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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,713 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Mazda MAZDA3 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 092005

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 1 miles


I am getting 13mpg on a Mazda3. Company is unable or unwilling to repair. Brakes needed service at 12 and 20,000 miles. Only 20,000 miles in 4 years. Always feeling of dragging and they claim no brake or other problem.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 172008

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,750 miles
2004 Mazda 3, brought brand new from dealer. Had rear brake problems, was fixed due to bad equipment/metal used for rotors or that was what I was told. Warranty covered. Now I am at just under 50,000 miles and my clutch needs replaced, cause they said I burned it up. Not covered by warranty. I told them over a year ago, that it whined/screeched when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, but only when it was cold. Told they couldn't find anything wrong, just warm the vehicle up first. Now a smell something burning and they keep saying it was my fault. I'm the only one that drives it, going back and forth to work and dropping my kids off at school. Very frustrated, because I was told its going to cost over $1,000 to fix......

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #2

Sep 032004

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,100 miles
When backing out of a parking space a luxury SUV appeared from one side, requiring me to stop suddenly. However, when I pressed down on the brake pedal (all the way to the floor), the brakes seemed very hesitant to respond, even with ABS. Thankfully the car did stop in time. I have heard many complaints about the brakes and have also noticed excessive brake dust and a few grooves in the discs/rotors in the rear after only 1000 miles.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 262004


  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Consumer states that the rear brakes are creating more dust than the front brakes. As a result, the front brakes are not working correctly.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

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