Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Except for a minor issue with cracked motor mounts, the 2008 MAZDA3 is a fantastic vehicle with a great reputation.

If you need to replace the motor mounts, first ask your dealer if they'll cover it -- the motor mounts were dealt with in a TSB & were recalled for some model years. Otherwise buy aftermarket motor mounts -- owners report this solves the problem. If you use the same OEM parts, they may just crack again.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,342 miles

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 steering problems

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #97

May 092016


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mazda 3. while driving various speeds, the steering seized without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V374000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #96

Jan 252016


  • 79,352 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle however, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle started to sputter. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed where it was diagnosed that the oxygen sensor was seized into the catalytic converter and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact also stated that the steering had excessive movement, while driving. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,352.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #95

Oct 252015


  • 50 miles
Steering wheel locked up on the highway as I was curving to the right. Caused my car to veer off the road and ran along a rail until the I braked the car. I could not turn the steering wheel and that caused the accident. Last year I had the Mazda serviced which they had fixed the recall supposedly. But this is the second time that this happened. I may not be lucky the next time.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #94

Apr 012015


  • 87,000 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Mazda 3. while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle started to veer to the right causing the contact to crash into a fence and the mile marker. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound lot. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #93

Jul 162015


  • 145,500 miles
On about July 16, 2015 the power steering failed making it extremely difficulty to steer vehicle. I called Mazda dealer to explain failure and asked if they would repair under recall. They said Mazda would only honor recall repair once. I do not believe Mazda repaired the issue. I would expect them to provide a fix that prevents this failure from reoccurring. Note: On 1/27/2011 I had taken vehicle in after receiving recall notice regarding power steering. Vehicle power steering was repaired by byers Mazda in columbus Ohio and road tested to confirm repairs.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #92

Jun 212015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda 3. while driving approximately 65 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 10V374000 (steering). The dealer diagnosed that the power steering pump and fluid lines failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 09/09/15 the consumer stated the problem was resolved. The manufacturer paid for the parts and the consumer paid for the repair. Updated 12/10/15

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #91

Dec 012009


  • 50,000 miles


The steering has locked up on multiple occasions rendering the car totally disabled and unable to be controlled. This happens randomly. The power steering pump was changed some months ago but the steering lock up happened again in may of 2014 after that fix. We were told the power steering fix should have taken care of it.

- Fort Smith,, AR, USA

problem #90

Feb 152015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda 3. while driving 60 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply excessive force to the steering wheel in order to turn the vehicle. The power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #89

Jun 172014


  • miles
TL * the contact owns a 2008 Mazda3. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel suddenly seized. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the brakes failed to respond. The vehicle spun and crashed into a guard rail. The contact was transported to the emergency room by ambulance and was treated for bruising, whiplash, acute neck, back, shoulder, and leg traumas. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 10V374000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Pittsburgh , PA, USA

problem #88

Mar 272014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 68,606 miles
In the past month the radio, lights, the cluster, all shut down and restart as driving. Last night as driving on telegraph rd, 45 mph, the power steering suddenly stopped working, I could not control the car, and another vehicle behind me almost hit me, as I was switching in neutral, and back in drive. All of the sudden regain control and was able to turn right into a parking lot. I remember having this issue back in Jan. Of 2011, and there was a recall for it, that I have had fixed. The pattern is that I bought the vehicle in 2008, 3 years later - in 2011 the recall took care of the defective part, and now, 3 years after the replacement the same issue arise. This is very dangerous, can cause accidents, as is happens as driving unexpectedly.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #87

Nov 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


This is not directly related to the power steering pump recall issue. The recall work has been performed on this vehicle by the dealer. I am writing to complain about a bigger issue regarding "design negligence" by Mazda as it relates to the placement of the power steering pump on this 2008-3. you see, the pump (an itegral part of the steering and vehicle safety control system) is mounted outside the car's frame, just forward of the passenger front tire. It is basically just behind the passenger headlight/foglight/bumper/quarter panel assembly. This location makes it very susceptible to damage in even minor accidents, rendering the vehicle uncontrollable and unsafe in the very instant where control and maneuverability may keep others from being injured or killed. What brought this to my attention was when a deer recently ran into this very location and rendered the vehicle uncontrollable and therefore undrivable. My daughter (who sustained a concussion) was driving the car at the time and was very shocked and surprised that even though the car was technically drivable (minus quarter panel, leadlight/foglight and part of the bumper cover) she could not physically steer the car. In addition, the officer writing up the accident report tried to maneuver the car off of the road to a safer location and was also unable to physically steer the car. There was nothing obstructing the turning of the wheel in either direction. I would hate to think what might have happened if this accident occurred at a higher speed and on a busier roadway or highway. This type of public health safety and welfare issue needs to be investigated and prosecuted. Car manufacturers need to be made to locate critical safety, handling, and manueverability components/equipment in places afforded some reasonable measure of protection and survivability in minor traffic accidents.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #86

Jun 062013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My steering is tight unavailable to drive.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #85

Aug 152012


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 10V374000 (steering:electric power assist system) and was repaired. After the recall repair while driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The power steering warning light also illuminated on the instrument panel. In addition, the interior and exterior lighting failed. The failure recurred intermittently while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #84

Aug 102012


  • 55,000 miles
At approximately 55 miles an hour the in-tire pressure monitoring system's rim attaching nut corroded off of the valve stem on the tire. Tire pressure dropped immediately and had to stop and pull off the road. The valve stem fell into the tire once pulled over and inspected. All 4 tires all corroded evenly and need to have the stems and nuts replaced. I've opted for a rubber valve stem whilst submitting complaints. I still have not had the 3 other tires fixed. Replacement non-aluminum TPMS are 35-50 a piece + installation. 1. cheap nuts that crack and fall off tire stems. 2. aluminum stems that corrode completely removing the threads. 3. high speed crash hazard.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #83

May 212012


  • 46,000 miles
While driving approx 75 mph on a highway, my power steering suddenly failed, and simultaneously my brakes failed (felt like they locked up, as they became extremely difficult to push pedal). I had to shift suddenly in to neutral in order to reduce my speed and pull safely to the shoulder. This same incident also occurred on 8/10/2012.

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #82

May 022012


  • 30,633 miles
Sudden loss of power steering while traveling at moderate speed. Upon sudden loss of power steering the car pulled heavily to the right causing me to nearly hit a large tree on this very narrow road.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #81

Apr 062012


  • 49,150 miles
I started the car, put it in reverse and began backing out. As the car began to move the steering felt sluggish like the power steering was not working. The condition lasted a few seconds then cleared up. That happened twice more as I was backing out. Whenever the steering became sluggish some of the warning lights turned on (low tire, ABS, brake, oil, etc). They turned off whenever the steering returned to normal. The condition seemed to clear itself so I put the car in drive and went a few hundred feet. The sluggish steering and flashing warning lights began again. I stopped the car, left the engine running and checked the tires, power steering belt, and power steering fluid level. All were ok. At this point I shut off the engine and removed the key. The speedometer and tachometer needles oscillated wildly from end to end for several seconds. The warning lights were also on. After waiting for the instrumentation to settle to the normal off state, I inserted the key and attempted to start the vehicle. There was no electrical power whatever, like the battery had been removed. I removed the key waited 15 seconds and attempted to start the engine again. That time the car started as expected. I drove the car slowly for a few minutes and there was no recurrence of the problem. The car has been driven several hundred miles since then with no recurrence of the steering issue or flashing warning lights.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #80

Sep 152011

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 72,773 miles
Vehicle was traveling in left lane on interstate and suddenly turned into concrete divider.

- Kimberly, AL, USA

problem #79

Aug 312011


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact experienced a loss of electronic power steering assist and as a result, crashed into a curb. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostics where the technicians advised the contact of NHTSA campaign id number: 10V374000 (steering:electric power assist system), which the vehicle was included. The technician agreed to repair the vehicle under the recall but would not cover the repairs for the damage to the wheel due to the crash. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #78

Sep 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. The contact received a recall notice associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V374000 (steering:electric power assist system). An authorized dealer was notified and the contact was informed that they were waiting on the necessary parts to arrive before performing the repair. Approximately one year later, the contact was still being informed that the parts were not available. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Orange Grove, TX, USA

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