2004 Mazda Mazda3 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Mazda Mazda3
2004 Mazda Mazda3 Problems
A Loose rear stabilizer bar link can cause a rattling noise from the rear suspension while driving on rough roads. Our technicians tell us if the rear stabilizer bar and links are not found to be loose, there are updated sway bar bushings available which should correct this problem.
A vibration felt at 55 mph may not be a tire problem. Mazda has revised motor mounts available which may help remedy this problem.
Some vehicles may experience Check Engine Light illumination with a trouble code indicating the thermostat is stuck open. The thermostat will need to be replaced with a modified one and there is a software update for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).
2004 Mazda Mazda3 Questions
My check engine light came on and I had the codes ran and it came up 'Cylinder 3 misfire'. It has been rough idling, using oil and terrible gas mileage. This weekend, I replaced the valve cover gasket, plugs, and coils. Reset the check engine light however, 5 minutes down the road it came...
Stuck on a certain temperature and won't allow me to increase or decrease the degrees
Not sure if the noise is a new problem or just a consequense of have the air con unit taken out of the car.
2004 Mazda Mazda3 Recalls
A crack in the airbag crash zone sensor housing can allow water to enter the sensor, causing illumination of the airbag warning light. As a result, the airbag will not deploy as designed in certain types of frontal crashes, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and front seat passenger. This recall began during October 2004. The Mazda recall number is 2304J.
2004 Mazda Mazda3 Reviews
Bought new in 2004. Have 61000 miles now. Have owned 4 Hondas before this since 1977. Would NOT buy another Mazda. 1. Transmission had "hard shifting" from 1st-2nd gear. Required 3 trips to dealer finally to find out the computer needed to be "reflashed" to solve problem. 2. rear brakes needed replacement at 40k miles while front brakes where maybe 30% used, Never had a car so biased to the rer...
Bought 3s new in May, 2004 and now (April, 2010) has 147,000+ miles on it. Only really major problems has been that it has gone thru tires very quickly. Both wheels have been replaced after cracking as well, but I drive a lot over bad roads with potholes so can't say that this is Mazda's fault. Ride is comfortable, although can be noisy. But with the stereo and my own awful singing, I don't...
I've owned a 2004 hatchback for 5 years, currently 117k miles. No major issues to speak of. Minor Problems: 1. Road Noise, this is not a quiet car on the road. My first tire replacement was at 42k, got some Conti Contacts, no improvement. Next replacement was at 100k, got some Hancook V12's .. a little better... 2. Not great in the Snow. Bought snow tires for the first time last winter....