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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,869 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 miscellaneous problems

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #11

May 202015


  • miles


I currently have a 2010 Mazda 3. I have noticed for about the past 2 years that I am getting this sticky residue on my dashboard and now it seems to be getting worse and worse!! it does not look good. This should be considered a recall because had I know the dash would start melting I would have never purchased my vehicle in the first place but of course a dealership will not tell its customers these things because they just want to make there sell. Such a rip off!

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #10

Aug 012014


  • 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 #9

Aug 012014


  • miles
I own a 2010 Mazda 3 and the entire dashboard is melting, sticky, and causes significant visibility issues especially during daytime hours. In my line of vision, there are reflective issues coming off of the melting dashboard impairing my vision during driving. This could potentially cause a serious or fatal accident. In addition, after sitting in the sun for just a few hours, the melting dashboard puts off various odors that I am sure are probably not healthy to breathe in. I have heard of several other Mazda owners with the same complaint of their dashboards melting and Mazda not wanting to correct the problem especially when vehicles are out of the warranty period.

- Meansville, GA, USA

problem #8

Jan 012015


  • 110,000 miles


My dashboard is melting, getting sticky and smelly it reflects on my windshield and it makes really hard to see

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #7

May 042015


  • 100,050 miles
The dashboard on my 2010 Mazda 3 is melting. It appears to be very sticky and reflective. It happened about a week ago and is spreading quickly. I have not spilled anything on it, I have not used any harsh chemicals to clean the dash, and I keep the car in general as clean as I can. When I am driving into the sun there is a glare/reflection on the windshield that I have a hard time seeing through. I am unable to clean it because it is so sticky. If the affected area keeps spreading, then the glare on windshield will become larger and larger. I do not want the glare to become so big I can't see cars slowing down in front of me or anything else of that nature. The dealerships will not do anything about it. In my mind this is a defective part and should be replaced.

- Hayesville, NC, USA

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problem #6

Feb 072015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 57,600 miles
The dashboard of our 2010 Mazda 3 is melting.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 202014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles


Multiple times, starting in the summer of the vehicle's fourth year, I have been unable to see clearly through the windshield due to the glare from the melting dashboard. Luckily it has not caused any injuries or death due to the fact that I was aware of the problem and more diligent of others on the road.

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 202012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
Approximately 2 years ago I noticed my dash board was wet looking and sticky. It has progressively gotten worse. My dash board is melting. This is a huge saftey hazzard as the glare from the melting dash affects my vision when driving during the daylight.

- Lake City, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 012013


  • miles
I have a 2010 Mazda 3 with 38,000. The dashboard is melting.

- North Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 202010


  • 150 miles
A low speed rear-end collision resulted in an immediate explosion of the vehicle, causing a large external fire and smoke to enter the cabin upon impact. The structural damage to the vehicle occurred on the front-right; the fire destroyed the entire front 2/3 of the vehicle (totaling the vehicle). The concern is that such a low speed impact should not cause an explosion which could potentially have injured or killed the driver and passengers.

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #1

Oct 072010


  • 20,000 miles
Mazda3 rear ended a moving truck. Mazda3 was going about 45 mph and truck was not moving. Upon impact, the Mazda3 immediately caught fire at the front of the car. Fire department had to extinguish fire. Fire damaged car. Car should not have caught fire.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

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