hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,200 miles

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problem #5

Aug 072018


  • 204,000 miles
The tail lights go out intermittently due to a defective passenger junction box (fuse box). Tapping the box with a screwdriver handle will bring the tail lights back on for a while. This has been a Mazda 3 issue over the years. The should be a recall on this.

- Sturgis, MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 172014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I had my mechanic working on replacing a burnt out license plate light when he discovered that the tail lights were not working. He turned the lights off and back on, and the tail lights started working again, turned the lights back off and on again, and the tail lights were back to not working again. He identified the fuse box to be the cause of this issue, as when the tail lights were out, he would hit the fuse box which would then cause the lights to come back on, and he demonstrated this for me. This is a serious safety concern to me and after only a few minutes of internet research I found others were having the exact same issue. I feel very fortunate that I've not been hit from behind. I've called Mazda and they said they were not aware of a known issue and there were no recalls on the part, but I've also learned that this part has been reissued 6 times. This makes me think it has to be a known issue, otherwise why keep modifying the part?

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #3

May 122014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel became inoperable. Also, the contact mentioned that the exterior and interior lights failed. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Imperial, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 182004

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
Headlight casing has always allowed moisture and condensation to build up inside of them since the first year we bought the vehicle in 2004. We were always told by Mazda bakersfield thai was a known defect but not anything to worry about. We constantly have had to replace the headlight bulbs over the years. Sometimes they would last several months but always they would burn out. It was not until the headlamps in our new 2010 Mazda 3 started building condensation inside during the first year that we again questioned this issue. Again we were told it was a known defect and not a problem. In November of 2013 both headlights on our 2010 failed. Only then we given the true information that the moisture they allowed to stay inside the headlamp area is what was shorting out the bulbs. There are multiple complaints and even multiple service bulletins on this exact issue telling dealer to replace the headlamp casing. Yet no recall and because of that at least 3service centers where we have taken our vehicles for the past 11 years have refused to acknowledge the issue and repair the problem until now. Now conveniently they have offered to repair our vehicles. Of course that's to E tune of thousands of dollars for the 2010 alone. This is ridiculous that such a dangerous defect has been allowed to continue for so many years.

- Castaic, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 152013


  • 87,000 miles
While driving on the freeway at 65 mph at night, my lower dash (radio, HVAC) and steering wheel controls lighting went out for about ten minutes, and then came back on. This started happening intermittently from that point on, shutting off and coming back on randomly, with the lights being out continuously once for about 30 minutes while driving at night in traffic. The safety concern is that I just discovered the tail lights were also going out at the same time. Indications are that the cause is a defective passenger junction box (pjb). This is a serious safety issue and an unacceptable engineering flaw which appears to affect other drivers of this vehicle model as well. Due to prohibitive cost of jsb replacement and uncertainty of the integrity of that part itself, it may be necessary to install a failsafe independent wiring solution for the brake lights to ensure required reliability

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA