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:
21,325 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 transmission problems

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #4

May 032010


  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Mazda3. While driving at 60 mph, the shift shocked and bucked. When the contact engaged the brakes, the engine suddenly revved. The vehicle shifted back up to fifth gear and functioned normally. The failure occurred on an intermittent basis no matter the speed. The failure also occurred when shifting from first to second gear. The contact stated that there was a service bulletin for the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 84,000. The current mileage was approximately 88,000.

- Waipahu, HI, USA

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

Nov 162006

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Sometimes when vehicle is downshifting into first gear, it is very rough. Vehicle is an automatic transmission. It doesn't matter what type of weather it is outside nor does it matter if the engine is warm or cold. This only happens sometimes and no particular time of the day.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 272006

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 301 miles
While driving in "manual" mode on my automatic transmission, and shifting from first to second gear, experienced substantial vibration in my steering wheel and vibration could also be felt throughout the entire car, as if the entire car were "wobbling". drove straight home; had my car towed to the dealership, where it has been (as of today) for eleven (11) days. Service department advised me that they are calling it "internal axle failure" on the front driver's side. They are waiting for parts, which they say will take another few weeks to come in; the car is so new there aren't any avaliable parts for it"!"

- Kahului, HI, USA

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