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The Mazda3 has been one of our top-scoring small cars for several years, distinguished by agile handling and a well laid out, good-quality passenger compartment. The interior has been further upgraded, but the rear seating area remains a little tight. Road noise is still pronounced. Stability control became standard for all trim lines beginning with the 2011 model year. Trim-line designations are bound to confuse.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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 has been one of our top-scoring small cars for several years, distinguished by agile handling and a well laid out, good-quality passenger compartment. The interior has been further upgraded, but the rear seating area remains a little tight. Road noise is still pronounced. Stability control became standard for all trim lines beginning with the 2011 model year.

Trim-line designations are bound to confuse. The i series is a sedan with a 2.0-liter engine; the s can be either a hatchback or a sedan and gets the 2.5-liter.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (148 hp)
  • 2.3-liter 4 turbo (263 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (167 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Mazda 3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“warning light only”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Antilock indicator comes on. TSB issued on problem. Dealer to correct”

William H., FL (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The dashboard lights indicating that the stability control and antilock braking systems are not operational are on most of the time when the car is operating”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“computer failure”

Stanley F., FL (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Failure of ABS control module”

Kent R., FL (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“ABS warning light came on. Had a bad sensor”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“ABS computer failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“ABS pump failure; known issue for this model year of Mazda 3 (TSB issued in 2013)”

Dan D., TX (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Stuck rear caliper; needed replacement, along with pads and a leaking brake line”

Dan D., TX (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I seem to have needed to replace the calipers twice inside of 3-4 years of use. Car is only used for commuting from work to home, principally highway driving”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“brakes lasted longer than most in a similar situation”

Joel N., KY (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“brakes seam to wear rather quickly,more than i have been used to on other vehicles”

Garry D., NL (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Grinding sound backing up”

Steve A., OK (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“again brake pads are expected to be relaced but the rotors should last longer”

Tom J., PA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My brakes wore through in only four years of normal driving. My rear brakes wore through unevenly compared to the front brakes (in fine condition) and did not wear evenly along the individual brake pad”

Craig S., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The brake pads and brake system seems to wear down quickly and constantly needs replacing”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors were shot. Should last more than 5 years and 33000 miles. Terrible”

Tom J., PA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“had a rotor replaced in October 2014 and again in April 2015 but covered under warranty from garage”

Garry D., NL (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I've had to replace the rotors twice since we've own this car for the last five years. Don't think it's my wife's driving, but it could be a factor”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors had to be turned on the first brake replacement. This should happen on the 2nd replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Squeaking/grinding was related to stuck caliper and mis-aligned rotors”

Dan D., TX (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

“Brake pedal suddenly without warning went the whole way to the floor with no resistance and I had to use the e-brake to stop the car. A leak had developed in the master cylinder. New master cylinder fixed the problem”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

“A CD got stuck and would not eject. I *just* got it out this week after months. I was able to play another CD, but I'm not sure it will normally eject any. Warranty is expired :-(”

Douglas W., NC (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Will no longer "read" CDs”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Bluetooth simply never functioned; USB and AUX ports worked intermittently; it was not a loose connection or wiring according to our mechanic, problem was with the unit itself. Replaced the whole system with an aftermarket system”

Thomas C., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The interface stopped working when the amplifier caused an electrical feedback”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AUX input pushbutton/connection for playing external device (iPod) no longer functions”

Paul H., LA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Freezes at times/ Shuts off by itself at times”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Suddenly would not connect. Tried to re-pair,add,delete phones, but it would time out. Struggled with it for months. was luck enough to delete all paired phones before time-out and then add back a couple phones, so now it works, but very frustrating”

Francis C., PA (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Phone no longer pairs with car. Did at one time then began to intermittently fail. Tried 3 other phones, one of which had previously paired and all were unsuccessful. Will not repair and going with an aftermarket unit when replaing”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Issues pairing phone. Had to completely erase system. Bluetooth synched for a few months then stopped”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Connection to Bluetooth no longer works”

Anonymous, TN (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)

“similar to the speaker issue. sound distortion was present prior to warranty expiration, but service manager didn't hear it until after expiration”

Joel E., PA (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Subwoofer acted up, pumping very loud pops of sound through the system which tool out the amplifier”

Ryan K., WI (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The boss stereo upgraded system has a problem, the amplifier is no longer,working, and the problem caused a meltdown in one of the speakers”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio quit playing music. Had to replace the Bose subwoofer”

Anonymous, IA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“increasing sound distortion present before the warranty ran out but the service manager didn't 'hear' it until after the warranty expired”

Joel E., PA (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rt rear speaker went wonky and was replaced under warranty. Replaced the opposite side under warranty as well”

Robert R., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“One speaker blue almost immediately and was replaced under warranty. Two more have since blown. Seems like a design flaw”

Cynthia D., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“The Bluetooth voice commands are not recognized and the noise during phone calls is unbearable to the person I am calling”

Phillip P., AZ (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The microphone is such poor quality that it usually requires multiple attempts for voice commands. Vehicle noise does not help the situation”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“The stick shift started squeaking last summer when I shift from 1st to 2nd. Dealership told me it's the cheap vinyl boot wearing out and it's not a warranty issue. They suggested I take off the boot if I didn't like the sqeak. There's also a problem”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“clunking rattling noise, don't remember exactly what it was. dealer repaired, about $300 repair cost”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“when turning a corner at 15 mph or higher, there is a noise that comes from the rear of the car, much like a rubbing sound, but not a clunking. Dealer has been unable to identify”

Mark J., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“last year had new break pads put on, after installation, squeaked everytime it was cranked & apporx 5-10 after. took car back to goodyear 3 times to get the squeaks stopped. still squeaking”

Deborah P., GA (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed Unsure)

“The exhaust brackets flex and squeak went turning sharply”

Phillip P., AZ (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rhythmic noise when driving. After servicing they reported there was some dust or similar within the brake system”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“front right wheel”

John D., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Plastic parts starting rattle over bumps”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It currently has a mild gerbil like squeak coming from the right side of the car, but it seems to have no effect on performance. Probably should get that checked out”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced stabilizer end links and bushings, still have a rattle”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear windows squeaks”

Chris E., GA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“In cold weather, there is a constant rattle coming from the back of the car. We have no idea what causes it”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Dealer replaced one engine mount they said was worn. Since then there's a squeak from engine compartment when ever there's a change in inertia, and when starting the engine”

Robert S., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Always been noisy, can hardly hear bluetooth”

Ellen L., IL (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It's just a loud car on the inside. What's the use of getting the fancy stereo when you have to crank it up to hear? It also interferes with people understanding my Bluetooth calls”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Extremely noisy especially when all windows are open, down. Also very noticeable road noise especially at high speeds on the highway. At low speeds a loud but inconsistent humming”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Stopped working”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Needed adjustment”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“in cold weather the headlight developed condensation inside. The headlight stopped working. This was a sealed system and the entire unit had to be replaced. Cost of the part was $1800”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“left front low beam wiring and plug were defective; you could see solder joints were added in two places to secure the wiring to the plug - not present on the right side. Once those joints failed, the light stopped working. Replaced wiring/plug”

Thomas C., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Very expensive to replace - a bit of a shock compared to other vehicles I've owned, but they sure are bright!”

Steven W., AB (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Xenon headlights went out. Moisture buildup in the headlight assembly”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlight assembly seal failed prematurely and required full headlight assembly replacement for one side of car as it damaged the bulb and mechanics from moisture”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked lens let water in”

H T., NJ (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leak caused failure of headlight resulting in $2000 replacement expense”

W M., NJ (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“fog lights did not turn off. strong burning smell. took to dealer and found out a computer board shorted out and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the relay for the driving lights became severely corroded such that the lights were constantly on. it also damaged the wiring harness which also requires replacement. it appears that the design was poorly executed”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Two problems. The manual key system failed to work and i was locked out of the car when the battery died. The electronic release for the trunk lid has sometimes failed to work”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)
Tire pressure monitor

“Faulty sensor causes tire pressure leaks”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

“Already did”

Allen E., MD (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Two ''system fault'' warning lights appeared while I was driving the car: anti-lock brakes, stability control. Dealership required two visits to determine that the problem was with the warning lights and not with the systems. Fixed in January, no problem since”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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

Power steering leaks

“I have a power steering leak from the rail”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“The power steering warning light came on (a 'rotating' circle and the problem seems to be in the electrical system. It is still being worked on”

Allen E., MD (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“Rear shocks were completely gone and the car hadn't gone 70000 km. Car has had annoying rear suspension noise when the temperature is below -15C ever since new. Dealer unable to remedy”

Cal J., AB (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Worn struts”

Steve N., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Strut on Rear Driver side was leaking oil and was starting to go so it was brought it for service and replaced”

Frank R., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Drivers side front shock leaking. Both front shocks replaced during 60000 mile service”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Both front struts and both rear shocks went bad and that caused uneven wear on the tires (cupping)”

Anonymous, UT (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Right rear strut mount dislodged while driving at 102,800 miles. Also, left front control arm broken at 102,800 miles”

Sharon B., PA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“See prior comment. You have duplicated my survey automobile quantity. I only have one 2010 Mazda 3”

Sharon B., PA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Fluid leaked out by 75,000 miles and the car is not driven hard. Not acceptable! Had to replace both front shocks/ struts in the Mazda. Cheap parts. My 2002 Honda Odyssey has 230,000 miles and the front shocks/struts are still strong”

Norman J., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“One of the front struts simply wore out”

R B., SC (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to replace the rear shocks”

Marcia W., GA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

“axle replacement required”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

“Extremely excessive inside shoulder wear on front tires caused by stock Mazdaspeed 3 negative camber specs. Mazda will not acknowledge cause of wear. Dealer says alignment is spot on, but can't explain unusual wear except to say, "This is 'Speed'”

Gary R., WI (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“When the mechanic went for a replacement compressor, the re-builder commented that he was always getting Mazda compressors in for repair”

Murray H., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had compressor replaced and a/c worked for a few weeks. Took car back in for service and was told air mixer control is not working now. This requires entire dash to be removed to do the repairs”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Does not cool to the desired temperature on the climate control. Only cools when set to the very minimum of 15C. Outside electronic temperature gauge randomly works typically only after 30-45 min of driving”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“the blower fan actuator had to be replaced at less than 100000 miles. involved a day in the shop and a $300 cost”

Mark J., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Exterior vents allowed debris inside: which created rattling sounds when fan turned on. Pine needles and a leaf got in somehow...Sucked out/ cleaned at dealer”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“AC control valve failed”

Puerta A., FL (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air intake cabin vs outside gets stuck and makes a clicking noise for about 60 seconds”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Thermometer device failed in -20 celsius leading to a dead battery and failed block heater. Car was immobile”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Solenoid for the defrost broke. The part took a while to arrive, though the actual repair time was relatively short”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A climate control system hose was cut by another part of the same system. No other specific details were given”

Rigsby H., FL (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Leak in the hose. Cost over $500 to repair. Cheap parts again!”

Norman J., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

“Drivers door not aligned correctly resulting in paint wearing away prematurly”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“rough movement, noise”

Alan K., RI (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“The cable for the indoor driver door release lever broke. I fixed it myself for $150 in one afternoon”

Anonymous, SK (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The driver seat actually was loose, had lost a screw holding it to the floor. First repair failed after one day. Second time back was OK (at no charge, with a rental car). A hassle to be sure, and ~$150”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Drivers' side electric auto-up is not working”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“Stuck - won't close properly”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“switch failed”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-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

Gear selector or linkage

“Gear shift locked. Required replacement”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

“1st to 2nd gear shift difficult . "Scraping" feel at "normal" rpm . Shifting improves if done at higher rpm ( like "speed shifting" )”

Michael M., RI (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The shifter cable rusted through and needed replacement. It was said to be a known problem but Mazda did not replace it”

Derek B., MA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“Check engine light came on. Car wouldn't shift or shifted hard - automatic transmission”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission stopped while on the freeway, It was covered under warranty which I thought was amazing. Not sure exactly what the problem was but I was glad it didn't cost us anything!”

Kelley M., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Transmission was slipping. Turned out to be a clutch problem that required the full replacement of the clutch. A relatively expected (but still expensive!) repair given mileage on my manual transmission”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“The dash melted”

Puerta A., FL (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The front and rear bumper covers and the rear spoiler apparently were not painted properly at the factory (clear coat not applied?). I had to have these parts re-painted”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“spoiler paint ,dealer fixed”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The plastic on the rear lights was too long and ended up rubbing the paint away over time. Obviously a manufacturing issue as both sides are affected the same way. I was a few weeks over warranty and Mazda refused to do anything at all”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had a rust bubble on the lower door. Mazda would not cover the repair on warranty because it did not rust completely through”

Paul J., IN (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rust developed in one of the body panels near the wheel and in another location where a razor was used to cut plastic trim that originally covered the exterior of the car during transport”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“premature clutch wear”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch for manual transmission wore out and needed to be replaced. We live in a hilly area”

Douglas P., WA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Clutch was deemed to have failed without the experience of excessive treatment. Appears many people believe this to be a faulty part. Mazda admits no claim of responsibility”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hydraulic components fail at about 60,000 miles cost about $740 to fix”

Ed C., MA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“My clutch needed to be replaced just under 100k miles. Dealership was great and easy to work with. This is considered a relatively expected, if expensive and serious, repair to a manual transmission”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Took the car in for routine maintenance and while in the dealers possession, the transmission failed. Took 5-6 WEEKS to get a replacement!”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-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

“Front right wheel bearing is wearing on itself, going out”

Ryan K., WI (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

“Significant battery drain (battery goes dead in 48 hrs) with unknown cause”

Anonymous, MI (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Battery died and alternator under-producing. Both required replacement”

Lynn E., VA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A week after purchasing the car, it wouldn't start when in Park. When putting the car in Neutral, the car started just fine. It turned out that while the shift indicator displayed Park, the transmission wasn't engaged in Park but actually was in-gear, because of a faulty sensor. The dealer determined the problem and replaced the sensor at no cost to us. We haven't had a problem since”

Frank G., NY (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“I don't actually know if it was the engine computer, but evidently I flooded the engine and it would not start. Had to have it towed to be repaired, repairs included re-flashing the computer and cost more than $800”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine mounts

“One of 3 engine mounts failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 3 Touring Unsure)

“Engine mount leaking hydraulic fluid had to be replaced”

Craig R., TX (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Accessory belts or pulleys

“Acc'y drive belt shredded at speed and failed the water pump seal at the same time. Minor problem but occurred on interstate 90 miles from Las Vegas. Extremely expensive repercussions”

M K., IL (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-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)

“again, none of this was a serious problem, but all a part of the 75, 000 mile tune-up to keep the car running its best”

Raymond M., GA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

“not knowing the details, at the 75000 mi maint, the dealer suggested routine cleaning and adjustments to the fuel injection system”

Raymond M., GA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-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 (not hybrid or electric)

“Loss of charge due to alarm set off due to oversesitivity”

Jeffery P., AB (2010 Mazda 3 SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“Riming belt is cracked and needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Pipes

“there is a hole in one of the exhaust pipes”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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