really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,291 miles

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2013 Mazda MAZDA3 brakes problems

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2013 Mazda MAZDA3 Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 242019


  • 49,000 miles


My headlights dim and flicker, most noticeably when applying the brakes. It was barely noticable at first. My son-in-law, who is an auto and diesel mechanic, brought it to my attention in December 2017 when he was driving it. It is getting worse and becoming more and more of a problem, making it hard to see, especially when approaching a stop at an intersection. I am not sure if the tail lights are also effected, but complaint id 11164134 reported that their's were. My experience with electrical problems causes me to worry that there is a possibility that the headlights will fail entirely, leaving me unable to see while driving at night. This is not a single incident; it always occurs everytime I drive at night, so I am putting today's date in the "when did this happen" field because I can't indicate that it is an ongoing problem. The four complaints about this same problem all indicate no injuries or fatalities; I hope there don't have to be injuries or fatalities for this to be considered serious enough to warrant a recall. Also, the speed doesn't matter, I had to put in a number so I indicated 45 mph, but it happens on the freeway at 80 mph as well as on city streets. There are currently 49,259 miles on the car. When I bought it it had 33,370 miles on it. Like I said, it is getting worse. It is more distracting due to more pronounced flickering and dimming of the illumination of the road.

- Tooele, UT, USA

problem #12

Oct 122018


  • 52,700 miles
While driving the vehicle the pressure on the break pedal got very low. I had to push the pedal all the way down to slow down the vehicle. I took the vehicle to a nearby Mazda dealership. After a couple of days they told me that there was nothing wrong with the breaks per say (pads, rotors, etc, ), but that the ABS hydraulic and the master cylinder had both failed causing the lack of pressure on the break pedal. The technician told me this was quite unusual and that had never seen that before on a Mazda particularly with only 52,000 miles. He told me the car was dangerous to drive. I'm thankful that I did not get into a car accident and hurt myself nor anyone else. The vehicle still under warranty for the power train parts, but the dealership informed that Mazda would not cover for the repairs. I was quoted $1,617 for the repairs and I have been without the vehicle for 4 days. I been told that I would get a loaner as soon as one is available. Given that this was not wear and tear, I believe Mazda should be responsible for the repairs of the vehicle and make sure that there are no issues with these parts in other vehicles that could cause someone to get hurt.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

problem #11

Nov 012016


  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Mazda 3. while driving at unknown speeds, the brake pedal was applied and the headlights flashed without warning. The contact called a local dealer (Mazda knoxville, 8814 kingston pike, knoxville, tn 37923) and was informed that the system needed to be updated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 134,000.

- Oneida, TN, USA

problem #10

Aug 282017


  • 50,000 miles


Headlights flicker while applying brakes. Problem occurs only when the car is in motion. Sometimes cars think I am flashing my lights at them so they will turn their bright lights on. Once I almost drove off the side of a winding road because when the flickering lights bounced off of the guard rail reflectors, it was disorienting

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 012015


  • miles
When braking, the headlights pulse. When braking, the car rides bumpy. The stability control light will come on at random times. These have been happening for the past couple years, and all mechanics have said that everything looks fine on the vehicle.

- Ft Valley, GA, USA

problem #8

Mar 242017


  • miles
I discovered only one of my rear brakes worn beyond the pad and into the metal beyond. I am deaf - so unknown if stuck & squealing or if a tech bulletin or recall. The one side appeared to have been stuck in the applied position full time. My mother called Mazda no info - bring it in !! I will try.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 102017


  • miles


When the brakes are applied and the headlights are on, the headlights will flicker or pulse. The flashing headlights are very noticeable when following behind another car. This problem has been happening for many months.

- Sandy Springs, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 182015


  • 73,000 miles
When braking or decelerating, the headlights pulse. It looks like we're signaling other drivers at night (although who knows what we're supposedly saying) and it is a serious hazard. This was particularly a problem heading down a mountain at night during a winter storm to have our visibility go in and out. There is already a notice out according to our mechanic, but we received nothing from Mazda and are being charged to reprogram the computer that is supposedly causing the problem.

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #5

Mar 312016


  • 17,000 miles
Headlights pulse, like others have stated when decelerating, as in coming down a hill while gently braking. I am putting the latest date of occurrence, but its been going on since about summer of 2015. Would like this resolved.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #4

Oct 022014


  • 36,000 miles
Driving at night and the vehicle decelerates and apply brakes (which is more noticeable) the headlights flicker. I have had people think I'm a police officer behind them, also had vehicles pull out in front of me because they thought I was flashing my lights for them to go. I have taking the car into Mazda dealer have looked at as well as where I purchased the car from and they have yet to say what's wrong or even fix it. If you disconnect the battery for 5-10 minutes it stops flickering for a day or so, but starts back up and at time been worse than previous times.

- Lonoke, AR, USA

problem #3

Jul 262015


  • 54,000 miles


7/26/15 6:15 pm I went to a family friend's house. I pulled up into his main driveway, turned to the left to a dirt drive way it had about a 3% grade incline. I pulled my E break, put into 1st gear and turned off my car and got out, got my daughter out of the car and walked up to the house with my wife and daughter. With the intent to only stay at our friends house for about 15 mins. We were outside chatting at our friends house about 15 mins and looking to head out when my wife yells for my attention! I turn around and see my car rolling backwards towards the main driveway and down into a ravine about 20 ft down. Of course this is a huge shock to my life! we are very lucky that my daughter or dog was not waiting in the car, as we were only picking up an item from our friends house. The issue I have is, why did the vehicle roll backwards while in gear and with the E break pulled. The vehicle should not have moved. I need to know if there is another event that this has happened, and I need to have all the factory recalls and deficiencies with the E break. This was a very scary moment, and I am still in shock with this situation that should not have happened.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #2

May 132015


  • 45,000 miles
Brake calipers and pistons were defected and wouldn't release after you released the brake. The wheels had to be moving for the brakes the be releases. Causing the the brake pads to grind down to nothing and have metal on metal contact. It was worse in the front then the back. I received all new brake calipers because they couldn't be fixed.

- Edh, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 052014

MAZDA3 4-cyl

  • 26,081 miles
Driving down the street at 15 mph, the car in front of myself had slowed down and stopped at a light. When I seen she was stopping, I pressed down my brakes so I would stop but the brake peddle pushed all the way to the floor. My car didn't stop. From this I had rear-ended the vehicle in front of me. After the accident, the brakes were tested again and resulted in the peddle still being pushed down to the floor.

- Swansea, MA, USA

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