015

123300 mi

US $1010
Car cranking and taking long time to start. Previous repairs (spark plugs, fuel injector cleaning) did not help. This time (three days later) no pressure found in fuel line after engine off. Fuel pump and fuel pump o-ring replaced. 
Sep 2015

128000 mi

US $532
Sporadically losing power under load. 1st mechanic replaced PCV valve/PCV hose and purge valve, neither fixed it (no charge). 2nd mechanic replaced upstream O2 sensor--fixed but not sure if entirely (ac compressor reduces power a bit still). 
Jan 2016

134300 mi

US $747
Rattling noise and excessive engine noise underload, as well as clunky shifting and diminished power. All three engine/transmission mounts broken. Replaced. Made a huge difference in driveability of car and eliminated noise. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Missouri, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

25000 mi
Had the purge valve replaced. 
Jun 2008

27000 mi
Had to have the purge valve replaced for the second time in three months 
Dec 2009

50000 mi

US $125
I had the driver side seatbelt replaced due to belt not re-tracting at normal rate. I also had a crack upper dash replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2006 - Mar 2009
Apr 2008

19000 mi
Check engine light for faulty hose. 
Jan 2009

26000 mi
CD changer jammed. Deck was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Louisiana, United States
Oct 2006 - Jun 2016
Dec 2006

4700 mi
Replaced clock module and clips 
Aug 2008

8000 mi
Engine would turn over but not start. Fuel pump replaced. 
Dec 2015

35000 mi

US $358
Check engine light was on. Coolant temp below temp ck and diag replaced thermostat assy and flushed cooling system 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Nov 2005 - Jan 2011
Sep 2007

46000 mi
Purge Control Valve Loose nuts on plastic shield below oil pan 
Jan 2011

125000 mi

US $300
Loose and badly deteriorated exhaust shield. Probably could have been let go, but decided to fix it. Heat a bit weak, shop replaced thermostat and coolant. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Aug 2006 - Jul 2015
Jun 2006

12500 mi
Two minor warranty issues- 1- Clock was losing time intermittently, dealer was already aware of problem and fixed within an hour. 2- In very hot weather, the manual shifter knob became very loose. Dealer applied different adhesive and fixed within a 
Mar 2008

50000 mi
Engine began making a knocking/tapping sound over 3,000rpm. Dealer determined a faulty connecting rod and replaced engine under warranty (barely 1,000 miles from expiration!) 
Jun 2008

56000 mi

US $45
Whining noise noticeable when slowing to a stop, noise stopped when clutch was disengaged, local mechanic informed that the manual transmission has a faulty bearing or similar problem- likely related to engine failure/replacement three months prior. 
Dec 2008

63000 mi

US $120
One of the liquid-filled engine mounts failed and required replacement. I had local shop repair it along with new brakes and two new tires (wear items). May be covered by TSB, investigating reimbursement. 
Aug 2009

72000 mi

US $650
A/C stopped working suddenly and I heard a horrible screeching noise from under the hood. A/C compressor had seized causing belt to break.  
Sep 2009

74000 mi
Started popping out of 3rd gear intermittently (manual transmission). Diagnosed as worn synchro on 3rd gear, living with the problem until it gets bad enough to spend the $$$ to repair! 
Feb 2010

77500 mi

US $1050
Transmission replaced with a used one from a salvage vehicle. Less expensive than attempting to repair/rebuilt existing manual transmission. Replaced A/C compressor with a used one from a salvage vehicle. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2006 - Jun 2016
Apr 2013

35740 mi

C $90
Torn serpentine belt. 
Sep 2015

78120 mi

C $700
Replaced struts 
Mar 2016

83080 mi

C $800
Parking brake seized, replaced cables Broken engine mount, replaced mount Broken and dragging undershield replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2010
Nov 2009

57000 mi

US $74
Replace Engine Mount # 3 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2012 - Jun 2015
Jun 2012

84320 mi

C $250
Front driver side wheel bearing replaced at local shop. 
Dec 2012

87420 mi

C $300
Replaced alternator and 2 belts 
May 2015

98760 mi

C $400
Replaced worn out front wheel bearing 
Jun 2015

99200 mi

C $300
Broken rear coil spring and blown shock 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Jan 2013
May 2012

89000 mi

US $650
Left my car at the airport for a week, and then it was dead when I arrived. The alternator was not charging the battery so it had to be changed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Jul 2006 - Apr 2014
Oct 2012

181300 mi

US $148
Check engine came on. Took to shop and thermostat needed to be replaced 
Jun 2013

202000 mi

US $225
Driver's side front wheel bearing needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2013

211000 mi

US $240
Engine lost power and check engine light came on. After numerous tests, the rear O2 sensor was found to be faulty and required replacement. 
Oct 2013

214000 mi
Engine lost power and would not accelerate. Garage diagnosed problem as faulty fuel pump. Due to a garage employee error, the garage covered the entire cost of the repair. Total cost was $846.00. 
Apr 2014

229000 mi
Total failure of exhaust system. Catalytic converters failed, oxygen sensors failed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
May 2006 - Apr 2013
Dec 2012

47000 mi

US $1050
Clutch failed and had to be towed to shop. Car being used by my daughter due to hurricane Sandy, her car got flooded in Brooklyn. Bill lists replacement of Lever, Disc, Pressure plate, towing, wheel balancing. I hope it included the throwout bearing. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2009 - Feb 2010
Jan 2010

44000 mi

US $42
Replaced headlight bulbs 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Jun 2010 - Jul 2013
Apr 2012

75300 mi

US $100
Passenger side engine mount broken, needed to be replaced. 
Nov 2012

80000 mi

US $400
Passenger shock leaking/blown 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Dec 2015
Aug 2010

54000 mi

US $200
Water outlet valve 
Apr 2013

98300 mi

US $300
thermostat stuck open 
Nov 2014

119300 mi

US $300
Motor mount 
May 2015

134300 mi

US $400
Master cylinder replacement 
Dec 2015

143000 mi

US $150
Motor mount 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2010 - Sep 2012
Dec 2010

61380 mi
Engine mount leaking 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2010 - Jan 2015
Nov 2010

75000 mi

US $9
Gas cap was leaking tripping a CEL - replaced gas cap w/ new aftermarket part. CEL reset on its own. 
Oct 2011

91000 mi

US $500
Springs and shocks in rear worn - replaced with aftermarket parts 
Mar 2012

100000 mi

US $604
Replaced water pump pulley and main serpentine belt. Pulley was worn-out completely and was close to failure. Replaced front struts due to significant loss of steering control and body roll. Car handling was dangerous. 
Nov 2012

106000 mi

US $375
Replaced bushings, FR and FL. 
Dec 2012

106000 mi

US $288
Replaced thermostat to clear P1028 CEL 
Jun 2013

117000 mi

US $180
Battery failed, replaced with aftermarket replacement. 
Jul 2014

139500 mi

US $546
Master cylinder failure. Replaced with aftermarket rebuild. 
Sep 2014

143000 mi

US $1000
I've continued losing brake fluid and have severe air contamination in the system. The brakes work (poorly) but fluid must be added weekly. Three shops have been unable to repair after about $1000 in diagnostics costs. Complaint filed with NHTSA. 
Oct 2014

145000 mi

US $14
When the master cylinder was replaced, the fluid reservoir was not. Reservoir had a small crack at the bottom. Leaking fluid appeared to be from clumsy pouring, but was a large enough leak to cause my issues. Ended up fixing the problem myself for $14. 
Dec 2014

147000 mi

US $614
R/L Rear shocks and springs replaced Shock mounts and bump stops replaced 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mazda Mazda3 in Singapore
Mar 2007 - Jul 2016
Jul 2008

34100 mi
Replaced faulty folding side mirrors 
Nov 2010

57660 mi

$350
alternator not working 
Jun 2016

140120 mi

$900
alternator down. changed parts fuel pump down. parts replaced 
Jul 2016

140120 mi
The transmission has been skipping third gear when downshifting. Impossible to do overtaking on the highway. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Jan 2007 - Mar 2010
Feb 2007

38000 mi

US $40
oil leak from broken oil plug seal 

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