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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,355 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #88

Sep 022014


  • 45,000 miles


The dashboard under the front windshield has started to melt. The result is a sticky gunk that is impossible to wipe off or clean. This issue causes for a safety concern because driving during the day results in glares from the defected dashboard. Car is no longer under warranty, and don't have the financial means to replace.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #87

Jan 012014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
This vehicle had what is being referred to as a "melting dashboard". the material has a defect which causes it to become soft and sticky, resulting in a shiny surface that causes a dangerous glare. Visibility becomes impaired, usually because of a reflection on the windshield. My understanding is that this occurs most frequently in regions with high temperature and humidity. Mazda inspected my vehicle and verified that mine was affected by this condition. They refused to repair it under warranty because it had recently expired. As a goodwill gesture, they supplied the replacement part and I paid for labor. This is a defective part. It should be recalled. Toyota and Lexus have the same problem with certain model years and are replacing theirs at no cost to the owner.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #86

Oct 012014


  • 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 #85

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

problem #84

Aug 102009


  • miles
The dashboard of my Mazda 3 is melted from the sun and causes glare on the windshield. It blocks vision of a portion of the road.

- Miami, FL, USA

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problem #83

Dec 272014


  • 55,000 miles
There is a hairline crack in my 2010 Mazda 3 dashboard. It is directly over the passenger side airbag and I feel this is a safety issue. I live in buffalo and the crack is worse in the winter. I spoke with Mazda and said this would be expensive to repair, however, I have checked online and many other drivers of Mazda's have had this issue. I would like to get this fixed, however, I am a graduate student and cannot afford this. I would like to make sure this is only cosmetic and not a safety concern.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #82

Dec 082014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


Vehicle with continued issue with melting dashboard. Requires very frequent cleaning of the inside of the windshield due to the substance build-up from the daily heating in the Florida climate. During the day the glare from the sun reflects back onto the windshield causing it to be very difficult to see. Polarized sunglasses seems to minimize the issue. At night, certain lighting also highlights the problems especially when sunglasses are not appropriate. On December 8th just after sundown a vehicle began to make a left turn into my right of way at an intersection. The star bursting from the windshield made it impossible to see that they were turning in from of me leading to an impact. I believe that this dashboard issue played a very significant issue contributing to this crash. The fault was obviously the other driver but due to the circumstances I was unable to react quickly.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #81

Apr 012013


  • miles
My dashboard is melting (and sticky) and is causing a significant glare on my windshield reducing my visibility. I am experiencing a lot of difficulty seeing out of my windshield since it is almost impossible to see out of it at times due to the glare.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

problem #80

Oct 012014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Dashboard melting and tacky to touch, causes glare when driving, attracts lint and debris due to stickiness.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #79

Sep 242014


  • 40,000 miles
I left my car in the parking lot at work, and when I came back the dashboard had melted. I live in san antonio tx, and it wasn't a particularly hot day but it melted. I took it to the dealership, and they told me they could not fix it because the warranty had expired. It creates a very bad glare on the windshield which in my opinion, and many other cases that I have heard from is a safety hazard.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #78

Mar 032014


  • 30,024 miles


The dash has a goo / has melted from heat smells and has caused a shine that causes difficulty to see as driving.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #77

Jul 232014


  • 76,489 miles
I have a 2010 Mazda 3I and the dashboard is melting into a black rubber tar alike substance very sticky and is reflecting onto my windshield blocking my view of traffic after noticing it early on I tried using a windshield visor but to no affect due to the amount of melting the image of the shiny melting rubber is reflecting onto my windshield now to the point I'm seeing it I can not clean it due to its stickiness and the reflection is getting worse if I can not see what's in front of me is that not a safely concern when your field of view is blocked by a defected part made by Mazda its.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #76

Jun 022012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Dash board melting.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #75

Nov 032014


  • miles
My dashboard (on the driver side and middle) appears to be melting (and sticky) and is causing a significant glare on my windshield reducing my visibility. I am experiencing a lot of difficulty seeing out of my windsheild since it is almost impossible to see out of it at times due to the glare.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #74

Jun 122013


  • miles
Over time, my dashboard began to melt as I cleaned it with soap and water it only got worse! they glare from the dashboard is so bad that at certain times of day I cannot see out of my windshield. This is not safe!

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #73

Nov 012013


  • 30,000 miles
The dashboard material is melting. It produces a glare on the windshield on sunny days creating an unsafe driving condition.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #72

Sep 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The front dash in my vehicle has been melting and keeps getting worse as time goes on. When I rub a cloth across it, the fabric sticks to the dash. I'm very good about using a sunshield when parked outside, but this has not prevented the melting.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #71

Nov 072012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Unable to see out front windshield due to glare from melting dashboard with sun hitting at certain angles.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #70

Nov 012014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
The glue is melts on my dashboard causing a glare on the window. It makes it difficult for me to see when I'm driving on a sunny day. The dashboard is very sticky.

- Enterprise , AL, USA

problem #69

Jan 012013


  • miles
The top of my dashboard has melted. It has a sticky, shiny texture now. I live in Florida, so I guess it melted from the heat. It's so bad I can't put anything near or on it for fear it might get ruined by the dashboard (ex: Parking passes). The glare sometimes gets bad enough where it obstructs my vision while driving. The car is just about 5 years old now, but the dashboard has been melted for a long time. I'm not sure what to do about it. There must be some kind of health risk from driving around with melting plastic in front of your face.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

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