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2006 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 297 repairs.

2006 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

Chart based on 125 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 4dr Sedan

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

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 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 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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 British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2006 - Jun 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. 
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 
Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2006 - Jun 2015
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. 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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? 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2006 - Jun 2011
Feb 2007

9920 mi
inverted seatbelt 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Louisiana, United States
Oct 2006 - Jun 2015
Dec 2006

4700 mi
Replaced clock module and clips 
Aug 2008

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

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

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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2006 Mazda Mazda3 Repair Histories

257 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2006 Mazda Mazda3. 103 of these members (40.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 297 repairs to 2006 Mazda Mazda3s--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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