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The Mazda3 is among the most well-rounded models in the small car category. It is quieter, rides more comfortably, and is more agile and fuel efficient than its Protegé predeccesor. Moreover, it returned very impressive fuel economy, especially for a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle with an automatic transmission. The Madza3's very good interior quality stands out in a category where many vehicles are cheaply finished.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2011. Side air bags available from 2000. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2010. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2011. Blind spot monitoring standard on Touring and Grand Touring from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014.
Road Test

The Mazda3 is among the most well-rounded models in the small car category. It is quieter, rides more comfortably, and is more agile and fuel efficient than its Protegé predeccesor. Moreover, it returned very impressive fuel economy, especially for a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle with an automatic transmission. The Madza3's very good interior quality stands out in a category where many vehicles are cheaply finished. However, rear-seat room and trunk space are relatively tight. The Mazda3 received a Poor rating in the IIHS side-crash test when configured without side- or head-protection airbags.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (150 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 (156 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 turbo (263 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Mazda 3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“Don't know what this is but the car always pulls to the right, even after an alignment. When steering into a tight curve or circle, the back tires seem to slide or tuck under (hard to describe). Feels like losing control”

Anonymous, LA (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

“Rear wheel alignment was out causing tire wear. No adjustment, aftermarket parts installed to align the wheels. $600.00. Not impressed”

M C., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Curbside wheel damage due to my aging reflexes”

David L., MD (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

“The suspension bushings fail after about 75k miles. Making for a harsh and noisy ride. The repair estimate was $1300.00”

David C., VA (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“front anti-rollbar clunk”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

“Strut replacement due to leak”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Right front strut failed. Clunking noise when I hit bumps. Repaired them myself”

Anonymous, TN (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Front struts started leaking oil”

Anonymous, LA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front struts had to be replaced and the rear shocks”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Need to be replaced per Mazda Dealer”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Mazda 3 Touring Unsure)

“normal wear and tear/ for struts/brakes. defective O ring /design in crank case caused leak into spark plug. end result replacement of catalytic converter”

Eric M., NH (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“replaced front struts and rear shocks - one rear shock broke off mount, requiring large extra cost for repair”

Michael K., MI (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“My right rear shock was found to be leaking. I replaced both rear shocks”

Stephen W., PA (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“replaced front struts and rear shocks. one side was damaged - may have been due to a pothole or hitting a curb”

Gary A., NC (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear Shock Absorbers leaked”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Shocks became detached on one wheel”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace worn out”

Anonymous, AB (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

“rear strut failed at 24,00 miles”

Kenneth L., OH (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“I was told by a mechanic that the shocks/struts need to be replaced. I have not had this service done because of the cost”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“I've had several problems with the shocks over the years, especilly within the last year and the previous one”

Anonymous, QC (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“blown shock/strut”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“have had to replace because they can't stand up to the road conditions in the northeast (potholes, etc)”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Right front strut leaked and lost all fluid. Although a simple fix, it was costly and since both shocks have also failed on the rear, I would rate the suspension of the car not reliable”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“went over pothole and rear strut broke off”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“1. Lower Control arm failure drivers side. 2. Replace shocks”

Anonymous, BC (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Right rear strut leaked fluid all in the garage - replaced all 4”

Danny B., VA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“shock tower broke”

Anonymous, NB (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear strut mount detached from the car. This is the third time this has happened. The previous time was 19 months ago when both rear struts fully and catastrophically detached at the same time; which was a repeat of 21 months before that. The first of the 3 happened when the car was 6.5 years old. The dealership is unable to explain why I have had three failures 21 and 19 months apart. The first two the car was immediately undrivable. the third it could be driven very slowly the less t”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)

“Rear shock mount broke, causing loud racket. Replaced rear shocks and mounts”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The shocks or struts went bad on the front and rear. I will have to replace each. The went bad fairly quickly or rather sooner than I thought they should”

Raymond J., GA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Something in the right rear suspension became loose and the dealer fixed it”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“The vibration was due to rotors gone bad, which hadd been replaced by PepBoys just 24 months earlier and were waranteed in full”

Brian T., CT (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Heavy steering wheel vibration above 55mph. Oscillations come and go shaking the steering wheel violently 1 inch clockwise/counterclockwise. Dealership checked and balanced everything. Issue still present until recently. Unknown why it stopped”

Ryan B., MN (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“This is the second time I've had repairs around steering wheel virbrations. Both times it got so bad that I was told by Mazda that it was unsafe to drive the car. Costly repair both times”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“none of the windows operate, door shows open at times (all shut). severe steering wheel shake, new tires,balance, alignment, and tie rods done, did not resolve it. Mazda mechanics are lazy”

Eric M., NH (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Worn tie rods and shocks resulted in uneven tire wear. Needed to replace front suspension and buy new tires”

Thomas L., TX (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“have read that this brand and model of tires has this problem - could have also been due to struts and shocks that needed to be replaced”

Gary A., NC (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“A set of tires lasts only 12,000 miles. Several suspension components have been replaced (warranty) through the years. Now that the car is out of warranty, it is not cost-beneficial to drive it”

Robert H., TX (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“our main issue since purchasing the car used has been the wheels. they wear unevenly and we've replaced the tires several times”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

“Wheel weights disappeared, they need to be replaced and the tires rebalanced”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“At approx: 88,000 miles the A/C stopped working. The cause was a seized up AC compressor. When it was replaced, the evaporator was also replaced and the system recharged with freon”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioning stopped working 6/14. Need compressor, and condenser”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“My Mazda is now on its third A/C compressor, and this one sounds like it's on its way out, too”

Milagros O., PA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“I have the compressor replaced 3 x in the last 18 months. Perhaps it is because they used after market parts”

Donald O., TX (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The AC compressor failed twice. Both times the car was parked and I was using the remote start feature to keep my dog cool while I ran as short grocery errand”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“AC quit working”

Anonymous, HI (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“I had the compressor go out 2 in 13 months”

John P., FL (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C blows hot air. Diagnosed with a mechanic, it is verifiably the compressor. High cost to replace, difficult to DIY even if purchasing parts”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Complete compressor failure”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The a/c stopped working”

Anonymous, PA (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The air conditioning in the Mazda 3 was never very very efficient. I am not sure given the age of the vehicle if it is wise to replace it”

Jerome K., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C stopped working”

Anonymous, PE (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Compressor failed, not worth fixing or replacing, now without AC,”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C Compressor went out at around 85,000 miles, is upwards of $1500 to fix”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C stopped functioning when car was no longer under warranty. Had the compressor repaired (replaced?) by independent local repair garage of high repute and high expertise. Cost us about $1,000-plus. We were satisfied with the repair”

Tom A., NY (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C stopped working. Mechanic told us it was the compressor. It has not been repaired or replaced yet”

Dan L., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“AC just stopped working. Condenser needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“My Mazda is now on its third alternator. The second one only lasted 18,233 miles and three years”

Milagros O., PA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

“See previous answer”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Two of the AC hoses had to be replaced because they started leaking. Repairs cost $650 for something that should last the life of the engine”

Rick C., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Secondary EGR Sensor Went Bad”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“EGR valve stuck causing check engine light. New EGR valve, gasket and labor fixed problem. Vehicle had 26788 miles & repair cost $330.00”

Victoria S., OH (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light came on. egr needed replacing. garage ordered wrong size part. took another day for correct part to be installed”

Anonymous, BC (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Oxygen sensor malfunction and heat sensor malfunction. other sensor malfunctions”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light was on for many months. Parts had to be replaced, which resulted in an expensive repair bill”

William B., NJ (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Canister part of fuel tank venting system turning on engine light. Replacement requires total drop of rear end of car”

Steve L., NY (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Not detrimental for the car functioning. Replaced to make the check engine light turn off”

Michael M., FL (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

“High Noise”

Anonymous, MI (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“O2 sensor should not have gone bad and is too expensive to replace”

Michael H., MO (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Bypass valve replaced. Was causing hard starts after fueling. Twice car flooded and was towed to garage. Part is Mada only. Paid way too much for a small plastic valve with electronics on it”

M C., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine light came . I had to replace 5 sensors for about $800”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Sensor for the fumes recycling system”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

“O2 sensor fault keeps sending incorrect signal to control module which causes warning light and engine surge”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Oxygen sensor malfunction. Cleaning has repaired it at the moment. I didn't see any place to respond to this. the sear belt retractor on the driver side doesnt retract well. I had the same problem with the 1998 Mazda I had before”

Anonymous, OR (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“There are several places on the vehicle where rust is starting to bubble up through the pain. Ultimately, this will require a new paint job (or else I'll just sell the care soon and leave it to become someone else's problem”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint on the front bumper and on the back of both rearview mirrors looks like a layer has peeled off in spots”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“bad prep job on the rear deck lid. Really bad cracking”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint on the top of all four door handles is fading and peeling”

David M., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“hood paint chipped everywhere since purchasing the vehicle in 2010”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)
Rust

“rear wheel well lip rusting”

Anonymous, OH (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Left rear wheel well”

Tamara A., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Serious rust problems are forming on all areas of the car”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust on wheel wells & corner of hood near where latch opening is. Just started to be noticeable in the 7th year”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust inside driver's side rear passenger door. Rusting through at bottom, not other doors. This one door appears not to have been properly rustproofed in factory. Dealer takes no responsibility since damage appeared after warranty, despite what looks like a manufacturing fault. Also, rear fender panels rusting at joins and around wheel arch. This appears 'normal' if not desirable”

Keith L., MB (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Some rust in the floor”

Patti D., ME (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

“drivers side wheel well”

Anonymous, NB (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Substantial rust at front of back-right wheel well, as well as minor rust in other areas”

Bradley M., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“In the past 12 months or so, the rear wheel wells have began to rust. This got worse over this past winter. I plan on having body work done on it as I hope to drive it a few years longer?”

Nancy S., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

“Passenger side power windows no longer respond”

Michael W., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace the junction block in the car (over $1800); and, I had to wait for 3 weeks for the backordered part to be available. The new battery kept dying at the weirdest times, without notice or reason. Since the junction block was replaced, no more electrical issues - but I hadn't planned for an $1800 expense on what is supposedly a high reliability vehicle”

Danny B., VA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Too expensive HID lights”

Michael H., MO (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Have had issues with headlights constantly going off sine I bought the car”

Milagros R., VA (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The headlight bulb replacement is extremely difficult to perform . The bulbs burn out due to not being secured correctly because of the faulty retaining clip . Hate it”

Anonymous, WI (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Horn

“Horn and gear shift didn't work. Could not shift car out of park and the horn didn't work. Problem was fixed by changing the fuse. It happened twice in one week”

Christine H., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“sporadic inability to use key fob for locking doors, interior lights stay on when door closes, need to lock doors manually about 50% of the time”

Michael K., MI (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Electrical problems include also inoperative locks and windows. Remote control is broken and too expensive to replace”

David L., MD (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“The tire pressure monitor malfunctions and there are no Mazda dealers in my area. I will go to Atlanta to have it repaired. One shop replaced the part and it did not work, yet they charged me for the part and labor”

Raymond J., GA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“Tire indicator had to be changed on one tire”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)
Interior lights

“Electrical wiring running through trunk hinge cause wiring to break resulting in an inability for the system to know when the trunk was closed. This is generally a result of poor design for cold weather because wires become brittle over time but must move with each trunk opening. Trunk light remained on draining the battery which was very difficult to see and before diagnosis resulted in replacing the battery unnecessarily”

Anonymous, AB (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

“The remote engine starter in this car has already been replaced three times. It now will not work unless you are standing next to the vehicle in the "right" place (and the "right" place changes from time to time). This also applies to the remote lock/unlock as it is all tied in together. The dealership has tried to repair but says they cannot replicate the problem or that it is normal that you have to be close to the car. When I first got the car I could stand across the parking lot and have”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)
Warning lights

“Engine sensor reading to rich, probably fuel injector related”

Christopher T., FL (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

“There are ongoing issues with the cooling system that have not been resolved yet”

Russell K., WA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Thermostat malfunctioning. Check Engine light is On”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Bad thermostat caused check-engine light to go on. Had to be replaced”

Richard F., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed replacement”

Anonymous, MB (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine code cooling level problem had to replace thermostat”

James T., NC (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Thermostat needed replacement”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light reported a common issue and it was fixed”

Demian V., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Thermostat was opening at too low a temperature, causing check engine light to come on. Had to replace thermostat”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on. Had to replace thermostat”

Brianne R., MD (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“The clutch simply wore out too early. It lasted long enough for the warranty coverage to expire, but even the dealer said the clutch should have lasted longer”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“This is the first clutch I have ever had to replace in many years of driving standard. A dealer identified the problem which was repaired in an independent garage. The dealer price was higher”

Jerome K., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch needed replacement at 132,000 km at a cost of $1,500.00m”

Arthur C., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“original clutch went bad at about 100,000 miles.thats a pretty good life span for a clutch though still love yhis car”

Dave T., KY (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission failed because computer went bad and gave no warning light. VERY EXPENSIVE car fix. Very dissappointed”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“AT light comes on then won't go over 3rd gear & manual gearing doesn't work either. Stays that way until the next time I turn ignition on. Soleniod was filled with debris, but this was caused by the faulty transmission”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“I haven't driven the car since being advised that a rebuild was necessary. The suspensions problems with the car are so serious, it would be a waste of money to rebuild/replace the transmission”

Robert H., TX (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Total failure of transmission at about 108,000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“failure of sensor on the right side”

J V., MD (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“both calipers seized.. very costly”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Frozen driver side caliper caused overheating and premature wear on pad”

Anonymous, LA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

“Failure of brakes that has so far been undiagnosed”

Melinda D., WY (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Something broke is power assist/ABS system (we heard it pop), the result was the car would not stop unless brake pedal was on the floor. Dealer replaced some parts, including master cyl and ABS 'valve' , we paid for labor only”

Anonymous, NC (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Breaks needed to be replaced (reportedly due to wear)”

Anonymous, IL (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

“needed to be replaced from general wear”

Anonymous, NY (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“The CD player just died - no motor activity”

Bob F., VA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The player stops in the middle of a song, for a period of time ranging from just a few seconds to over a minute, then starts again”

Jay S., NM (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“constantly overheated during use. The CD's extracted were very hot. Finally CD player stopped working entirely. Replaced am/fm/cd. Cost of equipment and installation was half of what the Mazda dealer would have charged for a lesser unit”

Derek J., UT (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“stopped playing CD's”

Anonymous, CT (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The system intermittently freezes where it is impossible to continue entering data. This problem started when I got the car, and I've taken it to the dealership 3 times and since it hasn't happened when it was there, they haven't been able to fix it”

Lynn R., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“After many years the stereo caused the entire dashboard to short out. One the radio was replaced everything worked perfectly”

Bob F., VA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“after clutch replacement had to have clutch hydraulic line bled .works great since”

Dave T., KY (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“replaced slave cylinder due to leak”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Recently the transmission has started spuriously shifting into neutral while driving. The issues seems to be masked by the DSC/TCS system which tries to compensate for the slippage. The symptoms are that the transmission seems to lurch for a moment with slight increased RPMs and the AT light appears briefly. The diagnostic computer doesn't record an error code though which made this issue difficult to diagnose at first”

Thos N., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“Transmission computer failed with no warning and took transmission with it”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to have transmission control module replaced; car would not switch out of lower gears”

Leslie H., WA (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)
Transmission leaks

“The transmission leaks where the linkage enters the transmission. A small $5 seal failed, it's a$700 repair”

David C., VA (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

“The front connection to the muffler rusted out. The dealer said Mazda's replacement was for the whole system and cost over a thoUSnd dollars and recommended going to a muffler shop. I took it to Midas and they replace the muffler and tailpipe to the”

Jerome K., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

“The pie was broken at the front of the muffler and equired replacement of the whole muffler”

Jerome K., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“pipes broken in two places, replaced 2 mufflers and pipes, i.e. everything from catalytic converter back (not including converter)”

J H., NY (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Catalytic converter

“Entire exhaust system is rusting out. Repairing this will probably cost more than the car is worth”

Bradley M., ON (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

“car is 10 years old, I drive in New York where roads are salted in winter, exhaust system failure not unexpected”

J H., NY (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“Battery died. Bought new battery but every morning not charging light would be on. After driving or later in day charging light would go off or not come on. While driving on beltway systems started shutting down, then car died. Had to tow it and hav”

Linda M., MD (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Indicator "Battery" light came on. To me this indicated alternator was not charging, which ultimately was the issue. It took two trips to the dealer to convince them that is was the alternator”

Anonymous, IN (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“See previous about alternator”

Linda M., MD (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“This was my first major problerm since I bought the car 8 years ago. I noticed a loss of engine power and a new noise erupted. It turned out that either one of the spark plugs last replaced 2-3 yrs ago was blown out or disconnect causing problem”

Brian T., CT (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“After 193000 miles, on or two of the valves are either bent or burnt”

Jason M., TN (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine failure at 150,000 miles”

Paul K., TN (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

“Leak from the head gasket directly after purchase at independent auto Tech. Car Seller offered to fix the problem”

Kenneth G., CA (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

“The turbo began smoking last year which indicates failure”

Jason M., TN (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

“Drivers window would not open or close”

Anonymous, NJ (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Window switch had to be replaced entirely”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Doors or sliding doors

“Rust problem in rear driver side door. Appears that only this one door was not properly rustproofed in factory, since it is the only door rusting through, across whole bottom seam. Dealer takes no responsibility because warranty over, despite appearance of a factory fault. Poor reflection on quality and company responsibility!”

Keith L., MB (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“No contact when starting car in drive. Had to put it in neutral to start it”

Anonymous, QC (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Wheel bearing and hub had to be rrplaced”

Kathleen R., CO (2007 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

“Related to the steering vibration previously reported, the engine and transmission mounts were replaced per factory recall. Driver CV axle also replaced in attempt to resolve vibration issue. Vibration continued for months then suddenly stopped”

Ryan B., MN (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Drivers side door. Water drips in when raining”

John B., RI (2007 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

“Somewhere around the trunk, something presumably on the underbelly of the car rattles and makes a lot of noise whenever I hit a shallow pothole or even a crack in the road on the car's right side”

Sarah R., CT (2007 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“The engine mounts leaked. Had them fixed but it cost $2K”

Donald O., TX (2007 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
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