really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,000 miles

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2005 Mazda MAZDA3 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 222006

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles


Since the day I bought my Mazda 3 in 2005 I have had problem after problem with the brakes & the rotors. This car was always at Mazda for something. Then in July, 2006 I was driving about 10 mph when the power went out on the car, I lost all brakes & steering & ran into a median in the middle of the road. I drove the vehicle home that night & once again the car stalled on me. The next day we took the car to Mazda & let them know the problem & after 4 days & driving the car a total of 9 miles they said they could find nothing wrong with the car & the computer showed nothing when they drove it. I just had a damaged rim and needed the car re-aligned. When I went to get the car I was very upset at the cost I had to pay when this was something that was not my fault. The cashier called the manager & I explained everything to him. He had no idea about this & said that if I was his wife he would not put me back into this vehicle & put me in a rental for the weekend. On mon. He called & said he drove it personally & he too could not find anything wrong so he said to come pick up the vehicle. Then on tues, Aug. 22, 2006 while driving to work I turned my windshield wipers on (keep in mind when I took the car in for service I had them change the wiper blades) & the rt windshield wiper flew off my car. I got out & put it back on and it came off again. After work my boss said the wiper was broken & threw it in the back of my car. We then left work. About 3 mins later I was going about 35 mph & all of a sudden the power went out. I had no brakes, no steering, nothing...once again and in front of me was an above ground cement manhole we have on the base & I knew I was going to hit it so I just held on tight.the next thing I remember is people screaming are you ok & when I opened my eyes I was upside down. I flew in the air & landed on the car behind me & came within an inch of going into his windshield but that also saved my life the firefighters said. So now my car is totaled.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

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