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2010 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Engine (14%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (25%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (12%)

Chart based on 258 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the 2010 Mazda Mazda3.

2010 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (10%)

$100 - $499 (28%)

< $100 (54%)

Chart based on 178 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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2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2010 - Oct 2017
Aug 2016

75400 mi

C $600
A stabilizer bar had become loose, it was replaced. 
Jul 2017

84320 mi

C $400
Drive belt was frayed due to a faulty pulley. 
Oct 2017

90520 mi

C $500
Rear shock was leaking. Replaced and repaired. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Michigan, United States
Jul 2008 - Feb 2013
Nov 2011

25000 mi

US $60
TPMS sensor was leaking air. Mazda quoted $25O for repair. I took the car to Discount Tire and they fixed it for $60. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Indiana, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2017
Aug 2014

33400 mi

US $400
Car developed a rust spot on drivers door. No apparent reason, but it appears the corrosion protection they use is very poor. 
Feb 2016

48000 mi

US $75
Original battery was cranking slowly and tested as bad. Replaced with Interstate Battery. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Jan 2010 - Sep 2017
Mar 2010

1000 mi
Driver's seat would creak during cornering. Dealership fixed this problem.  A rattle from the dash cowl/windshield can be heard when traveling over bumpy roads. Dealership installed 'silencing materials' inside dash, but this did not resolve problem. 
Nov 2010

5000 mi
Horn began working intermittently in October 2010. It failed completely in Novemeber, so I took the car to the dealer. They had to special order a replacement horn. Broken horn 
Dec 2010

6000 mi
Faulty horn was replaced for free under original warranty. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Indiana, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2017
Jun 2011

35000 mi
Driver's seat was squeaking loudly. Dealer inspected seat and found broken weld in lower seat frame. New lower seat frame ordered and installed. A free rental car was provided while car was in shop. Dealer charged $571 to Mazda. 
Dec 2015

74000 mi

US $218
Failed left rear shock absorber replaced. Also replaced right rear shock as an upgrade. 
Feb 2017

82055 mi

US $380
Replaced front brake pads and rotors 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Washington, United States
May 2010 - Mar 2012
Aug 2010

4000 mi
Squeaky Drivers seat 
Sep 2010

6000 mi
AM/FM radio stopped working. Dealer determined radio was bad. Dealer ordered a new radio and installed it under warranty. 
Jul 2011

15500 mi
Radio stopped working completly. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Texas, United States
Jan 2010 - Jul 2014
Jul 2011

15000 mi
Squeaking noise was coming from the rear hatch area. A trim piece was rubbing against the hatch and was adjusted to correct the problem. 
Mar 2013

31000 mi
Rattle in rear hatch; rear hatch latch replaced 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Washington, United States
Oct 2009 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

21000 mi
The module for the keyless entry went haywire running the battery dead. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Kentucky, United States
Oct 2009 - Mar 2012
Nov 2009 Car had an erratic idle when stopping with clutch pushed in. Had it from day 1. Dealer on 2nd visit diagnosed problem as warped pressure plate, replaced with new plate and clutch. 
Apr 2010

2300 mi
car has a low speed miss. car still misses, dealer could not get computer to id problem 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2010 - May 2012
Apr 2012

31000 mi
Rattle from dash, addressed under warranty 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Ohio, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2017
May 2015

82000 mi

US $492
Replaced worn out shocks and struts. 
Mar 2016

94000 mi
Stock rear sway bar end links were clunking and worn out. Replaced with upgraded versions. 
Jun 2017

113000 mi
Mazda recall on seat frame and gas lift struts on hatch Alignment 
Sep 2017

115000 mi
Replaced original rotors after 7 years Replace drive belt 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Jun 2010 - Apr 2014
Dec 2013

38000 mi
Headlight was retaining water, entire assembly was replaced for free. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Texas, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2014
Jun 2013

65000 mi

US $100
Front axle had a squeaking joint, replaced front axle 
Jul 2013

65200 mi

US $250
Squeaking suspension when turning the wheel at low speeds. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Ohio, United States
Apr 2011 - Sep 2017
May 2011

4000 mi
Check engine light illuminated due to misfire. Code was cleared and problem did not recur. After clearing code, dealer replaced spark plugs with 2011 model plugs. 
Dec 2013

32000 mi
Rattle emanating from the dashboard/windshield area. Felt pads and other materials installed into windshield cowel per Mazda TSB. Repair was done under warranty and at no cost. 
Feb 2017

62000 mi

US $1500
Left rear strut failed and was leaking fluid. Sway bar end links were also shot. I replaced all four struts as well as the bearings and mounts on all 4 corners. Rear Sway bar end links were replaced. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in California, United States
Dec 2010 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

31000 mi
Windows wouldn't lower when cold outside CD player started to skip on certain CD's Loud clicking noise when a/c is turned off from automatic mode 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Washington, United States
Nov 2010 - Feb 2013
Jun 2011

26000 mi
Finish peeling off on wheel. Dealer ordered new wheel and replaced. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2011 - May 2012
Mar 2012

42000 mi
Microphone for bluetooth was relocated so people could hear me better. It didn't help at all. It hasn't worked right since I bought it. Too much road noise I think. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in West Virginia, United States
Jan 2012 - Oct 2014
Apr 2012

32500 mi
Something to do with fuel sensor causing Check Engine. Apparently a known issue. Sensor (unknown) was replaced. Problem has not reoccurred. 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3

Engine not specified

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Rhode Island, United States
Nov 2009 - Mar 2010
Jan 2010 Drivers seat squeaks from left side. Common issue with these cars. There are three TSBs for this 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Georgia, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
Nov 2013

86400 mi

US $175
motor mounts  shocks 
Mazda Mazda3 in Sweden
Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
Aug 2015

52700 mi

$355
car lower arm bushing started leaking oil after 85 000 km, replaced, everything fine now 
Mazda Mazda3 in United Arab Emirates
Oct 2013 - Nov 2014
Nov 2014

93000 mi

¤1
The paint job was ok, but the window got painted spray all over it. 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

167-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Oregon, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2012
Mar 2011

15000 mi
Driver door lock actuator making pre-fail noises. Actuator replaced under warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Nevada, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2015
Jun 2012

33000 mi
Gas cap threads worn down causing cap to come loose and check engine light to come on. Gas cap was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Missouri, United States
Sep 2010 - Sep 2017
May 2016

98000 mi

US $1300
Clutch wore out, had to be replaced. It was only a premature wear of the clutch itself. Nothing else failed. From what I hear, it’s quite common on Mazda 3s. 
Jun 2017

102000 mi

US $485
Front passenger strut was leaking. Replaced both front struts and both rear shocks. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Jan 2016 - Feb 2016
Feb 2016

92000 mi

US $200
Bad wheel speed sensor. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2010 - Dec 2012
Oct 2010

3600 mi
Plastic trim in the wheel well area expanded and was ajar from the body. Dealer determined issue and ordered the part from the US. The affected trim was replace under warranty. 
Jan 2011

6200 mi
When going over bumps or going around corners (even slowly), a noticeable "pop" and "thunk" could be heard from the suspension. Dealer noted the sound, chassis bolts were tightened, however problem could not be solved. 
May 2012

19620 mi
Both front headlight lens began turning an opaque white, starting from the top of the assembly. Underbody plastic piece covering handbrake line, in rear-passenger area, came loose due to holding bracket/clip falling off at some point. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2010 - May 2011
Sep 2010

9300 mi
Creaking sound coming from driver's seat. Seat track changed under warranty. Problem solved. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Jun 2010 - Nov 2013
Dec 2012

34000 mi
HVAC recirculate door actuator stripped causing clicking noise when deactivating recirculate mode. Dealer replaced actuator under warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jun 2009 - Jul 2012
Jun 2010

12000 mi
Lock cylinder not cycling, when key removed beeped like key in and remote did not lock doors. 
Oct 2010

17000 mi
Drivers side seat squeaking since car was new. 
Jan 2012

38000 mi
On three or four occassions, I've removed my key (non smart key) and hear the warning chime that indicates I've left the key in. When I close the door and go use the remote to lock it, the doors don't lock. If I put the key in and cycle through... 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Sep 2009 - Jul 2011
Dec 2009

8500 mi
Realign headlights, right side was dropping lower than the left. Under manufacturer warranty. 
Mar 2010

14000 mi

US $30
Backing plate of driver front wheel was bent and began to scrape against brake disk. Scrapping was very noticable, loud, and caused me to stop driving the car altogether for two days. On route to dealer noise ceased and could not be recreated. 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Kentucky, United States
Feb 2011 - Dec 2016
Dec 2011

35000 mi
Bad Starter. Dragging, pulling down battery. 
May 2016

73900 mi

US $329
Oxygen sensor #4. Had to be replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2009 - Mar 2016
Feb 2015

77500 mi

C $220
Driver's side door wouldn't unlock. Latch had to be replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2009 - Apr 2013
Mar 2013

45000 mi

US $450
Had to replace both front tie-rods 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alaska, United States
Apr 2009 - Apr 2012
Aug 2010

23000 mi
Windshield replacement. Seems very susceptible to rock chips and flexing. Was a result of defroster usage and flexing in extended winter temperatures (Alaska). It showed no signs of impact damage. 
Mar 2012

48000 mi
one of the front tie rods was worn. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
May 2015 - Oct 2015
Oct 2015

72000 mi

US $220
Valve cover gasket leaking oil. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Aug 2009 - Aug 2016
Dec 2009

2000 mi
Trunk pops by itself and car battery dead. Happened twice in 2 months. Remotes were stored in drawer so not possible it opened by mistake. Dealer replaced battery. Unable to replicate since only happens every few weeks. Weird. 
Sep 2014

40000 mi

US $3300
FAULTY SEALS OF HEADLIGHTS AND CONTROL UNITS OUT 4TH BATTERY REPLACEMENT 
Jun 2016

51000 mi

US $440
hid bulb out 
Jul 2016

51200 mi

US $1200
a/c compressor bolt broke 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Jun 2016 - Sep 2016
Aug 2016

73600 mi
Dash was sticky from degraded material. Dash replaced under warranty. 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Missouri, United States
Dec 2012 - Jun 2014
Mar 2014

60000 mi

US $1000
The tire pressure monitoring system needed to be replaced because the valve stems had deteriorated 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2012 - Sep 2017
Nov 2015

60760 mi
ABS and parking brake on continuously. ABS module needed replacement. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015
Feb 2015

69920 mi

C $211
Engine mount fail 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
Jan 2014 - Sep 2017
May 2015

60000 mi

US $964
ABS light would illuminate periodically and disable traction control. Replaced ABS control module. This is a know problem with Mazda3 and there is a NTSB TSB issued on the problem for 2010-2013 Mazda3. 
Mar 2016

66000 mi
Replaced dashboard cover for glue separation and cracking. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2010 - Oct 2017
May 2011

11700 mi
Dropped car off for TSB work for windshield noise. That day got a call saying they didn't order enough parts. 2nd day got a call they broke the windshield. 8 days later we rcvd car back with OEM glass after the 1st was dmg and 2nd went MIA. 
Apr 2012

20500 mi
RF speaker was blown and replaced under warranty by dealer. 
Mar 2013

30000 mi
Odd ticking noise coming from PS of engine bay. Took to dealer thinking it may be the VVT issue common on the 2.3. Dealer couldn't duplicate noise but replaced belt tensioner under warranty as it had play & said to contact if noise Took tech on test drive to point out noise and when it happened. Noise was duplicated and serpentine belt was replaced at no charge. Stretched out due to faulty tensioner. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Dec 2009 - Sep 2017
Jun 2016

89000 mi
Factory safety recall: Driver side intermediate seat frame including height adjuster replaced. Driver seat loose laterally when adjusted to maximum height. Factory repair recall: Dashboard horizontal surfaces beneath windshield sticky/tacky/gummy. Plastic decomposing from UV solar radiation through windshield striking surface. In our experience over 20 years; this unsuitable materials quality issue very un-Mazda like and hopefully not a predictor. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Jul 2012 - Sep 2012
Aug 2012

24800 mi
Drivers Seat Squeak, Like an old Bed! Left rear Power Window would not operate. Replaced motor. Knocking noise from rear of car. Replaced sway bar linkages. Chirping noise when gear changed assumed from transmission. Dealer said it was the AC Clutch and or the Belt. Replaced both. Chirping is still there but not nearly as bad. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2016
Aug 2009

1000 mi
The driver's door could not be unlocked from both outside and inside.  
Aug 2010

8200 mi
Replace a spring of clutch in the driver side's door. 
Dec 2016

92000 mi

US $300
TCM replacement 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Dec 2011 - Jun 2013
May 2013

28300 mi

US $300
Chassis control unit failed. Dealer wanted $1,000+ to repair, I was granted a goodwill repair as the car was 6 months out of warranty and this was an unusual problem. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2017
May 2012

30100 mi
Sensor which detects that the shifter is in Park was not properly detecting that signal, or transmitting it to the steering wheel lock. 
Mar 2016

89000 mi

US $150
Downstream O2 sensor failed after almost 90,000 miles. (Note that the Mazad3 has 2 O2 sensors --- three for California models.) I bought the OE part from the dealer and installed it myself. 
Oct 2017

111000 mi
Passenger-side front engine mount failed. This probably happened a loooooooooooong time ago. Mazda dealer quoted ~$450 to replace. Did it myself for $58. ECU reflash to clear Lean Fuel Trim, Bank 1 code 2096. There's a TSB out on this --- nothing wrong with the car, needs software update. Driver seat linkages failed -- shifting and clicking in turns. Subject to recall. Mazda paid for repair in full. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2012
Feb 2012

20000 mi
Intermittently won't start. First after sitting for a couple of days or more, and/or when the weather was very cold. Now progressed to intermittently not starting at anytime. Dealer has been unable to find the problem. Had it in 3 times. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2015
May 2013

75000 mi

US $60
Fixed passenger side airbag light 
Mar 2014

88000 mi

US $119
Battery replacement 
Sep 2014

95000 mi

US $525
replaced rear shocks, diagnosed through uneven rear tire wear, excessive road noise, and vibration 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2015 - Mar 2017
Apr 2016

84200 mi

C $700
Check engine light came on,after verification ,mechanic replaced a transmission sensor 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2016
Oct 2015

59700 mi

US $200
Check engine light came on. Too rich of a fuel mix in the emissions. Was told it was in a technical service bulletin. On board computer had to be reflashed. Cost was $247,but with extended warranty deductible, paid $200. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Oct 2017
Sep 2011

13000 mi
showing wear on fabric, stains and plastic trim. Dealer cleaned and will be replacing 2 parts 
Oct 2011

13000 mi
Installed new trim. 
Nov 2011

14000 mi

US $200
small trim popped out but had to be pulled apart to reassemble 
Jul 2017

89000 mi

US $200
Alternator went out 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Hampshire, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2016
Aug 2010

28000 mi
Front driver side door would not unlock. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Jan 2010 - Jan 2014
Nov 2012

29340 mi
Actuator faulty. Replaced successfully. 
Mazda Mazda3 in South Carolina, United States
Feb 2010 - Jan 2016
Sep 2013

63000 mi

US $447
Passenger side engine mount failed. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Sep 2009 - Jul 2011
Jun 2010

12000 mi

US $300
The fan on high-speed became very loud and had to be replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2016
Sep 2016

79000 mi
Dash was replaced under recall. 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Missouri, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2017
Apr 2014

81500 mi

US $80
TPMS (tire pressure monitoring sensor) started leaking air. Had to fill up the tire with air every day. Had the valve stem and sensor replaced. The other tires started doing it a couple weeks later. 
Nov 2016

117300 mi

US $60
Had to replace engine coolant sensor, check engine light was still on... replaces thermostat and problem solved. Did it myself with tutorials from youtube. Novice level experience. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Jan 2011 - Oct 2015
Dec 2013

39000 mi

US $17
Serpentine belt idler pulley became noisy. Replaced with a $17 pulley from NAPA. Took less than 15 minutes. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2009 - Oct 2015
Mar 2015

48000 mi

US $700
Calipers needed replaced. 
Oct 2015

51000 mi
Transmission failed and needed replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2009 - Sep 2017
Feb 2011

26000 mi
squeaking noise coming from the rear, rear windshield was pulled and resealed. Intermittent popping noise from the front end. Sway bar bushings replaced 
Oct 2012

56500 mi

US $90
Valve stem had corroded and split. Required replacement. 
Aug 2016

115000 mi

US $90
TPMS valve stem corroded and nut broke off. Flat tire ensued. Emergent valve stem replacement. 
Mazda Mazda3 in District of Columbia, United States
Apr 2010 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

44000 mi

US $750
Front TPMS sensor nuts cracked and corroded--replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2014 - Sep 2017
Dec 2014

77000 mi

US $50
Replaced Horn. Duration - 10 minutes 
Sep 2015

82000 mi

US $6
Found puncture in CV Boot and lost some grease. Repacked CV Joint with new grease, glued the CV Boot. Found ripped lower ball join boot. Replaced ball Joint boot and re-lubricated ball joint 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Mar 2015
Jan 2012

62820 mi
replaced blown speakers 
Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
May 2010 - Sep 2013
May 2012

16900 mi
The tires started to make a loud hum. They say it is the tires and that it is a common problem. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Mar 2015 - Oct 2017
Jul 2016

90500 mi

US $1500
Clutch got burned and the replacement of all components but a slave cylinder was needed. 
Aug 2016

91100 mi
When the clutch pedal would be released after upshift or downshift, a tremble of two to three seconds could still be heard and felt. The user was comforted (barely) with the hope that the symptoms would disappear eventually. 
Dec 2016

94000 mi
The rear upper shock mount at the left broke. The car was driven on smooth but salty roads in the NE. I installed the Dorman shock mount available in the nearby store. If somebody had the fitting rear shocks, I'd have replaced both shocks. Three screws from under the car were broken, two of them. Part of one Al sheet near the exhaust was burnt/corroded and a new screw with a large washer was fit. Two zip-ties (plastic) put to fasten the same kind of loose shield 2 ft farther. 
Mar 2017

95000 mi
CD drive swallowed the disc and wouldn't eject it. Airbag sensor light is occasionally on, probably caused by a bad contact under the passenger's seat, whether the passenger is in the car or not. 
Aug 2017

93500 mi

US $500
Rear shock absorber at the right wheel leaked. Both rear shock absorbers were replaced. 
Sep 2017

94000 mi

US $300
A piston of a caliper at the right rear wheel was stuck. First this caliper was replaced. Later also replaced the caliper on the left rear wheel. 
Oct 2017

94300 mi
The replacement caliper that the car mechanic installed at the rear left wheel had some crack in it. Two weeks later discovered it was leaking. Replaced the new caliper with another one. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010 - Jun 2016
Jan 2011

6820 mi
Car would not start. Finally got it started by hitting the gas pedal multiple times, which tells me it might have been related to the gas pump. Dealer said they had recalls on earlier models, checked my car, didnt find any problem. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Wisconsin, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2013
Jun 2011

24888 mi
Under original warranty: Repair not attempted. Dealer service department ordered rear shock absorber/bushing and damper to correct noise, vibration and harshness reported by the owner. Under warranty: The rear shock absorber/bushing and damper were replaced on one side to correct noise, vibration and harshness reported by the owner. Under warranty: The rear shock absorber/bushing and damper were replaced on one side to correct noise, vibration and harshness reported by the owner. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Jul 2011 - Sep 2017
Nov 2016

53391 mi

US $20
Headlight getting dim (not burned out). Replaced both with Sylvania H11 XtraVision bulbs. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Wisconsin, United States
Oct 2013 - Oct 2016
Jul 2016

56200 mi

US $476
AC compressor died and needed replacing. 
Sep 2016

57000 mi

US $300
Brake master cylinder failure. Replaced brake master cylinder. 
Oct 2016

57000 mi
Very intermittently in cold or wet weather, car would not start. Does not crank. Would start when given heavy throttle input. Likely sticky throttle body or fuel starvation due to some pressure check valve in the fuel system. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2009 - Oct 2015
Dec 2013

65000 mi

US $90
hard to start car. Bought new battery and took into dealer. No problem found, but car is still hard to start sometime. 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

167-horsepower 2.5L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2017
Feb 2017

77000 mi
Corrosion on battery terminals. 
Jun 2017

79000 mi

US $255
Replaced drive belt Leaking battery, corrosion on terminals. 
Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

13000 mi
Manual transmission problem. Clutch was sticky. They bled the hydraulics lines and problem went away. Also, had tires rotated. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Sep 2014 - Sep 2017
Nov 2014

88400 mi

US $900
Replaced defective battery 
Aug 2017

114000 mi

US $25
Changed out oil and filter, also changed out engine air filter and coolant 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

24800 mi
BlueTooth system faulty, rest of audio system works perfect. Mazda has bulletin/recall (some models) out about this problem on particular model/year. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Aug 2013 - Jul 2014
Aug 2013

115320 mi

C $350
The check engine light was coming on and off with no discernible pattern. The code was no. P04021 (catalyst warm-up efficiency). They cleaned the air mass flowmeter but the light still comes on and off at anytime. 
Dec 2013

124000 mi
CEL resolved by replacing a sensor in the fuel tank. 
May 2014

132900 mi

C $3000
Normal wear; new shocks all around, 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Sep 2012 - Oct 2012
Oct 2012

68000 mi

US $600
Both struts, strut bearings, lower control arms replaced due to excessive wear on bushings and subsequent vibration. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Kentucky, United States
Oct 2012 - Feb 2017
Aug 2014

46000 mi

US $90
Blower making significant noise on higher settings and air flow reduced. Air filter clogged with wet leaves that had been sucked in. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Mar 2015
Jul 2011

49600 mi
replace head light cover 
Jan 2013

99200 mi

C $50
repaired broken bracket between seat frame and seat rails. repaired broken bracket between seat frame and seat rails . 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
May 2010 - Mar 2017
Apr 2012

9300 mi

C $170
Rear windows would not open. Apparently, a wire got disconnected from the switch in the driver's side door. Repair was done under warranty. Also did the 2 yrs maintenance including oil change, blake check, filters check... that one cost 170 
May 2016

30260 mi
Sunroof won't open 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2013
Jun 2012

34000 mi

US $1600
The clutch completely failed after only 33,000 miles! Mazda refused to cover the repair under warranty, claiming it was "normal wear and tear", but there was nothing normal about this failure! 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Dec 2009 - Apr 2014
Jan 2010

1860 mi
Loose rear seat, used 1/2 liter of oil in 3000KM loose rear seat, used 1/2L of engine oil, 
Mazda Mazda3 in Colorado, United States
Jun 2010 - Sep 2012
Sep 2011

19000 mi
Wheel bearing failure, slight grinding on coasting, engine braking, turning right. Replaced front passenger wheel hub bearing. Problem not resolved. Driver side front wheel hub bearing replaced, problem resolved fully. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Jul 2009 - Sep 2017
Jun 2013

30000 mi

US $50
Hatchback rear spoiler had to be remounted as it had come loose after two of the fasteners had fallen off completely inside the headliner and the other two became very loose. 
Dec 2013

36000 mi

US $200
Passenger window seal needed to be replaced. The glass was loose inside the door. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2017
Dec 2014

60000 mi

US $500
clutch master and slave cylinders replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2011 - Dec 2016
Sep 2012

53940 mi
left front axel seal leaking 
Dec 2012

60760 mi

C $450
replaced struts and shocks. oem ones are craps. do replace them after 80,000. 
Jun 2013

74400 mi

C $85
driver lower seat frame lip sagged lowered, been having discomfort for 1.5 years, or since 80,000km on odo. added foam, bent the lip back up, diy repair, s---ty 2010 seats. 
Apr 2014

94000 mi
side skirt clips (inside) broke off, the mold is very s---ty, have to add additional plastic to hold the clip otherwise epoxy wont work. and no, not buying a new piece ($220) 
Mar 2015

117180 mi

C $171
rear passenger side shocks bottomed out. 3rd pair kyb installed. 
May 2015

122800 mi

C $475
clutch slipping frequently, replaced lower control arm x2 replaced front struts, front driver side endlink, front passenger side abs sensor(cracked housing). passenger side strut was bottoming out. 
Oct 2015

132860 mi

C $200
inner tire wear due to rear camber sagged, installed adjustabke camber arm. further adjustment needed. 
Dec 2015

137020 mi

C $900
alternator failed. battery light goes on after driving. car shuts off on highway... 
Apr 2016

143200 mi

C $850
front struts 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Hampshire, United States
Apr 2011 - Nov 2014
Oct 2012

73500 mi

US $185
Valve stem broke off front right tire as it was being inflated. Necessitated new tire valve stem and TPS part be installed. 
Feb 2013

77100 mi
Squeak from rear hatch fixed by installing new screws 
Jan 2014

78300 mi

US $120
Replaced battery 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2015 - Oct 2017
May 2017

91760 mi

C $1100
noisy, noisy, noisy... hard to miss. The driver's side front wheel bearing was replaced. They toasted the ABS sensor getting the wheel off, so that had to be replaced as well. pads and rotors, plus the calipers. I expect the pads and rotors, but I've never had to replace calipers on a car, and I had my Acura for 228K miles. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2017
Dec 2014

64000 mi
Parking brake had stuck on. Shop was unable to reproduce. 
Jun 2017

81000 mi

US $1000
Sensor related to AFS headlight system is faulty. Parts alone run around $800 and attach to the suspension. Chose to live with it since it doesn't affect basic headlight functionality. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Jun 2017
Jul 2016

71600 mi

C $80
Serpentine belt needed changing 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Illinois, United States
Sep 2012 - Sep 2017
Jun 2017

62000 mi
After I had new brakes put on I started hearing a humming noise driving home front the right front. I had never heard this noise before (I'm the type of person who pays attention to their car). Turns out they had to use a sledge hammer to break the brake front discs free due to corrosion. The dealer didn't admit that this caused the bearings to go bad, but replaced them for free.  After they replaced the front bearings, I started noticing a clunk from the left front suspension backing out of my garage. Once again, I had never noticed this in the 7 years I've had my Mazda, but it started the day I got back from the dealer. They then replaced the whole left front control arm due to a loose ball joint.  After this I noticed the new right front rotor was wearing differently than the right front rotor. Hawk Mazda thought it was "normal" wear until I convince them the pad was seized on the rotor (which it was). Moral of the story, don't go to Hawk Mazda in Joliet, IL for service. I honestly think their wasn't anything wrong my Mazda until I brought it into the dealer, I don't believe in coincidences like that. Thanks for checking in. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
- Jan 2011
Jan 2011

10000 mi
Requested assistance with car's horrendous gas mileage.  
Mazda Mazda3 in North Carolina, United States
Jul 2015 - Sep 2017
Sep 2017

71000 mi

US $100
Front seat leather stitching began to come undone about a year ago. Increasingly worse and bolster leather was very worn and discolored. Ordered replacement seat leather (Katzkin) off eBay and replaced myself with new hog rings, etc. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2016 - Oct 2017
Mar 2017

62000 mi

C $200
Replaced both rear brake discs, loosened gripping caliper, new pads. 
Jun 2017

64480 mi

C $136
Replaced both front lower control arms due to worn bushings. 
Oct 2017

68696 mi

C $230
Severe knocking in front. Replacing strut bearings didn't resolve. Ended up disassembling front struts and replacing front shocks only, kept original springs and new wheel bearings. Problem solved. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Florida, United States
May 2016 - Sep 2017
Jul 2017

87000 mi
Replace antenna rod Replace rear hatch support struts due to corrosion. My wife had noticed the corrosion on the struts, but did not appreciate the gravity of the situation (hatch falling on your head unexpectedly if the struts fail) until we received the recall notice. We had to wait a couple of months after receiving the recall notice for the parts to become available. Replace seat height adjustment lifter link 
Sep 2017

87000 mi

US $1071
Check engine light indicated problem with ABS. Needed to replace wheel speed sensor. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alaska, United States
Jun 2014 - Sep 2017
Jun 2015

99000 mi

US $1500
Wheel alignment + new tires and 2 new rear control arms. Wheels were not aligned properly and caused premature wear of old tires. Control arms were too rusted to work on without replacement. 
Jan 2017

114800 mi
Hatchback lift supports were very corroded. Was looking at buying some and found Mazda is recalling them on certain models for inadequate rust protection from factory. Free fix on Mazda. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Michigan, United States
Nov 2010 - Sep 2017
Aug 2013

18000 mi
Door lock module replaced for the passenger side rear and now the passenger side front is also making noise when it locks. 
Oct 2013

18200 mi
Door lock module replaced for the passenger side FRONT door. 
Apr 2017

42000 mi

US $100
Brake pads and rotors need replacement. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Nov 2015
Mar 2010

10540 mi
I've found that in all Mazda3 hatches, but not the sedans, the windows rattle when down. Replaced all the parts inside the door, but it still rattles. 
Mar 2011

19840 mi
Front passenger speaker replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jul 2009 - Jan 2012
Mar 2010

10000 mi
Loose bolt on rear sway bar caused rattling, bolt tightened and inspected under warranty 
Mazda Mazda3 in Oregon, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

2000 mi
Check engine light came on. I have a OBD reader and it read misfire in cylinder 2...I took car to the dealer, they said it was a common problem and they took care of it by replacing the intake manifold. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2017
Oct 2013

41700 mi
Wheel air valve stem broke in half during routine inflation. Required "replacing tire pressure monitor" for that tire. Replaced with spare and had dealer fix TPMS. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Apr 2010 - Jul 2015
Nov 2013

79000 mi
Passenger Headlight housing seal went bad and water got inside housing and shorted out HID module, bulb, and, adaptive lighting module. Dealer replaced housing, bulb, hid module, afs module, and all gaskets. FYI there is a tsb for this issue 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Aug 2016
Dec 2009

5000 mi
Started hearing a clunk in the front end, particularly in cold weather. Happened mostly when wheel was turned to the left, going over a bump. 
Feb 2010

7000 mi
Started hearing a clunk in the front end, particularly in cold weather. Happened mostly when wheel was turned to the left, going over a bump. Dealer was finally able to diagnose noise as a loose bushing in front crossmember. Squeaking noise coming from driver seat track / seat belt area. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jul 2009 - Jul 2011
Apr 2010

8800 mi
CD Player / 6CD changer stopped working. Got it replaced within warranty. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Quebec, Canada
Apr 2009 - Jan 2011
May 2010

5660 mi
alarm system was going off remotely by itself. 
Jan 2011

9920 mi
Car is very hard to start in cold weather. Told it's a common problem fixed with a reflash, car already has the latest reflash. No fix available. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

US $75
Battery died and couldn't hold a charge 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Jun 2009 - Apr 2011
Jun 2010

10000 mi
Dashboard squeak, FM antenna reception 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2012
Aug 2010

25000 mi
Drivers seat was squeaking. Dealer took apart seat cushion and fixed seat. 
May 2012

64300 mi

US $80
Tire pressure monitoring sensor went bad caused air leak 
Mazda Mazda3 in Arizona, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2017
May 2010

4000 mi
Fuel injector was defective and had to be replaced. 
Mar 2011

16000 mi
Plug got stuck in the Cigarette lighter. Was a known defect, with TSB. Was replaced. 
Jun 2016

39000 mi

US $500
Electric lock on drivers side had to be repaired. The actuator was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Jun 2013
Apr 2013

24160 mi
Seat motor and rails replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jun 2011 - Jun 2017
Jul 2011

37000 mi
Oil leak in timing cover. Dealer repaired. Latch was broken on center console. Replaced under warranty. 
Jun 2013

49000 mi

US $230
Horn stopped working. 
Nov 2013

53400 mi
Battery failing. Replaced battery. 
Mar 2016

69000 mi

US $246
AT light on dash flashes and car downshifts. One wk later AT, DSC, ck engine lights all came on. Taking to dealer.  While at mechanic found that power steering hose was leaking. Scheduled fix but have not followed up due to more AT problems. 
May 2016

70100 mi

US $298
AT light on dash flashes and car downshifts. One wk later AT, DSC, ck engine lights all came on. Manual says to tow car when this happens. Dealer extended warranty to replace the TCM for free. Power steering hose was leaking. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Maryland, United States
Jan 2013 - Sep 2017
Oct 2013

24500 mi

US $300
Master window switch to make rear driver's side window go up broken. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Virginia, United States
Jun 2013 - Jan 2015
Jan 2015

39000 mi
battery needed replacement - would not start in cold 
Mazda Mazda3 in Oregon, United States
Aug 2013 - Oct 2013
Sep 2013

63000 mi

US $800
Clutch disappeared from compressor and fell on the road somewhere Drivers seat track broke and had to be welded 
Mazda Mazda3 in Tennessee, United States
Mar 2011 - Feb 2016
Feb 2014

42700 mi

US $1300
My headlight ballasts needed to be replaced. My headlights stopped working. The ballasts were pulling charge from the battery even when the car was off. 
Feb 2016

61000 mi

US $1300
HID bulb and ballast needed to be replaced 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Jan 2010 - Apr 2015
Oct 2013

17460 mi

C $750
Battery died. Replaced by the dealer for a new (better) part. 
Mazda Mazda3 in British Columbia, Canada
Jun 2010 - Apr 2015
Dec 2012

17360 mi
Passenger's Seat airbag not functioning warning light came on when passenger was sitting in that seat. Recalibrated. 
Nov 2014

30660 mi
Passenger seat sensor doesn't come on when 105 lb wife sits in it, thus deactivating airbag. Dealer could not replicate the problem, which has been intermittent for 2+ years. Headlight covers become opaque instead of transparent 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ohio, United States
Jan 2014 - Sep 2017
Feb 2014

41800 mi
Passenger seat belt receptor/latch replaced. 
Sep 2014

48000 mi

US $20
Slow tire leak from bead. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2010 - Sep 2012
Sep 2010

1000 mi
bad horn would not function, was replaced someone had reinstalled the window sticker on the freshly tinted rear passenger window and when removing it pulled 2 holes in the tint. The window was retinted at this visit. 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Mar 2014
Nov 2013

82160 mi

C $340
damper rt boot 

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2010 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

104-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Denmark
Aug 2010 - Oct 2011
Jul 2010

1240 mi
Replaced driver seat slide-track plastic cover. A small plastic clips cracked shortly after purchase. I am not sure if this was due to passenger accidentally hit it on exiting the car or if it has something to do with low-quality plastic. 
Nov 2010

6440 mi
Driver's seat plastic part on seat rail (left side). Thin painting on my car and the early rust spots / on hinges in doors and more... 

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