Notes: Issues with clutch failure might be giving 2010 MAZDA3 owners headaches, but the lack of support from Mazda is giving them migraines.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,810 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #39

Nov 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles


My dashboard is a sticky safety hazard. I cannot see in front of me while driving, seeing other cars and predestines is impossible with the glare from the dashboard on the window. Mazda refuses to do anything about it.

- Lantana , FL, USA

problem #38

Jan 052015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 87,900 miles
After 3 years of normal commuter use, the dashboard in front of the driver seat has become excessively shiny. It is the top hump of the dashboard closest to the windshield. The shine reflects a glare onto the windshield directly in the driver's field of vision. The glare is sometimes so bad that it hinders the ability to see other vehicles directly in front of the car. The shine is unable to be wiped clean and leaves a sticky black residue when touched. It appears that the dashboard upholstery material and/or adhesive is defective.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #37

Aug 102009


  • miles
The dashboard of my Mazda 3 is melted from the sun and causes glare on the windshield. It blocks vision of a portion of the road.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #36

Dec 082014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


Vehicle with continued issue with melting dashboard. Requires very frequent cleaning of the inside of the windshield due to the substance build-up from the daily heating in the Florida climate. During the day the glare from the sun reflects back onto the windshield causing it to be very difficult to see. Polarized sunglasses seems to minimize the issue. At night, certain lighting also highlights the problems especially when sunglasses are not appropriate. On December 8th just after sundown a vehicle began to make a left turn into my right of way at an intersection. The star bursting from the windshield made it impossible to see that they were turning in from of me leading to an impact. I believe that this dashboard issue played a very significant issue contributing to this crash. The fault was obviously the other driver but due to the circumstances I was unable to react quickly.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #35

Apr 012013


  • miles
My dashboard is melting (and sticky) and is causing a significant glare on my windshield reducing my visibility. I am experiencing a lot of difficulty seeing out of my windshield since it is almost impossible to see out of it at times due to the glare.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

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problem #34

Jul 232014


  • 76,489 miles
I have a 2010 Mazda 3I and the dashboard is melting into a black rubber tar alike substance very sticky and is reflecting onto my windshield blocking my view of traffic after noticing it early on I tried using a windshield visor but to no affect due to the amount of melting the image of the shiny melting rubber is reflecting onto my windshield now to the point I'm seeing it I can not clean it due to its stickiness and the reflection is getting worse if I can not see what's in front of me is that not a safely concern when your field of view is blocked by a defected part made by Mazda its.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #33

Nov 032014


  • miles


My dashboard (on the driver side and middle) appears to be melting (and sticky) and is causing a significant glare on my windshield reducing my visibility. I am experiencing a lot of difficulty seeing out of my windsheild since it is almost impossible to see out of it at times due to the glare.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #32

Feb 142012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
I own a 2010 Mazda 3 and the dashboard has melted to the point that it produces a glare on the windshield right at eye level. I tried to have Mazda replace it but they said because my warranty had expired they would not do it. I bought the car in 2010 any by 2012 it had started melting. This is clearly a safety hazard for me and everyone else on the road as sometimes it prevents me from seeing out the windshield at all.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #31

Jan 012013


  • 40,000 miles
My dashboard has been increasingly sticky for years now, despite all attempts to clean it. It has increased to the point of reflecting off of the dashboard and distracting me when I drive. I took it into the Mazda dealership and they informed me that the dashboard is melting. I cannot imagine the chemicals are good to breathe in.

- Miami Shores, FL, USA

problem #30

Nov 072012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Unable to see out front windshield due to glare from melting dashboard with sun hitting at certain angles.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #29

Nov 012014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles


The glue is melts on my dashboard causing a glare on the window. It makes it difficult for me to see when I'm driving on a sunny day. The dashboard is very sticky.

- Enterprise , AL, USA

problem #28

Oct 272014


  • 48,000 miles
The dashboard on this vehicle is melting. I purchased it used in April and noticed about 1 month later that the dash was sticky. Over the last few months, it has gotten progressively worse on the driver's side to the point that the glare causes visibility issues for the driver.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #27

Oct 202014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
The dashboard in the car is melting - to the point that the glare is affecting the view.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #26

Nov 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Bought this car used in June 2013, and noticed in November of 2013 it started to become sticky on the dashboard as if it is melting.. didnt really become an issue until it began to glare into my windshield causing me to be unable to see. I cannot clean, or touch any part of the dashboard because it is so melted and sticky it sticks to my hands if I do. It is in my direct view of where I should be looking towards the road. Huge issue that needs to be addressed.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #25

Oct 102014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The dashboard on my 2010 Mazda 3 has began melting. The dashboard has become sticky and shiny. Sometimes the shininess is so reflective that it makes it difficult for me to see when I am driving on a sunny day. There are chunks of the dash that come off like chewing gum. The dash gets on everything like sticky black tar. I can only imagine that there are dangerous toxins being released into the air to breathe while driving knowing that this synthetic material has now broken down and begun to deteriorate. The car is only four years old and well cared for. Who is to blame for my loss of value from a poorly made product.

- Kailua , HI, USA

problem #24

Jan 102014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The dashboard on my 2010 Mazda 3 began melting at the beginning of the year. Over time, more of the dashboard has become sticky and shiny. Sometimes the shininess is so reflective that it makes it difficult for me to see when I am driving on a sunny day. The vehicle resides in Hawaii and is kept in a garage when not in use.

- Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

problem #23

Jun 022014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Dashboard is melting, creating a shiny surface that creates a severe glare and inhibits vision. This is more than just a cosmetic issue. Mazda refused to fix the problem for my 2010 Mazda3 with only 47000 miles on it.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #22

Oct 042014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 38,797 miles
Mazda 3 2010 dash is melting. I have been noticing a glare over the last few months from the dash to the windshield that in sunny conditions was making it difficult to see through the glare. I thought it was potentially some adhesive leaking out of the seam of the dash. It was getting worse over time so this weekend I attempted to clean off the substance. I found that it was not a substance but the dash had become soft and sticky. It was not able to be cleaned off. I have used a sunshade since I owned the car (Oct 2009). I have lived in South Florida since 1985 and have owned multiple cars. I learned the hard way that you must shade your dash to prevent it from being damaged. However, over the last 30 years, no dash has melted and caused a dangerous glare that is a safety hazard.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 092014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The dashboard on my Mazda 3 seems to be melting in hot weather. When the sun shines directly on the dash, it causes a horrible glare on the windshield making it very difficult to see what is directly in front of me. It is the worst in afternoon sunny weather.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 172014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
Dashboard on the driver side began to melt, and continued to do so. The dashboard is sticky and collects dust and grim. The melted material has a glossy shine reflecting a bright glare into the drivers eyes and onto the windshield. It causes a driving hazard when operating the vehicle.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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