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2013 Mazda Mazda3 repairs by problem area

Engine (21%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (26%)

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

Other (7%)

Chart based on 42 repairs.
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2013 Mazda Mazda3 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (0%)

$500 - $999 (0%)

$100 - $499 (6%)

< $100 (94%)

Chart based on 32 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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2013 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 4dr Hatch

turbocharged 263hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in New York, United States
Aug 2013 - Apr 2017
Nov 2014

12000 mi
Wind noise noted in drive side window 
Sep 2015

22000 mi
Replace driver door weather seal that was noisy and not right since delivery 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Ontario, Canada
May 2013 - Sep 2016
Jun 2015

22320 mi
Rear driver side shock failed, replaced under warranty. No issues. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Arizona, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2017
May 2014

24400 mi
Replaced a front drive axle 
Sep 2015

65000 mi
Transmission mount replacement under warranty. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Texas, United States
Jun 2013 - Sep 2015
May 2014

9000 mi

US $2
Rear hatch spoiler had developed a rattle. Found the factory anti-rattle tape that insulates the wing from the rear hatch had dried up. Loosened wing and slid some new friction tape between wing and body and stopped the rattle. 
Sep 2014

10000 mi
Hatch had rear intermittent rattle. Adjusted closing / latching loop to close hatch more tightly. Stopped rattle - known issue. Took 10 minutes. 
Mazda MazdaSpeed3 in Georgia, United States
Jun 2014 - Mar 2017
Feb 2016

38300 mi

US $30
connector to mass air flow sensor shorted out, causing a check engine light warning. Failed emissions test. Replaced connector. 
Sep 2016

45000 mi

US $25
MAF sensor. Car bogging during acceleration. Check engine light. 
Nov 2016

48100 mi

US $25
MAF rewire 

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2013 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Connecticut, United States
Jan 2014 - Mar 2017
Aug 2014

8000 mi
headlights flickered when applying brakes. 
Dec 2015

26000 mi
oil change, tire rotation, window rattle 
Sep 2016

30000 mi

US $98
rattle in drivers side window 
Mazda Mazda3 in Texas, United States
Dec 2014 - Apr 2017
Jun 2015

42000 mi
Car leaked over a quart of oil. Mechanic discovered the oil filter they'd installed 2 weeks earlier had split seam and was leaking. Replaced oil filter and topped off oil level. BTW they used 5W30 oil (both 2 wks earlier & now). 
Sep 2015

46000 mi
Once the pump fit about 2 gal more than I expected into the car. Then the gauge read full for 2-3 times as many miles as normal. Next time, the pump automatically shut off for a full tank after only a couple gallons. Next time back to normal. 
Mar 2016

53000 mi
One of the plastic shields on the bottom of the car near the front right wheel was very loose. My usual shop stuck it back on for free and said that the fellow who did my last oil change must not have re-attached it properly. 
Apr 2016

53700 mi

US $5
The oil drain plug was leaking slightly and got replaced. 
Sep 2016

60000 mi
One of the shield plates on the bottom of the car got loose again and was dangling. It was a quick fix to re-attach it properly. (This is the second time the oil was changed and then this plate got loose several weeks later.) 
Apr 2017

68048.0 mi

US $40
The car was slightly trembling. The mechanic found it had thrown a weight and needed rebalanced and one of the rims was just a bit bent (so it still vibrates). 
Mazda Mazda3 in West Virginia, United States
Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
Apr 2014

9000 mi
Fuel pump failure 
Mazda Mazda3 in Alabama, United States
Dec 2013 - Jun 2016
Jun 2015

18000 mi
Engine idle skip once and a while. Removed battery and 6 hours later connected battery. Cleared up the issue. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Louisiana, United States
Jul 2013 - Apr 2017
May 2014

7100 mi
trash in blower system 
Mazda Mazda3 in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2017 - Apr 2017
Apr 2017

25000.0 mi
TSB for dimming headlights when applying brakes. Issue resolved with TSB computer update TPMS light triggering despite correct pressures 

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2013 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in New York, United States
Jul 2013 - Apr 2017
Dec 2015

36000 mi
Dealer had to apply computer update to fix flickering headlights when decelerating at highway speeds. This was a quick update that worked as intended. This was a service bulletin not a recall. 

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2013 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Sedan

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Chile
Feb 2013 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

9300 mi
Stability control light turned on while I was parking the car (shifter in R mode). Don't know what happened. After a engine restart the light went off. Known issue: http://www.arfc.org/complaints/2012/mazda/mazda3/electronic_stability_control/problem.aspx 
Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Aug 2016 - Aug 2016
Aug 2016 the 5-speed automatic transmission occasionally shifted in a hard, abrupt manner. Made a noticeable noise each time it shifted hard. 

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2013 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

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

Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Sep 2015 - Oct 2016
Nov 2015

13900 mi
Headlights dimming when braking. TSB available for issue. Update to ECU improved condition, but didn't eliminate the dimming. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2017
Apr 2015

14500 mi
Car was having difficulty with shifting. Faulty part was effecting timing 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Apr 2013 - Jan 2017
May 2015

19220 mi
Wheel bearing was noisy so it was replaced. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Jul 2014 - Dec 2016
Dec 2014

15000 mi

US $145
Tom Tom navigation simply quit working, screen frozen. Mazda of Concord/Walnut Creek performed diagnosis, updated system (not w/ new map) and rebooted. They also provided a vehicle check, type pressure and fluids adjustment--without cost. 
Oct 2016

29300 mi
Strange & erratic behavior: At night when driving on low beams I would occasionally experience a dipping, dimming and PULSING of headlight beams when applying the brakes. Mazda rep. reported this was a known issue...(?!) 
Nov 2016

29600 mi

US $120
To fix the pulsing headlights when braking, Mazda dealer performed some unexplained procedure ($120) which the service mgr said is effective "In 90 percent of similar cases".... And it seems, so far, to have done the trick. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2013 - Jun 2016
Mar 2016

31620 mi
Power steering failure due to broken wire in engine harness to power steering module. Covered under warranty 
May 2016

33580 mi
Left front wheel bearing replaced due to humming noise at 50kph and above. 

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2013 Mazda Mazda3 4dr Hatch

155-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda3 in Washington, United States
Jan 2013 - Mar 2017
Oct 2014

10000 mi
Squeak in LH front shoulder belt system. New retractor/tensioner assembly installed. 
Jul 2016

23200 mi
Door lock actuator is squeaky and needs replacement. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Indiana, United States
Jan 2013 - Sep 2013
Mar 2013

2000 mi
Power Steering locked up while pulling into a parking space & steering wheel light turned on. Had to turn car off & back on for steering to work. Dealer said it might be due to low battery voltage as the car sat on their lot for a while. 
Mazda Mazda3 in California, United States
Oct 2013 - Oct 2015
May 2015

25500 mi
Stuck brake caliper piston pin rear right. Repaired under warranty with no cost to owner. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Georgia, United States
Oct 2012 - Mar 2017
Oct 2015

50800 mi

US $68
Rear Spoiler became loose and began rattling. The dealer indicated that this was a common issue. 
Jul 2016

64500 mi
TomTom nav system froze. Restarting the car did not resolve issue. Removed and analyzed SD card on computer. Found bogus lock file. System worked normally after removing lock file and reinstalling SD card. 
Mazda Mazda3 in Massachusetts, United States
May 2014 - Mar 2017
Oct 2015

36300 mi
Had a cyclic grinding/thumping noise. Dealer recommended brakes and rotors (at 34,000 miles!?). Took the car home and discovered bent dust shield rubbing on front brake rotor. Going to a different dealer if I ever go back to Mazda. 

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