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Mazda Mazda3 Problems

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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).

Engine -- Verified

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

Brakes -- Verified

The rear brakes can squeak because the rear brake pad may be contacting the brake rotor. A burr on the backing plate of the brake pad can prevent the pad from seating in the bracket properly causing the contact with the rotor. The backing plate and the pad support hardware can be deburred in the contact areas. Mazda has also released revised brake pads.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Internal failure of the ignition switch may create a condition where the key reminder continues to chime even though the key is removed. In addition, the doors cannot be locked with the keyless entry system. Replacing the ignition switch with an updated switch is the typical repair.

Mazda Mazda3 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., October 28, 2004

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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.

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Body, Interior & Misc., November 22, 2004

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On two passenger vehicles, a crack in the solder connection attaching the acceleration sensor in the SAS unit made contact with the base plate ,damaging the solder connection. The dealer has repaired the two cars involved. The Mazda recall # is 2504K

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Engine, April 21, 2009

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The engine wiring harness may be routed too close to the starter, resulting in damage to the harness caused by normal engine vibration. If the harness is damaged, engine control and/or transmission shift malfunctions may occur. In some cases, the main fuse could blow, causing the engine to stall and not restart, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and repair the harness. In addition, a protector clip will be installed to prevent future damage. This recall is expected to begin by May 6, 2009. The Mazda recall number is 5409D.

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Suspension & Steering, July 14, 2009

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Due to a fault with the electronic information related to the yaw rate sensor, the electronic stability control may not function as expected. Dealers will replace the affected unit to correct this problem. This recall is expected to begin by July 14, 2009. The Mazda recall number is 5509E.

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Suspension & Steering, September 15, 2010

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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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Mazda Mazda3 Questions and Answers

allissa, 2004 Mazda Mazda3, Sumas, WA

The front wipers recently stopped working, checked the fuse it was fine any other suggestions

Visitor, 2004 Mazda Mazda3, Closter, NJ

My Mazda 3 have a a rattle (metal noise) from the front in any minor or major bump. any idea what may be?

bethany.chapman, 2004 Mazda Mazda3, Belton, TX

The "AT" light comes on when starting the car and sometimes the car "jumps" when the gear shifts while driving. Yesterday at the stop light it started in 4th gear.

Visitor, 2004 Mazda Mazda3, Houston, TX

What causes my ac to cool and then turn off, then after a couple of minutes the ac comes back on?

fnarciso, 2004 Mazda Mazda3, American Canyon, CA

as I go on the freeway or go above bout 45mph my rear passenger susspension makes nosies and it also makes my streeing wheel vibrate. As for my steering wheel it makes noises while im making any tu...

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Mazda Mazda3 Reviews

This is an amazing car. The technology is great for the price. No problems the first 3 months after purchased new but then I hit a coyote. The car has never been the same. It is busting motor mounts, tires are lasting less than a year. The headlight has never worked right since the accident. It wasn't even hit in the accident. The cars look good but doesn't do well after an accident even minor ones. You would think I hit bigfoot.

You cant beat the fuel economy. It runs on water! Acceleration is impressive for a small car, I've lost some bigger engine sport cars in my rear view mirror! Seating is good for four, comfortably. Trunk space is very good. This car is very good at cornering and stopping. I drive nothing but v8's and bought this for my daughter. I must admit i cant wipe the grin off my face when i drive it. The bose system is a must.

Engine replaced at 49k miles due to bad connecting rod (under warranty). A/C compressor locked down at 56k miles, no longer under warranty. I replaced with a used one for $250.

I've owned the car for seven years now and, despite the mechanical issues, I still love it. It has 93k miles on it now and the interior still looks brand new. Still fun to drive and looks great!

My 2005 Mazda 3 BURNS OIL. Especially noticeable when the car sits over night - clouds of smoke emitted. When speaking with several different oil change shops and mechanics I hear this is a common problem. Recently I ran into 2 Mazda 3 owners who lost their engine entirely.
Is there a recall on this issue.
Am going to start a face book page to learn how many such Mazda 3 owners have/are suffering the same issue

This was my second Mazda3 and I love them. Very fun little car that is actually pretty fuel efficient. I never had any problems with it, granted it only had 20k on it before someone ran into me and totaled it. But there was not a single thing I could complain about that car. I highly recommend Mazda's because They're quick, fuel efficient, fun, reliable, good looking, and VERY safe. Mazda has me sold for life now, I'm currently looking for my 3rd!

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