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:
10,440 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 steering problems

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 132010

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mazda 3. the contact stated that after receiving two recall notices in regards to NHTSA campaign id number 10V374000(steering:electric power assist system). Since August of last year she tried to contact the dealer and schedule an appointment, but they continued to advise her that the parts were unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired nor had the manufacturer been contacted. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 06/01/11 updated 06/13/11

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 012011

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
2008 Mazda 3. consumer writes in regards to recall on vehicle for the power steering. Consumer states he has tried to obtain repair but has been unsuccessful the consumer stated both dealers informed him they would have to order the part, but he never heard back from one dealer and it took over a month for the other dealer to contact him.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 042010


  • 34,200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda3. The contact stated that on two occasions, the steering locked up and was unable to turn the vehicle. The contact turned off the vehicle and restarted it; the problem seemed to correct itself. The contact then received a recall notice for recall 10V374000 (steering:electric power assist system) but the parts were unavailable at the time of the complaint. The manufacturer had not been notified; when she called the manufacturer, she heard a recording to await a second notice. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 34,400. The failure mileage was approximately 34,200.

- Union, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 012010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda, Mazda3. While the contact was driving approximately 25-30 mph in the process of making a left turn, an unexpected loss of power steering occurred without warning. The vehicle was driven to the residence cautiously with excessive force applied to the steering wheel. The vehicle was in the process of being taken to a dealer for diagnosis. A recall notification was received the same day of the power steering failure. The recall was associated with NHTSA campaign id number 10V374000 (steering: Electric power assist system). The contact stated the experienced failure could have been avoided if the recall notification was not mailed in different phases as specified in the recall due to the lack of parts. There was significant concern of a safety hazard. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Suwanne, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 192010


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated while driving 50 mph, the power steering failed without warning causing the contact to crash into a guard rail. The air bags deployed. The contact sustained injuries to the back, neck and right arm and was transported to the hospital via ambulance. A police report was available. The contact was able to locate a recall for the failure (NHTSA campaign id number: 10V374000-steering: Electric power assist system) yet the recall was not scheduled to begin until September 15, 2010. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000.

- Bayshore, NY, USA

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