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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,032 miles

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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #12

Nov 132014


  • 100,000 miles


All four tires have cracks in the sidewall, parallel to the rim, consistent with pending tread separation failure. Tires were kept properly inflated and rotated every 7500 miles. They were well cared for and should have lasted another year or so. The damage did not lead to a crash due to careful inspection, but could have easily gone undetected. All tires will be replaced immediately.

- Perry Hall, MD, USA

problem #11

Oct 162013


  • 79,000 miles
Dunlop sp sport signature sidewall separation. Risk of serious personal injury and/or vehicle damage could result. This appears to be a common occurrence for this model of tire on web sites such as:

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012013


  • 142,185 miles
Bought the vivia authority tires back in 2010 made it a out 40,000 miles before the passenger side wall blew out and the other three tires were dry rotting severely. These tires truly need to be recalled.

- O Fallon , MO, USA

problem #9

Jan 012009


  • 6,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Mazda3. The vehicle has four Goodyear dunlap sp sport signature tires, size 205/50R/17 93V, dot mk7prnhr. The contact noticed a crack in the sidewall of the front drivers side tire. The tire was replaced by the dealer. While driving approximately 50 mph, the rear passenger side tire blew out and the contact discovered that the sidewall was also cracked. Upon further inspection all of the remaining tires on the vehicle were also exhibiting unusual cracks in the sidewall. The dealer agreed to prorate the cost of the tires at the contacts expense. The tires were not replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle currently had four different brands of tires on it. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Branchville , NJ, USA

problem #8

Jul 032009

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Mazda3. The driver lost control of the vehicle in the rain. The consumer drove off the left side of the road and struck a cement wall. According to the police report, the officer checked the rear tires and found them to have low tread. Ohio traffic crash report. # 10-0656-90 updated 04/14/10

- Pennsauken, NJ, USA

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problem #7

Feb 112010


  • 55,000 miles
I own a Mazda3 2006. The following are issues that have occured since I've owned the vehicle and I wanted everybody to be aware of them: 1) the dashboard clock was incorrect. It would lose time every day and started going back in time. Was fixed under warranty. 2) the tires have had to be replaced often. Not sure why they wear out so fast, but I stopped using the Goodyear tires that came with the car and go with longer lasting tires. 3) the tire pressure measurement device on the front right tire was defective. It was incorrectly telling me I had a problem. Took numerous visits to the dealersihp but was fixed under extended warranty. 4) the right engine brack under the hood was loose. They happened to find it while fixing another issue. Was never caught in that "full circle inspection" they claim they do. Again, fixed under extended warranty. 5) the temperature coolant hose was not properly working. It was not closing. This caused the "check engine" light to come on. Fixed under extended warranty. 6) the rug under the gas pedal was ripping easily and was moving under the pedal. Took to dealership and they repaired the rip. Never did get a new rug though, its a little bent but issue hadnt occured since.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 302007


  • miles


Bought my 2006 Mazda3 new. I am getting ready to replace my tires for the fourth time! I would expect to have at least 120,000 miles on my car at this point but only have 90,000. I am a conservative driver in a mild climate. I rotate, balance and align regularly but each set has exhibited the same problem...rear tire wear on the inside. Additionally, since owning this car I have had my rear brakes replaced twice...front brakes still original. The balance of pressure between front and rear brakes of way off. The rear brakes take most of the pressure. Have reported these problems to the Mazda dealer and simple told the vehicle has no problems. These issues have become a huge expense and would at the very least like to hear Mazda acknowledge the problem and offer a solution.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #5

Jul 252006


  • miles
Despite a Mazda re-alignment when car was new, and constant tire rotation, 3 tires have uneven tread wear on inside of the tire and had to be replaced at 30,000 miles. Anti-lock brake engages constantly for no reason. Dealership refuses to investigate and/or repair. First anti-lock brake complaint was lodged 7/25/06 at 5,000 miles.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 152008


  • miles
2006 Mazda 3 tires. Already need new tires at 30K miles, this seems to be occurring way too quickly. I would expect tires to last 40K-50K miles before needing new tires.

- Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 032008


  • 20,000 miles
Toyo brand tires P205/55 R16 size installed on new 2006 Mazda 3 were inferior leading up to premature wear of rubber on tire to the point of showing safety bar under worn tread at only 20,000 miles. Tires were properly rotated at prescribed intervals and proper tire inflation was monitored regularly since vehicle was purchased. Dealership and toyo tire state 20,000 miles is normal wear. When I called dealerships selling exact brand of tire they claimed 40,000 miles should be expected. I also notice some brands of toyo tires were recalled on your website. When I mentioned that to toyo service rep. @ 1-800-442-8696 he stated none of their tires have ever been recalled and your website contains bad information.

- Marinette, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 142007


  • miles
The oem tires for this vehicle are terrible in snowy weather. The first snowstorm we had I called my dealer because I was sliding all over like a snowboard. I was told I shouldn't have a problem because they are supposed to be all-weather tires, but suggested I purchase snow tires, which I have never had to do with any other vehicle I have owned. If I had known the Mazda 3 was so terrible in the snow I would not have purchased it.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 102006

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,200 miles
I purchased a new Mazda 3 in may of 2006. I live near cleveland Ohio where we can have some bad winter weather. In December, we had one of the first snow storms. My car had 6,200 miles. The roads were what I would consider to have a light snow covering. The tires that are sold oem on this car are rated as all season, so I should not have any problems. I was traveling about 20 mph, and slide sideways for about 50' then hit another vehicle coming the opposite direction, then went off the road into a 5' deep ditch. My car had about $1,400 in damage, which the insurance paid for (state farm). I am a mature driver living in this type of weather for many years. I have never driven a vehicle that handled so badly in the snow. This vehicle with the tire combination as sold is unsafe. After the accident, I have searched the internet and found numerous reviews claiming how poor the tires are in winter weather. I have filed a complaint with Mazda, but was told that they would do nothing. The case number is 110849660. There is no way that this vehicle should be sold this these oem tires in the area that I live. The dealer recommended that I change the tires. I feel that Mazda should replace them for me because I bought a car that has all season tires that cannot be driven in the snow. As noted, this vehicle is not safe with the oem tires.

- Kirtland, OH, USA

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