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Mazda Mazda3 Difficult to Start in Extremely Cold Weather

Mazda Mazda3 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 68,725 mi (40,000 mi - 148,000 mi)


The engine may be difficult to start in extremely cold weather (-20F) after a short trip. This can be caused by sticking main relay points.

  • Visitor, , 40,000 mi

    Ever since moving to Maine and keeping my car outside during the winter I've had problems with my Mazda3 starting in colder weather. AAA has jumped my car several times and the technicians say my battery is fine (it's about 2 years old at this point).

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  • Visitor, , 40,000 mi

    This is the first winter it has hit record lows and I have had difficulty starting the car. I just recently ( two weeks ago ) got a new battery because mine had died. I still have a problem at 14 degrees outside starting the car. It cranks a bunch of times before starting.

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  • Visitor, , 74,000 mi

    My Mazda 3 has a cranky start in sub 20F temps, will not start at all in sub 0 temps. The battery is fine. Is this problem endemic is Mazda 3's only? Years back I had a 626 that never had problem with starts in the cold.

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    During extremely cold weather, the car would not start. After knocking on the starter, it would finally go. This happened for 2 winters. I was going to replace the starter on the 2nd winter, but I could not get one anywhere. The fix was I moved away from Chicago to Denver. Havent had that problem for 2 winters since

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  • Visitor, , 81,800 mi

    The engine is very difficult or has a VERY hard start in the cold weather after sitting for a number of hours.

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