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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,000 miles

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2007 Mazda MAZDA3 transmission problems

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2007 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 212009


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Mazda 3. whenever the transmission was in 3rd gear it slips into neutral, which makes the vehicle drift backwards. Also when driving up a hill the vehicle will slip into neutral instead of third gear. He was in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 112009


  • 38,000 miles
Clutch pedal was depressed, shifting from 3rd to 2nd as the gear lever hit neutral there was a faint popping noise, clutch pedal froze in the down position, I sensed something wrong and allowed forward momentum to pull to the curb. I attempted to finish shifting, gears were unusable, clutch pedal frozen down. This all occurred in a half a second or less. Luckily I was in the right lane and there was surprisingly little traffic. 2 blocks further and this would have occurred in heavy rush hour traffic at 65 miles an hour. After 5 minutes of making phone calls for assistance, the clutch pedal released and I was able to slowly limp to the dealership. There were no prior signs of clutch wear except for a couple prior days in which the clutch felt a little softer then normal but so little I couldn't tell if was the new shoes or the car. The car has 38,000 miles. It is used primarily to get to work with 50/50 street and highway driving and roughly 36 miles a day. With 4 models of this brand over 20 years I have never had a clutch repair with an average life of 90-100K miles.

- Sun Valley, CA, USA

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