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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,419 miles

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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 wheels / hubs problems

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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 042016


  • 37,000 miles


About a year ago, I had to replace my tires at just under 30,000 mi because the treads wore improperly. Fast forward a few months, my axle wore out and had to be replaced. However, the real problem comes when about 3 weeks ago, I was driving at about 75 miles an hour on a major highway, four lanes of traffic, and the engine starts jumping. The rpms go up and down, but the car won't accelerate. I get the car to the side of the road on pure momentum. The car then turns completely off with the key in the on position, but not lights come on. I remove the key, wait 5 minutes and the car turns back on. It died again a few min later so I have it towed to a mechanic, who can't find anything wrong. 5 min after leaving the mechanic's shop, my car starts jumping again; I barely made it back. The mechanic is at a loss and recommends the dealership since there are no codes. The dealer gets it and works with it for a few days and says that the mass air flow sensor (mafs) was clogged, which was turning off the car, and the bearings were also causing problems because they were worn out (from the axle being improperly installed). They replaced the bearings, cleaned the mafs, and reset the computer, under the warranty, and told me my car was ok. 2 days later, I'm driving on a major highway again and the car starts jumping again. I was able to barely make it out of traffic before the car died again. The car starts up again 5 min later and I take about 10 min to get to safety as this repeats. The dealer has my car for almost 3 wks, Mazda's field engineers get involved, they-checked the fuel components, the computer, filters etc, and then Mazda recommends checking the wiring harness. A clip had broken above the axle on the engine that allowed the wiring to wear out. They had to redo the wiring in a different way so it wouldn't wear--this seems like it has happen to others w/O resolution.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #8

Sep 102015


  • miles
The tires on this car wore out by 30000 miles and they got extremely loud sooner than that. I hit a nail and 2 different tire shops refused to repair the tires because of uneven tread wear. I always take the car in for inspections and maintenance on time. I went to the manufacturers website and found the safety and quality customer ratings on the stock tires are extremely low. I have noticed the car did not have very good traction from the start forcing me to go below the recommended speed limit on turns. I called the manufacturer to ask if there is a recall on the tires and they said no, but they did volunteer that those tires were specially ordered for that model car to make it appear to have better fuel economy. The fuel economy dropped a bit once I had safer tires installed. It seems to me that Mazda is using cheap unsafe tires to artificially inflate the fuel economy window sticker at the expense of customer safety.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #7

May 302015


  • 29,800 miles
I purchased this vehicle brand new in July of 2012. In may of this year (2015), I had a tire blow out on me (oem bridgestones) while traveling at 75mph on the freeway. At the time, my car had barely 30,000 miles on it. Of course, they are not warranted. How is it that Mazda has a 3 yr./36,000 mile warranty on their vehicles, but can't manage to equip it with tires that would do the same?!

- Boise, ID, USA

problem #6

Mar 202015


  • 12,103 miles


Hello, tires have 12,103 miles on them they are exhibiting cracking at the bead where the threads meet the side wall I have told toyo they say this is normal ozone checking who ever heard of that on a 3 year old tire please unbelievable why should I have to die or buy new tires at my own expense when I am out of work at the moment someone please help this is terrible I will include picture of crack tires have all the thread left still that is why I can not understand that these should be recalled also thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Carteret, NJ, USA

problem #5

Aug 142013


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Mazda 3. while driving various speeds, there was a rattling noise underneath the front driver side and the tire pressure light constantly illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the tires needed to be replaced. The tires were replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Wimauma, FL, USA

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problem #4

Jan 182015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 48,865 miles
After a mechanics check it was found: 1) slight feathering/edgewear/cupping on all tire's and 2) power steering warning light on ign on however clears on engine start. This is all despite full maintenance history as per Mazda guidelines. The problem causes significant tire noise when driving. Although tire thread on the vehicle is at 87%, it was recommended to replace all four tires at time of inspection. Wheel alignment shows the vehicle is within factory guidelines for the vehicle. Possible issue could be flaws in shock/strut manufacturing as the vehicle is well within replacement timeframe for these parts.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 052014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles


Took vehicle in for tire rotation. Noticed loud humming noise in front tires after rotation. Took car back to mechanic to look at it. I was told the front tires were cupped but would pose no problem for driving. Gas mileage has gone down 2 mpg since then.

- Scottville, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 092014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
I had a mechanic rotate my tires and noticed the front tires were making alot of noise. I returned to the mechanic for an inspection and he said that the tires currently on the front that were on the rear have severe cupping probably due to a suspension problem. The mechanic recommended taking the car to the dealer although there is no recall notice for the problem. I had the mechanic rotate the tires back. The tires

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #1

Aug 272014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
Premature tire cupping of rear tires. All tires rotated according to Mazda maintenance schedule. Result in tire road noise, uneven wear, early replacement. Rear camber setting is possible issue.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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