really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,286 miles

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2009 Mazda MAZDA3 steering problems

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2009 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jun 272010


  • 20,500 miles


While driving vehicle navigating a slight right turn at approximately 10 to 15 mph power steering failed and dash light came on. Was unable to turn vehicle in time and hit a curb, causing damage to vehicle rim and tire.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 032010


  • 33,237 miles
Just completed a trip of approximately 200 miles. Upon turning into a parking space, the power steering light on the dash came on and the vehicle lost its power steering. Very hard steering when trying to finish parking the vehicle. Waited about an hour, started the car and the power steering was again operational.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 052010


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mazda Mazda3. The power steering failed while driving 70 mph with the air conditioner on. The steering wheel became difficult to turn. The temperature when the failure occurred was over a 100 degrees. When he turned the vehicle off and restarted it, the power steering began to function normally. The dealer was contacted stating that there were no related recalls and that he had to pay the repair cost. The manufacturer was not contacted. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 25,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #6

May 292009


  • 42,000 miles


My 22 year old son was turning into a parking spot with our 2009 Mazda3, when the power steering failed. A light on the dash illuminated at the same time. It was a very hot day in the 90's when this happened. The air conditioner was also on. He did not shut off the car and was able to drive it home, with some difficulty, without the power steering. When I went to look at it later, after the car had cooled down, it was fine. The car purchased used and has 42K miles; so it is out of warranty. We did not have it looked at. If this were to happen to my wife on a curvy road it could of been a serious issue. This issue has only occurred once so far.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #5

Jun 032010


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mazda, Mazda3. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph in heavy traffic when suddently the power steering failed, the vehicle became difficult to control, followed by the "power steering" warning light illuminating. The contact was able to drive onto the emergency lane. The engine was turned off and restarted. The vehicle was shut off, restarted and began to function normally. The vehicle had not been diagnosed for the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 13,000.

- Plainsboro, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 232010


  • 18,000 miles
My Mazda 3 sedan lost its power steering. I was driving on a straight road and suddenly the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. I called the dealership and they found debris in the steering fluid. They replaced the fluid, the fluid lines and other equipment to the cost of $1,400 covered by the warranty. My car is approximately 16 months old - purchased January 31, 2009.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 052010


  • 17,000 miles


I was driving my 2009 Mazda3 as normal. I went to turn at a light and my power steering failed. I was able to barely compensate but almost hit a car because the steering didn't react as I expected. I pulled over and turned the car off and back on and it was reset. I called the dealer and was told this was a known problem in cracks in the tubing allowing moisture into the system that shorts out the pump and causes the failure. They told me my car was very unsafe to drive and that it would happen again if not corrected. They replaced the tubes and the pump at no cost to me but I want to know why this isn't a recall or at least been reported as a possibility to owners. This is highly unsafe and if it happened at the wrong time such as on an expressway could have led to a severe crash. I think a recall should be considered.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 092010


  • 15,000 miles
Power steering goes out on 2009 Mazda M3. Had two occurrences, and took to dealership. Auto was checked via computer and I was basically accused of being dishonest. 1 month later, while on an exit ramp the power steering again went out (car going approximately 35mph), took a picture of dashboard to eliminate being dismissed by the dealership. Have another appt with service department.

- Dandridge, TN, USA

problem #1

Jun 292009


  • 22,240 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mazda 3. while driving 5 mph, the contact noticed that the steering wheel became very stiff and difficult to maneuver. The power steering warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. While waiting for a tow truck, the contact restarted the vehicle and the steering began to perform correctly without any failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they determined that the power steering pump failed. The vehicle is currently being repaired. The dealer stated that the company that manufactured the part was no longer in business; therefore, the contact does not know when the vehicle will be ready. He is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 22,240 and current mileage was 22,270.

- Corinth, TX, USA

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