Notes: Except for a minor issue with cracked motor mounts, the 2007 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:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,807 miles

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2007 Mazda MAZDA3 steering problems

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2007 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Dec 102007


  • 5,000 miles


In December 2007 my 2007 Mazda 3 5 door lost steering control and I slid into a telephone pole. Mazda of greatneck would not take my complaint seriously. As I was making a right turn I felt that the steering wheel became extremely loose and would not respond to my turning the wheel.

- Fresh Meadows, NY, USA

problem #14

Jul 262010


  • 60,000 miles
This morning, I was driving my 2007 Mazda3 itouring onto the off ramp from route South to exit 15 in the area of hingham, MA. As I went around the turn to merge onto derby street, my power steering temporarily failed. It resumed functioning properly within 5 seconds.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #13

Jun 052010


  • 42,000 miles
Loss of power steering while driving.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #12

Jun 202010


  • 54,000 miles


Power steering goes out without warning. I was driving in stop and go traffic on a hot day when the power steering just quit. I drove for a distance without the power. When I came to a stop I shut off my car and restarted right away and the power steering came back on. It's oh happened once in three years.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #11

May 152010


  • 31,000 miles
There were no events leading up to this failure, it just happened all of a sudden. The power steering on my 2007 Mazda 3 goes off and on all by itself. This started about 2 months ago and right now we have 34000 miles on the car. Sometimes the power steering light comes on and we have no power steering but it will go away a few seconds later. Other times it won't ever go off and we drive the entire trip without power steering. It is very difficult to turn and drive. We haven't corrected the problem yet but will soon. Sadly the car is no longer under warranty so we will have to pay out of pocket. But this is a huge safety factor because sometimes while we are turning the power steering will start working again and so the car will suddenly turn sharply when the power steering is working. I am afraid I am going to hit something one day.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #10

Mar 022010


  • 37,000 miles
207 Mazda 3 hatchback powersteering loss when driving. Next day powersteering worked. Lost happened again 1 week later. Next day worked again. Seemed to be intermittent.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #9

May 232010


  • 45,000 miles


Car: 2007 Mazda 3 power steering will fail. It can happen at anytime, but warmer climates the problem becomes more sporadic. Most notable issues occurred when driving on highway. Temperature was approx. 94 F. power steering failed while driving at speed of around 70 mph. Car was pulled over to shoulder. Due to failed steering, car was inoperable for next 1.5 hours. After 1.5 hours, car was restarted and steering was good again. Car was repaired 2 months later. Mazda refused to fix the issue, even after numerous complaints. Tsb was issued, but Mazda still refused to repair. Vehicle was then brought to another dealership where they found a faulty power steering pump. They replaced lines and pump. Old part may still be available at dealership.

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #8

Jul 012010


  • 14,710 miles
I was lucky. The power steering in my 2007 Mazda 3 (which had 14,710 miles on it) failed while going through a car wash. But I gather, both from the Mazda service staff and a news report, that this problem is a common one on the Mazda 3. the power steering pump/lines have now been replaced; will they fail again, under less favorable circumstances? please add my experience to the data base of Mazda 3, power steering failures. Thanks

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #7

Feb 032010


  • 40,000 miles
Mazda 3 power steering failure dangerous. Mazda is not taking any initiative to contact customers. They are trying to silence the issue. Basically the power steering fails on the road and is impossible to steer. Dealers have no parts and are on back order. The issue is all over every car website on the internet. Mazda is not taking the issue very seriously and is telling drivers that the car is safe to drive. Even though the issue is intermittent and can happen at any time. Below I have listed a couple sites which came up with a quick google search which are all flooded with customers having the problem. Something needs to be done about this!"P=409729!"topic=143562.0.

- Markham, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 222009


  • 56,000 miles
My 2007 Mazda 3 was traveling southbound in the left lane at 75mph on the freeway when it began to drift to the left; when I attempted to correct the vehicle the steering was stiff and the wheel would not turn. The car continued going left over the rumble strips and into the dirt shoulder. At this time the car then shot right nearly perpendicular to the flow of southbound traffic, where I began to go off the road to the right. The car then hit the dirt shoulder and rolled 2 times before coming to a stop on the drivers side. The car was facing North and on its side when it finally settled. Only 20 minutes before the crash I noticed a squeaking noise coming from the front passenger side. I also noticed a few days later that in the usual spot where I park, there was what looked like clean oil drips (they could have been brake fluid or power steering fluid, but the color was that of clean oil). The car has never leaked before. The car has be declared a total loss due to this accident. The Mazda3 had approx 56000 miles, and was the standard sport model hatchback with automatic transmission. It was purchased in Oct. 06.

- Sahuarita, AZ, USA

problem #5

Dec 162009


  • 39,000 miles


I am the owner of a 2007 Mazda 3. several days ago, while my 18 year old daughter was driving it, the car lost power, locking the steering (while she was on a curve), and she left the road, hitting a tree, and totaling the car. She was not hurt.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 022009


  • 14,630 miles
Power steering pump went out. Had to wait over 2 weeks now for parts, 3 other Mazda at same dealership waiting for the same parts.

- Fawn Grove, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 292008

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 32,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Mazda 3. on August 29, 2008, the power steering failed while making a right turn. The steering wheel became very difficult to turn and the vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. The dealer replaced the computer and the power steering pump. On March 27, 2009, the failure recurred while making a right turn. In addition, the power steering indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer again, where it has remained for the past two weeks. The dealer will replace the power steering parts for the second time; however, the contact does not feel comfortable driving the vehicle. He would like Mazda to purchase the vehicle back. The failure mileage was 32,500. Updated 05/07/09. The oxygen sensor was faulty. The dealer replaced the power steering pump and module assembly. The right front strut was replaced. Updated 05/07/09.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #2

Apr 142008


  • miles
2007 mazda323 lost control and hit a barrier wall. The police report stated the vehicle had a flat left front tire and steering mechanism damage that caused the consumer to lose control of the vehicle

- Middleburg Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 062007

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
This is a totally fictitious complaint that is unsubstantiated by any fact.

- Loganville, GA, USA

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