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:
19,475 miles

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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 steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 072009


  • 12,367 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mazda 3. the contact was attempting a turn at 10 mph in snowy weather when the steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn. The contact was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and crashed into several bushes. The vehicle was towed to a collision center where they advised that the wiring harness and steering pump failed and would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 12,367 and the current mileage was 14,500. Updated 12/01/10. Updated 12/07/10

- Newport, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 132010


  • 26,583 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mazda Mazda3. The contact was driving 30 mph and applying the brakes to attempt a U-turn when the power steering warning light illuminated and the steering wheel became extremely difficult to steer. He shut off the engine and when restarting, the power steering was operating as normal. The following day, the check engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer replaced the power steering pump and steering lines under the contacts warranty. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 26,583.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

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