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.

CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,395 miles

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Apr 012010

MAZDA3

  • 12,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Premature tire wear of new tires on new vehicle.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #6

Jan 162010

MAZDA3

  • 17,000 miles
The tires on my Mazda 3 5 door, were worn out by 17,000 miles. I belleve that to be excessive! if this kind of tire ware, was disclosed when I leased the car, I would not have!

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 212009

MAZDA3

  • 21,000 miles
In early August 2009 at approx. 21K miles when I performed my 7500 mile tire rotation I noticed that all the 4 oe good year rsa tires were very worn on the inside, not the thread area but the area where the sidewall starts. I had noticed this before but had not thought much of it as it wasn't too bad. I drove on a 500 mile trip shortly after this and became more concerned. I had the alignment checked at the destination and it was within mfg. Spec. The alignment people said the cause was probably due to the negative camber on the rear wheels which at -2.3 and -1.7 was probably the reason for the wear and that I should replace the tires. Mazda does not provide for adjusting the rear camber. Not having the resources at the time, thinking maybe it was a overzealous sales effort, and to me the tires still looked usable I didn't replace them. Now at 27K miles I have the resources to replace them and the area on the inside corner in much more worn. Mazda gives no explanation, one said should rotate @ 5K miles, another says they put crappy tires on the vehicle. On the internet, people who replace the tires say they continue to have the problem and that it is caused by the excessive negative camber that cannot be adjusted. This is a safety issue in that, with a sour economy many people may not be able to afford replacement tires, many people may not be able to or pay to rotate tires and many people may not check them at all. At the minimum Mazda should provide for adjustment of the rear camber.

- Eustis, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 282009

MAZDA3

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Original equipment Eagle-rsa 205/50vr17 tires on my Mazda 3- 5door are showing exaggerated wear on all four tires. Even if I do the treadwear calculation, I should have reached 18,720 miles before needing replacement. At 17, miles, the tires are down to the wear indicators. Even before that, I have almost been in two accidents due to the extremely poor wet and snow traction of the "all season" tires. Unless it is dry and above 60 degrees, these tires have little to no traction. Attempting to pull out of my street on two rainy days has resulted in unnecessary wheelspin and near loss of control. This was before 10,000 miles on the tires. I have been driving for 18 years and have only experienced wheelspin in the rain with my 1970 Mercury with 300hp. At a minimum, Goodyear should be hit with a false advertising suit for advertising the Eagle-rsa as an "all season" tire. I agree with another complainant that Goodyear might be intentionally not giving warranty's for the tires against wear because they know the product will not last that long. This is not the first set of goodyears that have not made it to their life expectancy. I had asked the dealer to switch tires with another vehicle, but all of the Mazda3- 5doors on the lot had the same awful tires. I will never buy another set of goodyears or a vehicle that has them as original equipment tires.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 122009

MAZDA3

  • 10,000 miles
I own a Mazda 3, purchased 7/08, car has 20K miles, the Goodyear tires rsa 205-50R-17 need to be replaced due to a defect in a part to correct a rear camber issue, the defect caused the tires to wear unevenly and have very low tread life. The dealership and zone office will replace the defective part but I am having difficultly having them pay for replacement tires. The tires have been effected by the defective part therefore the warranty should cover the full cost of replacement tires. I am waiting for the defective part to arrive at the dealer, the part is on back order. Please investigate the rear camber part issue since good tires leads to safety.

- Newtown, PA, USA

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problem #2

Aug 302008

MAZDA3

  • miles
Tire was on rental car picked up from hertz at cincinnati airport. Noticed ride was rough and noisy. On arriving at destination (lexington, ky, about 70 miles by highway), examined tires. Saw bulge on sidewall on passenger-side front tire. Returned car to hertz at lexington bluegrass airport to be exchanged.

- Dunn Loring, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 262008

MAZDA3

  • 3,526 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda 3. the vehicle has Goodyear all weather tires, size P205/15R17 (na). While driving 25 mph, the front passenger side tire blew out. The dealer stated that they were not responsible for the tires and accused the contact of striking something with the vehicle. The dot number was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 3,526.

- Stanwood, WA, USA

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