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:
59,000 miles

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 suspension problems

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 242011


  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Mazda Mazda 3. the contact stated during routine maintenance, she was advised that the rear trailing arms were dry and malfunctioned. As a result of the failure the bushing on the rear suspension caused the tires to deteriorate on the inside. The dealer stated that the rear lower trailing links and all four tires needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 89,000.

- Marshfield , MA, USA

problem #1

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

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