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


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,781 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Oct 162016


  • 49,000 miles


I received a safety recall regarding lift gate dampers back in October 2016. I called to check on it and gunther Mazda service dept did not have the part available. Went for an unrelated problem in December to have it diagnosed and I figured since I was going to be without a car for a day or two, I might as well take care of the recall. They still did not have the part, they told me to call back in February. I am not sure how long after a recall is a manufaturer supposed to provide with a solution, but 4 months seems long. I have not have a problem with the gate, but I don't want to wait until I have it or ignore the recall either.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #30

Jan 202013


  • 15,000 miles
My dashboard is melting and causing a dangerous glare during day time driving. 60% of the top dash is melting and does not dry or go back to normal. Always sticky and dangerous during sunny days due to glare reflecting off melted surface.

- National City, CA, USA

problem #29

May 022016


  • 60,000 miles
The driver's seat frame breaks resulting in the driver of the vehicle to rock backwards with the seat when the vehicle is in forward motion. The car becomes uncontrollable when the seat rocks back causing the driver to hold themselves upright trying to drive the vehicle. The seat exhibits characteristics that can only be called unsafe. This defect will ultimately result in a serious accident with injury or death. The vehicle was parked when this was first noticed. The defect with the seat frame also renders the seat belt useless and is safety hazard compounded by the seat frame breaking loose. This defect appears to happen only on the 2010 Mazda 3 model and there are many additional complaints, both here and in public forums. Mazda needs to recall for replacement of a seat frame that is built so as not to break in normal use. Why this has not happened is negligent. My local Mazda dealer gave me an estimate of $980 to repair the seat frame. The manager was not willing to negotiate the cost of the repair nor willing to discuss further.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #28

Dec 022014


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. the contact noticed that the dashboard was deteriorating. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000.

- Oakland Park, FL, USA

problem #27

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

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problem #26

Feb 012014


  • miles
When my vehicle was about 4 years old my dashboard started to melt completely. It leaves a glare across my whole windshield obstructing my view.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #25

Aug 012014


  • miles


Dash cover melting in hot sun. Turns into a sticky film and reflect the sun as you are driving.

- Milton , GA, USA

problem #24

Aug 312015


  • 105,000 miles
I opened the drivers door, sat down and attempted to close the door. The door would not latch. I looked at the door latch and the three screws used to attach the latch were missing and the latch was hanging freely within the door. I was trying to find replacement screws online when I came across a recall on the Mazda 6 which is appears to be the exact same issue. NHTSA campaign number: 13V425000

- Round Hill, VA, USA

problem #23

Aug 012015


  • 45,009 miles
My dashboard just recently started melting. The dashboard has formed a shiny consistency which reflects on to the windshield and is hazardous.

- Lubbock , TX, USA

problem #22

Sep 152014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. the contact stated that there was a glare and a sticky residue substance on the dashboard that was causing poor visibility. The contact stated that the dashboard was melting. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was informed that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Semmes, AL, USA

problem #21

Jul 262015


  • 114,000 miles


A couple months ago I heard a click while driving my car and after hearing that click I noticed that my drivers car seat titled a little. Yesterday after loading my car I heard another click and now both front welds attaching my drivers seat to the floor board have broken off leaving my drivers car seat completely unattached at the front. My car is now extremely unsafe and basically a rocking chair. After calling both the dealership I purchased my car from and the Mazda dealership they both turned me away telling me it wasn't something that they would look at. This is an extreme danger and after doing my research on the internet it seems to be a very common problem with these cars. This needs to be recalled.

- Jackson, MO, USA

problem #20

Jun 242015


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. while driving 65 mph, the rear passenger side tire exploded. The tire was replaced with a spare. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the TPMS sensor was corroded and the nut was fractured. The tire was replaced and the sensor was replaced with regular valve stems. The contact also stated that the dashboard was melting, which caused a glare from the sun. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000. Updated 09/14/15

- Plymouth Meeting , PA, USA

problem #19

Oct 012014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. while driving in warm weather conditions, the dashboard changed from matte to glossy. As a result, the dashboard melted and caused a glare that obstructed the view out of the front windshield. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Tifton, GA, USA

problem #18

Jun 052015


  • 65,000 miles
My dashboard is melting. My car isn't even five years old and the dashboard has basically melted to a point where I have to replace it. There are issues all over about this on certain vehicles and as far as I understand Mazda will not place a recall, but says I have to pay $1500 to fix it because the glare of the melting reflects off my windshield when I drive which causes a hazard.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #17

Jul 052013


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. the contact stated that the dashboard had a sticky residue or film that was building up. As the failure progressed, the dashboard deteriorated. The contact also experienced a failure with the driver's side seat belt buckle, which was difficult to unbuckle. The contact had to make numerous attempts to unlock the buckle. The cigarette lighter deteriorated and caused the contact's charger to become stuck and unable to be removed. The contact stated that there was an electrical malfunction near the console of the cigarette lighter. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Converse, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 202014


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda Mazda3. The contact stated that driving at 60 mph, the dash board was melting which created a glare that blocked the visibility of the driver when light reflected off of the dash board. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Galveston , TX, USA

problem #15

Apr 112012


  • 30,000 miles
My dashboard melted.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #14

Jan 012013


  • 45,000 miles
Dashboard is melting, surface has become sticky and causing glare on windshield.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #13

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 #12

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

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