Difficult to Start in Extremely Cold Weather After Short Trips on Mazda Mazda3

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.

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Average mileage: 68,725 (40,000–148,000)
6 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2009, 2010
14 people reported this problem
5 people shared problem details
2007 Mazda Mazda340,000
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).
2010 Mazda Mazda340,000
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.
2010 Mazda Mazda374,000
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.
2005 Mazda Mazda381,800
The engine is very difficult or has a VERY hard start in the cold weather after sitting for a number of hours.
2006 Mazda Mazda365,000
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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