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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,700 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 #5

Oct 012010

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles


Brake rotors warp early on 2008 Mazda 3 causing excessive vibration when braking over 45 mph and causes the steering wheel to shake.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 152009


  • miles
While turning through an intersection on an extremely cold day (below -10 degrees Fahrenheit) driver depresses brakes on an icy surface. Ant-ilock braking system fails and vehicle begins to handle unexpectedly. Brake warning light and ABS warning light illuminate. After ~2 miles of driving, system still inactive. Driver pulls over and shuts off vehicle for 30 seconds. When vehicle is restarted, only the ABS warning light still active. After braking in safe location, ABS system activates, and warning light goes off. Dealer investigation states that the malfunction is likely caused by extreme low temperatures. No corrective action taken.

- Crestwood, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 152010


  • miles
I own a 2008 Mazda 3. on this particular mode of Mazda the brake and gas pedals are less than 1/4 inch from each other. I have been in numerous near misses with several cars, the most recent being today because alot of times when you go to step on the brake pedal you get the gas at the same time because they are so close together.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 032008


  • 14,500 miles
While driving on the freeway at 75 mph, tried to avoid a vehicle that was unsafely changing lanes. Pushed brakes and veered towards left. The brakes (which are not ABS) responded slowly and I slammed in the middle divider. A couple month before the accident the dealer had the rotors resurfaced since the car was shaking vigorously while braking at high speeds. Also the air bags did not deploy during the accident. Took car to a mechanic and the mechanic was amazed that based on the visual frontal damage to the car the air bags did not deploy.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 182008


  • miles
After driving on snow covered road, ABS warning light comes on and ABS is non-operational. The ABS would resume function after at least 30-45 min of driving. Dealer stated that snow became trapped in ABS sensor but problem cannot be resolved. ABS failure occurred 3-4 times over the past winter when ABS was essential.

- Bradford, 00, USA

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