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The Most Common Mazda Problems

By combining owner complaint data from with investigation, recall, and Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we’ve put together a list of some of the most widespread problems out there. We can sometimes use this data to predict which cars might experience issues in the future, and what owners can do about it in the meantime.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)

Corroded Mazda valve stem

TPMS Warnings And Valve Stem Corrosion

Mazda owners are experiencing warning lights, valve stem corrosions, and sudden tire blowouts that can all be traced to issues with the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Law firms are currently gathering information about potential class-action lawsuits.

Disassembled clutch with a skull and cross bones

Clutch Problems and Warranty Headaches

Mazda has been known to dodge warranty claims on their allegedly defective clutch systems. So much for that ‘bumper-to-bumper’ guarantee. A lawsuit has been filed by owners tired of replacing their clutch early and often and while Mazda tried to get it dismissed, their plea wa...

Owner image of Mazda engine

Stretched Timing Chains and Variable Valve Timing

Mazda’s L-series engines are earning a reputation for variable vale timing (VVT) defects that can cause oil leaks, excessive smoke out of the tailpipe, loose timing chains, and catastrophic engine failure. Mazda acknowledged the problems in a “special service program” but, according to owners,...

CX-9 brake pedal replaced with a sponge

CX-9 Brake Booster Failure

CX-9 owners are worried about increased stopping distances with brake pedals that feel spongy (and unsafe) or really hard to push (and unsafe). I bet you’re sensing a theme here. NHTSA was looking at the issue but closed their investigation after Mazda extended their warranty....

Deployed airbag

Which Mazdas Have Recalled Takata Airbags

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 million+ vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in automotive history.

Interior view of Mazda with intense glare off dashboard

Dangerous Glare From Melting Dashboards

The materials used in certain Mazda dashboards can’t stand the heat of the sun, which is unfortunate when you consider that they sit under it all day long. Perhaps feeling the heat from a class-action lawsuit, Mazda extended the warranty coverage for certain vehicles....

Spiders crawling all over a Mazda with Macaulay Culkin's Home Alone face in the background

Spiders Are Causing Internal Pressure in Mazda6 Engines

Yellow Sac Spiders think the smell of gasoline is lovely this time of year, especially inside of Mazda6 engines. It’s cool …. I didn’t want to sleep tonight anyway.

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