Notes: Except for a minor issue with cracked motor mounts, the 2008 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:
67,750 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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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 brakes problems

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 012016


  • 111,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mazda 3. while driving approximately 10 to 15 mph in the rain, the brakes failed when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle continued to roll on its own and eventually stopped. The failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was notified. The contact stated that the vehicle had no traction control. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 022015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
When I brake, the rotor separated into two pieces effectively removing my front brakes. Upon inspection of the rotor, it looks like they preferentially rusted at the interface between the rotor body and where the brake pads grab. It seemed strange, like a defect and no one I talked to had ever seen this before. May have just been a freak thing but figured I would report it because the situation could have been a lot worse if I was on a highway.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 172014


  • miles
TL * the contact owns a 2008 Mazda3. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel suddenly seized. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the brakes failed to respond. The vehicle spun and crashed into a guard rail. The contact was transported to the emergency room by ambulance and was treated for bruising, whiplash, acute neck, back, shoulder, and leg traumas. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 10V374000 (steering). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Pittsburgh , PA, USA

problem #1

May 212012


  • 46,000 miles
While driving approx 75 mph on a highway, my power steering suddenly failed, and simultaneously my brakes failed (felt like they locked up, as they became extremely difficult to push pedal). I had to shift suddenly in to neutral in order to reduce my speed and pull safely to the shoulder. This same incident also occurred on 8/10/2012.

- Easton, PA, USA

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