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Mazda Mazda3 Check Engine Light/Trouble Code Due to Stuck Open Thermostat

Mazda Mazda3 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 89,223 mi (8,800 mi - 165,000 mi)


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).

  • Visitor, , 63,200 mi

    Check engine light came on during recent cold weather. Took car to Auto Zone to have error code read. Error code returned P0126 and P0128. Checked Internet forums and determine faulty thermostat was most likely the issue. Purchased new thermostat at Mazda dealership for $65.
    Replaced part myself. Check engine light now off.

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  • Had to have the thermostat replaced 3 times in the past year and a half average bill for this is $500 nice to know Mazda is doing nothing about this problem

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  • Visitor, , 107,345 mi

    I just bought this vehicle and the engine light came on the day after I bought it!!! Autozone checked it out for me and the code directs us to the Thermostat!!! I noticed the timing belt is older so I will change it as well, the tensioner "pulley" is making a noice so I will take a look at it and hopefully with some grease I can get rid of the noice. I also notice a ratle on the driver's side front end which i'm guessing will be the shocks or maybe tie rod ends?

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    We just keep clearing the code and it stays off till the next long trip I take. It throws code P0126.

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  • Visitor, , 65,768 mi

    Check engine light came on. The next day it was off, yet, I noticed the gauge showed that the car was overheating. Noticed coolant was low and battery had corrosion. The battery is new, so I didn't understand why this was happening. After taking my car to Hall, I was charged $69 for a diagnostic and was told it would cost $500 for a new thermostat, reprogramming, and antifreeze.x

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  • Visitor, , 92,000 mi

    Just bought car used and 3 days later check engine light came on. Took to Advanced Auto for code details and was diagnosed as thermostat being stuck open so.... here I am at day 5. Planning to take car to be fixed which dealer will not stand behind. $200 later.

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  • Visitor, , 106,000 mi

    CEL code P0126

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  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    Had a check engine light and mechanic said it was a stuck thermostat.

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  • Visitor, , 86,250 mi

    I replaced thermostat and coolant

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  • I have had this thermostat replaced 4 times within the same year, will i have to replace it again. It is getting quite annoying.

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