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. 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.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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.

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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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)

"ABS not working anymore."

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

"The ABS unit/pump failed resulting in a very low, soft pedal. I replaced it with a used unit and all is fine now."

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

"Brakes slowly became quite squishy. Had them replaced (also it was time for new breaks); still squishy. Lines bled, Master Cyl replaced; still squishy. Did some research on forums, and others who had the problem said it ended up being an ABS module problem. Temporary solution is to get up to speed and then brake hard. This temporary solution solved the squishy problem."

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

"Abs and traction control system were not working. I was driving with conventional breaks until the repairs were made."

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

"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 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)
Calipers

"Seized rt real caliper found by dealership during routine service. Had rear brakes replaced at same time."

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

"Caliper slide pins froze, causing uneven brake pad wear and significantly diminished brake performance. I repaired this issue myself."

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

"left front caliper froze up and damaged the rotor"

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

"Replaced all 4 calipers due to leaking brake fluid"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-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)
Master cylinder

"Master brake cylinder had to be replaced twice."

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

"Brake master cylinder was going bad for nearly a year. Brakes felt soft. The dealer could not confirm that replacing "˜"˜tis part would resolve the problem."

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

"Sudden loss of brake pressure because of a leak in the master cylinder."

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

"Brake pedal became spongy, but did not stop working. Drove it to the dealership with no problems to get fixed."

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

"Master cylinder had to be replaced"

Robert C., MD (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Normal routine brake wear

"I replaced my brakes after 20 years of use. Just normal brake wear."

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

"When I stooped at a gas station to put air in a tire the mechanic noticed that my brake pads were worn."

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

"When washing the car I noticed the left front brake rotor had a groove in it. I had the front brake pads and rotors replaced."

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

"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 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)
Regular brake failure

"Unknown problem that is reoccurring. Losing brake fluid routinely."

Robert C., MD (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Front rotor broke into 2peices when making turn"

Thomas V., NH (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When i went to replace rotors all 4 of them were seized to hubs, why doesn't the factory put any anti-seize on cars and trucks?"

Kevin L., ON (2010 Mazda 3 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)

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

Ball joints

"Clunking and noise in front end. Replaced one rt front ball joint at dealer, followed by alignment. Same day service."

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

"Ball joints started showing evidence of wear with a little more than 130,000 km. Replacement is pricey, because the repair requires the replacement of the entire front control arm. Paid about $1200 to have Mazda dealer replace both parts."

Chris C., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Bushings

"Not sure if bushings is the correct term, however the transmission mount bracket had to be replaced because of wear."

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

"Noticed PS fluid leak in 2018 as steering problem. Had to replace rack and pinion, and take back to shop twice to completely fix leak."

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

"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

"Front struts & shocks replaced in 2013. Front left shock was leaking in Nov 2019. No real explanation why all 4 struts and shocks needed to be replaced."

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

"harsh driving constantly making hitting noise"

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

"They wore out and I had them replaced good as new"

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

"Shocks were leaking fluid. I needed tires, so I replaced the rear shocks."

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

"Two brackets that holds the strut to the car frame broke several months apart."

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

"Normal shock/strut wear for a 10 year old vehicle with 100k+ miles on it."

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

"Noticed some noise. Problem was diagnosed and fied the first time."

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

"Very hard ride and had to replace parts in the suspension"

Joe B., ON (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking strut, worn sway-bar linkage."

William M., IL (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Nothing serious. The dealer noticed wear and looseness and recommended replacement of the part. The repair was quick and not expensive (ballpark $350 Cdn. as I recall)."

John B., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking hydraulic oil Bottoming out Making a thudding noise when hitting bumps"

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

"Failure of the right front strut was likely due to a road problem."

David N., WA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Springs or torsion bars

"No steering problems. No issues with tight turns. Dealer said the bars badly needed to be replaced."

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

"Dealer repair shop stated the front and rear bars needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"It had begun to wear out and then caused a vibration/knocking with every rotation of the wheels. the entire rack and pine needed to be replaced, as well as the control arms for the front wheels."

Geoffrey C., CT (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"System developed leaks and I had to replace rack and pinion as part of overall maintenance of vehicle."

Anonymous, TN (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"this was actually caused because of a dent in the alloy wheels. they couldn't be balanced and so a vibration comes through the steering where at highway speeds. I am told they factory wheels are softer than more expensive aftermarket rims."

Geoffrey C., CT (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"axle replacement required"

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

"Diagnosed during a routine inspection. Problem did not result in any obvious performance issues."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"The wheels on the Mazda are very low profile (205/50-17) and the tires have a problem mating to them. I have averaged a blowout or valve failure or other problem approximately once a year for every year I have owned the car. I have had to instruct the tire shop to add sealer to the rims when they do the installations so that the tire edges don't work loose from the rims, which has happened twice. This is the only issue, otherwise the car has been very reliable, and I drive it pretty hard."

Richard G., MD (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Wheel bearings

"Rear wheel bearing making excessive noise failed."

Anonymous, NY (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

"CD will not play"

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

"the interface suggests that it's a multi cd player, but it's not, and it was sold to me as if it was."

Andrew C., MD (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Display screen freezes up

"Information display flickers, goes haywire then starts working."

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

"dash replaced in a recall,new dash expanded left/right causing display to fail,Mazda would not pay full cost to fix"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Auxiliary input port failed. Dealer unable to repair. Was told would need complete replacement of audio unit."

Michael G., FL (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)

"would not pair with bluetooth devices at all"

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

"Bluetooth in the Mazda 3 was finicky since new. I noticed around 80,000 that the phones would sometimes not connect properly or were excessively dropping calls. Within the last year the Bluetooth stopped operating. The Mazda dealer for about $1000 + switched out the electronics board that operated the Bluetooth system. It has worked correctly since."

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

"The phone pairing was particularly annoying because there wasn't any warning the ability to connect to the cars phone application just failed. Its replacement was very expensive for which I understand was merely a replacement of a electronic board, apparently it was buried inside the dash."

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

"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 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)
Radio

"Battery went dead they replaced the computer for 800 hundred bucks did not work next they said the radio was the problem offered me a new one for a thousand dollars I had it disconnected now driving with out my fancy Bose system."

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

"the radio began to make a popping noise, then the speakers cut in and out, then it stopped working. the Mazda dealership couldn't solve the problem after replacing numerous parts. the car had to be taken to a private radio/stereo installer, and the radio anded had to be replaced, along with a large amount of wiring that had overheated and melted"

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

"base sound distortion which is in the circuitry, not the speakers, and which interferes mostly with enjoyment of music (not entirely), gets worse at increased decibels, and is another problem that the local dealer failed to recognize (acknowledge during the warranty period, but after the warranty had run out, said there was nothing to be done - had to be replaced at my expense. Mazda North America did not help me either."

Joel E., PA (2010 Mazda 3)

"we had a problem with the factory installed radio overheating, causing wires to the speakers to melt. The radio also lost two channels, and had to be replaced"

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

"The bass came on erratically and loudly to the extent that it shook the car."

Anonymous, IN (2010 Mazda 3)

"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 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

"All 4 speakers have failed even 2 that were replaced."

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

"Bose sound system started popping and then stopped working. No sound from any speakers."

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

"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 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)
Steering wheel controls

"It had to do with the wheel sensors, which I did not know existed. But this definitely caused me some angst. The ABS light came on & I did not know why, so I went to our local Les Schwab and they identified the problem. I took it to a local mechanic and got sticker shock as it was quite expensive to repair from my perspective, however, I am also glad to have this safety device and ability to protect myself and my car."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 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 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

12V power plug

"the power outlet stopped working, but it has not been fixed due to not being worth the cost of repairs"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"The problem started several years ago and has accelerated. Alarm goes off randomly and intermittently when locked. May not go off at all or may go off repeatedly within a short period of time. Is not an easy fix. Tried to pull the fuse, but that disables other needed car features. Have Googled it and other people also have this problem but no easy or inexpensive fixes. Mazda dealer very noncommittal about repair as if unheard of to them, but it is not. Need to get it fixed (something connected with the door latches) or cannot travel and park in hotel lot or friends' home without possibility of the alarm going off in the middle of the night. Is not going to be inexpensive."

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

"Intermittent alarm causing the horn to burn out."

Joe B., ON (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Body control module

"BCM is suspected to be bad. Random problems with courtesy lights coming on, amplifier not working, door ajar lights coming on when doors are closed. Remote doesn't always lock and unlock drivers side door. Cannot connect to cars bluetooth or use any handsfree options because the amplifier sounds like a machine gun. Random failure of charging 12V.."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda 3 SV 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 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)
Gauges

"Lighting on gauges is so dim that they are not visible 90% of the time"

Achalan M., BC (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"cracked lens"

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

"Both headlights developed moisture inside, resulting from a bad seal."

Joshua F., OH (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The lens were so yellow it was reducing light coming out of headlamps."

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

"Electrical component for headlight shorted out due to water being able to enter headlight."

Joseph J., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Interior lights

"Is connected with the alarm problem--door latch connection. Door auto-lock feature turns interior lights on randomly and involuntarily. Cannot control with door lock control."

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

"Driver side door would not open. Sometimes no doors would open, necessitating use of the key."

P R., NV (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Tire pressure monitor

"Faulty sensor causes tire pressure leaks"

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

"Some of the warning lights are falsely being displayed. One light has to do with the brakes and I can't remember what the other one is. The dealer has checked out the car more than once and the error is regarding the false warning only. It would cost about $1000 (!!) to fix, so we are opting not to fix it. Thus, the warning system is not useful, since if there was an actual problem, we wouldn't know unless the car had clear operational issues."

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

"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 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

Air or water leaks

"water in trunk from inadequate seal at top of trunk."

Mike G., MD (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Seals leaking small amounts of oil. Service techs said gaskets dry out over time and need to be replaced. Went to two different places to make sure I wasn't being "conned.""

Anonymous, FL (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Potholes have caused the back end of the car to rattle."

Anonymous, AR (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I have an annoying rattle coming from trunk area"

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

"Rattles coming from the hatchback window area"

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

"The passenger compartment fan makes a loud repeated rapid regular clicking noise starting every time I start the engine. It starts about 5 seconds after the engine is started, continues for about 20 seconds, an then stops. It does not recur until the engine is stopped and restarted."

John P., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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 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)

"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 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 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)
Wind noise

"This model had a noisy drive from the outset. The 2013 model had a much quieter drive from the outset. Thus, I think Maza address this issue in designing newer 3’s."

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

"Always been noisy, can hardly hear bluetooth"

Ellen L., IL (2010 Mazda 3 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 2.0-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

A/C compressor

"The AC system performance deterioirated over time affecting bothnsummer cooling and winter defrosting. I had the system recharged that didn't ladt too long and was able to stop in unannounced at my local repair shop to show him a picture of a partially (left side only) condensated front winshield on a very humid day. Furthermore, he was able to observe the left side air vents cooling more effectively than the right side, despite it being a non-dual climate zone automobile. I have not had it repaired yet, but it has been diagnosed, so my comments are based upon his initial assessment. I'm uncertain if I will pay the 500'ish $'s tomrepair it. Mycommute to work is 2 miles after all."

Daniel M., PA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not cool at all. Took it in to the dealer where they said it was a computer problem. It was covered by warranty."

Rosalie C., KS (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rusted, had to replace"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"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

"Knob that controls where air blows (upper vs lower vents) does not work."

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

"When starting the car the fan makes a noise indicating is striking the nearby structures. This occurs for about 30 seconds and then ceases. I am told that this fan circulates external air."

Cyril H., QC (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"every time i switch from outside air to a/c, the belt in the dashboard knocks for 20-30 seconds. Dealer says the belt is sticking and may get stuck in a position someday. also seems to be finely shredding the belt and spewing it through the vents. not fixing it because the estimate is roughly $1K, since the entire dash would have to be pulled out."

T G., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"blower fan only worked in the highest position (4). Positions 1,2,3 not working. Found on you tube that a thermistor circuit was problem. Ordered replacement ($55) and changed out circuit plus cabin filter since I was already accessing the area, Fairly easy access from passenger side."

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

"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)
Refrigerant leaks

"Main hose to A/C leaked. Very costly."

Marjorie B., VA (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 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

Doors or sliding doors

"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

"Drivers door lock mechanism broke while door was shut and locked so I can to crawl into and out of the car thru the window because there was no way to open the door."

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

"Key fob problems"

Don E., AB (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Seat controls - movement

"Factory safety recall: Driver side intermediate seat frame including manual height adjuster replaced. Driver seat loose laterally when adjusted to maximum height."

Kendrick T., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"the drivers seat became loose and it had to be replaced."

Andrew C., MD (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Seat adjustment rails had excessive play. Was actually a recall item but had to go to a second dealer to resolve."

Anonymous, BC (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-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)
Sunroof

"Sun roof recently started to get stuck open."

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

"Got stuck in open position."

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

"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)
Windows

"The passenger side window gets stuck"

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)

"Power windows do not work properly on driver side"

Don E., AB (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers' side electric auto-up is not working"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 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

"On occasion the vehicle will not shift out of park"

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

"Would not start in “park” position; needed to adjust cable from shift lever to transmission"

M M., MA (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Gear shift locked. Required replacement"

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

"bad syncro gear in the manual transmission between 1st and 2nd gear that binds 30% of the time. Since Phoenix is flat I usually shift 1st to 3rd. Not worth repairing on a 2010 since repair would be a transmission replacement costing $3500+. Will drive car until it can't be driven and then replace it."

James M., AZ (2010 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"on accelerating after cruising about 25mph, there is a rough vibration, as if it is stuck in a higher gear and delaying shifting down. i think this is related to a delay (sluggish) in acceleration which i noticed from the beginning, and which Mazda has never satisfactorily addressed. It improved significantly when my mechanic drained and replaced the trans fluid; but this turned out to be a temporary fix."

Joel E., PA (2010 Mazda 3)

"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)
Slipping transmission

"At first the mechanic said they'll replace one of the solenoids (I can't remember which one). That didn't stop the slipping. So the next step was to replace the transmission control module. Between the solenoid and the replacement of the TCM, I spent just under $1,800. After some research, I learned that the TCM was a consistent issue other owners had more so with 2006-2009 Mazda 3's."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 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)
Transmission computer

"Transmission control module died, which caused transmission to not engage properly. After replacement, car was back to full operation."

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

"Took car to dealership for troubleshooting. They did not give a definitive diagnosis and had no interest in making repair. Took car to two independent shops that guessed at the problem and attempted repair, neither solved the problem. The third independent shop diagnosed TCM failure, suggested to buy Refurb TCM online and they would install it. Did so and repair was successful."

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

"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 sensor or solenoid

"TCM replacement ($2000) necessary, intake runner solenoid replacement"

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

"Shift cable would not engage “Park” position sensor, preventing car from starting"

M M., MA (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-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)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Replaced the a/c and serpentine belts, then several weeks later has to replace the belt tensioner a an additional $500 cost."

William B., GA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"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)
Engine computer

"Check engine light on for past 6-8 months: auto shop couldn't detect cause - remains on."

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"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

"1 mount failed. Replaced."

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

"Engine mounts were leaking and needed to be replaced"

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

"Engine mount disintegrated. Had to be replaced."

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

"One of 3 engine mounts failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 3 Touring)

"Engine mount leaking hydraulic fluid had to be replaced"

Craig R., TX (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Brought car in for pretty much routine maintenance. Found an oil leak on underside of car. About 800-850.00 to fix and was without car for 2 days-problem took a number of hours to fix."

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

"Had to take 1/2 the engine apart to fix the problem"

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

"Oil pan had to be replaced due to cross-threading of drain plug. Oil has only be professionally changed."

Anonymous, FL (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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Exterior trim around windows on both drivers and passenger front doors is loosening. The plastic clips are breaking (and the plastic itself is breaking down due to UV exposure, but that's a different issue). Will need to buy and install replacement parts - shouldn't be difficult, just a nuisance"

Anonymous, (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Oxidation on top of car."

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

"Paint on all areas of car fading to white in splotches."

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

"Every spring I have orange spots that show up on my white car , this is caused by rail dust. Mazda dealer told me they would only do one treatment of clay bar then its my problem . Why doesn't Mazda inform customers of this rail dust problem getting into paint surface and have it covered by them"

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

"Scrapes on the car due parking garages"

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

"Clear coat on roof has peeled. Apparently this is known issue"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Mazda 3)

"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)
Rust

"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

"The clutch started slipping and upon inspection the Mazda dealer first adjusted it but that failed to correct the slipping problem so we had the dealer replace the clutch. It has worked correctly since."

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

"A clutch should never have needed to be replaced at 150000 kms. It was never used on a track, and never abused. I have been driving a manual for for forty years and never a problem. Cost me $1400 cdn. I probably will not buy Mazda again after being a Mazda guy for thirty years."

Gregory M., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"fork sheared and the clutch was no longer operable. Master cylinder failed as a result."

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

"Clutch went into gear but it would rev two or three times before the gear caught."

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

"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 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)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"June 2019 at 102,000 miles, transmission jumped gears and wouldn't shift to higher gears. AT light on. Mechanic found metal flakes in fluid and Transmission Control Module had failed. Installed rebuilt transmission $2800 and new TCM $600, 3 yr warranty from Budget Transmission Masters. Transmission leak in Feb 2020 pan gasket fixed under warranty. Multiple transmission leaks and trips to transmission place from May-June 2020. Another TCM failed (car got very hot) and covered under warranty. Replaced transmission cooling lines, not under warranty. Ended up using silcon vs the Mazda-designed gasket for the pan which so far stopped any further leaks."

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

"Vehicle started having transmission issues at 102,500 miles. Checked by two different shops. Required replacement with re-built transmission. Took 5 days to get replacement and fix. Also required replacement of the Transmission Control Module (TCM) which was only available from a dealer at $600."

Anonymous, NM (2010 Mazda 3 Unsure 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)

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)

"I got error P0401 which went away on its own, then another error code P0442. Neither issue will impair driving so at the moment not work is being done. However, it will need to be addressed before I register my car again."

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

"evaporator alarm was solved a month ago."

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

"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)
Fuel pump

"Due to a failing fuel pump this car failed an emissions test"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The O2 sensor went bad, which in and of itself was not a big deal, but it was stuck in the manifold. I brought it to 3 different places to see if they could remove it, but all had concerns about snapping it off in the manifold. So, I ended up having to replace the entire manifold and the O2 sensor"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Mazda 3 SV 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light came on, and the dealer diagnostics indicated the problem was the 02 sensor. I experienced no problems."

Anonymous, DE (2010 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed)

"engine light came on, diagnosed as bad sensor. replaced"

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Fault sensor module in passenger seat cause passenger air bags to be disabled and the air bag warning light to come on. Mazda standard trouble shooting produce meant that it required three separate attempts (complete with the cost of replacement parts and labour) before the problem was fixed."

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

"Passenger Air Bag light would indicate air bag OFF when my 115lb. daughter sat in the passenger seat. Her weight EXCEEDS Mazda's stated minimum weight by 15 percent for the air bag to be active. Mazda dealer says there is nothing they can do to adjust the seat sensor."

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

"The airbag sensor in the passenger seat has failed. Again why. It will cost over $600 cdn to replace. This is the sensor that shuts off the airbag if a child is sitting in the seat."

Gregory M., ON (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"recall"

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

"tail pipes rusted off"

Sean B., VA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"there is a hole in one of the exhaust pipes"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-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

CV joint

"Leaking boot"

James K., CA (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

"Broken engine mount on leftt. Replaced and problem solved."

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

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

Alternator

"Car would not start; had to have it boosted (external charge). Both the alternator and the battery had to be replaced. That solved the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Mazda recommended battery and installed by the dealership failed after 3 years."

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

"As reported just now, I had to replace both alternator and battery when the car would not start. New alternator and battery solved the problem."

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

"Loss of charge due to alarm set off due to oversesitivity"

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

"Car would not start the first time, it would on the second try."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The engine eventually (this has happened multiple times) will break the tip off one spark plug, leading to — at best — misfires or an engine that won’t start."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 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)

Engine Cooling

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

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