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2006 Mazda Mazda3 Problems and Repair Histories

245 TrueDelta members own a 2006 Mazda Mazda3. 93 of these members (38%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 222 repairs to 2006 Mazda Mazda3s--an average of 0.9 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2006 Mazda Mazda3 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2006 Mazda Mazda3 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2006 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 2006 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

38% of the 2006 Mazda Mazda3 repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 16% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 4% to the body and trim, and 11% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 222 repairs.

2006 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

Of the 2006 Mazda Mazda3 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 13% cost less than $100, 51% between $100 and $499, 19% between $500 and $999, 15% between $1000 and $2499, and 2% more than $2500.

Chart based on 106 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2007 11000    
12000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2006 0    
13000 0 clock not keeping accurate time. 
13500 0 Clock not keeping accurate time. 
57000 1300 Right front strut and control arm replaced. 
70500 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Difficult to put 5 spd in reverse 
32000 108 MAF Sensor failed and problem with MAF connector and wiring. 
34000 0 Crack in center front of dashboard. Dealer gave a loaner for repair. 
91000 40 Bad thermostat. Caused vehicle to run cool and trigger MIL. 
95000 90 Replaced MAF 
101000  
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 
 
Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2006 0    
0 Transmission replaced when car just a few weeks old. 
7000 0 Power steering pump was leaking. Key had difficulty going into ignition. 
15000 0 In dash CD changer was jammed, would not play, eject, etc. In dash CD changer replaced at no cost under warranty. 
51000 250 Bad thermostat caused check engine light. Thermostat replaced. 
53000  

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

150-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2005 1000    
17000 0 Faulty ignition key cylinder 
64000 1100 New battery, replaced #3 motor mount and New tires 
65000 400 Thermostat needed to be replaced,  
73000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2006 620    
9920 0 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
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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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 35000    
38000 40 oil leak from broken oil plug seal 
 

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