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:
10,677 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 #3

Nov 152008


  • miles


Last week, after clipping and going over a 2 inch curb with my left wheel to avoid another car in a parking lot, my 2006 Mazda M3 accelerated uncontrollably. Applying the brakes did not work. In the end, I swiped two cars and hit a cement wall head on. This stopped the car and thankfully I am alive. Have you heard of any malfunctions of this kind and how do I get it escalated to Mazda or others to ensure corrective action? updated 02/02/09.

- Phoenix , AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 212006

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
The day after purchase of my 2006 Mazda3 I was backing out of driveway, the rear brakes were grinding. They were grinding so loud I could hear them over the radio on level 2 in volume. I should not hear them at all!! I had under 30 miles on the vehicle. I called the service department and the gentleman I spoke with told me this is very common, that all do it. I am sorry, I don't believe that it should be happening, I have never had a vehicle that has done that unless the brake pads, and rotors didn't need replaced. Now, 2 months later, the brakes are still doing it, and seem to be even louder with a small squeak added in.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 282006

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
My 2004 Mazda 3 is experiencing greatly accelerated rear brake pad and rotor wear, both requiring replacement by 32K miles. This is at least 3X faster wear than normal. Front brakes show little wear and look to last up to 100K miles. Dealership says this is normal, independent repair shops say not. Many '04 and '05 Mazda 3 owners are reporting the same problem. Could this problem be the result of improper front/rear brake bias or defective parts/materials" could this situation lead to improper/unsafe braking performance under certain conditions"

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

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