Notes: Except for a minor issue with cracked motor mounts, the 2006 MAZDA3 is a fantastic vehicle with a great reputation.

If you need to replace the motor mounts, first ask your dealer if they'll cover it -- the motor mounts were dealt with in a TSB & were recalled for some model years. Otherwise buy aftermarket motor mounts -- owners report this solves the problem. If you use the same OEM parts, they may just crack again.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,500 miles

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 body / paint problems

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 012014


  • 72,000 miles


The back rear wheel wells collect so much dirt and salt it ends up rusting it out! there needs to be plastic cover for the wheel wells or better drain holes! I wash my car every week in the winter and it is still hard to prevent it! the rear strut mount takes a toll on the abuse from all the salt and dirt that collects near the top where it is screwed in! had my strut break twice in one month! there needs to be better drain holes for the doors too!

- Saint Ignace, MI, USA

problem #3

Feb 132014


  • miles

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Dec 312013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The dash is starting to crack near the driver side. Its just getting larger over time. I'm afraid it could pose a problem in the future. Mazda dealer told me its a common issue on my year, even the year after too. Seems people online talk about it all the time too. Why wont Mazda recall? not the first issue I've had.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
A major crack in right in the middle of the dashboard, it goes right through the temperature sensor. I would assume is due to the hot weather and the quick temperature changes we have experienced in the past year or so. Due to the crack, a slight sinking of the actual dash has started to occur, meaning, you could tell that something has cracked and the sides are sliding down. I have gone on many threads on forums that are all about that issue. 5 out of 10 people seem to have this problem. It also happens on the 2nd generation as well. Last thing that might be caused by that "crackage" are the retaining clips located right behind the whole dashboard more towards the left side behind the steering wheel. It makes a vibrating, more like a dangling noise as of something is loose or in the worst case broken.

- Scranton, PA, USA

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