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.


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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 suspension problems

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 302010


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I had gotten a flat tire after hitting a pot hole and knew that I was going to need new tires shortly anyways so I had them put on a used tire to get me through two weeks and while during the two weeks I was gone for a few days and had new breaks put on and asked them to just double check to make sure there was no other damage- there was- a busted strut on my front passenger side (side that I got a flat). I waited until I got home from a vacation (car wasn't driven) and got that fixed but everyone was surprised with the strut being out. All 4 tires were replaced as were both front struts. Car was great for ~2 wks. Then it was loud and terrible vibrations. After arguing and complaining a month later they replaced tires for me because two weren't even keeping tire pressure and then I remembered that a few months prior I was at the Mazda dealership (where I really can't stand the jerks!-they're awful!) and they said I had a busted motor mount but refused to show me. I had my main dealer check it out but they found nothing then a family friend, but again nothing. Ff to December and I give in and go back to Mazda- motor mount would be in multiple pieces if it wasn't in a capsule like device. In January they got my part in and replaced it- also knocking out a stopper- and vibrations stopped. Mount shouldn't have gone out so fast- at initial dx I think car was at 45K-50K miles (late summer of '10) I think there's a defect with mounts (mine was passenger side over tire area) and also with struts. Everyone has told me- Mazda, my dealer (zimbrick-who is absolutely amazing!), and a few other service centers that the struts should've lasted a lot longer.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 172008


  • miles
2006 Mazda 3 front tires rub and wear uneven. The car cut a deep gouge on the inside of each front tire.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

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