2nd Gen (2009 – 2013) Mazda MAZDA3 Problems

The 2nd generation of the MAZDA3 has a cumulative PainRank™ of 17.15. That can be compared against other Mazda generations. Shopping for a Mazda? You should avoid this generation like the plague that it is.

Owners of the 2009–2013 MAZDA3 model years have sent in 273 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the clutch (30%) followed by the interior (23%) and the transmission (7%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2010 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Reliability PainRank (?)
2013 34
2012 30
2011 28
2010 166
2009 15

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