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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,180 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #58

May 012015

MAZDA3

  • 94,000 miles

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

I purchased a 2010 Mazda 3 in 2009. This year (2015), around April/may, before the summer heat even got bad, I noticed the dashboard was sticky. Since then, it has pretty much completely melted. The dashboard is extremely sticky and soft when you touch it, almost has a putty consistency, but that is not the main issue. The safety issue is my main concern. There is a horrible glare the shine from the dashboard creates on the front windshield. It is almost impossible to see out of the front windshield when the sun is out because of this glare. A dashboard cover is not an option because of how sticky the dashboard is; a cover will definitely get stuck to the dash and destroy it. I have done some research online and there are hundreds of claims for melting dashboards for models between 2009 and 2011. This is such a serious safety hazard, it is difficult to understand why the manufacturer has not been forced to recall these faulty parts.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #57

Aug 122015

MAZDA3

  • miles
The dashboard on my 2010 Mazda 3 has become sticky, there is a slight shine to it which glares off the windshield. I have contacted the dealership and am taking it in tomorrow to see about repair/replacement. I use a sunshade though I do not have a dashboard cover. The affected area is clearly where the dash gets the hottest.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #56

Jun 012013

MAZDA3

  • miles
The dashboard on my 2010 Mazda 3 started melting about two years ago becoming more sticky and reflective over time to point where it has a plastic, chemical smell emitting from it. Moreover, it has become almost impossible to see out of the driver side window due to the severe reflection. This has progressively worsened over the past year. I am in disbelief that the manufacturer would use material for a dashboard that melts and emits chemicals. Clearly, Mazda chose to use inferior materials for the dashboard. Considering the plethora of complaints and statements regarding the safety issue of limited visibility due to reflection, it is vastly irresponsible that Mazda has not issued a recall to correct this problem. Vehicle owners should not be left to seeking class action law suits to make Mazda correct their mistake.

- Lighthouse Point, FL, USA

problem #55

Aug 012014

MAZDA3

  • miles

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

The plastic dashboard panel has melted and now has a sticky texture. It is also highly reflective, causing dangerous glare on the windshield when driving.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #54

Jan 012015

MAZDA3

  • 120,000 miles
The dash board is melting which is causing a reflection into the windshield making it difficult to see while driving.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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problem #53

Jul 012015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 90,522 miles
Dashboard is melting creating horrible glare in line of vision occluding oncoming cars. I have pictures of how terrible the glare of the dashboard reflection is creating while driving. I feel like this is a safety hazard and someone will fail to see an oncoming car or child crossing the street due to this defect.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #52

Jul 012014

MAZDA3

  • miles

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

Dashboard is melting creating horrible glare in line of vision occluding oncoming cars. Spoke to Mazda hq with no help simply stating that they had heard of this happening to other cars of the same make and year but since it isn't causing a "safety hazard" they will not cover it under warranty or recall it. I have pictures of how terrible the glare of the dashboard reflection is creating while driving. I feel like this is a safety hazard and someone will fail to see an oncoming car or child crossing the street due to this defect. Feel free to contact me. Thank you for your consideration!

- Hammond, LA, USA

problem #51

Aug 012014

MAZDA3

  • 30,000 miles
Dash has glare from on the top that causes safety issues. Dash has areas that are melting and cause glare from the sun that prevents safe driving. Mazda needs to replace dash just like Toyota is doing on even older cars. Mazda choose inferiors parts and not owners have a safety issue; Mazda step-up and replace the dash on Mazda 3.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #50

Jun 052015

MAZDA3

  • 65,000 miles
My dashboard is melting. My car isn't even five years old and the dashboard has basically melted to a point where I have to replace it. There are issues all over about this on certain vehicles and as far as I understand Mazda will not place a recall, but says I have to pay $1500 to fix it because the glare of the melting reflects off my windshield when I drive which causes a hazard.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #49

Aug 012014

MAZDA3

  • miles
My 2010 Mazda3 has a black tar-like substance that has coated the soft dashboard. I first noticed it last summer (2014). This defect has caused a huge glare across my windshield that limits my visibility any time light is reflected off of it.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #48

Apr 102015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles

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

I have a 2010 Mazda3 I-sport model. After coming back from a two week vacation, I found my dashboard to become sticky and, while under direct sunlight, will emit a glare onto the windshield that greatly reduces visibility. It appears as if it is melting. The problem is most apparent close to the windshield, but has spread a great deal across the dashboard on the driver side. It cannot be cleaned.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #47

Jul 012014

MAZDA3

  • miles
I own a 2010 Mazda 3 I-touring and I began to notice around the summer of 2014 that the top of my dashboard on the driver side started to melt. Since it first started it has greatly expanded in size- it's beginning to cross over to the passenger side. It's also leaving a sticky residue on the dash that hinders my ability to clean it nor can I put up any sun visors to protect the rest of the interior because the visors will stick to the dash. If I'm driving in direct sunlight the dashboard emits a horrify glare on the windshield that has me worried that, as time goes on, driving will become unsafe.

- Greenacres, FL, USA

problem #46

Mar 102015

MAZDA3

  • 138,000 miles
Dashboard melting causing intense glare on windshield making it hard to see drivers in front of me and traffic lights as well.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #45

Apr 112012

MAZDA3

  • 30,000 miles
My dashboard melted.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #44

Jun 012014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
I bought my 2010 Mazda 3 brand new. Now that I have paid it off, I've noticed the dashboard starting to melt right above the steering wheel. This started over the summer and has become worse spreading over a rather large portion of my dash. And while this may look like an undesirable black tar mess, it's actually a very large safety issue as it's impeding upon my visibility. The glare on a bright sunny day has been so bad that I've had to put my head out the window in order to see. I could drive perhaps another way, or wait until there is no sun, but that is not how my life works. I don't understand why there is not a recall about this safety issue.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #43

Jun 012014

MAZDA3

  • 30,000 miles
There is an area of approximately 6" wide of dashboard that is melting directly above the steering wheel. When driving, the sun shines directly on the melted parts and causes a glare which prevents me from seeing the road clearly.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #42

May 262014

MAZDA3

  • miles
As an owner of a 2010 Mazda 3 over the past year I have been noticing a sticky film on my dashboard. It has become increasingly worse and I realized my dashboard is melting!! it causing a blindspot due to the reflection of the sun. I have not suffered any damage yet but clearly this is faulty on behalf of Mazda and they should replace the dashboard as it is a safety hazard.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #41

Apr 082011

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 4,007 miles
The front glass of the vehicle broken in a small holes.

- Humacao, PR, USA

problem #40

Oct 012014

MAZDA3

  • 54,000 miles
The dashboard on my car started melting on the driver side but now the entire dash is melted and shiny. I can't see to drive when the sun is out. The refection obscures my vision and is very unsafe. I talked to Mazda dealership and they will not do anything.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #39

Nov 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
My dashboard is a sticky safety hazard. I cannot see in front of me while driving, seeing other cars and predestines is impossible with the glare from the dashboard on the window. Mazda refuses to do anything about it.

- Lantana , FL, USA

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