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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace engine (2 reports)
2008 Mazda MAZDA3 engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 122016


  • Manual transmission
  • 140,000 miles


1st off, actual cost was $2700.00 for the Engine, Rusted Front Suspension Parts and Tune-up parts. The Mazda 3 is not a bad car but does suffer from bad Motor Mounts and the typical "Surprise" engine failure. Would Not recommend unless you get it under KBB value.

- Rob W., Greeneville, TN, US

problem #1

Apr 192015


  • Manual transmission
  • 57,000 miles

After changing the oil every 3,000-4,000 miles and driving the vehicle responsibly, we were rewarded with a blown engine after only 57,000 miles. One of the rod bearings failed, rendering the engine useless and in need of a complete replacement. Interestingly enough, a co-worker in a relatively small restaurant owns a 2009 Mazda 3 that experienced the same failure, only at 45,000 miles.

Small world? Coincidence? Maybe so. After doing a little searching, I found that Mazda 3 engines blowing out at under 60,000 miles is far from unheard of.

It's amazing to think that automobiles produced by an otherwise respectable automaker in the 21st Century will have engines only capable of 57,000 miles or less. We're not talking about a $2,999 Yugo here, either.

The kicker is that this is the third major repair this piece of crap Mazda has had to go through. I've posted the burned out clutch (45,000 miles) and blown air conditioner compressor (3 years, 1 month) separately.

Update from Apr 20, 2015: Actually I should be fair ... the heated seats still work. However, at this rate I'm expecting to soon be filing a complaint about them spontaneously igniting into a massive ass-frying fireball.

- ecvorst, Saint Peters, MO, USA

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