definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,275 miles

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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 electrical problems

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2011 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 312016


  • 60,000 miles


Passenger headlamp getting excessive condenstation build up after car wash or rain storm eventually causes hid bulb and ballast failure due to short caused by water ingress. Housing has been changed and still leaks in almost exact same pattern as old housing. This is a safety defect as it affects my ability to safely, and legally drive my car in low or no light conditions and could cause an accident.

- Benbrook, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 112014


  • 28,000 miles
Evidence of fire damage around the five speed gear shifting mechanism only with radiated heat melting the adjoining drivers seat. No other indications of fire anywhere else and the fire extinguished itself due to the vehicles windows being rolled-up which caused the fire to lack oxygen which in turn, caused the fire to smolder at which point the owner approached the car as he was going to work and observed and reported the incident to fire officials. Car has not been driven since that time.

- Kaneohe, HI, USA

problem #2

Mar 012012


  • 1,100 miles
My Mazda3 has, and has always had, tons of spiders building nests and webs. This occurs across my mirrors(inside and outside), seats, seatbelts, front speed and RPM gauges, windows, and under the hood. Usually occurs at night and I find them in the morning. Never of the same size or type, but it is very frustrating especially when they are inside the car. They are not only a danger to me, but to any passenger I may carry. I saw the mazda6 recall because of the spiders and I think the same thing is occurring here. Please check this out!

- Ball Ground, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 142012


  • 12,000 miles
The battery appears to be dead. After jump start, the car works for about 3 days. The vehicle will not start if left to sit over night without driving. The battery will not power the vehicle and will not allow fuel to exchange for a push start (manual 5 speed). The car was taken to beaverton Mazda dealership in beaverton Oregon. They tested for electrical leaks and found none. Did not replace battery. Dealership gave battery a slow charge overnight. The battery was tested and the dealership advised battery was in like new condition. The car dies 6 days later after not being driven for 1 day. Taken back to the dealership and more tests are done, was charged for an inspection bill that says nothing is wrong. Almost 1 year later, car not driven for 1 day and battery is dead. Seems to leak electricity somewhere that cannot be found.

- Tigard, OR, USA

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