The Mazda3 combines real sportiness with the best gas mileage -- 33 mpg overall -- of any conventional compact car. That has earned it one of the top spots in our compact-car Ratings. No boring fuel-economy special, the 3 is a joy to drive, thanks to super-sharp handling, sprightly engines, and smooth transmissions.
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There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Mazda 3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Android Auto

"Difficulty getting Android Auto to start up when I plug in the usb on my phone. BTW, I am answering all of these questions for my 2018 Mazda3, not 2016."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"intermittent the screen goes blank for a day then works fine. This has happened about 20 times in the last couple months."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittently does not work"

Anonymous, (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"1/3 works ok, 1/3 image distorted, 1/3 image blank"

Anonymous, TN (2016 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The on-dash screen split with the top at the the bottom and the bottom at the top. Both the screen and the back-up camera were replaced under warranty"

Paul P., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"About a year after purchasing, the back up camera just stopped working."

Sean M., TX (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"difficult to see in bright sunlight, dims considerable when you turn on your headlights at night"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring)

"tiny numbers and letter on instrument panel, difficult to see in bright sunlight"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The infotainment center has randomly reset itself while I am driving. It just randomly happens from time to time."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Mazda replaced the display screen free of charge"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Even though the display screen has been replace, the display will randomly change radio stations at times."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The infotainment system gets slower overtime. Not sure if it is due to software upgrade dealership did for me during past services; but it become so slow where it is not useful anymore. In the most current service, I was able to get the software upgrade and hope it works better moving forward, too early to tell."

Anthony K., AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Infotainment system would reboot numerous times. Dealer found defective SD card and replaced."

Mark B., GA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was unable to start the car. The infotainment system and backup camera did not work. I assumed it was the batterty and had a jump start. I drove the car for about ut 15-20 kms. The next day I took the car to the Mazda dealer, they could fine nothing wrong and the infotainment system and backup camera worked. The system appeared to correct itself."

John M., BC (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"infotainment system constantly resets itself in mild to cold temperatures."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The infotainment center has randomly reset itself while I am driving. It just randomly happens from time to time"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When using bluetooth, and possibly other times, shortly after starting the car, usually within about 30 seconds to 3 minutes, the user interface will shut down and reboot. Music will stop, calls via bluetooth will revert back to the phone, nav displays will be gone, and the system acts as if you've just started the car and boots up normally. Usually only happens once, but sometimes two or three times in a row. Most prevalent in cold weather after sitting for 30 minutes or more."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"when car is reverse, the rear view display is occasionally either distorted or totally black which makes the reverse driving difficult. at Mazda dealership service (Richardson, TX) , technician could not find a solution to the problem and contacted Mazda Corporate. it has been 1 month and I have not heard back yet."

Ayhan C., TX (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Pandora and Mazda seem to have a feud as they don't play well together"

Anonymous, (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The Pandora app on the car regularly drops Pandora on my phone, freezes when I switch to a phone call, displays a notice that my Pandora station has been deleted, and occasionally crashes MazdaConnect altogether"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"iPod no longer playable. iPod is recognized but is not read by the system though the iPod works fine in another vehicle."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When playing music from our iPod some of the buttons at the bottom of the screen become grayed out randomly. A recent update to the Infotainment system seems to have fixed the problem, but this has been updated before and the problem re-occurred, so we'll see how it goes this time."

John S., BC (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"recall problem"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recurring problems with infotainment system only resolved by complete replacement. Works great since"

Anonymous, (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a problem with the Mazda Connect touch screen which made it inoperable. Was replaced by Mazda at no cost as it was a common defect which was covered by a warranty extension program for 2014-2016 Mazda3."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Entainment/NAV died."

Anonymous, (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS totally failed. Dealer replaced under warranty"

Terry W., TX (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Live traffic is not functional"

Bret H., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Map chip would not load, so GPS would not display. Dealer replaced entire in-dash unit when a chip replacement did not solve the problem"

Carl G., MA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS didn't respond to voice commands. Was repaired under warranty"

Paul P., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS system rarely seems to know where it is or going. Continually tries to update/recalculate itself - still it rarely gets the directions right."

Fred R., MA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Was unable to connect to satellite so navigation feature was inoperable. Reported problem to dealer, They fixed it in one service call; either renewed or replaced antenna."

James P., MI (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The GPS stopped working. The dealer fixed it. I got a new sim card and an up-graded display. The whole system was not starting up normally and would restart in the middle of a ride."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Too (needlessly) complex. Not intuitive at all. One needs an electrical engineering degree or at least a few hours with the manuals to begin to feel at all confident with this item."

J M., NJ (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Navigation would take many minutes to initialize or not initialize at all. Repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The electronics at intermittent times will not allow Iphones to play a music list. It seems to connect properly but does not allow the music to play. After repeated tries, my daughter is able to get the music list to play."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Text messages between iPhone and radio have never worked. Have also had to remove my phone from the radio completely and set up again"

Michael M., AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth pairing is a total crapshoot and often as not it sounds like a skipping cd. No idea how much of this is Mazda's fault vs Motorola's (which still has my phone on Android 6.0)"

Gabriel R., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Recurringly disconnects bluetooth. Also, when the phone is charging, car refuses to connect phone media by bluetooth."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I use a smart phone and a tablet in car when driving long distances. the entertainment system is not compatible with Android Auto. I pair the smartphone and the tablet with the car's entertainment system. but each time, one is disconnected and I have to re-connect and select it from the menu before I can use it. it does not automatically connect both at the same time. and for some reason it seems that always the other one is connected rather than the one I want to use first."

Ayhan C., TX (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"blue tooth drops off"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"Rear speakers never worked. Didn't notice at first because we rarely have backseat passengers and when they have they've almost never noticed or complained that they didn't get much sound. After owning the car for about 3 years, a backseat passenger said they couldn't hear the music well, so I went to the fade function and adjusted it to favor the back seat, and while the front got quieter, there was no sound from the back speakers at all. With the fade all the way back, there is no sound at all. They may never have functioned properly."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Voice dialing only works occasionally. It responds it is learning voice"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3 SV)

"The voice command function on MazdaConnect disables the voice command function on my phone, making it impossible to use voice to set navigation destinations, dictate a text message, etc. The voice command works well within the MazdaConnect system, however"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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 controller malfunctioned causing brakes to lightly activate when not pressing the peddle"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"At 49,000 miles, the driver side front caliper completely locked up and left me stranded on the highway."

Justin O., RI (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"Master cylinder leaked and caused excessive brake pad wear."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Mazda service tech said front brakes were at 3 mm inboard pad wear at 37000 miles at oil change visit. Replaced pads and rotors at 38000 at independent shop. (Mazda also used full synthetic when they changed oil. Hadn't warned me in advance that it was required."

Anonymous, (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"mechanic told us that we needed new brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Unsure)
Parking brake

"Recall from Mazda addressed the issue"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Flawed design. Overly long and sharp screw tore through from under the parking brake fabric."

Sean M., TX (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The 2016 standard pull the center lever parking brake was almost useless. The brake did not hold. There was a recall and it is much better. My husband's 2017 has a button in the center and his Parking Brakes are fantastic."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"recall covered by warranty"

Annemarie W., CA (2016 Mazda 3)

"Premature failure of the parking brake due to erosion and rust; manufacturer recall"

Anonymous, OK (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"it was recall i do not notice any problem"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Brake pads wore out at only 40k miles rear. They wore out sooner in the front. I drive very gently, and mostly highway."

Michael M., PA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Due to a faulty design, the rear breaks wore down to the wear indicator in 3 years. After I had the breaks repaired, there was a recall but Mazda didn't stand behind their product and didn't refund me the repair cost. My mechanic (independent) stated he had never seen rear breaks wear that quickly."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"4 months, about 4,000 miles, after we picked up the pre-certified car we needed new front brake pads."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pad carved a deep groove in rotor, both replaced under warranty on one wheel"

Michael M., AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Parking Break problem, which affected front rotors and calipers. Mazda said it is recall, but never bothered to fix the real problem. I am very disappointed. I owned other Mazda cars and never had break problem within 4 years of owning it."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"At only 26,709 miles front brake pads and rotors had to be replaced because of bad pulsation. Done under warranty."

Michael M., PA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem was a result of warped rotors in my other comment"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Bought used, carfax said rotors were trued at the car dealership but car remained shaky when braking at highway speeds. Took to my mechanic and did a total brake job with new rotors, pads and brake fluid (fluid was extremely dark and needed replacement) and upgraded to ceramic pads to eliminate the problem. Mechanic's guess was that previous owner had massively overheated the rotors so much that they couldn't be re-trued safely. Rest of the car has been running like charm."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The rear rotors had to be replaced at 36000. I have owned a number of cars and for rotors to wear out that soon is not acceptable. Was told they had noticed this in Mazda 3. My previous vehicle was a 1990 Miata and drove it in excess of 275000 miles and they were replaces 3 times"

Richard B., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Warped rotors. Dealer replaced rotors and pads under warranty."

Michael M., AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors were affected and had to be replaced due to manufacturer's recall, which they never paid for."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 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

Body control module

"Took in for service due to infotainment system needing software update. When I took the car home afterwards I noticed blinkers not operational and headlights would not shut off. Returned car to dealer to have problem fixed. They found a bad body control module."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Windshield wipers stopped working and wouldn't restart. After a few hours they worked a bit, but not properly. Took the car to the dealer and found the BCM was bad. It took over three weeks to get a new BCM."

Charles H., MA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

"Average MPG indicator will go from 99 MPG down to low 20's while at steady highway speeds with no grades or other mitigating circumstance."

Albert S., NY (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"One headlight quit working"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"one of the headlights quit"

Anonymous, LA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I have the high end headlights (LED) included on the Grand Touring line. But they are not as bright and do not light up as much area ahead of the car, as my 2004 3s did."

Gayle M., NY (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlights were very weak, I finally had better ones installed, but even the new ones aren't bright enough."

Kathleen D., VA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

"Car too easy to leave light on when leave vehicle resulting in dead battery eg. dog bumps lights on, glove box open etc."

George B., AB (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A design flaw, none of the door or window or lock mechanisms on the driver's side door light up. I can't see to lock the car or open/close the windows. It is not that the lights are broken, they are just not there. Mechanisms on the steering wheel also don't light up, and I can't see the switches to turn on the headlights or wipers or cruise control, etc. This was very disturbing when driving at night for the first 6 months."

Kathleen D., VA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The battery in the keyless entry was dying and got the car into a strange state where it discharged the main car battery."

Chris P., CO (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the battery in the keyfob."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Randomly one of the two keys will not unlock the car. This has happened with each key at different times. Because my husband's key was available, his key worked when mine didn't and vice versa at another time. Both keys functioned again after the car was started and stopped with the key that was working at the time. This was not a key battery issue"

Steven W., MA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"The factory remote starter works or fails in a completely random pattern. The car is always parked 15 feet from the back door. Sometimes it starts with the remote and sometimes it doesn't. Troubleshooting the problem with the dealer service department has been ineffective"

Steven W., MA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"You have to get the pressure just right, over pressure, like when I had expansion driving on the freeway the garage would go off. I went to a tire place the first time and the dealer 2times to get the tire pressure correct"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Body control module failed causing wipers to stop working during a snow storm - result car was undrivable."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-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 leaks into the trunk, apparently around the trunk lid seal. I first discovered the problem last summer but, judging by the long term musty smell in the car, it has probably been going on longer. I have been able to partially resolve the issue. The dealer charges an unreasonable price to investigate so I won't be having them fix the problem."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water intrusion due to failure of the rubber sealer ."

Pablo C., GA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Road noise in long drive"

Pablo C., GA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent noise when I open door or sit down( and I am not a huge person!)"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring)

"There is a rattling noise like a bearing from the wheels that is always there but most noticeable at mid-range speeds like 40-50 mph."

Kevin D., VA (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Dbl on highway speed is higher than I perfer"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I hear a hissing sound when driving over 40 mph. Cannot find any leaks, haven't had it checked out."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This car while it drives nice it has a huge problem with air noise and out road noise. The road noise is unbearable it's like driving with no sound proofing. The noise comes from undercarriage of car as well as from the windows/doors"

Vivian F., FL (2016 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

"Front end of car is very low for a parking and unfortunately its front skid plate is loose and made of thin cheap plastic which is very expensive to replace. My previous car was a 2006 Honda Fit and I never had clearance issues for parking up to cement blocks"

Emily B., BC (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"window trim loose on passenger front and rear windows. Replaced under warranty"

Al M., NS (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint chips easily"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint chips constantly. Car is.careful ly driven and maintained. Especially the painted plastic areas"

Joe H., FL (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"painr chips easily"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rear passenger door sill is developing a rust spot under the paint. For a 2yr old vehicle this is very disappointing."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-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

Shocks or struts

"shocks and struts had to be replaced at 94000 miles and were not covered under the vehicle's extended warranty."

Anonymous, AL (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"struts had to be adjusted likely due to hitting a curb while driving"

John B., CA (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"It currently has steering wheel vibration, and we just had an alignment, so it's going back for service to check it"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring)
Wheel bearings

"Driver front wheel bearing/hub was replaced under warranty at 34,500 miles mark"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Was making a whining noise, took the car to a Mazda dealer and they said it deeded to be replaced and it was under warranty."

Anonymous, AL (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car began to make high spinning sound between second and third gear which caused it to have a problem shifting and made a loud grinding noise. We took it to Mazda at first they said they didn't see anything wrong with it but when I had them drive around with us in the car they understood the problem it took three weeks to get approval for them to replace the transmission and another three weeks for them to have the work done but now the car works as expected."

Anonymous, (2016 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)

"At 80,000 miles the automatic transmission began shifting roughly with big jolts. Mazda said that their transmissions are sealed and aren't repairable. Mazda kept my car for 10 days and $6,200 expense."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"after 3 months of owning the vehicle, driving approximately 4500 miles, transmission required replacement. Diagnosis and replacement required two months to complete"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 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

Mirrors

"Mazda rotated my tires, then power washed my car. I found one hood over outside mirror missing. They denied they had blown it off, but sold me the part ($200+) and installed it for free."

James S., OK (2016 Mazda 3)

"Left side mirror cover was not properly attached, and fell off. Repaired gratis by Mazda"

Anonymous, NS (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Sunroof glass exploded at 70 MPH"

Anonymous, CT (2016 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

Fuel injection system

"The check engine light came on. They replaced the fuel injectors at 8000 miles. Then it came on again at about 20000 miles. I cant' remember what they did to fix it that time, but on a subsequent visit (still under warranty), I had to have the fuel induction service performed. The car still hesitates to start on occasion."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"The Car has two Fuel Pumps one in the tank and one on the engine that ramps up the fuel pressure. The one on the engine that ramps up pressure stopped working and was replaced under powertrain warranty."

Anonymous, TN (2016 Mazda 3 Touring 2.5-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

Heater system

"The 'door or flap' allowing heat to circulate stopped working. Standard Mazda total replacement estimated to cost $1500. Local mechanic 'jury-rigged' a solution for $383. No excuses Mazda- heater should not fail at 50k miles on a 3 y.o. car."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mazda 3)

"The control between heater and ac stopped working due to a problem with a 'flap' internal to the heater, that our mechanic was able to jury-rig fix although Mazda would have charged about $1500 to replace the whole unit."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"delay in downshifting"

Edward M., WA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Serious lag time in accelleration"

Edward M., WA (2016 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

Engine harness

"rodent damage due to soy-based coating on wiring"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"This specific year and model had two thermostats instead of one. One went bad and both had to be replaced because the one that failed first led to an overload in the second. Very expensive repair for a "feature" that adds absolutely no value to the operation of the engine or the vehicle. All other Mazdas do just fine with one thermostat."

Anonymous, VA (2016 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.

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
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VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER
Apr 04 2019
Reduced visibility while driving can increase the risk of crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Mazda3 vehicles. A defective windshield wiper relay may cause the windshield wipers to become inoperative, reducing the driver's visibility.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front body control module with a new module which uses an improved wiper relay design, free of charge. The recall began May 7, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3219D.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V272000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 187880
PARKING BRAKE
Jun 22 2017
If the parking brake actuator shaft binds, the parking brake may not engage or disengage fully. If the parking brake does not engage properly, the vehicle may move unexpectedly if it is parked on a slope, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles. Water could possibly enter the brake caliper causing the parking brake actuator shaft to corrode and possibly bind.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will check the parking brake actuator shafts, replacing any that are corroded, free of charge. Remedy parts are currently unavailable. Interim notices informing owners of the safety risk were mailed August 24, 2017. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1217F.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V393000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 227814
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE
Sep 23 2016
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured September 24, 2015, to October 16, 2015. During manufacturing, the fuel tanks for the affected vehicles may have deformed, resulting in a fuel leak from the recirculation pipe welded connection.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and depending on the tank lot number, dealers will inspect the recirculation pipe weld, replacing the fuel tank, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 1, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0216I.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V685000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3849
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Sep 22 2016
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Mazda Motors North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured January 4, 2014, to September 18, 2015. The fuel tank of the affected vehicles may have been improperly handled during manufacturing and, as a result, the welded attachment of the Inlet Check Valve (ICV) may fail and allow fuel to leak.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and depending on the tank lot number, dealers will inspect the ICV weld, replacing the fuel tank, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 1, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0116I.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V684000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17484
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Oct 02 2015
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. An engine that stalls increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Mazda3 vehicles manufactured May 21, 2015, to August 25, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with a fuel tank with a shut-off valve that can allow fuel to enter into the fuel tank emissions systems. If enough fuel enters the emission system it may leak out onto the ground or result in an engine stall.
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle's fuel shut-off valve. As needed, the fuel shut-off valve and the affected fuel tank emissions system components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall began on October 20, 2015. Owners are advised not to drive their vehicle until the repairs have been completed. Mazda will provide rental cars until that time. Owners may contact the Mazda Customer Experience Center at 1-800- 222-5500, option #6. Mazda's number for this recall is 8615J.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V621000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14411
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