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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,867 miles

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 222014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


My boyfriend was in a roll over accident where the airbag sensors were completely ripped off along with the bumper and the airbags did not deploy and the seatbelt did not lock up until he came to a stop.

- Sweet Home, OR, USA

problem #2

Nov 162010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda, Mazda3. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle hit a washboard and rolled down a hill. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belts loosened. The contact sustained neck and back injuries. A police report was filed. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Holyoke, CO, USA

problem #1

Aug 122008


  • 5,600 miles
I was involved in a four car collision. I was third in line, and was hit really hard from behind and then hit the car in front of me. My air bags did not deploy and my seat belt did not lock. I slammed into the steering wheel and busted my forehead open.

- League City, TX, USA

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