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:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,638 miles

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #17

Dec 142016


  • miles


Like the Mazda 6 for 2008, my son's Mazda 3 2006 had the same problem with the air bag light not turning off. A Mazda dealer told him it would cost $400 to fix and the were no guarantees it would be fixed. He had it fixed by a certified mechanic who offered a guarantee. I paid for it and I think it should be recalled like the Mazda 6, as it it a matter of serious safety.

- Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

problem #16

Aug 212015


  • 35,180 miles
Part 2 -(cont.) re: Complaint filed on 8/21/15 (arfc/NHTSA id no: 10750380) (denise from arfc ref no: 902722). Letters from my vehicle manufacturer providing necessary repair information etc. I am adding these complaints to my existing complaint, as during my initial diagnostic report, dated 8/24/15, I faxed and mailed to you, it states how my vehicle's air bag crash sensor is not working and is in the wrong position, which I had to decline to have fixed, as I am financially unavailable to pay for the repair cost. I feel this issue should also be addressed and covered as soon as possible due to the alarming above-mentioned E-mails I had received and believe that those issues are clearly related. And 3. (part 1) re: Unknown/or other: As a result of having my power steering issue repaired (initial complaint), I was told after the repair by a Mr. Carleton at Liberty Mazda, wakefield, MA, that when my right directional signal is turned on, it now continuously clicks extremely fast (code B2899 rt directional - est for directional wiring to just start to locate the issue is listed on the submitted diagnostic report is $220) but that it shouldn't effect me getting a new car inspection sticker or anything, so I had to decline fixing due to cost. (this issue is also included in the original diagnostic report as well, that I have faxed and mailed to you.) I am also unable to afford to have this issue fixed as well, and for the fact that this problem did not exist at all before I originally brought my vehicle in to have the power steering fixed and this issue appeared after that, this should be covered in full and fixed by manufacturer; 3. (part 2.) continuous issue beginning roughly 3-4 weeks of purchase (bought brand new, not used): Clock in vehicle is set to the proper time, but will only last a month maybe at very most before it changes auto and displays a random time.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #15

Aug 212015


  • 35,180 miles
Part 1 - 1. re: Complaint filed on 8/21/15 (arfc/NHTSA id no: 10750380) (denise from arfc ref no: 902722). As per instruction, I brought my car to an official, authorized repair Mazda dealer on 8/24/15 (Liberty Mazda, wakefield, MA) for a diagnostic report to be done, which was completed. After the diagnostic report was completed, I kept my vehicle there for repair of the power steering completely not working. I faxed and mailed to the NHTSA, the diagnostic report, the total invoice of repair, proof of payment in full, as well as 3-4 more documents provided by Liberty Mazda, and I have not yet received any update as of yet. I was told that due to my low mileage, many other complaints by 2006 Mazda 3 owners for the same issue have been filed, as well as the fact that this clearly is a "safety-related defect in the vehicle or equipment" (direct quote from under "when is a recall necessary?, page 6 out of 20) was told that reimbursement for this costly repair would be issued by recall or by warranty due to my low mileage. Also quoting from under "examples of defects considered safety-related", (page 7 out of 20), which states "steering components that break suddenly causing partial or complete loss of vehicle control.", I absolutely feel that this reimbursement issue be addressed to me as soon as possible. 2. re: Air bags: I received an email from U.S. dot NHTSA, dated Friday, 1/08/16 stating my car make/model/year may be involved in a safety recall based on NHTSA campaign id no: 15V869; subject: Passenger air bag inflators may rupture. I then received another email on 2/6/16 stating my car make/model/year may be involved in another safety recall: Manufacturer: Mazda North american operations; make / model years : Mazda / 2004-2006, subject: Driver side air bag frontal inflator may rupture.. and I have yet to receive any separate

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #14

Apr 302015


  • 146,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Mazda 3. while at a stop, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy and the driver, front passenger, and rear passenger seat belt restraints failed to retract. The driver, the front passenger, and the rear passenger sustained injuries to the head. The front passenger and rear passenger required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 146,000.

- Maryville , TN, USA

problem #13

Jan 192015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The airbag sensor around the seat area isn't protected very well from dirt and debris! needs to be secured better!

- Saint Ignace, MI, USA

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problem #12

Oct 232014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that while driving at a unknown speeds, she rear ended another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The mechanic stated that the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 222014


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Mazda 3. while driving approximately 30 mph, the contact's vehicle crashed into the front passenger side of another vehicle. The contact stated that the steering wheel air bag deflated immediately after deploying. A police report was filed. The contact sustained bruises and chemical burns to the chest, arms, face, and eyes. The contact received medical attention. The condition of the vehicle was unknown. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- Ralls , TX, USA

problem #10

Jan 312014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 167,000 miles
Air bag indicator light remains on, the dashboard, making one believe that there is a problem with the system. There was a similar problem with this in Florida now seems to be a more wide spread problem in all areas of the country.

- Port Jervis, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 132014


  • miles

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #8

Jun 112014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 151,593 miles
This is what I wrote to Mazda regarding my airbags: The reason I'm contacting you is because I recently heard in the news that you were recalling many cars for faulty airbags for warm weather climates in Florida and puerto rico. I tried looking at the recall information on your website but it does not work. That webpage is blank when you hit the link. The reason I'm writing is to see if my car is part of the recall as well. Two weeks ago my airbag light turned on. I live in Florida as well. My car is only from 2006 and only 8 years old. I don't believe my cars airbag should be faulty and not working properly at the present age of my car. Can you please advise and let me know about this? I'm really concern about my airbags not working properly. If you need any additional information on my car, please let me know and I'll send it right away. Thank you for your time. This is the response I received from Mazda: Thank you for taking the time to contact Mazda. Due to a proactive, preventative investigation by Mazda and NHTSA, Mazda will conduct a special service program (ssp96) to replace certain air bag inflators on some vehicles originally sold or registered in Florida, Hawaii, and puerto rico. The driver and/or front passenger frontal airbags may not deploy properly in the event of an accident. The purpose of this ssp is to collect the air bag inflators in order to investigate them and the limited affected areas for this program were defined by NHTSA based on their investigation thus far. You will receive notification in the mail with instructions on how to proceed should Mazda determine that your vehicle is affected by this concern. Should you have additional questions or feedback, please contact me at the number below and reference your service request number. [xxx] representative, customer experience information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 032012

MAZDA3 4-cyl Diesel

  • miles


Air bag light has gone off and on since Oct 2012. Now it stays on all the time.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 042012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Airbag light has come one and stays on. I called Mazda and have an incident report. This is a common issue and per Mazda, until they receive enough complaints, they will not recall, hence why I am filing this complaint.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #5

Feb 102010


  • 40,000 miles
1. manufacturing defect? 2. front air bag crash sensor intermittent (open circuit error). Causing airbag light cluster to illuminate. When illuminated airbags will not deploy in the event of a crash. 3. replaced front crash sensor.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #4

Jul 192007

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mazda 3. while idling, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle while driving 40 mph. The crash caused the contact to crash into the rear of the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver suffered neck, head, and shoulder bruising and contusions. The contact was wearing a seat belt, however, her face struck the steering wheel. The vehicle was towed. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 20,000.

- North Creek, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 022007

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,900 miles
I was in an accident where my vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a vehicle traveling over 30 mph in a perpendicular direction. The side curtain air bags deployed, however both the front and rear air bags caught on a trim piece at the top of the B-pillar. The air bags did not reach their design intent locations. I have a picture available. The vehicle has been considered a total loss by my insurance company and is no longer available for review through me. No additional injuries occurred due to the lack of proper air bag deployment.

- Commerce, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 122006


  • miles
I am writing in regards to my Mazda3 that I have taken to your certified Mazda repair center 5 (five) times with no success of repair. The failure of a successful repair substantially impairs the safety and value of my vehicle. I would like to get this situation resolved at once so that I can go on with my life without the worry of paying for a lemon car and stop having to drive around in a rental car that is less fuel efficient and less comfortable than my car. There are three major reasons I requested service for my car: 1. the service engine light has been coming on randomly. 2. on one occasion the vehicle has stalled on an oncoming ramp of rt. 202 traveling at approximately 35 miles per hour. I could hardly pull the car over because the steering wheel was too heavy to operate. Fortunately there was no traffic accident. 3. another major reason for my safety worries is that the side airbag off light started to come on constantly. After an expert visit, I was told that I will be getting a new car. 2 weeks after that the paperwork processes was completed a new car was ready for me to pick up, so I went to the dealership to pick up my car only to find out that I had to pay $2,300 in order to take the new car. Then the next day I was told by you on the phone that the deal was cancelled by Mazda because I didn't want to pay for this unfair resolution. Then the owner of the dealership personally explained to me that they needed to purchase my car, sell it to another consumer and then sell me a new car. There are two things unethical about this: 1. you cannot sell a car with safety defects to another consumer. 2. you cannot leave me with no option but to trade in my car and purchase a new car when this car is a lemon. Based on the Pennsylvania attorney general description my car is a lemon car. I feel that I have done all that is humanly possible in this matter and have yet to see any results.

- Chesterbrook, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 082006

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
1. vehicle (06 Mazda3) involved in 70+ mph freeway accident that totaled vehicle. 2. vehicle took heavy impact(s) front (multiple) and rear. 3. airbags failed to deploy.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

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