2008 Mazda Mazda3 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Mazda Mazda3

2008 Mazda Mazda3 Problems

Rattle From Rear Suspension Due to Loose Stabilizer Bar Links

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.

Vibration Felt at 55 mph

A vibration felt at 55 mph may not be a tire problem. Mazda has revised motor mounts available which may help remedy this problem.

Check Engine Light/Trouble Code Due to Stuck Open Thermostat

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).

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 Questions

Noise coming from car when I turn it on... (2 answers)

When I start the vehicle, there is a noise coming from under the hood, kind of like a swiping noise from a belt maybe? (not screeching or ticking.. but a swiping) It about 2 miles from when I turn it on, and after a while it goes away. This happens every time I start the car. Also, when I start t...

Dealership repair charges much higher than estimate range given on Repair Pal. (1 answer)

How can I negotiate them down?
Front-end is causing uneven tire wear. This is a repeated problem, and I am told the struts are leaking. (I didn't know they could.) I figure they may get in there an find more problems with the suspension. Should they also be looking at the rear?
They tell me...

When i press my brakes the light in the radio goes dim and my parklight comes on (1 answer)

Every time I start the car, when i press the brakes to put into drive, the illumination on the radio face goes dim and the parking lights come on. At night when i turn on my head lights it makes a click and I don't have to press the brakes to put in drive the gear shifter moves freely also w...

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 Recalls

Windshield Wipers May Not Function

The ground terminal of the windshield wiper motor may have been bent during vehicle assembly. Due to the bent terminal, over time, the electrical resistance of the motor circuit may increase to the point that the windshield wipers may stop working. Loss of wiper function in adverse weather could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will install an additional ground harness on the wiper motor to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin by July 15, 2011. The Mazda recall number is 6411F.

Mazda Recalls 2007–2009 Vehicles Due to Sudden Loss of Power Steering Assist

Mazda is recalling 2007–2009 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles due to a sudden loss of power steering assist that can occur at any time. A sudden loss of power steering assist adversely affects the driver's ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Starting in September 2010, Mazda will mail notification letters to owners with information about the recall.

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2008 Mazda Mazda3 Reviews

I have a Mazda3 2008. I love this car I haven't run into anymajor car problem other than Wheel Rotor need to get resurface. I think it's my driving habit that cause the rotor to mess up. Other than that nothing major problem...

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