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:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,869 miles

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #31

May 012015


  • 94,000 miles


I purchased a 2010 Mazda 3 in 2009. This year (2015), around April/may, before the summer heat even got bad, I noticed the dashboard was sticky. Since then, it has pretty much completely melted. The dashboard is extremely sticky and soft when you touch it, almost has a putty consistency, but that is not the main issue. The safety issue is my main concern. There is a horrible glare the shine from the dashboard creates on the front windshield. It is almost impossible to see out of the front windshield when the sun is out because of this glare. A dashboard cover is not an option because of how sticky the dashboard is; a cover will definitely get stuck to the dash and destroy it. I have done some research online and there are hundreds of claims for melting dashboards for models between 2009 and 2011. This is such a serious safety hazard, it is difficult to understand why the manufacturer has not been forced to recall these faulty parts.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #30

Aug 122015


  • miles
The dashboard on my 2010 Mazda 3 has become sticky, there is a slight shine to it which glares off the windshield. I have contacted the dealership and am taking it in tomorrow to see about repair/replacement. I use a sunshade though I do not have a dashboard cover. The affected area is clearly where the dash gets the hottest.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #29

Jun 012013


  • miles
The dashboard on my 2010 Mazda 3 started melting about two years ago becoming more sticky and reflective over time to point where it has a plastic, chemical smell emitting from it. Moreover, it has become almost impossible to see out of the driver side window due to the severe reflection. This has progressively worsened over the past year. I am in disbelief that the manufacturer would use material for a dashboard that melts and emits chemicals. Clearly, Mazda chose to use inferior materials for the dashboard. Considering the plethora of complaints and statements regarding the safety issue of limited visibility due to reflection, it is vastly irresponsible that Mazda has not issued a recall to correct this problem. Vehicle owners should not be left to seeking class action law suits to make Mazda correct their mistake.

- Lighthouse Point, FL, USA

problem #28

Jun 062015


  • 82,064 miles


My dashboard is melting. When I rub my finger on it black residue easily comes off. If you press down with your finger it is very easy to take chunks off with your nail. The gooey dashboard is shiny which emits a reflection on the windshield which then in turn impairs my vision. This can be very dangerous as one drives. When one goes into the car it emits an odor similar to a plastic fork that has been left in a dishwasher. Inhaling toxins is not something I want as part of my daily life.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #27

Aug 012014


  • miles
The plastic dashboard panel has melted and now has a sticky texture. It is also highly reflective, causing dangerous glare on the windshield when driving.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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problem #26

Jul 182012


  • miles
2010 Mazda 3 dashboard is melting. Condition is more pronounced during hot summer months. As a result of the melting dash, visibility can occasionally become obscured by sunlight glare causing serious safety hazards. Melting dash material is transferred to removable sun screen put in to reflect sunlight out of the vehicle - this melted dash material can then be transferred to the windshield itself which is difficult to clean.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #25

Jan 012015


  • 120,000 miles


The dash board is melting which is causing a reflection into the windshield making it difficult to see while driving.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #24

Jul 092015


  • 84,500 miles
The dash on my 2010 Mazda 3 has become very "sticky" and shiny from normal exposure to the sun. I am located in palm beach county Florida. Additionally, the dash has started to split on the right side that covers the passenger airbag. I believe thse two issues pose a safety hazard from reduced visibility thru the windshield due to glare and from the chance that the passenger side airbag could deploy unexpectedly/incorrectly or not at all in a crash.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #23

Jul 142015


  • miles
I bought my car new at the end of 2009 in Texas. Within the last year of ownership, my dashboard has gotten sticky and very shiny. With daytime driving, the sun glares on my dash and prevents me from being able to see directly in front of me. It is an unmanageable condition; it is dangerous to drive with impaired road vision. It is totally unacceptable, and I no longer drive at certain times of the day to avoid being in an accident. I am aware that this is a widespread problem for 2010 Mazda 3 vehicles like mine. Please rectify this obviously dangerous defect with the manufacturer and provide me with a correction. Your timely response would be much appreciated. Thank you......updated 12/03/15

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #22

May 222014


  • 50,000 miles
Dash has become sticky and is melting. It is a safety issue in that it causes an extreme glare on the windshield that obstructs vision.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #21

Jul 072015


  • 81,000 miles


Dash has become sticky and appears to be slowly melting to the point it cannot be cleaned. It is a safety issue in that it causes a glare on the windshield that obstructs clear vision to oncoming traffic.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 052015


  • miles
My dashboard is melting and is causing glare on the windshield.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #19

Jul 012014


  • miles
The dash board is melting and makes a horriable glare and I can not see sometime when the sun hits. Greko Mazda has refused to fix for free. Wants me to pay $250 not my falult that Mazda make a infierer product

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #18

May 302015


  • 82,334 miles
The dashboard is cracking on the passenger side and melting on the drivers side.

- Fort Myers , FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 032013


  • 40,000 miles
The dashboard, particularly the part over the steering wheel is melting. It is sticky and shiny, and it creates a horrible glare on the windshield at certain times of the day.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #16

Aug 012014


  • 30,000 miles
Dash has glare from on the top that causes safety issues. Dash has areas that are melting and cause glare from the sun that prevents safe driving. Mazda needs to replace dash just like Toyota is doing on even older cars. Mazda choose inferiors parts and not owners have a safety issue; Mazda step-up and replace the dash on Mazda 3.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #15

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 #14

May 132015


  • 49,000 miles
My dashboard is melting as it gets hotter here, I have found others with this issue on line and there are class action suits but I really just want mine replaced by Mazda before I ever buy out next one, if they do not fix it we will buy another makers vehicle for our next car. It's really sticky and nasty and will glare in the sunshine.

- Taylor Mill, KY, USA

problem #13

Dec 012014


  • 50,125 miles
The top of the dashboard is melting. The sheen is creating a dangerous reflecting glare off the windshield.

- Tifton, GA, USA

problem #12

May 152014


  • 26,459 miles
I own a 2010 Mazda 3 the dashboard is melting, sticky, and smells, Mazda would not relace it under warranty, I was just outside warranty window, my last Mazda purchase!!!

- Port At Lucie, FL, USA

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