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Mazda Mazda3 Transmission Problems

2045 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Mazda Mazda3. 83 of these members (4.1%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 114 transmission repairs to Mazda Mazda3s--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Mazda Mazda3 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Percentage of Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 1791 repairs.

Mazda Mazda3 transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 205 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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2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual FWD

23000 mi   Transmission slipping. Repaired/ paid in full by original factory warranty. 

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2007 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

156-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

32000 mi   Grease leaking from front left outer cv joint. 
125000 US $125 Replace leaking right side cv joint 

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2007 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

11160 mi C $66 Wheel Lug Nuts were damaged at delivery of car so I had dealership replace them free of charge 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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 

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2006 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

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. 
74000   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! 
77500   Transmission replaced with a used one from a salvage vehicle. Less expensive than attempting to repair/rebuilt existing manual transmission. 
29140   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. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3

Engine not specified

65000 mi US $630 Stated transmission was leaking fluid and it would cost $230 to fix ontop of $300 60K maintenance. When I got the bill, it just stated that they sprayed a foam insulator around transmision case. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

24800 mi   Hard early morning shifting and vibration when down shifting from 4th to 3rd in manual mode. Still hard shift when engine cold, down shifting was corrected no vibration. 

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2005 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

79000 mi US $100 Transmission fluid leak. Leaking from the transmission fluid pan gasket. After that repair immediately noticed it is leaking from a higer spot on the transmission. 
80000   The transmission fluid inlet from the radiator had coroded and a rust hole formed. 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

39000 mi   Manual transmission is very hard to shift when cold. Told it was normal due to heavy weight oil in transmission. 

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