The 1st generation of the MAZDA3 has a cumulative PainRank™ of 9.66. That can be compared against other Mazda generations. Shopping for a Mazda? You should probably steer clear of this generation.
Owners of the 2004–2008 MAZDA3 model years have sent in 115 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (22%) followed by the transmission (21%) and the lights (13%).