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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,060 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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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 brakes problems

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 262016


  • 116,600 miles


My car idles really rough. Once I get close to freeway speed my car constantly shifts gears from 3 to 4 to 3, so on. This causes my car to jerk, it revs from 3,000 to 1,000 and eveything in between. During this my brakes become practically useless, I have to completely press the brake pedal to make it decelerate. And braking distances are drastically increased. It further worries me that I dont have any dash lights on such as check engine, transmission, ABS, etc.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 162014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 140,700 miles
Total failure of brake master cylinder caused loss of service brakes at all wheels. No prior indication of brake issues before total loss of functionality. Vehicle brought under control using mechanical emergency brake. Replaced with aftermarket master cylinder - extremely poor brake function at present, but vehicle still in use with difficulty.

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 062013


  • 60,000 miles
Driving at 35 mph brakes gave out. Brakes needed to be pumped just to stop and had 8 year old child in the car. Took to dealership and they said brake booster was bad and would cost $625 to fix. Found on-line on forums that Mazda brake boosters go out at about 50K miles. Very dangerous to driver and others on the road. Have owned 6 vehicles of different makes and never had anything fail on such an important part for driver safety.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Nov 082012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mazda Mazda3. While driving approximately 30 mph, the power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The contact depressed the brake pedal but the brakes would not respond. The vehicle suddenly stalled while making a left turn. The failure recurred intermittently. The contact stopped the vehicle in a parking area and after restarting the vehicle, the steering and brakes responded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 202012


  • 128,000 miles
Rear brake caliper seized and heated overheated. The brake pads started to smoke as well.

- Auburn Hills, MI, USA

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