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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,600 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.

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 lights problems

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2005 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 212014


  • 65,000 miles


We were in a few accidents and the airbag never deployed and the transmission is not functioning properly after an oil change the car does not stay in park we must use the emergency brake and cannot turn off the car because when we turn it off the gear will not shift to drive and as we drive the car the car will turn off right there. Seatbelt stopped working on driver side.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 192010


  • 73,000 miles
(visibility)the headlights both blew at the same time. I was on my way to work in the early morning the first time it happened so I had to drive approximately 8 miles the rest of the way to work in the dark, running lights only. Took the car to the dealer they said they replaced the headlights was approx. $35. I guessed a fuse since both blew at the same time?? then the following year the same thing happened on my way home. It was dark and again I drove home with running lights. I think it's odd that both headlights go out at the same time every time. The passenger side seat belt doesn't work right. It locks up, unable to pull strap out to buckle up. Took it in and called Mazda. They paid for repair which was quoted at approx $89. All was good for about a week. I picked my step mom up and she went to put her seatbelt on and it wouldn't extend. I have found that if you wait a few minutes and begin driving the passenger can use the belt. If we drive and the brakes are being applied the seat belt doesn't come out. Not sure if that's a coincidence or not. Didn't have it fixed again, we deal with it.

- Havre De Grace, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 152014


  • 120,000 miles
The adapter in the headlamp is faulty. The car requires the H7 low beam bulb, but there is a plastic adapter in the housing unit that melts periodically. I have to keep buying replacements about once a year and have to change the bulb about 4 times a year. I always smell burning plastic when this happens and worry that a fire could start (the adapter has burn/melted spots on it when removed). It also corrodes extremely fast causing the bulbs to burn out extremely quickly. I've owned the car since 2008 and it's been doing it since about 2010.

- Allendale, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 212011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mazda 3. the contact stated that the headlight socket on the passenger side of the vehicle caught fire. The contact replaced the headlight socket and approximately 18 months later the socket caught fire again. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 114,000.

- Sparta, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 282011

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
I have replaced the headlights on my Mazda 3 2005 each year since I've owned the car; each side I've replaced 3 times. I have had them all installed by the dealership, so that I know the repair is being done correctly. No one can tell me what is wrong with the headlights, however I've done some research on the internet and found that many other owners are having the same problems. I'm surprised that no recall has not been issued due to the nature of the problem. I personally do not want my headlights going out while I'm driving at night, which has happened twice.

- Roseville, MN, USA

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