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


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
129,367 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 222016


  • 100,000 miles


My car has had rattling noise coming from the front passenger side of the hood for a few months now and took it to a mechanic and they said it is common for this model to have a motor mount issue.. but not to fix it yet because it is just now starting and it will be fine for a 6 months or so"!?!" seriously...

- Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Feb 152015

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Drove 80 miles to destination on freeway using cruise control. Car accelerated above cruise setting on downhill - did not engine brake to hold speed. When pulling into destination hotel parking spot and with right foot on brake, engine revved dramatically. Applied both feet to break. Automatic transmission. Changed gears to N, R & P, but engine continued to rev. Turned engine off. Smoke generated from engine entered cabin. Did not use car until next day. Returning home next day used cruise control and exited freeway for break. Slowing down for stop light with car ahead and foot on brake when engine revved again as before. Shifted car into neutral and turned off car then back on. Drove car to dealer on way home without another incident. This dealer is where we purchased the care and all work except tires/alignment and battery occurred. They examined and inspected the car and kept it for the next 10 days logging 200 miles without a recurrence of the unintended acceleration.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Dec 012014


  • 59,537 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Mazda 3. while refueling the vehicle, the low oil pressure warning light illuminated and smoke emitted from the exhaust pipe. The vehicle was towed to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,537.

- Bethel Park, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 152012


  • 33,000 miles
Clutch gave out at 33,000 miles. That is absurd. Mazda claims its under their "wear and tear" but this is not a new problem for a lot of people. Premature clutch failure should have been a recall on Mazda 3's back in 2011.

- Windham, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 162013


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Mazda, Mazda3. The contact stated that while having the vehicle serviced, the technician advised that the motor mount was cracked and needed to be replaced. Also, the contact mentioned that the front driver's side tire went flat with the illumination of the tire sensor warning light. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the tire sensors were corroded and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 76,000.

- Lake Telemark , NJ, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Mar 222013


  • 35,000 miles
Have had a situation occur about a dozen times since I purchased new in July 2010 with 93 miles - now at ~35500 miles. When coming to a stop on a cold engine that has only been running about 2-3 minutes, clutch pushed in to shift out of gear and brakes applied engine will rev to ~2500 RPM and it will stay there for about 3-4 seconds. First few times it happened I figured I hit the gas as well as the brake, after that I began to check my foot position on occurrence and my foot was nowhere near the accelerator. This has not caused any problems with a car accelerating on its own as it typically occurs as I am pushing the clutch in to come to a stop. Only happens when the engine is still cold (generally the first stop of the day) and is very random when it occurs. Have not brought to attention of dealership as there are no common factors to be able to reproduce the problem. Upon notice of other complaints for this issue I wanted to add my own experience.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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