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 1 of 4)

problem #71

Nov 192016


  • 54,000 miles


Tire deflated in seconds while driving. Replacing a corroded valve stem and TPMS. This should be a safety recall after reading hundreds of complaints with the same issue on cars that are only a few years old. This is a major safety issue!!

- Clifton Heights, PA, USA

problem #70

Jul 142014


  • 90,000 miles
Takata recall ---sticky dashboard which is melting and when driving the reflection from the glare of the sticky dashboard on the windshield makes it hard to see when driving, a lot of times I cant see depending on how the sun is shining I have to slow down or hit my brakes..very scary... just want this documented in case an accident happens

- Hampton, GA, USA

problem #69

Aug 012013


  • miles
Dashboard melting. The dashboard has melted. It causes a severe glare on the windshield that makes it difficult to drive at time. Have had to cover up when this occurs.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #68

Aug 012016


  • 65,000 miles


My drivers side seat bracket has broken causing the seat to rock slightly. Also, the dashboard appears to be melting with a shiny sticky spot.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #67

Aug 012016


  • 97,700 miles
Dashboard separating directly over the mileage/stereo/gps instrument panel is separating/coming unglued from the top of the instrument panel. The area separated/unglued is approx. 5-6" long. It is puffy in the center directly above.

- Walnut, CA, USA

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problem #66

Jun 072016


  • 98,000 miles
Transmission indicator light came on while driving, which caused the car to not shift beyond 3 gear. After diagnosis, it was determined that a new solenoid was needed. After that, it was then determined that a new transmission control module was needed. The first one from the manufacturer was defective and a second was needed.

- Somerset, MA, USA

problem #65

May 232016


  • 112,000 miles


Dashboard melts in hot sun causing glare while driving and leaves sticky black residue when touched. Over half of my dash is melted.

- Interlachen, FL, USA

problem #64

May 052014


  • miles
My dash is melting. Touch it and imprints are made. It be like this for 3 years but getting worse

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #63

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 #62

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 #61

Feb 022014


  • 50,000 miles


The dash board is melting from heat.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #60

Jul 012013


  • miles
I purchased the vehicle ealry 2010. Around 2013 my dashboard started to shine a bit in a small section by the driver side. I touched it and the material of the dashboard was sticky. Now, 2016, the whole dashboard is sticky and shiney due to what I found out was a melting dashboard. This is causing a horrible reflection on my window when driving, especially when the sun hits. Even at night I have trouble seeing properly. My visibility driving is being affected and it is not safe. On top of that, everything sticks to my dashboard and ends up with black gunk on it. The pictures I've attached do not do it justice, it's worse than what it looks in the pictures.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #59

May 062015


  • miles
The inside panel of the driver, with heat gets sticky and prevent the display brighter than the sun

- South Miami, FL, USA

problem #58

May 172015


  • miles
The dashboard is melting. It is worse on the driver's side and continues across the whole dashboard. It is causing a noxious fumes and a glare that at times goes across the lower part of the windshield. The glare is worse in the morning as the sun rises and on sunny days. The glare changes as you drive and makes the road appear as if something is in front of you on the road. The glare can be from 5 inches directly in your line of sight to going across at least 2/3 of your viewing line through the windshield-causing it to look as if someone has thrown slick oil or a silver sheet of metal in the road. Have swerved quite a few times (depending on the direction I am driving), can't see when people step off of a curb, as the glare comes in the soon and can be there from the start of your drive or appear out of the blue as you change directions or park. You can't help to respond to the glare when it appears-especially when on unfamiliar roads. The smell is of burning plastic. I live in Florida any day over 80 degrees in the shade or when parked directly in the sun causes the dashboard to emit a noxious smell, get soft and gooey. Bugs, insect droppings, dust, and lint get stuck in the dashboard and cause glare. I drive at least 3 hour/day minimum. The smell causes a headache/sore throat/nausea. I can't put a visor to block the sun-it gets stuck in the melting dash and the visor. When you remove the visor it splatters "goo/plastic" onto the windshield, which can only be removed with a razor. Risking getting the hot goo on your hand/arm/face. You cannot wipe away any of the melting part as it is really sticky and the dashboard only continues to melt. I sell real estate and no longer take customers into my car not allowing me to do business the way most sales people do, because clients complain of the smell/feeling sick.

- Windermere, FL, USA

problem #57

Feb 032016


  • 44,000 miles
Tire sensor malfunctions and punctures the tire. I had already replaced tire sensors on all the wheels and it is happening every year. I only had 44,000 miles and I had to replace all the tires and tire sensors. I had the car parked yesterday night and all the tires had good pressure and drove in the morning out the driveway. Within less than 0.5 driving my front passenger wheel got flat. After towing to dealer, I found out it was due tire sensor.

- Needham, MA, USA

problem #56

Jun 152015


  • 65,000 miles
Dashboard melting. Glare on winshield

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #55

Dec 012013


  • 20,000 miles
Dashboard cover is melting causing extreme glare and inability to drive safely.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #54

Nov 292015


  • 77,000 miles
The dashboard has started to melt. This has resulted in a very shiny sticky mess. The sheen causes severe vision problems while operating the vehicle. I have been almost blinded and unable to see the traffic at times.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #53

Nov 262015


  • 70,000 miles
The dashboard is melting causing a glare in the windshield. Blocking my view while driving.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #52

Feb 012013


  • miles
I am having issues with my dashboard melting and being extremely sticky. The glare from the sticky dashboard makes it very hard to see the road. When driving, I have to try and look over or under the glare. This is not safe!

- Geismar, LA, USA

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