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2012 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Engine (27%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 84 repairs.
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2012 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (8%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (62%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 26 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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2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Florida, United States
Mar 2012 - Dec 2016
Jul 2014

23000 mi
Center console latch. It working 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Oklahoma, United States
Mar 2013 - Jun 2015
Feb 2014

29000 mi
Driving at dusk with the headlights on. Suddenly, the headlights turned off, along with all of the dash and interior lights, including dash lights that are on when headlights are off. Daylight sensor reprogrammed. Hasn't recurred, but doubt really fixed. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Florida, United States
Aug 2012 - May 2015
Dec 2013

20000 mi

US $1300
HPFP was no longer delivering required fuel. Had to purchase and install upgraded pump. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2016
Oct 2013

4300 mi
Satellite radio reception intermittent. Dealer says this is a common complaint and there is no fix. 
Jun 2014

5000 mi
Car had intermittent noise/vibration in right turns. Factory Rep advised dealer to replace left knuckle and bearing. 
Nov 2014

7000 mi

US $185
battery failure 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Florida, United States
Aug 2011 - May 2016
Sep 2014

48000 mi

US $450
Wheel hub began making rubbing noise at 45,000, gradually got worse. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Virginia, United States
Jun 2014 - Jul 2016
Oct 2014

23000 mi
Serpentine belt missing chunk. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Indiana, United States
Jan 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2015

18000 mi

US $250
Wheel stud sheared while torquing wheel lug. Was not due to crossthreading. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Florida, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2016
Nov 2013

18000 mi
Head unit would intermittently not play stations. I could press a station and have it play fine, change to another station, come back to the first station and it would be silent. Head unit had to be replaced. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Louisiana, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

58300 mi

US $600
Replaced clutch,and flywaheel 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3

Engine not specified

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Florida, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

48000 mi

US $360
loss of acceleration and power steering, multiple dashboard lights while driving. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Illinois, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

35000 mi
valve body replaced and now getting terrible gas mileage 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

167-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Oct 2014 - Dec 2016
Mar 2015

26000 mi

US $1100
Before I bought the car with 17,xxx miles, I was aware that the 2.5 L with a 6-speed has a notoriously weak clutch, at 26K miles it was gone. No harsh driving 
Dec 2015

34000 mi

US $1
The factory clutch wore out early, as is a known problem with this model / engine combo. I put a stage 1 aftermarket clutch in. It failed in 9000 miles. I went back to an OEM factory clutch setup 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

167-horsepower 2.5L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Mexico, Mexico
Nov 2011 - Dec 2016
Aug 2016

36880 mi

$1000
The dealer replaced the TCM module, because during normal driving of the car had warning signal "AT" in the control panel and occasionally stopped the car and the directions of the board were lost. It took one week to repair. 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Jun 2013 - Sep 2016
Feb 2015

13500 mi
Computer required update. Known issue. Headlights would flash low/high when braking. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Mar 2016

93000 mi

US $280
Replaced front rotors and pads, may have been original parts 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2016
Dec 2015

30000 mi

US $220
Faulty tire pressure sensor replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2012 - May 2015
Jun 2013

25000 mi
faulty door lock. 
Feb 2014

34000 mi
Electric lock makes a zzzzzit noise when locking. Waiting for part to come in. 
Mar 2014

35000 mi
Lock motor was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alaska, United States
Jun 2013 - Jul 2014
Jun 2014

33000 mi
The belts shredded near the dealership and I managed to get into the parking lot before the engine died completely. The belts shredded again three weeks later. The repairs took almost a week with no reason provided as to why the belts broke two separate times. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Jul 2015 - Oct 2016
Oct 2016

39000 mi

US $150
Check engine light, pulled code for small EVAP system leak. Brought to dealer who replaced gas cap. After a week and no CEL, the gas cap seems to have fixed the issue. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2012 - Jun 2016
Aug 2013

14880 mi
traveling on highway felt a bang heard a whining noise drove to nearest Mazda dealer misdiagnosed as wheel misalignment.drove to home dealer diagnosed as transmission replacement that was 10 days ago still waiting for new transmission!!!!! 
Oct 2013

15280 mi
transmission total failure took 7 1/2 weeks for tranny to come from Japan!!!! Dealer and Mazda don't care totally dissatisfied with repair job and total experience with this company,will purchase a Nissan or Honda next. 
Jan 2014

20460 mi
Drivers door inner door handle would not work, replaced entire door lock assembly under warranty, part was in stock at dealer must be a defect!!!!!! 
Jan 2015

34900 mi
engine was started @ -25 C went to red line would not idle down,dealer had for 1.5 days said mat held throttle down Checked prior to tow away and mat was fine.It would seem dealer could not find the problem and had to blame it on something. 
Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
Oct 2013 - Sep 2016
Aug 2016

48700 mi
Software Update to Re-Program voltage regulator. Symptom: Headlights dimming/flashing when brakes applied. 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2016 - Dec 2016
Aug 2016

54120 mi

C $80
Clogged air filter. Replaced with upgrade. K&N air filter. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Oct 2012 - Mar 2015
Feb 2015

47940 mi
Ecm problem, car running in limp mode.Dealer said cannot fix the problem. Tried a different flash onto ecm 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Jul 2012 - Dec 2016
Nov 2015

46740 mi
Driver seat back became detached from seat bottom. Passenger seat belt latch became stuck. 
Aug 2016

57660 mi
Front passenger side wheel bearing became excessively noisy, was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Hampshire, United States
Aug 2012 - Jun 2015
Nov 2012

7000 mi
Check engine light. Reset, no further issues. 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in New South Wales, Australia
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016
Aug 2013

6200 mi
Coolant leakage 
Mazda Mazda3 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Mar 2012 - Jul 2013
May 2013

5260 mi
Traction control light intermittently stays on. Replaced ang sensor code U0428:62-68 invalid data received from SASM Brakes feel spongy at times. problem since new. Told they were normal. Still not convinced 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2014
Nov 2012

5500 mi
Power door locks ceased functioning from interior buttons. Body Control Module needed to be reprogrammed. Not successful, back in the shop. Power door locks finally fixed. Problem was a faulty body control module. Was replaced and problem fixed. 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

167-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
May 2012 - Dec 2016
Apr 2014

17020 mi
Power steering rack was leaking and was replaced under warranty 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

155-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
May 2016 - Dec 2016
Aug 2016

43000 mi

US $65
Headlights flickering when braking. Per TSB this is due to insufficient alternator output and a software update is needed to correct the problem. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Dec 2011 - Oct 2016
Jan 2015

44300 mi

US $461
My wheels were bent, but no abnormal cause was apparent (like an accident or collision). 
May 2015

48000 mi
Piece of under body trim was loose. 
Nov 2015

56000 mi

US $600
Needed new brakes, but rotors in addition to pads. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Kentucky, United States
Mar 2015 - Dec 2016
Jul 2016

39500 mi
Oil pan gasket developed leak - fixed at no cost by repair shop 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2016
Aug 2016

51000 mi

US $50
Replaced Horn that was going bad, did not made a loud noise anymore 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alabama, United States
Oct 2016 - Dec 2016
Aug 2016

34481 mi

US $593
Replaced Entire (Bose) Sound System 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

46000 mi

US $75
cracked front crank seal 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2012 - Apr 2016
Sep 2013

7000 mi
defective valve assembly replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2014

25000 mi
"Airbag off" warning light inconsistently illuminates when adult in front passenger seat. Noise from front wheel area since last tire rotation (other auto shop noticed cupping on tires.) Requested suspension be checked while under warranty. Visor clip (unusually difficult to use) failed in first few months. 
Jan 2015

31000 mi
Interior driver door handle (silver color coated black plastic)lost silver coating beginning at 4 months of ownership. Also steering wheel control buttons for radio/phone/cruise control losing markings also at 4 months of ownership. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Mar 2016 - Sep 2016
Mar 2016

44000 mi

US $80
Fog lights relay went faulty at 18k miles. Replaced at 44k miles. 
Apr 2016

45300 mi

US $296
Mass air flow sensor died. Car was stranded. Diagnosed and replaced same day. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alabama, United States
Feb 2012 - Dec 2016
May 2015

71000 mi

US $600
Both wheel bearings had to be replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Dec 2011 - Aug 2016
Oct 2013

36700 mi
Transmission slow going into reverse. Reprogrammed per TSB. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Nov 2012
Jun 2012

10000 mi
Armrest developed an indent from normal use. Part replaced under warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alabama, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2016
Jul 2012

16500 mi
Driver side mirror glass developed a vibration. 
Jun 2013

34000 mi

US $100
During an inspection as part of a service, a large amount of buildup was discovered on the throttle body, and it was cleaned. Technician noted that due to the aggressive EGR system on this engine, this is not uncommon. 
Aug 2013

37700 mi

US $115
Transmission service, check engine, and traction control fault lights. All but check engine cleared by restart. Dealer contacted Mazda, advised to reflash transmission control and traction control modules. Problem has not reoccurred. 
Apr 2014

45000 mi

US $600
Two left door lock solenoids replaced for intermittent failure to lock. Dealer at 8k mi said resultant noise was not a problem, and performed repair under 'good will'. 
Sep 2015

71000 mi

US $25
Condensation forming on the vents after the AC was turned off. Replaced low-beam headlight bulbs. 
May 2016

84000 mi

US $199
A clunking noise was noticed going over a speed bump at an angle, as well as unusual handling. Replaced rear stabilizer bar end links. 
Nov 2016

96000 mi
Pending misfire stored fault code, with flashing CEL on power-on. Cleared code, inspected and cleaned throttle body. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Jul 2015 - Oct 2015
Jul 2015

66000 mi

US $150
AC clutch bearing making rattling noise. Have to replace entire AC compressor to fix. 
Sep 2015

67000 mi

US $650
Replaced AC compressor to stop rattling noise from clutch bearing. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

48000 mi
traction control light on and then car would go into manual mode but not respond to shifting 

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2012 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

155-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in New Mexico, United States
Jun 2015 - Dec 2016
May 2016

27000 mi

US $294
Rotors warped-needed to be ground 
Mazda Mazda3 in Colorado, United States
Dec 2013 - Dec 2016
Jul 2014

44700 mi

US $400
Replaced front rotors, pads, fluid. 
Nov 2016

98500 mi

US $250
Replaced rear pads and rotors 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Aug 2012 - Mar 2015
Aug 2013

8000 mi
Engine light was on. Computer needed firmware update. 
Jan 2014

12300 mi
Have to turn key twice to start car. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2015 - Dec 2016
Jun 2016

53940 mi
Replaced failed engine mount. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2014
Nov 2013

23300 mi
Squeaky clutch, apparently there was a service advisory from Mazda. Did not affect performance. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2012 - Dec 2016
Sep 2015

30000 mi
Rear hatch electric latch was not working properly (failed to latch randomly). Dealer replaced mechanism under warranty after holding/testing overnight. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2012 - Mar 2013
Oct 2012

11160 mi
The carpet was loose in the passenger foot-well near the kick panel. The carpet was secured by the dealer. 

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