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:
160,613 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 electrical problems

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #19

Dec 042016


  • 99,000 miles


My Mazda 3 will not start. I took my vehicle to a Mazda dealership and they gave a me a description of my issue and resolution (my issue: Battery cable shorted and split in half due to a defaut wire harness). I googled the part number and I noticed a recall on my car related to the same exact part. Recall # 09V12600 Mazda is now telling me my issue is not covered under the recall because my VIN does not show it has been recalled. My confusion is as follows; the issue is the same, the resolution is the same, the part number is the same, the vehicle is the same (model and year). I really need your help in resolving my issue. Mazda is charging $1400 for the fix, I am looking any help from nhsta please, to help resolve my issue and have my issue be covered under a recall. The recall states potential impact of 25.400 vehicles (leaving the door open for more or less vehicles). I am lucky the short did not cause a fire, I need your help to ensure the issue does not occur again. Looking for any good faith thank you very much for you help. Jessica

- Columbus, Oh, OH, USA

problem #18

Sep 212016


  • 1,433,378 miles
I have two remotes for the car. They both work just fine until last week. One key wouldn't start the car the security lock symbol show up. The dashboard light up the radio turn on the air conditioner as well. But it would not start the car. I would have insert the other key to turn on the car. Then a few days later the other key wouldn't work. It's does the as the other key. I have to carry both sets just in case one would work.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Jun 142016


  • 144,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. the contact stated that the vehicle would not start and was towed to the contact's residence. An independent mechanic came to the contact's residence and inspected the vehicle. The technician diagnosed that the main fuse had short circuited and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 09V126000 (electrical system); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was approximately 144,000.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #15

May 122016


  • 75,000 miles
The radio volume control can not turn off. If click the volume knob to turn off, the volume become 10 times louder. When the radio volume is at "on" state, only left door bose has sound. When the radio volume is at "off" state, the sound level is 10 times louder in left rear bose speaker. Some times, when radio is on, it could automatically jump to 10 times louder by itself.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 192016


  • 51,600 miles
Driver's side window has fallen off track and does not close as it should. Further, when you remove your finger from the automatic "up" button, the window will automatically roll down after releasing the button (as if it has a life of it's own). This is a window motor or electrical problem. This can happen when the vehicle is moving or when it is stationary... city or highway.

- Mount Pleasant, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 292016


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. while attempting to start the vehicle, it failed to start. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V126000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

problem #12

Jan 102015


  • 653,400 miles
Vehicle comes to a complete stop while running on highway, inmovilizing all systems. Taken to shop scanned for trouble, code U0100 was detected.recall for wiring was checked wiring is ok. Replaced burn out parts taken to test same problem arise.

- Ponce, PR, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Dec 202014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. the contact stated that there was an electrical short or malfunction in which the gauges, sensors, and warning lamps flickered on the instrument panel. The contact also noticed the radio was shorting intermittently. Later, the vehicle hesitated and stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the technician was not able to replicate or diagnose the failure. The contact continued to experience the failures and the vehicle stalled more than five times without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle each time. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 272014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


Moisture has entered both head lamps causing failure of bulbs and hid control units. Complete lighting failure while driving.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 012009

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
When the trunk or door is inadvertently left open for an extended period of time the battery is totally drained. This could leave the driver stranded. If jump started and battery is not fully charged this could cause increased stress on the alternator which could lead to costly replacement.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 172014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Condensation forms in headlight housing causing hid module to short circuit and headlight to fail. Safety concern regarding visibility could lead to accident. Manufacturer refuses to take blame for faulty construction leading to malfunction resulting in consumer having to pay full cost of headlight assembly and new hid module.

- Claymont, DE, USA

problem #6

Aug 092013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Vehicle lost power multiple times shuddering on the road. Faulty wiring harness was discovered by the dealership. This issue was present on previously produced Mazda 3S for the year but the dealership stated that this particular VIN didn't fall into the production numbers for the recall. This issue seems to be present on more cars than just the 25,000 that were recalled in 2009.

- Farmington Hills , MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 152013

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda3. The contact stated while attempting to start the vehicle it failed to start with the illumination of all of the panel lights. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated the harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Passaic, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 292012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
On August 29th while driving with my 2010 Mazda 3, going about 30 miles an hour, the power steering wheel locked up, and all the warning/indicator lights came on. I completely lost control of the car. I tried to re-start the car, but the car would not start and the warning/indicator lights came on steady, with the exception of the electronic steering lock warning light, which was flashing red. It was not a battery issue because the radio and lights worked fine. I had the car towed to a Mazda dealer. The Mazda dealership said that they did not know what the issue was because they could not access the PCM to read the error code to understand what happened, and they ended up replacing the PCM. I called Mazda customer assistance and complained and they told me that the PCM failure does not relate to the steering wheel locking up. This is similar to complain #10461029. I do not feel safe driving this car again, and I would like Mazda to take it back. It only has 23000 miles, and I have another 6 month to go on my lease.

- Boonton, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 122012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 62,764 miles
I am the original owner of this vehicle, purchased brand new. In January 2010. The heater when turning on, made a loud clicking sound for approx. 20- 30 seconds, each time. Upon research on the internet, local mechanics, I found out the heater blend door actuator is the problem. I was going to replace it, but upon further investigation I found that this heater assembly is not only used by Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Chevy, Ford, and Lexus. This is heater is known to have this design error. Also the dealer had unplugged the heater blend door actuator because this unit is known to start a fire in the vehicle. This made me extremely nervous. I consider this to be an unsafe vehicle.

- New Milford, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 132012

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 17,500 miles
Mazda has issues with condensation in front lights and real lights leading to excessive water building up in light cavity. The water restricts light and has shorted out headlight bulb on several occasions as I drove down the road. This causes a serious issue at night as I am driving. Mazda and dealer refuse to fix sighting bulletin from Mazda that this is a known problem and not to fix unless light enclosure is full of water.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 082010

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Car failed to start. Mazda sent tow truck. Tow truck operator was able to start the car in neutral. Tow truck operator declined to tow the car and sent driver home. Later that day the wheel locked, power brakes failed and driver rolled into a ditch. Driver turned off ignition, unlocked steering wheel, backed car out of ditch and called Mazda for another tow. The consumer stated the day of delivery, the salesman had trouble starting the car and requested a technician make some adjustment to the ignition. The wheel locked and the key would not start the vehicle. After the adjustments, the vehicle appeared to work fine. The dealer stated the vehicle would not start because a cable was bent, which was prohibiting the vehicle from being recognized in park when attempting to start it. Updated IVOQ 08/19/10 updated IVOQ 08/20/10

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

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