What's Wrong with the MAZDA3?

There are 302 complaints over 14 MAZDA3 model years. These can be broken down into 2 generations with their collective PainRank™. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Years Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
3 2014—2016 10.18 60 7 0 176
2 2010—2013 19.77 242 5 0 259

Recent MAZDA3 News

Parking Brake in Mazda3 and Mazda 6 Might Bind When Trying to Drive, Disengage When Trying to Park

Have you ever tried to drive your car with the parking brake still applied? It doesn’t take long to realize something is wrong. That’s something 228,000 Mazda3 and Mazda6 owners might soon experience thanks to corrosion. From CarComplaints.com:

The 2014-2015 Mazda6 and 2014-2016 Mazda3 cars have brake calipers where water can enter and cause the parking brake actuator shafts to corrode and bind. This can cause the parking brakes to not engage or completely disengage.

So the brakes can stick AND disengage randomly?

So not only does the brake bind up when you’re trying to drive, it could also disengage after parking on a hill.

Mazda engineers found a design flaw in the protective boot of the rear caliper. Bad seals allow water to enter and start corroding the braking system. No wonder it needs to be recalled, which is expected to begin in August 2017.

Mazda3 Clutch Lawsuit Moves Forward, With Exceptions

Mazda’s motion to dismiss a Mazda3 clutch lawsuit was denied, which means the case will move forward in court. Mazda did score some victories, however, when the judge agreed:

  1. The plaintiffs will need to amend their complaints to show a common defect
  2. Any claims concerning violation of certain consumer protection and warranty laws will be dropped.
  3. Plaintiffs outside of California, where the lawsuit was filed, will have to remove their claims.

Hopefully this case will bring good news for Mazda3 owners and lay the groundwork for future lawsuits.

Mazda Orders Recall of Diesel Engines That Leak and Stall

It hasn’t been a good year for diesel. There’s the whole VW mess, a BlueTEC Mercedes-Benz lawsuit in California, and a GM Duramax lawsuit in Michigan. And now Mazda is issuing a recall for diesel engines outside the USA that stall, leak fuel, and catch on fire. Well, at least it’s not emissions-related? Here are a few of the issues:

Mazda says the fastening force of the injector mounting nut is faulty and can cause too much pressure on the injector gasket. If this condition occurs, the fuel blows through the cylinder head causing the engine oil to become carbonized and clog the oil strainer.

And then there’s:

The sealing performance of the fuel return hose can deteriorate and lead to cracks inside the hose, causing fuel to leak from the hose.

Oh yeah, then there’s:

The diesel engines can also stall because pressure in the cylinders and the closing force of the intake valves can decrease, catching soot between the intake valves and the valve seats. If this occurs, the engine will have poor compression and unstable rotation, causing the engine to stall.

As of right now, the recall doesn’t affect US diesels but that could change. You can get the full rundown on CarComplaints.com.