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 4 of 4)

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problem #19

Sep 092014


  • 40,075 miles


I have a dash that is melting. It is over the instrument cluster and is turning to a tarry like substance. I does have a lot of reflection and could cause some vision impairment from the glare it produces. I think it is a design flaw. The above incident date is when I noticed the dash.

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #18

Sep 012013


  • 70,000 miles
My dashboard began to melt, and has continued to do so since. The dashboard is sticky and collections dust and grim. The melted material has a glossy shine which reflects a bright glare into the drivers eyes and onto the windshield. It is cosmetically unattractive and causes a driving hazard when operating the vehicle.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #17

Sep 052014


  • miles
I noticed that my dash board has started to melt creating a visibility problems. It is very sticky.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #16

Dec 302013


  • 20,000 miles


The dashboard is melting on the mound above the steering wheel, in direct line of view of road and continues to spread. Sticky glue type texture that never dries. Unable to put a sun blocker in the vehicle to contain the spreading issue and while driving it creates glare.

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #15

Jan 062014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
The dashboard is melting!! it appears that it is deteriorating causing visibility issues. It is becoming sticky and apparently is a manufacturer defect. As the sun glares down on the windshield, the suns' rays bounce off the shiny dashboard causing me to lose vision in traffic. The Mazda dealer is not wanting to replace it stating it is out of warranty. They want me to pay over $400 for the labor and 50% of the part. I even called the Mazda hq and they refuse to cover the damage, stating they could do nothing better than the offer the dealership gave me. I requested to speak to higher up management at corporate but was told by the representative that nobody could assist me further. This is so absurd!!! please help before I have an accident.

- Miami, FL, USA

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problem #14

Sep 012014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 37,543 miles
Car's dashboard is melting close to the windshield. It is shiny and sticky, and the reflection of the shining dash can sometimes be seen in the windshield.

- Winter Park , FL, USA

problem #13

Mar 242014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Dashboard melting.

- North Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #12

May 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
Dashboard is melting, which has made the surface highly reflective. This results in poor visibility when it reflects into the windshield. Could lead to accident if it remains as-is.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #11

May 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Black 2010 Mazda 3, purchased used in December 2011; about a year and a half later the dash started getting sticky and now it is literally melting. I have never used any cleaning products on the interior of the car and when I do clean the inside of my car, I use a soft towel. Now I cant even clean my dashboard, due to the stickiness and possibility of ruining it even more. The dash causes a severe glare while driving and I feel this lack of visibility is a hazard to the operator of the vehicle, passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #10

Apr 012014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Dashboard is melting and causing glare on windshield. Continues to get progressively worse with the heat. Visibility getting worse as well.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 012014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


The dashboard is melting. The reflection from the melting, shiny, dashboard can make driving difficult at times because the reflections from the dashboard onto the front windshield can negatively affect visibility.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 122012


  • 20,000 miles
Dashboard getting very soft in the sun. Always remains sticky and continues to leave residue on the windshield causing glare.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 272012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
2010 Mazda 3 dash panel/dashboard (P/N: bbm460400H02) is melting. The dash panel soft-touch coating material first turned sticky and eventually disintegrated into a viscous substance. Surface finish turned from matte to high gloss. The now reflective dash surface causes a large glare on the windshield and obstructs driver's visibility.

- Dania Beach, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
This car Mazda 3 I purchased in 2011 as a 2010 leftover new, and the dash board is melting creating everything to stick to it, and also obstructing my view through the windshield on sunny days due to the nature of how shiny it is. It looks like a wet down dash but the reflection is creating very difficult viewing problems on sunny days, due to the glare on the windshield from it. It is very dangerous. I would appreciate this being looked into.

- Wimauma, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 302014


  • 30,000 miles
The dashboard on my 2010 Mazda3 hatchback is melting and sticky. While driving towards the sun, the glare from the shiny sticky area reflects onto the windshield and makes it very difficult to see out. In fact, I didn't even notice the sticky melting dash at first, what I noticed first was the fact that I was having difficulty seeing out of the windshield. I take very good care of my car. I have not used a bunch of cleaners on the dash in the past. I do use a sun shade in the windshield when parked.

- Gulf Shores, AL, USA

problem #4

Dec 042013


  • miles
I have had my vehicle for almost 4 yrs.the dashboard started to melt in 2013. It creates a shiny reflection on the front glass which becomes very irritating unable to see clearly.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 022014


  • miles
Dashboard melting which causes glare while driving.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 112013


  • 60,000 miles
Melting dashboard - causes awful glare in window at times of day.

- Palmetto, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012012


  • miles
My 2010 Mazda 3 drives fine and does not have mechanical issues. The issue involves the interior dashboard. Since it was made from some type of rubber, the sun has been melting it. Aesthetically it doesn't look good, but while driving toward the direction of the sun, the glare it causes on my front windshield has been affecting my driving. I have spoken to a couple of people at a local Mazda dealership and one ridiculous employee gave me recommendations such as to park my car in a garage, or under trees whenever possible. Apart from those idiotic remarks, I will have to pay out-of-pocket due to the fact that I am now past my warranty. I previously owned a Mitsubishi for 10 years and that never had issues along those lines. I have taken various photographs of how my vision is being obstructed and would happily send them to anyone I need to. The cheap rubber material used for the dashboard should not simply melt because of the sun. The sun will always be present, therefore these things should be taken into consideration during manufacturing. I would love to get this issue resolved before having to lose money and never deal with Mazda again. Overall I like the car, but I cannot stand the way the interior has diminished in such a short period of time.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

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