definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,750 miles

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2005 Mazda MAZDA3 cooling system problems

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2005 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 252009


  • 40,000 miles


Within 3 months, 2005 Mazda 3S has had a seized ac compressor (near fire) and blown passenger side electrical junction box.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Aug 072009


  • 39,000 miles
2005 Mazda 3S with only 39K miles broke down with heavy smoke, near fire, fortunately at dia airport. Towed to local denver Mazda dealer, who diagnosed a seized A/C compressor. Contacted Mazda national customer care, who covered the $1K cost of the new compressor, with me picking up the labor. Out of warranty, barely; this kind of thing should not happen for a young vehicle, original owner, with pampered preventative mnx per schedule. I do appreciate the fact Mazda stepped up to compensate a majority of the repair cost. I continue to be very annoyed at the poor brake design, that squeals most of the time, using oem parts, especially in reverse in colder temps.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Mar 112008


  • 52,000 miles
2005 Mazda 3 air compressor goes out, lines fry under hood after doing some research on the issue on the internet, I found that many individuals are having the same issue under 60,000 miles and the A/C never works to maximum output. Contacted Mazda and while they say they are aware of the problem, no recall has been proposed, therefore I was redirected to this site. Contacted Mazda over a year ago under the advice of 2 mechanics who insisted this incident should not happen to such a young car. They said I'm lucky there was no fire since all my lines nearly fried and Mazda needs to be made aware, especially after my mechanic did his own research on my behalf and seem to agree this is too common. I have been following up with Mazda's customer care and while they are empathetic, there's no solution for anyone experiencing this issue. Last spoke to jennifer at Mazda X1170 on 6-29-29 who suggested I fill out this form! thank you for your time and help.

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012008


  • 40,000 miles
I was driving my 2005 Mazda 3 to the dealership to get it serviced, engine noise, and it caught fire less than a block from the dealership.. Mazda stated that they are not at fault even though my car is still under warranty..

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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