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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,908 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #49

Sep 012015


  • miles


My 2010 Mazda3 dashboard is melting/dissolving into a sticky goo. The melting area is currently about 8" square and appears to be spreading. It is located directly in front of the driver's seat and creates a glare on the windshield when the sun shines upon it. The glare is a distraction and, at times, makes it difficult to see things. I noticed the glare and the melting dashboard about 2 months ago.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #48

Oct 062014


  • miles
My 2010 Mazda3's dash has melted! it started about a year ago and is causing me to have to look for another vehicle if I can't get this fixed soon. It is ridiculous that a car manufacturer can't fix this problem or even make a car that doesn't melt in the sun. I was going to get another Mazda but now that this happened I doubt it! there is a horrible glare and I can't see when the sun is out! plus there is lint and bugs stuck all in it like a glue trap! am I in the twightlight zone? and reading all of the Mazda experiences with others I am discouraged.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #47

Oct 272015


  • 89,150 miles
My dashboard is also melting like others have complained about. It started about 36 months in and only gets worse. It's now a sticky mess that reflects on to the windshield which causes glare when looking out the windshield. It seems to be dangerous to drive on sunny days in Florida. It's distracting and is unsafe for the driver as well for anything that is in the area of the glare outside the car. This needs to be addressed. When brought to the attention of my service garage the mechanic told me that he had seen it on about 1 of every 5 cars serviced. When I inquired what it would cost to get it repaired/replaced the guy said it would be close to $2000. That's crazy for something that is obviously a manufacturing issue.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #46

May 012015


  • miles


The dashboard started becoming sticky in early 2015 and became worse as the weather became hotter. The affected area is now around 36 inches by 8 inches with the worst part being around 20 inches by 4 inches. The affected area is sticky and very shiny. This shine reflects onto the wind shield, making it very hard to see on sunny days.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #45

Oct 212015


  • miles
My dashboard has started melting. It causes a huge glare across the front windshield and makes it difficult to drive. This is an accident waiting to happen. I did put my car in service at the Mazda dealership in clear lake, Texas and it sat there for over a month. They did give me a loaner car but they called me to drop off the loaner and pick up my car, I expressed how terrified I am to drive my vehicle and asked if I could stay in the loaner until the issue was resolved, and they said, "it was not their problem" and gave me the Mazda corporate number "because it was Mazda's problem not the dealership". I called Mazda and they told me to return the loaner and to put a towel over the melted dashboard(which I have tried but cause a reflection). I am furious that my safety is not a priority to these people. I need help getting this issue resolved.

- College Station, TX, USA

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problem #44

Jun 062013


  • miles
The dash has been melting for the last 3 years. In the summer it gets squishy and has started to fall apart. Using sun shield is difficult because they stick to the dash and the dash melts to the cover.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #43

Oct 242014


  • 80,000 miles


Front dash has melted causing a dangerous glare on the windshield. Concerned about toxicity inside car due to melting.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #42

Apr 142015


  • miles
Dashboard melted completely, I am not able to operate the vehicle from the hours of 10am - 4:30pm because it's impossible to see the road, the windshield looks completely white from the glare in the dashboard, contacted dealership where I bought the car several times and they don't want to take responsibility for it. This is an accident waiting to happen and Mazda doesn't do anything!!!!! impossible to operate vehicle at regular hours!!

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #41

Jul 072013


  • miles
Dashboard and visor's melted off.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #40

Oct 022015


  • miles
Melting dashboard and windshield glare

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #39

Sep 152014


  • 27,500 miles


When I bought my Mazda 3, , it seemed like a great buy months later the dash started melting away, I have called Mazda and they have never returned my calls or fixed the problem. This can be dangerous as its melting and is well over 100 degrees in the car, if one of my nephews or daughter was to touch it, they could very well be burned seriously as it is very sticky and goopy.

- Stuart , FL, USA

problem #38

Sep 152012


  • miles
My dashboard has begun to melt all the way across. It is awful. I find myself having to tilt my head when driving as it creates a glare that is difficult and could be a safety hazard. It is really hard on the eyes as well. I have tried to use a shield but the shield sticks to the melting dash and then makes for an additional mess on the windshield when trying to remove before driving. Please do something. Thank you. This should be paid at the expense of Mazda. Cars have been driving without this issue in temperatures all over the world. This is wrong.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #37

Sep 202015


  • 99,300 miles
The top of the dashboard is melting and shiny. The melting dash when cleaned falls apart. It is also creating a glare on the windshield. The glare is creating an issue when driving on a very sunny day.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #36

Sep 092015


  • 70,569 miles
Dash board is melting and the gloss coat it leaves is throwing a serve glare in the driver's line of sight. Manufacturer has been noyified and states that the vehicle is out of warranty even though there are numerious cases posted on-line for the same problems. Mazda has built a vehicle with a known safety/manufacturer defect that they refuse to take responsiblity for. What does it take to get their attention" loss of life??"

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #35

Aug 292014


  • 60,125 miles
Over time the dashboard has gone from a matt black rubber material to a very shiny, sticky, melting surface, which is quite visible when looking forward through the windshield. It adversely effects the visibility, especially when driving into the sun.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #34

Aug 262015


  • 72,450 miles
Dashboard started to melt. The panel is all sticky, including A/C vents which also started to crack.will take the car to dealer to fix/suggest a solution. Touching the shinny parts with fingers will turn fingers black, sticky and is also hard to clean. Trying to clean dash makes things worst.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #33

Jan 012015


  • 65,000 miles
Melting dashboard!!!! my Mazda's dashboard has been insanely sticky and melting over the last 8 months. Pieces of my dashboard have been ruined simply by touching the sticky residue or by my sun visor getting stuck to it. When I take my car to the car wash, they can't wipe the dash because the towel gets stuck to the sticky residue. The glare is so bad when the sun is directly hitting my car that I have to put my head to the complete left or right of my car while driving in order to see. I fear that I will get in an accident because of how dangerous the glare is! I feel like I can't drive my car during the day anymore. I refuse to get a dash board cover because that will too also completely stick to my regular dash and I will never be able to take it off because it'll completely ruin the car and devalue it if I ever try to sell it in the near future. So disappointed in Mazda, this is my second Mazda and definitely my last. Cheap. This needs to be fixed, it is a dangerous hazard.

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #32

Jun 012015


  • miles
I purchased my 2010 Mazda 3 in August of 2009. Since that time I have noticed the dashboard feeling sticky. It has now progressed to almost melting which causes a horrible glare on the windshield which impacts my ability to see effectively when driving on sunny days.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #31

May 012015


  • 94,000 miles
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 #30

Aug 122015


  • 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

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