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 1 of 4)

problem #79

Dec 302016


  • 165,000 miles


The dashboard is melted and sticky and that makes it bright with the sun and reflected in the glass internally and makes day driving very difficult.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #78

Jun 102016


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. while driving various speeds, the radio activated independently. The radio turned on and off when the brake pedal was depressed. In addition, the windows failed to work intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Celeste, TX, USA

problem #77

May 172015


  • miles
The dashboard is melting. It is worse on the driver's side and continues across the whole dashboard. It is causing a noxious fumes and a glare that at times goes across the lower part of the windshield. The glare is worse in the morning as the sun rises and on sunny days. The glare changes as you drive and makes the road appear as if something is in front of you on the road. The glare can be from 5 inches directly in your line of sight to going across at least 2/3 of your viewing line through the windshield-causing it to look as if someone has thrown slick oil or a silver sheet of metal in the road. Have swerved quite a few times (depending on the direction I am driving), can't see when people step off of a curb, as the glare comes in the soon and can be there from the start of your drive or appear out of the blue as you change directions or park. You can't help to respond to the glare when it appears-especially when on unfamiliar roads. The smell is of burning plastic. I live in Florida any day over 80 degrees in the shade or when parked directly in the sun causes the dashboard to emit a noxious smell, get soft and gooey. Bugs, insect droppings, dust, and lint get stuck in the dashboard and cause glare. I drive at least 3 hour/day minimum. The smell causes a headache/sore throat/nausea. I can't put a visor to block the sun-it gets stuck in the melting dash and the visor. When you remove the visor it splatters "goo/plastic" onto the windshield, which can only be removed with a razor. Risking getting the hot goo on your hand/arm/face. You cannot wipe away any of the melting part as it is really sticky and the dashboard only continues to melt. I sell real estate and no longer take customers into my car not allowing me to do business the way most sales people do, because clients complain of the smell/feeling sick.

- Windermere, FL, USA

problem #76

May 152014


  • 80,000 miles


Dashboard is melted, causing extreme glare during the daytime. The glare from the melted dashboard is difficult to see through and causes safety and visibility issues while driving.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #75

Jun 152015


  • 65,000 miles
Dashboard melting. Glare on winshield

- Keller, TX, USA

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problem #74

Sep 022015


  • 59,000 miles
Melting dashboard. Mine is not as severe as others have reported. But there is a sticky/gooey feel to part of my dashboard.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #73

Nov 292015


  • 77,000 miles


The dashboard has started to melt. This has resulted in a very shiny sticky mess. The sheen causes severe vision problems while operating the vehicle. I have been almost blinded and unable to see the traffic at times.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #72

Nov 262015


  • 70,000 miles
The dashboard is melting causing a glare in the windshield. Blocking my view while driving.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #71

Apr 062015


  • miles
Melting dashboard and windshield glare

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #70

Jul 232015


  • miles
The dashboard of the vehicle, particularly the area above the steering wheel, appears to have melted. The surface of the dashboard is sticky and shiny like it is covered in tar. It cannot be wiped, and the shiny surface produces a severe glare right in the line of sight for the driver. No cleaners or chemicals have been used on the dash, only a dry cloth.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #69

Oct 272015


  • 89,150 miles


My dashboard is also melting like others have complained about. It started about 36 months in and only gets worse. It's now a sticky mess that reflects on to the windshield which causes glare when looking out the windshield. It seems to be dangerous to drive on sunny days in Florida. It's distracting and is unsafe for the driver as well for anything that is in the area of the glare outside the car. This needs to be addressed. When brought to the attention of my service garage the mechanic told me that he had seen it on about 1 of every 5 cars serviced. When I inquired what it would cost to get it repaired/replaced the guy said it would be close to $2000. That's crazy for something that is obviously a manufacturing issue.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #68

Oct 262015


  • 78,850 miles
For several months the dashboard on my 2010 Mazda 3I has been melting. It is now a sticky shiny mess on top and the reflection of it in the windshield at certain sun angles makes it extremely dangerous to drive. I almost ran over a pedestrian today because I could not see him through the reflection which is the reason I finally decided to report this condition to NHTSA. I was crossing an intersection after making a stop for a stop-sign and started straight forward to cross the intersection. I barely was able to stop short of hitting a guy crossing the street.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #67

Oct 212015


  • miles
My dashboard has started melting. It causes a huge glare across the front windshield and makes it difficult to drive. This is an accident waiting to happen. I did put my car in service at the Mazda dealership in clear lake, Texas and it sat there for over a month. They did give me a loaner car but they called me to drop off the loaner and pick up my car, I expressed how terrified I am to drive my vehicle and asked if I could stay in the loaner until the issue was resolved, and they said, "it was not their problem" and gave me the Mazda corporate number "because it was Mazda's problem not the dealership". I called Mazda and they told me to return the loaner and to put a towel over the melted dashboard(which I have tried but cause a reflection). I am furious that my safety is not a priority to these people. I need help getting this issue resolved.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #66

Oct 242014


  • 80,000 miles
Front dash has melted causing a dangerous glare on the windshield. Concerned about toxicity inside car due to melting.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #65

Oct 012014


  • miles
As with most of the complaints on here regarding the 2010 Mazda3, my dashboard is melting causing it to be highly reflective and emit a noxious odor. This problem reduces visibility and is a major safety defect. Further, the noxious odor could be harmful and could very well be a safety issue outside of the visibility issue. Mazda needs to step up to the plate and issue a recall like Toyota has already done for the same issue. As of right now, it appears that Toyota stands by their product and Mazda does not.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #64

Apr 142015


  • miles
Dashboard melted completely, I am not able to operate the vehicle from the hours of 10am - 4:30pm because it's impossible to see the road, the windshield looks completely white from the glare in the dashboard, contacted dealership where I bought the car several times and they don't want to take responsibility for it. This is an accident waiting to happen and Mazda doesn't do anything!!!!! impossible to operate vehicle at regular hours!!

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #63

Sep 012013


  • miles
The dashboard is melting. It creates a horrible toxic nautious plastic smell. The melting of the dash creates a visual safety issue due to the intense reflective glare it creates from its now smooth surface. The glare bounces off the dash then reflects an intense glare off the windshield making the windshield difficult to see through.

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #62

Sep 092015


  • 70,569 miles
Dash board is melting and the gloss coat it leaves is throwing a serve glare in the driver's line of sight. Manufacturer has been noyified and states that the vehicle is out of warranty even though there are numerious cases posted on-line for the same problems. Mazda has built a vehicle with a known safety/manufacturer defect that they refuse to take responsiblity for. What does it take to get their attention" loss of life??"

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #61

Mar 012013


  • miles
My dashboard is melting creating a glare on my windshield while driving. It started just as a small area it has now grown over the past few years getting sticky residue everywhere making it hard to clean. Why should anyone have to pay to get a new dashboard or even have to get a dash pad?! this needs to be recalled for free.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #60

Aug 012015


  • 65,000 miles
Started to notice sticky residue on the inside of the windshield. Hard to clean off making for a visibility issue. Days later after the vehicle had been parked noticed the dashboard was very sticky and appears to be melting. After some investigation online realize this is an going issue with these cars and others. I.e. Toyota/Lexus.

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

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