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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,562 miles

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 steering problems

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Feb 052009


  • 29,000 miles


Following a rear end collision, my 2006 Mazda3 mileage dropped from ~24mpg to ~8mpg, with no torque at all from ~20mph. Significant steering trouble, awful tire noise, and loud knocking when turning were dismissed by the local dealer as "well within specs". requested brake caliper and alignment check, refused by the same dealer; tech performed a road test, declared the problem due to tire feathering and demonstrated 120mph tight curve as remedy. Three sets of tires, one set of wheels [3 of oem were warped], entire complement of motor mounts, two sets of rotors later, I'm about to replace caliper mounts and axles. Car is unsafe, and dealership disregard of warranty and tsbs, and of basic safety standards was outrageous, especially given (ongoing) [spine injury from collision was nearly fatal] circumstances.

- El Cerrito, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 102010


  • 64,300 miles
2006 Mazda 3 I touring, started to have heavy steering problem without the steering light turning on at the dashboard. Failure occurs from standing stop to turn left or right while in intersection..hard to steer. Easier to steer while in motion. Been a problem for several months now. Dealer claims not included in the model year of the recall. Thanks.

- Mount Prospect, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 122010


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mazda 3. the contact was driving 10 mph when the power steering warning light illuminated followed by a loss of power steering assist. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing or repairs. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not under recall. The contact believed that the manufacturer should initiate a recall for the failure. The failure and current mileage was 52,000.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 262005

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
2006 Mazda 3, 5door automatic purchased new in October, 2005. Car pulls left. Its been to 2 dealers 7 different times. They cant fix it. I've got an attorney now and going through lemon law procedures. We did give Mazda several extra chances to fix it and have their zone manager and his tech rep and a Mazda engineer that drove down from Michigan, a chance to test drive the car. On the last visit they confirmed 2 other new Mazda 3's drove like mine did, I.e. they pulled left. On previous visits I was able to confirm with 3 other new Mazda 3's that they did not pull left. Basically if you let go of the wheel, especially on the highway, the car will quickly go left and leave your current lane. I've had an independent mechanic verify this as well. Mazda is now taking the position that the Mazda 3 is a 'sporty' car and has a weak on-center steering feel and that just the way their cars are and its not a defect. But as I mentioned I've confirmed on multiple other visits, with their tech people, driving other new Mazda 3's that the other new cars did not pull left so at the least they have a problem turning out cars that vary from car to car. No other car I have ever driven drives this way and pulls left when you let go of the wheel. I'm an engineer and in my opinion this is a potential safety issue that NHTSA might want to look into. Because the car is a unibody it hs no camber adjustment so they are not able to fix this defect once the car has been made.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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