The Mazda3 combines real sportiness with excellent gas mileage -- 33 mpg overall. 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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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 2017 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Intermittent issues with camera output / picture displayed on screen. Lines, fuzziness, etc."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Video is grainy and scramble, unable to see anything."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Mazda 3 Sport Unsure)
Display screen difficult to see

"It is very difficult to see in daylight and I believe it is fit to the inabilities to adjust angle. I have to use my Garmen in day as I can angle it from sun and towards driver instead of straight towards back seat. At night I can see but must turn my head too far due to inability to adjust it. That alone would make a huge difference"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Touch screen no longer responds to touching. Only works on external manual control"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Display screen freezes on a text message and won't interact with the phone for a while on bluetooth."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"The screen will go blank or the system will restart for unknown reason (and this is on both 2017 Mazda vehicles we own). Sometimes the radio will still be playing, sometimes it will cut out, or the navigation will stop working, but then restart right where it left off. It's a very annoying system in what is otherwise a very fine car."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Has not occurred lately, possibly fixed by software update from dealership."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Very poor & unfriendly user interface! Difficult to set up bluetooth, often drops phone bluetooth connection, phone often will not connect to music/Pandora unless the phone is opened to Pandora & playing when you start the car! Also, the car is a 2017 and does not offer Apple Play or Android/Google's versions."

Rich G., PA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I frequently listen to Pandora using a bluetooth connection to my iPhone, but the Pandora app often does not connect properly."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The screen will go blank or the system will restart for unknown reason (and this is on both 2017 Mazda vehicles we own). Sometimes the radio will still be playing, sometimes it will cut out, or the navigation will stop working, but then restart right where it left off. It's a very annoying system in what is otherwise a very fine car."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"User unfriendly, difficult to use!"

Rich G., PA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A hardware problem on both the controller and the antenna"

C C., WI (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"GPS navigation randomly does not report the correct current location. Software update and the display screen have been replaced by Mazda under warranty. But still randomly having problems with current location."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"I have used 4 different iPhones (both 6 and X) with this system and it will not correctly connect about 20% of the time. This problem is the same whether using USB or Bluetooth. Voice command is clunky and doesn’t serve any useful purpose. It’s too bad Mazda didn’t follow through on their promise of CarPlay integration"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3)
Software update fixes

"System would keep rebooting up when cold. The navigation card had to be replaced. This fixed the issue. Repair done under warranty at n/c."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

"After the first month pf ownership a speaker started to rattle, took it in for a repair and they couldn't recreate the issue, told me to wait until it gets worse"

Joshua D., MI (2017 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"It does not seem to understand much. Cannnot find a dress"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Mazda 3 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Voice Command is useless. I just turn off the connection and use Siri if I need to do anything by voice."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3)

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

Cruise control

"You could engage cruise control but not set the speed."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"It's supposed to automatically lock all doors when I leave the car with the key in my pocket. Doesn't happen all the time. Took the car to the dealership and it did it once for my service rep, but of course, wouldn't do it for the mechanic. Still working on getting it right:)"

Judy S., NV (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both of the key fobs have failed."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"TPMS light goes on occasionally for a few days every time they rotate tires and they can't fix it."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Service required warning symbol lights up every 1,000 miles when no service is needed"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Maintenance required light will not extinguish/reset"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent warning lights would come on for no reason. Showed dealer a video of the problem but they were not able to chase down or replicate the issue. The warning lights blinked in a very specific pattern; however, did not affect the operations of the vehicle."

Ha V., CA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Tire Pressure light comes on with no apparent reason."

Anonymous, RI (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Windshield wipers stopped working. Not sure if the issue was related to the motor or the automatic rain sensor. both were replaced to fix the problem"

Anonymous, ON (2017 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

Normal routine brake wear

"Expected brakes to last longer than 20K miles."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Needed new pads and rotors on all 4 wheels at around 30,000 miles. This is not a performance car and is not driven hard, so I would have expected brake life of at least 50,000 miles. Never had another vehicle where brakes wore out this early."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"I recently started experiencing the front brakes pulsating upon applying the brakes at freeway speeds. I believe that that this started after the brake system fluid was flushed and refilled at dealership recommendation."

Jesus E., CA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors got rusty, replaced by dealer after state inspection. Covered by warrantee."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Squeaking brakes are another intermittent and annoying problem that the dealership has not resolved even though they claim to have performed repairs to address the squeaking issues."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When new, there was a squeak in the right rear brake. The dealer replaced the disc, caliper, and pads under warranty."

Jeffrey S., NJ (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes started squeaking at less than 5k miles. I brought it to the attention of the service department during my first service. the inspected and found premature brake wear in the rear brakes, then discovered issues with the calipers and told me that both needed to be replaced, but would be covered under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front brakes have squeaked at low speeds for quite some time and the dealership has not been able to resolve this issue."

Jesus E., CA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-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

"The door trim between the front drive and rear passenger door has melted and pulled away from the body of the car. This was caused by exposure to the sun. Mazda would not fix it under warranty."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Motor compartment bottom guard got damaged when can hit an errant traffic cone. Got damaged and lose. Used bale wire to keep it in place until part got replaced after being hit by another car."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"There are three small spots by the hatchback hinges where the paint has peeled"

Anonymous, MA (2017 Mazda 3 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint seems to be very prone to rock chips on the hood, and front of the car. The paint all scratches very easily. There are already areas in the door sills that are worn to the bare metal from getting in and out of the vehicle. Some areas are starting to rust on the hood."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car needed paint repaired due to accident damage. Paint was done by dealership but began peeling within months."

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda 3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Major paint defect on the White Pearlescent at minimum. Hundreds to thousands of small chips on all areas bottom 50% of vehicle."

Kevin B., MI (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The paint chips almost immediately start to rust. No repair available except complete repaint."

Kevin B., MI (2017 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

"Since purchasing the car, experienced leaks in the trunk. Mazda can't figure out why."

Anonymous, CT (2017 Mazda 3 Unsure Unsure)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"I had to take my car into the dealership because I was experiencing a loud whistling sound at highway speeds. The dealership took the care out and determined it was caused by the weather stripping at the top of the front of the windshield was not properly glued down. They submitted a case to Mazda Dealer Technical Center and were able to find a solution by re-gluing the weather stripping at the top of the windshield. This fixed the issue."

Anonymous, IA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaks when I start from a stop until i get up above 15-20mph"

Anonymous, TX (2017 Mazda 3 Sport 2.0-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

"Rear hatch does not completely close"

Fred C., MD (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"The seat adjuster just doesn’t seem to be working properly"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"This and other warning system problems are intermittent and occur infrequently. They show up on the dash display for no apparent reason and the dealership has not been able to duplicate the problem."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 3 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The camera module failed and replaced under warranty"

Richard H., AK (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 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

Automatic climate control

"The system would blow hard, then soft, then somewhere in between despite the temperature being extremely hot (it was not like the car was cooled down)."

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The fan would just stop working. Would come on/off for no apparent reason and under all types of conditions. Made a couple appointments and by the time the appointment would come around, the car was working again. I couldn't get it covered under warranty because I couldn't demonstrate it failing until after the car was out of warranty. In Florida driving around without A/C is a big problem. Started about 2 years after owning the car and had to live with the problem for about a year before was able to get it fixed."

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda 3 Touring 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.

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

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.

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.

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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
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