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2004 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Engine (34%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 277 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2004 Mazda Mazda3.

2004 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (10%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (35%)

< $100 (42%)

Chart based on 223 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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2004 Mazda Mazda3

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Mazda Mazda3 in New Mexico, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

45000 mi
Airbag light just stays on. Been at the dealer several times 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2006 - Mar 2010
Dec 2006

26040 mi

C $197
 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

56000 mi

US $100
Light behind dash controls dead. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2012
Jan 2012

100000 mi

US $200
The engine kept stalling. As I slowed down, it would take too long to shift to first. Also the engine was idling very rough. 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Sep 2009 - Nov 2011
Feb 2010

108000 mi

US $1100
Both front wheel bearings had gone bad and needed to be replaced. 
May 2011

140000 mi

US $110
Leak detection pump failed. Won't be repairing. 
Nov 2011

147000 mi
Leak detection pump never fixed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2007 - Nov 2009
Dec 2007

52000 mi

US $258
Strut mounts replacements. 
Jun 2008

55000 mi

US $460
Engine mount replacement. 
Jul 2009

60000 mi

US $458
Airbag sensor and drivers seatbelt pretensioner. 
Sep 2009

65000 mi

US $15
Headlight out. 4th time headlights have gone out on car. 2nd time on this housing in 9 months. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Jul 2009 - Aug 2012
Aug 2012

86000 mi
a tie rod needed replacement 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Aug 2010 - Mar 2011
Sep 2010

80000 mi
replaced both front wheel bearings. Alternator pulley, manufacturing defect. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2006 - Mar 2014
Mar 2007

57040 mi
This is my second set of wheels whereby the alloy wheels begin to corrode near the center cap on all four wheels. My first set of wheels were replaced as it was within the 3yr/80,000Km warranty. I have the top of the line extended warranty but Mazda refus This is my 2nd set of wheels whereby the finish begins to flake off near the center cap on all four wheels. 1st set replaced under basic factory 3yr/80,000Km warranty. No fix under my extended warranty. Must return to resolve. 
May 2007

58280 mi

C $300
Refinished the wheels. The total price came to $600 but I negotiated with my dealer and got them to pay half. Total price is confirmed with other, independent shops. 
Jul 2008

88660 mi
The pulley on the belt tensioner broke such that the main serpentine belt broke rendering the car undriveable. This is a known issue with the car and Mazda has put out a service report but has not warranted a recall. I had purchased an extended warranty. Pulley on the belt tensioner broke & cut main serpentine belt rendering the car undriveable. It's a known issue & Mazda has put out a service report but no recall. Fixed under extended warranty. (otherwise: $550) 
Feb 2009

99200 mi
Driver's seat belt tensioner failed. The belt became stuck such that it could not be usefully extended to strap the driver in. Belt tensioner replaced under extended warranty. Driver's seat belt tensioner failed. The belt became stuck such that it could not be usefully extended to strap the driver in. Belt tensioner replaced under extended warranty. 
Jun 2009

102300 mi
Electric side mirrors. 1 day both sides stopped tilting up and to the left -> Obviously a switch problem: i.e. Chance both motors failed at exact way&time? Slim to none, right? No tech. needed for that info. yet charged $55 for diagnose. Rip off. Rust formation beginning on exterior edge of wheel well. Almost dime size. Failed to take my vehicle in for regular inspection at one of their proprietary paint protection centers -> lifetime warranty for rust was nullified. Remember oil changes yrs ago? Power side mirrors failed - stopped tilting up and to the left. Asked for tech advice but instead charged $55 for 0.5 hours labour to diagnose. My bad, i.e. should have went directly to parts counter to ask my question. Rust formation beginning on exterior edge of wheel well. Almost dime size. Failed to take my vehicle in for regular inspection at one of their proprietary paint protection centers -> lifetime warranty for rust was nullified. Won't repair. 
Aug 2009

104160 mi
2 non-dealer shops showed me that rotors are cracked. 2 dealerships told me that the marks are not cracks in the rotors. Only 10,000km on these rotors. 
Sep 2009

105400 mi

C $460
Driver's side front bearing had worn out and made a what sounded like loud road noise from the wheels. I was told that the hub would need replacement as well for reasons that were supposedly due to design and not damage but I'm not too clear on this. The bearing definitely needed replacement. Driver's side front bearing and hub needed replacement. It was discovered from loud road noise that the driver heard. Loud road noise took me to a mechanic who accurately diagnosed it as a worn driver's front wheel bearing. The hub and bearing comes as one unit so parts were pricey. 
May 2010

110980 mi

C $250
Motor mount #? broke which is common for all Mazda3's. Same motor mount in all of them. I don't know if they corrected the problem in later models. Motor mount #? broke which is common for all '04 Mazda3's. Same motor mount in all of them. I don't know if they corrected the problem in later models. 
Aug 2010

115940 mi

C $389
Driver's side front wheel bearing had worn out prematurely earlier repair. Receipts were stolen so only got partial warranty. Note, the hub & bearing comes as one unit. Driver's side front wheel bearing had worn out prematurely earlier repair. Receipts were stolen so only got partial warranty. Note, the hub & bearing come as one unit. 
Sep 2010

118420 mi

C $392
Check engine light code indicated an emissions fault. Found thermostat faulty & replaced. (Engine had been unable to warm to precise operating temp. so fuel wasn't burned as fully as it could be... I think.) Check engine light emissions code. Diagnosed as faulty thermostat. Needed replacement. Replaced thermostat. **(Don't think it ever needed this b/c the car warmed up fine and blew good heat. I only understood this after my Jan 2011 trip unfortunately.) 
Jan 2011

119660 mi
Check engine on. Fuel filler cap not closed tight. Light suppose to turn off after driving 10 minutes. It did not. Back to shop that replaced thermostat. Cleared the code. Everything fine since. **(Prob. misdiagnosed earlier & never needed) 
Mar 2011

120900 mi

C $460
Front passenger bearing needed replacement. It's fine considering the car had almost 200,000km on it. Front passenger side bearing needed replacement. It's fine considering the car had almost 200,000km on it. 
Jun 2012

142600 mi

C $11
Over 5 years the headlamps built up a thick film to the point of fogging up the lens, brightness of light reduced by roughly 50 percent. $51 ($40 for a drill & $11 for Maguires lens cleaning kit) & one hour later my headlamps were crystal clear. 
Feb 2013

153840 mi

C $20
Driver's window switch would only intermittently raise the window. Parts, eBay, $20. Mazda wanted $270 before labour. Five minutes to install. The driver's window in particular has been used thousands of times. 
Nov 2013

160580 mi

C $350
Starter gave up the ghost. $200 parts & $150 labour. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Oct 2005 - Dec 2014
Nov 2005

10000 mi
tsb on purge solenoid and recall on airbag sensor 
Aug 2008

71000 mi

US $400
Purge valve was replaced. 
Aug 2010

96000 mi

US $650
air conditioning didn't work. A hose needed to be replaced. Air conditioning system needed to be recharged. 
Nov 2011

104000 mi
front struts replaced 
Jun 2013

111000 mi

US $225
a/c recharge since it was blowing warm air 
Mar 2014

115000 mi

US $1000
wheel bearings broken rear shock, both had to be replaced 
Dec 2014

119000 mi

US $600
Engine hood latch and cable assembly in need of replacement Engine mount drivers side broken and leaking. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Jan 2006 - May 2016
Aug 2008

55000 mi

US $80
The driver's side headlight bulb needed to be replaced. The old one had quit working. 
Jan 2009

61000 mi

US $120
A motor mount was broken and was easily and quickly replaced. 
Mar 2009

63000 mi

US $30
The passenger sight headlight went out; I replaced the bulb.  I replaced the turn signal switch in the steering wheel, as it would stick when in the "right" position. This cost $85 for parts, in addition to the $30 I spent on the passenger-side headlight.  
Aug 2011

89600 mi

US $800
A belt tensioner broke. Caused the car to overheat and I had to have it towed. A tensioner broke, causing a belt to stop powering the electronics. The tensioner and belt were replaced.  
Oct 2011

94000 mi

US $50
Front left headlight went out; bought a new bulb and replaced myself. Dealer didn't install it, but kindly showed me how. 
Aug 2012

109200 mi

US $800
The AC button worked intermittently; a switch was bad. The dealer replaced the entire AC control panel. Reflective coating on the rear view mirror started peeling off. The clip that holds the driver side visor broke; I had a new one installed. 
Nov 2012

115800 mi

US $65
Replaced driver side headlight. The headlight bulbs seem to burn out faster than they should. 
Dec 2012

115000 mi

US $1200
Oxygen sensor and catalytic converter needed to be replaced (discovered because of CEL). The long repair time was due to ordering the CC. 
Sep 2014

147000 mi

US $500
Rear window switches and driver's master window switch didn't work properly or reliably. Had all replaced. Headlight bulb died (again). I have great difficulty with the clip, so I let the dealer do it after I ordered the part. 
Feb 2015

150400 mi

US $1500
replaced front struts and rear shocks 
Aug 2015

155500 mi

US $10
The headlights had yellowed badly with time and UV exposure, and were dim at night as a result. A mechanic friend sanded them clear, and now they look like new. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Sep 2017
Mar 2016

86180 mi

C $2000
Wheel bearings + ball joints 
Apr 2017

117180 mi

C $240
Spark plugs and #4 coil 
Jul 2017

169880 mi

C $400
both rear struts 
Aug 2017

124000 mi

C $1300
Front Brakes, calipers, rotors 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2006 - Mar 2010
Dec 2006

51000 mi
The timing belt tensioner failed during highway travel, seizing the engine. Engine was replaced successfully under Extended (CPO) warranty. During the repair, some maintenance needed to be done to finish the repair (cleaning carbon deposits). 
Feb 2008

65000 mi

US $20
While having brake rotors replaced, the mechanic discovered a part of the hardware was missing - we ordered the parts and he installed them. 
Jun 2008

68000 mi

US $50
The radio face plate lost a button. Bought a new faceplate and replaced myself. 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Jun 2013 - Nov 2014
Apr 2014

156000 mi

US $1100
replace transmission, faulty mounts allowed too much movement between engine/trans. 
Sep 2014

156000 mi

US $20
when transmission was replaced, mechanic didnt plug in sensor, after months of difficulties with this mechanic, took to a different transmission shop, they found issue within minutes and plugged it in, worked great. 
Nov 2014

156000 mi
misfire kept happening at random, I attributed it to old gas, light would come on, then clear in the same driving session. last 2driving sessions, light never came on. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Sep 2015
Jun 2009

73780 mi

C $1200
Evaporator failed and had to be replaced. Possibly because of contaminants. 
Dec 2010

89280 mi

C $250
Check Engine Light on due to failed Purge valve. 
Nov 2013

148620 mi

C $300
replaced suspension mount. 
Aug 2015

166040 mi

C $400
sway bar replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Puerto Rico
Sep 2013 - Feb 2016
Jan 2015

94200 mi

US $80
Change transmission fluid and filter because mal functioning AT at cold starts. 
Feb 2016

98000 mi
Transmission kit need to be replaced, also struts, and frontal rack 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2013
Feb 2011

73000 mi

US $1100
A/C compressor locked up 
Dec 2011

93000 mi
A/C compressor seized, locked up tighter than the hubs of hell 
Jul 2012

99000 mi

US $320
a/c compressor and dryer, evac and recharge 
Mazda Mazda3 in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2010 - Oct 2012
Nov 2010

78000 mi

US $735
Loose Ball joints. Both lower control arms replaced. 
May 2012

92000 mi

US $175
thermostat stuck open, motor under temp. replaced thermostat 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2006 - Oct 2008
Aug 2007

22320 mi
Front suspension squeaks when going over speed bumps. Dealer replaced front control arms for a modified new part (there was a TSB issued by Mazda) under warranty. 
Sep 2007

22940 mi
Installed new control arms to fix squeak. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

66000 mi

US $400
Themostat needed to be replaced Coolant reservoir hose ripped by contact with serpentine belt. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Utah, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

72000 mi

US $280
Blower motor went out. Replaced with new blower motor. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Mar 2016 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

124000 mi

US $130
rear brakes and rotors 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Oct 2007 - Feb 2009
Mar 2008

35000 mi
Torn engine mount found during oil change... 
Aug 2008

36000 mi

US $400
Oil pan leaking. Gasket replaced. Also found a broken motor mount, which was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2007 - Mar 2010
Mar 2008

37200 mi

C $500
Front wheel bearings (both sides) replaced. Out of warranty, but we had purchased the car less than 6 months earlier, so the dealer covered $300 of the $800 repair. 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Sep 2009 - Jan 2013
Feb 2010

139000 mi

US $30
Driver's side headlight out 
Mazda Mazda3 in Manitoba, Canada
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012

121520 mi

C $2000
Rear bushings, front wheel bearing, a stabilizer bar, an ABS sensor and rotor. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2013 - Sep 2013
Sep 2013

172360 mi

C $300
passenger side control arm ball joint 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2013 - Oct 2013
Aug 2013

152320 mi

C $200
Ball joint boot damaged, replaced control arm assembly. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2006 - Jul 2012
Dec 2007

63860 mi

C $350
The tensioner that keeps the belt tight broke requiring replacement of the tensioner and belt. 
Jun 2009

102300 mi

C $70
Paint was lifting on rocker panel behind front wheels and metal was rusting. Sanded, primed and painted repair area. 
Mar 2010

106020 mi

C $930
plus emergency brake cable--emergency brake was not working. 
Oct 2010

116560 mi

C $308
Speedometer and odometer were not working. Dealer replaced vehicle speed sensor 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2007 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

71900 mi

C $360
wiper linkage broke, wipers stopped functioning 
Nov 2010

83080 mi

C $1000
ac compressor clutch seized. belt had to be cut to prevent damage to other parts. 
May 2011

88660 mi

C $1000
a/c compressor replaced due to faulty clutch 
Mazda Mazda3 in Nevada, United States
Oct 2006 - Oct 2010
Feb 2009

81000 mi

US $65
Received CEL for Coolant Temp Low. Replaced Thermostat and Coolant Temp Sensor. 
Oct 2010

96000 mi
Engine code for temp sensor - unrepaired. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
- Apr 2007
May 2005

16120 mi

C $500
There was rust on the bottom of each door and the rear so we had to fix it. Mazda cars (mazda 3 most of all) are a lot affected by this, as the garage told us. It never happened again though. 
Apr 2007

69378 mi

C $700
It costs 700$ to replace a defect manifold. The trouble appeared when I was accelerating, the car did some noise, some really annoying noise. Mostly before 2000 RPM. Since that repair, I never had any other trouble with those sounds 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Oct 2013 - Mar 2017
Jun 2014

132000 mi

US $85
Both engine motor mounts were replaced. 
Oct 2014

139000 mi

US $39
The transmission mount was replaced. 
May 2015

154000 mi

US $478
Discharge side hose had a leak and a new hose was installed. The system was then recharged and checked for leaks. 
Jun 2015

156000 mi
Both lower control arms where replaced because of worn bushings. 
Jul 2015

156800 mi

US $45
Both sway bar end links were replaced. They were worn and making popping and clunk type noises over bumps. 
Dec 2015

163000 mi

US $53
Evap canister purge valve was replaced. The engine idle was erratic and a gas smell was present also. 
May 2016

166000 mi

US $100
Motor mount replaced. Loud noise, similar to what a modified exhaust sounds like, was occurring. 
Oct 2016

169200 mi

US $88
Speed sensor on transmission changed. Speedometer was bouncing all over the place from 0mph to the actual mph. Turn signal unit changed. Blinker would not turn off automatically after turn was made. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Jan 2004 - Mar 2010
Oct 2004

930 mi
Trunk lid adjusted - squeak 
Jun 2006

12400 mi
Airbag sensor recall 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Maine, United States
Oct 2006 - Mar 2010
Nov 2006

54000 mi
Car has been "knocking" for some time. It sounded like a noise my Geo Metro had before - bad strut mount. It was determined by the dealership to be exactly that. However, the "knocking" has returned and I need to bring it back in... 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

45260 mi

C $980
Emergency brake did not fully disengage. replaced emergency brake, ground rotors and replaced pads. said transmission seal leaked. did not repair. have not detected any fluid under the car. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Jan 2004 - Mar 2011
Jan 2004

93 mi
The panel underneath the instrument cluster came loose. Dealer snapped it back in place. 
Apr 2004

1860 mi
Windshield wipers don't wipe very well. Dealer cleaned the wipers but didn't really help. It's just a known issue for the car and has nothing to do with the wiper blades. 
Feb 2008

31000 mi
Car stalling and it's an ATX. Dealer told me everything is fine but the car stalled right in the lot when I picked it up. Dealer also managed to have my car rear-ended during a test drive. This problem was never fixed. 
Feb 2011

44640 mi
Repainted the driver side rear wheel well. They declined the claim for the passenger side because it was painted over already, due to them declining the same claim years ago. Mazda's paint quality is pathetic. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Manitoba, Canada
Jun 2013 - Dec 2015
Jul 2013

170500 mi
Cruise control and throttle "pulsing" (barely perceptible) despite new oxygen and cruise sensors month prior. ECU flashed then replaced. Problem not solved. Dealer did not charge for repairs. New shocks (old, high-mileage car so it really should count as wear) Bushing replacement (old, high-mileage car, should really count as wear) 
Jul 2015

237640 mi

C $25
Socket for driver side bulb replaced; problem solved for 1 month then failed again. 
Aug 2015

239840 mi

C $600
Worn rear, passenger side wheel bearing 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Sep 2009 - Jan 2011
Aug 2009

65000 mi

US $300
AC condenser replaced and AC system refilled with freon. AC compresor is noted as making noise and needs to be replaced. 
Dec 2009

69000 mi

US $185
AC compressor was replaced 
Jul 2010

73300 mi
Automatic transmission gear selector not lighting up "P" on dash, car not recognizing it was in park and not starting. Put some thick oil on the gear shaft link under the car and problem went away. Gear link was rusty and needed oil is all. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2007 - Dec 2016
Jan 2011

56280 mi

C $70
Car has a low idle (around 500 RPM) and shakes and almost stalls at red lights, once the engine is warmed up. The Mazda dealership cleaned the throttle body and replaced engine mount #3, at my expense, with NO improvement in symptoms. Follow up visit for my low idle/shaky idle/almost stalling at red lights, after I paid them good money to diagnose and fix the problem. They claim the idle is just fine and there is no problem. Roll Eyes. Useless Mazda dealership! The car would intermittently not start when in Park, and you would have to shift it into Neutral to start it. They claim they adjusted the shifter cable, for $70, and now it does reliably start in Park. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Jul 2014 - Jan 2017
Aug 2014

166000 mi

US $15
Lower control arms on both side had to be replaced because lower ball joint seal was cracked and full of dirt. Inner cv joint boot cracked. Car making loud clicking noise when driving. Throttle body had to be cleaned. Engine stalling while idleing 
Mar 2015

183000 mi

US $250
Front struts replaced. Upgraded to Koni STR.T's. 
Jul 2015

186000 mi

US $30
Thermostat stuck open replaced thermostat. 
Sep 2016

210000 mi
Transmission mount bolt came lose and dropped transmission. Tore inner cv axle and had to tow home. Reconnected transmission with thread locker. Replaced cv axle under warranty. 
Jan 2017 Transmission wouldn't shift into 2nd or 4th gear. Upon visual inspection of the transmission it was found that the 2-4 clutch anchor bolt was loose and needed to be re-tightened. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2004 - Apr 2007
Jun 2004

3100 mi
Replacement of faulty airbag sensor - under warranty. 
Jan 2005

12400 mi
Replacement of faulty door seal - under warranty 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Oct 2013
May 2012

140900 mi

US $100
fixed it. 
Aug 2013

149200 mi
In May I had a small leak in the coolant system, which got worse during a long drive and ended in overheating badly. The block was cracked, had to have the engine rebuilt, did not happen until August. Also needed a new thermostat and coolant temp sensor. 
Sep 2013

149000 mi

US $300
Not long after, a hose broke (coolant bypass - on the *bottom* of the engine, which costs $300 to access). Out of town, so I had to see an unfamiliar mechanic to replace that hose, and he messed up the recently-replaced thermostat. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

148000 mi
The new buyer was informed to replace the starter. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2016
Jul 2010

108000 mi

US $30
AC was weak, recharged 
Dec 2011

120414 mi

US $91
Fix engine undertray Retorque front suspension, lubricate bushings 
Jun 2013

128328 mi

US $315
Rear shocks were leaking and were replaced 
May 2014

130000 mi

US $138
Engine intermittently took a long time to heat up, thermostat was replaced. 
Dec 2014

131000 mi

US $269
Check engine light came on and car failed smog test. Rear O2 sensor was replaced. 
Jan 2016

129000 mi

US $160
Oil light illuminated, oil pressure switch was replaced. Oil filter housing had a hairline crack. Housing was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
May 2008 - May 2012
Jan 2008

26660 mi

C $300
Replaced belt that connects motor to alternator 
Mazda Mazda3 in Rhode Island, United States
Nov 2014 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

117000 mi

US $2000
replaced front struts 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Feb 2005 - Apr 2007
Mar 2005

19000 mi
A/C didn't blow cold on hot days. Repaired by installing pollen filter per service bulletin. 
Jan 2006

35000 mi
Driver's door window made noise when opening or reversing direction. Window regulator adjusted and switch assembly replaced under warranty. 
Dec 2006

35000 mi
Check engine light on --- Faulty evaporative emissions purge valve. Replaced under warranty. 
Jan 2007

37000 mi
Check engine light on, plus occasional hesitation. Oxygen sensor diagnosed as faulty. Replaced under warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

187000 mi

US $120
Thermostat has a tendency to fail. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Jul 2015 - Jan 2017
Sep 2015

119660 mi

C $550
Great car 2nd wheel bearing also controls arms changed Brakes as well 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Nov 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2010

62300 mi

US $417
Front Left Wheel Bearing replaced. 
Jul 2010

65850 mi

US $1255
Front Left Wheel Bearing and Nuckle replaced. 
Nov 2010

73412 mi

US $551
Front Left Wheel Bearing replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Oregon, United States
Feb 2010 - Nov 2013
Oct 2011

63000 mi

US $320
thermostat stuck open; replaced and coolant flushed and replaced 
Oct 2013

70000 mi

US $900
Clutch began slipping and needed replacing 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Nov 2008 - Oct 2017
Nov 2009

80000 mi

US $600
Alternator tensioner replaced. Belt managed to get destroyed. Water pump belt tensioner plastic pulley shattered at 3k rpm. Belt managed to get destroyed. Belt tensioner cost is $300 from dealer, $125 from NAPA. 
Sep 2014

129000 mi
SRS; driver's side seatbelt pre-tensioner required wiring adjustment. Airbag light, diagnosed with code reader. Cost two tie wraps. 
Apr 2016

147200 mi
MIL came on while driving. P0300 random misfire code. Reset with own code reader. MIL off. Has not returned in 1k miles. Suspect gasoline. 
Jul 2017

157000 mi
Passenger side junction box under glove box. Affects tail lights and interior panel dimming when headlight switch is turned on. Too expensive to replace at the moment; "tap" with a rubber mallet in the sweet spot to activate failing relay. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2009 - May 2012
Sep 2010

65000 mi

US $100
Replaced Purge Solenoid Valve. Replaced Purge Solenoid Valve. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
May 2008 - Jul 2010
Aug 2008

51000 mi

US $600
Inner right axel had a bad bearing, was making a horible sound. Entire inner axel had to be replaced. 
Mar 2009

59000 mi

US $700
Thermostat was sticking. Some valve in/near the gastank that gets stuck and allows petrol to escape in gas form. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2007 - Mar 2008
Oct 2007

37200 mi

C $400
tension arm for serpentine belt broke - needed new arm and belt 
Mazda Mazda3 in Missouri, United States
Dec 2006 - Feb 2007
Jan 2007 Rear end of car was unstable when going over bumps or driving on slick roads. Also experienced extreme rear tire wear. Clunking noise when rolling down driver's power window. Manual transmission is very hard to shift when cold. Told it was normal due to heavy weight oil in transmission. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maine, United States
Mar 2007 - Jun 2011
Mar 2008

53000 mi
Replaced purge solenoid valve myself to eliminate searching idle, a known problem with early 2004 2.3s. 
Jun 2010

86000 mi

US $100
blown motor. car is in garage awaiting money to repair 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2009 - Jul 2011
Feb 2010

68280 mi

C $107
Tensioner and left wheel bearing. 
Mar 2010

70060 mi
3 Doors have been changed, they were rusted prematurely (5 years old).They replaced the metal but not the trimming inside. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Nov 2005 - Jul 2017
Mar 2005

16317 mi

C $5
Squealing brakes. Dealer said it's normal. Applied Permatex Disc Brake Quiet to pads. 
Sep 2006

31604 mi
Repaired MAF sensor wiring (under warranty). 
Nov 2008

41880 mi
Front engine mount replaced (under warranty). Original was torn and leaking fluid. 
Sep 2011

62620 mi

C $250
Flimsy, junky, liquid-filled OE LCA control arm bushings tore and leaked oil. Replaced with solid rubber aftermarket bushings. 
Dec 2013

76880 mi

C $47
CEL with code P0106: issue with MAP sensor. Cleared code a couple of times and it kept returning. Installed new MAP sensor and code has not returned. 
Aug 2014

79360 mi

C $150
Replaced rear trailing arm bushings. The original were falling apart. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Idaho, United States
Feb 2011 - May 2013
Nov 2011

173000 mi

US $60
New thermostat 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Jersey, United States
Mar 2011 - Sep 2017
May 2012

97800 mi

US $519
Bad wheel bearing. Horribly loud grinding noise while driving above 20mph. Had to replace entire hub, also get alignment 
May 2013

109100 mi

US $600
LOUD grinding (obvious wheel bearing) noise. Took to private shop, confirmed that both front wheel bearings were bad. Replaced with OEM parts. 
Jul 2014

124000 mi

US $1000
Leaking front struts needed to be replaced. Along with 2 broken engine mounts. Check engine light was on. Faulty thermostat or coolant temp sensor. 
Sep 2014

127000 mi

US $625
Unusual wear on rear tires. Shop identified it as rear camber issue. Adjustable rear lower control arms were installed & car was aligned properly. 
Nov 2015

141000 mi

US $88
Rear right upper shock mount corroded through & broke off. Shock was loosely moving around. Replaced upper shock mounts & original shocks on both sides with parts from Amazon. Very easy to do. After previous strut mount repair, noticed that both struts were blown. Replaced other side strut mount + both rear struts, purchased off Amazon. Muffler was rattling around due to rear-most exhaust hanger that had rusted through & broken. Replaced with universal hanger from Amazon. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Wisconsin, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2012
May 2012

80500 mi

US $2000
bad rust under wheel wells. my neighbor had same problems after 5 years of baby care for vehicle. water pump replaced turned out to be quite expensive at 20,000 miles 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Hawaii, United States
Feb 2008 - Oct 2017
Nov 2010

62200 mi

US $3000
AT light came on - dealer's service dept diagnosed problem as solenoid needs to be replaced in transmission. Also, recommended to replace struts and engine mounts. 
Jan 2014

63500 mi

US $280
lower engine cover ripped off from a prior car maintenance trip 
May 2014

71300 mi
AC stopped working on May 10, 2014 at about 71,500 miles on it. Repair shop wanted $1,200 to diagnose and replace the part (AC compressor) but I found part online for $700. Decided not to do repair yet due to disability. 
Jul 2014

71200 mi

US $1163
Replaced blower motor and recharged AC. Also did recommended oil change. 
Aug 2015

74000 mi

US $45
Engine was overheating. I found out that the coolant reservoir had a small leak. I had my brother replace the reservoir, but the engine temp. is still high (based on the temp. gauge). Will save money to perform diagnosis. 
Dec 2015

74000 mi

US $80
Brother replaced thermostat with part I ordered online; also replaced spark plugs and changed coolant. 
Feb 2016

75000 mi

US $1000
Had check engine light, went in for routine oil change, diagnosed prob. as fuel pump (needs replacement). Didn't have enough money to resolve latest problem. Replaced rear shocks. 
Mar 2016

75000 mi
Replaced fuel pump. 
Feb 2017

77000 mi
Had to replace both rear taillights and headlights. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2012 - Jun 2012
Jan 2012

156240 mi
Replace engine with used engine Replace engine with used engine 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jun 2017 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

118000 mi

US $1000
Fuel pump overheat blow 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2011 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

81000 mi

US $200
Engine mounts needed to be replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2012
Nov 2011

117000 mi

US $550
AT Warning Light on, Shift shock when shifting to Reverse. Some slipping when shifting thru other gears. Diagnostic codes shown that "Pressure Control Solenoid" and "Pressure Sensor" was malfunctioning. Both parts were replaced. 
Jun 2012

126000 mi

US $500
Noticed A/C noise, turned out it was the A/C clutch, which was normal".  At the same time timing belt and "pulley" was found to be "in a bad shape", and was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
- Mar 2006
Jan 2005

1860 mi
replace axles because of clunking noise 
Feb 2005

3720 mi
dealer had to re-glue side door molding 
Mar 2005

14880 mi
replaced cross joints in the front. clunk is finally fixed. 
Jun 2005

6200 mi
clunk is still there. Dealer replaced brake pads in the front to fix clunk. 
Oct 2005

9300 mi
clunk in the back. replaced some bolt to fix. 
Feb 2006

3720 mi
re-glue side molding 
Mar 2006

14880 mi
replaced cross joints in the front. clunk is finally fixed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Mexico, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2013
Apr 2013

108000 mi
body side trim began to fall off. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Aug 2009
Jul 2009

53940 mi
Rust on top of both rear wheel wells was repaired under warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Apr 2010 - Oct 2017
Dec 2010

101000 mi

US $1000
The wires connecting the airbag sensors were corroded. Both airbag harnesses were somehow damaged and had to be replaced. Two motor mounts were corroded/broken and had to be replaced. 
Aug 2012

127000 mi

US $300
Wheel bearing was destroyed by driving with a bent rim. Bent rim was fault of the car's previous owner. Brake calipers were destroyed by a mechanic who worked on the car prior to my purchase of the car. Had calipers replaced & rotors turned. 
Dec 2012

132000 mi

US $400
Air conditioner compressor failed. AC belt broke. 
Jan 2013

119700 mi
Replace both upstream and downstream oxygen sensors. 
Mar 2013

138000 mi

US $100
Replaced rear shocks. 
Jun 2013

140000 mi

US $250
Needed complete replacement of air compressor and all attendant coolant & belts. 
Oct 2013

146500 mi

US $150
Replaced shocks. 
Nov 2013

148100 mi

US $1500
Replaced front struts, ball joints, and lower control arm bushings 
Sep 2014

168000 mi

US $1300
Bad catalytic converter and O2 sensor needed replacement. 
May 2015

178700 mi

US $450
transmission fluid flush & filter replaced; speed sensors replaced; solenoids replaced 
Oct 2016

191 mi

US $2500
Car's original transmission failed. Replaced/repaired forward clutches, rebuilt transmission, replaced failed rear transmission mount. Replaced seal on oil valve behind transmission while the transmission was being repaired. Failed seal was causing slow oil leak. 
Apr 2017

198000 mi

US $125
Replaced car's original axles. 
May 2017

200001 mi
Air compressor is shot. Estimated $1800 to fix the entire system. Cannot afford repair. 
Oct 2017

202000 mi

US $600
Replaced front pads, rear pads, and rear rotors Also replaced tie rod ends. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Apr 2009

101680 mi
Rust perforation in front pillar of rear doors. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2010 - Oct 2013
Jan 2011

105400 mi

C $300
Alternator failed and was replaced. 
Oct 2011

114700 mi

C $500
transmission pan rusted and beginning to leak Sway bar links very noisy and replaced 
Jan 2012

116800 mi

C $300
Purge valve assembly needed replacement 
Mar 2012

120280 mi

C $200
Rust in fuse box, some connections damaged. 
Aug 2012

126700 mi

C $220
front wheel bearing replaced 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2008 - Mar 2010
Mar 2009

63000 mi

US $150
Passenger side junction box needed to be replaced- Tripped relay forcing headlights to stay on and thus kill battery. Relay pulled and drove with high beams. $800 part found at junkyard for $150. Repaired for $90 in labor. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Mar 2016

117000 mi

US $450
An emissions sensor went bad. It had to be replaced. 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

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

Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2011
Jun 2010

67000 mi

US $200
Temp sensor caused check engine light. Have not had time to fix it. 
Jan 2011

69600 mi

US $80
Temp sensor code (check engine light) led to coolant sensor replace and thermostat replace for good measure. problem resolved. 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4-door

4-cylinder manual 2WD

Mazda Mazda3 in Alaska, United States
Oct 2012 - Jun 2015
Jun 2015

260000 mi
Needed a front wheel bearing Needed an emergency brake cable Needed a thermostat Electrical issues: the dash lights, low beams, and tail lights would sometimes turn on using the switch and they would turn off on their own. I read on the Internet that hitting the dash in certain spots would turn them on, and this worked for a while. 

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2004 Mazda Mazda3 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

45880 mi

C $10
Changed Driver-side Rear Brake Light 

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