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:
29,355 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #8

Nov 012012


  • miles


Dashboard started melting, to my surprise when I contacted the dealer they said that was probably by a cleaning product witch wasn't the case. This is very distracting when driving during the day and night by the glare, makes it very difficult. It seems it is the case to many others Mazda 3 owners I know. I never saw this happening to any car dashboard before. It concerns me because of my safety when driving.

- Mercedita, PR, USA

problem #7

Jun 282014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 41,129 miles
The dashboard in my 2010 Mazda 3 is melting making it look as if a sticky substance is covering it. On touch, fingers stick to the dashboard. The car remains in a covered parking garage at all times, so it is not being exposed to extreme heat conditions. The only exposure to the sun is while driving and during that time, the car's air conditioning is on. The sticky substance causes a glare on the windshield, which in Florida is a major safety concern. It seems a very cheap and defective material has been used in the manufacturing of the dashboard.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 022014


  • miles
Dashboard melting which causes glare while driving.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 012013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles


Within the last year, the heat from the sun has melted the dashboard. It becomes sticky and flaking off. The major issue is the glare it causes on the windshield when driving.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 112013


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

- Palmetto, FL, USA

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problem #3

Feb 032014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Dashboard is very shiny. Started to reflect of windshield and cause a glare. Very sticky and is literally melting. Has a constant shine can no longer clean it and glare is getting worse and dangerous at this point.

- Boynton Beach, FM, USA

problem #2

Jul 162013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • miles
Car was purchased in 2009 and up until last year I had very few problems and was very happy with the car. However, last year I noticed my dashboard appeared to be very shiny and extremely sticky. It appeared as though some type of glue had been poured on it. When I touched the dashboard the melted material would come off on my fingers. I took it to the dealership who said they had never seen anything like it. They arranged to have the Mazda area representative come and look at it. He examined the dashboard and told me he has seen this before, mostly in states like Florida, that are basically hot all year. He stated it was the glue used to secure the dashboard which was leaching up. He approved the dealership to replace the part at no charge, however the dealership said it would cost $300 to have it installed. If the part was faulty why do I need to pay to have the new part installed. I have done nothing and continue to have a defective dashboard, my concern is will the airbag work correctly inside this defective dashboard? I have recently seen the investigative report on my local news concerning this issue. Without question this is a safety issue in my opinion.

- Boca Raton, 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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