definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,771 miles

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2003 Mazda MAZDA6 brakes problems

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2003 Mazda MAZDA6 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 132008


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Mazda 6. the contact stated that it takes an extended period of time to stop the vehicle when the brake pedal is depressed. He also heard a loud grinding noise when attempting to stop the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a local repair shop and they stated that the brake shoes dug into the rotors. As a result, the rotors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired at the cost of $289. He notified the manufacturer in reference to premature wear of the rotors, but was not provided with any assistance. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 25,000.

- Tustin, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 112008


  • 129,000 miles
Cv joint boot failed and wore a hole in the brake line. Most of the ability to brake the vehicle was lost. There did not appear to be a split brake system.

- Galion, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 232006


  • miles
When brakes are used there is a loud clicking noise. This has happened several times and when taken to the dealer was told that they could not duplicate the problem and that the brake hardware had already been replaced on this vehicle because of the grinding problem we had taken in for on several occasions previously. We had also had to take the car in 4+ times telling them that there was a problem with cold starting, getting a "we can not duplicate the problem"...the 5th time it had to be towed because the alternator went out. This is after they sold us a $120 battery because they said that was the problem.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #4

Sep 262005

MAZDA6 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles


I had a terrible experience couple of days ago. When I was driving back home in the midnight and in the middle of nowhere, my less than 2 and half years old Mazda 6 start to make very loud annoying noise. I was scared to death at that time. Later I found out there is a manufacture defect relating to the problem that I had experienced, which Mazda has known the problem about a year ago. They even have a bulletin describe this problem and the title is '04-004/04 2003-2003 Mazda 6 -front brake judder and /or brake moan noise'. they never made any recalls on this issue and leave this risk to their customer intentionally.

- Newport, OR, USA

problem #3

Jul 292005

MAZDA6 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Front (right) end squeaks/grinds mainly while turning, however has continued after straightening out. Started around 10,000 miles. I've taken it in 3 different times to two different dealers. This last time (now at ~50,000) I was told it was a break pad problem and that: My break pads were 80% worn. My rotors needed to be turned. I was also now charged for this visit that still didn't fix the problem.

- Farmington, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
On July 4th weekend it started making a clicking noise when you drive it 65mph. The dealership decided it was a defective catalytic conveter. I had to drive it 3 weeks making this noise.then the check engine light came on.then I got a recall for the brake system. Now it's Aug. 8 I am still in a rental car. All I want is for the dealership to take back the car, cancel the loan & go our seperate ways.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 052003

MAZDA6 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,400 miles
We bought our new 2003 Mazda 6 in July 2003. Few months later my wife noted a loud scraping/grinding noise from the front end when making sharp slow left or right turns with brakes applied. The noise also occurred when pulling into a parking space. This happened 3-4 times weekly. Finally, we brought the car into the dealership at least 3 times for the problem, but the noise could not be reproduced consistently. A engine belt was replaced in 12/03, but the problem persisted. During the last visit in 2/14/04 to the dealer, we were told that the brakes could be at fault and Mazda is looking for a solution.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

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