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Mazda Mazda3 vs. Volkswagen Jetta Reliability Comparisons

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Mazda Mazda3 37 Mazda3s, 3.1 months of data per Mazda3, average 3800 miles

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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Mazda Mazda3 41 Mazda3s, 8.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 6900 miles0
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Volkswagen Jetta 40 Jettas, 9.5 months of data per Jetta, average 10400 miles28
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda Mazda3 69 Mazda3s, 10.0 months of data per Mazda3, average 19500 miles14
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.1 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 17600 miles

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta 59 Jettas, 8.7 months of data per Jetta, average 23900 miles21
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mazda Mazda3 44 Mazda3s, 9.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 29000 miles18
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta 46 Jettas, 8.7 months of data per Jetta, average 38800 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   20 MazdaSpeed3s, 9.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 42100 miles

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 102 Mazda3s, 9.7 months of data per Mazda3, average 48900 miles

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21
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan 2.5   14 Jetta sedan 2.5s, 9.5 months of data per Jetta sedan 2.5, average 51500 miles

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta sedan diesel 28 Jetta sedan diesels, 9.0 months of data per Jetta sedan diesel, average 50000 miles43
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   20 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.2 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 50300 miles

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2009 Mazda Mazda3 39 Mazda3s, 8.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 62900 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 30 Jetta 2.5s, 8.5 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 56200 miles14
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 111 Jetta diesels, 9.6 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 61500 miles37
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 26 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.3 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 54900 miles58
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 7.8 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 67700 miles

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 52 Mazda3s, 10.4 months of data per Mazda3, average 67300 miles38
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 38 Jetta 2.5s, 8.7 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 67500 miles25
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 40 Jetta 2.0Ts, 8.8 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 62800 miles69
60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda Mazda3 58 Mazda3s, 9.5 months of data per Mazda3, average 79500 miles46
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3   16 MazdaSpeed3s, 10.1 months of data per MazdaSpeed3, average 58400 miles

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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 35 Jetta 2.5s, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 89000 miles82
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 29 Jetta 2.0Ts, 10.5 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 84900 miles95
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mazda Mazda3 47 Mazda3s, 10.2 months of data per Mazda3, average 93100 miles60
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5   19 Jetta 2.5s, 8.6 months of data per Jetta 2.5, average 97100 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 32 Jetta diesels, 9.7 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 122700 miles

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101
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T   15 Jetta 2.0Ts, 9.2 months of data per Jetta 2.0T, average 97900 miles

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 38 Mazda3s, 9.3 months of data per Mazda3, average 93300 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted. Common problem with motor mounts. These failed earlier with the 2004, so they no longer affect the stat for that year.
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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   12 Jetta diesels, 11.1 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 138100 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta   11 Jettas, 8.9 months of data per Jetta, average 101300 miles

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 28 Mazda3s, 7.9 months of data per Mazda3, average 114000 miles

Prone to rust where the roads are salted.
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20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   11 Jetta diesels, 6.7 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 165300 miles

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2004 Volkswagen Jetta   13 Jettas, 11.0 months of data per Jetta, average 94000 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Jetta 31 Jettas, 8.6 months of data per Jetta, average 124300 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel 26 Jetta diesels, 9.9 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 229400 miles

Note high average odometer for the TDI.
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90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Volkswagen Jetta   16 Jettas, 8.6 months of data per Jetta, average 109300 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   14 Jetta diesels, 8.4 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 191500 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta 28 Jettas, 7.9 months of data per Jetta, average 144100 miles

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60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Volkswagen Jetta   19 Jettas, 7.1 months of data per Jetta, average 123500 miles

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2000 Volkswagen Jetta diesel   12 Jetta diesels, 8.9 months of data per Jetta diesel, average 215400 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mazda Mazda3

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What Our Members Are Saying about Mazda Mazda3 Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Mazda Mazda3: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan 155-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It was neck and neck between the Mazda3 and the MINI COOPER. I had my heart set on the MINI, but reliability was the deciding factor. I spent countless hours researching vehicles over the last several months and was very dismayed at all the mechanical issues that plague the MINI. On the other hand the Mazda3 seems to be very much trouble free. I really wanted a MINI, but I knew its 'cool' fun to drive personality wouldn't be enough to overcome the reliability headaches I could expect.
2011 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Reputation for reliability.
2011 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Consumer Reports top rated is always a good choice.
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Mazda has been a reliable purveyor of fun cars, and its Mazda 3 is no disappointment. The new-for-2010 version features overhauled sheetmetal and extra cabin refinement, and a 3 s Sport model.
2010 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I have been impressed with previous Mazdas I have owned. The 3 was well rated with CR and other automotive sites.
2010 4dr Hatch 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Always rated well
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I;ve had them in past and have had no warranty issues and other than regular maintenance had not had to take them in to get serviced.
2009 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have owned other Mazdas and liked them.
2009 4dr Hatch turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
reliabiilty is excellent so far. both rear shocks leaked after about 65,000 miles. one oxygen sensor replacemnent. that is it so far. made in hiroshima says it all i guess
2008 4dr Hatch 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
After 5 years of ownership and 67,000 miles, there were no major repairs. The only issue was a A/C filter problem that was fixed under warranty 2 years in.
Reliability and Durability of the Mazda Mazda3: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Hatch 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The drivetrain reliability on this car is awful. Clutch started failing at 40K, axles have gone bad, wheel bearings have gone bad, suspension has been replaced..
2010 4dr Sedan 167-horsepower 2.5L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
According to various sources it is not as good as Honda/Toyota. I had 0 problems with the 3. In equal time and distance the Corrola had given me some light headache though.
2009 4dr Hatch 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I got this from previous owner.
2008 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
My alternator went out after 10,000 miles of gentle driving. It happened to fail as I was driving through the coastal Oregon mountains, causing me to lose power steering intermittently on the twisties. Inexcusable for modern, brand-new automobile!!
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
turbo might be unreliable
2006 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Perhaps I have a lemon or drive it too hard, but have replaced: Clutch at 22k (free fix from dealer) Right Axle (CV joints clicking) at 65k ($480 part!) Left Axle (CV joints) starting to click Broken engine mount (rear, #3 I think) at 50k inspection
2006 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I am getting an intermittent CEL coming on, and it seems to be missing every now and then. Not sure if it is bad tank of gas, or a plug is dirty, but it is a little disconcerting. Sometimes when you pull away you feel it jerk a little, and then it kicksin
2005 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Had several repairs during warranty. None engine related except one. Nearly every repair was covered by a TSB so known problems. Plus developed rust on inside door panels due to improper factory clean;Mazda has a lot of problems with rust in this model
2005 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I've owned many great Mazdas in the past and they have always been exceptional cars, but this 3 has been awful. Everything was OK until around 70k miles and from there on out it has been nonstop issues.
  • Brakes - Plan on replacing rotors every time you do pads
  • Tie Rod - Broke clean in half at 80k miles. The car was never in a collision or anything that could have explained it. If I was on the highway I could have seriously crashed the car
  • Belt Tensioner - Only available OEM (and pricey)
  • Control arms, bushings (front and rear), constant clunks and thuds from the suspension.
  • Broken shock mounts
  • Heater Core at 90k miles
  • Wheel bearings - In 127k miles I have done all 4 twice. My mechanic says that this is common on all of the 3's he services.
  • Front End shimmy - It has had a shimmy of varying degrees constantly since about 50k miles on. I will get a bunch of front end work done, replace rotors, or balance tires, and it will be better, but never gone
  • All sorts of electrical weirdness (Sometimes the "you forgot your key in the ignition" chime wont go off until you turn the car back on/off)
  • Headlights - You will replace them so often that you can do it in your sleep. We also have a Mazda 5 and it is the same way. I have even had to replace the weird socket adapters they use. Currently I am getting no power at all to the passengers side. Also, those clear lenses haze like crazy.
  • Horn - even the slightest puddle drowns it. Mine seemed to have been shorted out as the relay trips but now I dont even get power to the horn itself
  • The condensate drain for the AC clogs constantly. If you dont notice it, it will slowly start to seep into the carpet and cause a wonderful mildew funk. Its easy to fix with a chopstick or pencil, but I have never had a car where this is an issue before.
  • Cruise Control now toggles off/on/off/on creating a wonderful seasick sensation
I would like to mention that I'm not some boy racer constantly hooning around. My car is completely stock, I'm a 38 year old dad, and 90% of the miles on it are highway back and forth to work. This is my daily commuter.
2004 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
No major problems but there are still some problems with brake dust in the rear. Had to have the front passenger window fixed (got loose). Purge valve was found defective. Transmission 2nd gear shifted hard until the software was updated.

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