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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,917 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 miscellaneous problems

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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 012011


  • miles


The vehicle has unintended surges in acceleration during driving or backing out the drive. Was told to service department at local dealership during routine maintenance; I was told that they could find nothing. There has been no accident from this as of yet. This has been ongoing since the date of purchase. At first, I thought I was unused to the accelerator. Also, the headlights on this vehicle are fogged from the inside (water under the headlights) this results in the light beam not being strong enough at night to be as visible as should be to others or myself.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 012016


  • 65,000 miles
The dashboard is separating at the top of the info screen.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 132016


  • 110,000 miles
The dashboard is detaching or coming apart from the information center

- Hapeville, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012016


  • 85,000 miles


Dashboard is separating above radio/info screen.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 132012


  • 30,000 miles
I left the lights on and this drained the battery. I had my jumper cables in the spare-wheel compartment. There was no way to open the hatch (fifty door) from the inside, or any other way. Seems like the only way that the back door opens is electronically. This is a flaw in testing and design, this needs addressed for safety reasons, numerous to mention. Suggestion: Have a manual latch to open the back door (hatch) from the inside in the event electrical power is lost.

- Springfield, IL, USA

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problem #1

Oct 132011

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
I stopped at a stop sign and my car started accelerating as if the accelerator was fully depressed. My foot was squarely on the brake at the time but I was being pulled slowly forward on to a busy roadway. I am an experienced driver and was able to turn the car sharply to the right along the shoulder to avoid oncoming traffic. I shifted into park, and then shut the engine off. My foot placement was no where near the accelerator, and there were no other obstructions (I.e. carpets). When I restarted the car the engine sounded normal. As an engineer, I am fairly certain that what ever happened was electronic in nature, not a mechanical obstruction or sticking linkage (I did not touch the gas pedal when I restarted). Prior to this incident I had been driving slow though a business park at 10 to 15 miles and hour for a couple of minutes, I was at a doctor appointment. I have not seen this issue before or since. Mazda has examined the car and did not see anything. I like the car, but I thought it was important to get this potentially dangerous flaw on record.

- Jamison, PA, USA

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