fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,174 miles

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2012 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2012 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 292013


  • 18,000 miles


End of 2013, the vehicle began randomly popping out of 2nd gear and back into neutral. Dealer rebuilt trans under warranty and all was okay until October 2014 when the same issue began again. Dealer replaced trans under warranty but advised transmission warranty was no longer valid. Currently, July 2015, the same issue is happening again. Vehicle will be in gear then out of gear causing me to be unable to accelerate, and causing a major accident risk.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

May 242013


  • 12,500 miles
Went to shift from 3rd to 4th, and the knob fell into two pieces while driving.

- Huntington Station, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 162012


  • 21 miles
Recently purchased a brand new 2012 Mazda speed3. 17 miles off the lot. In the 4 mile drive to my house 15 minutes after signing paperwork, the clutch blows out. Had it towed back and was told we were lucky they fixed it under warranty because this item is a "wear & tear" item because going 4 miles is apparently too long. We were told to "break the clutch in" for about 400 miles. Well, we made it to 125 miles on the odometer and the same exact thing happened. Except this time, I was driving about 40mph on a busy road when the clutch went out. Luckily my three young children were not in the car. There is no possible way in owning a vehicle for a mere 2.5 days in our hands we have blown two clutches or the vehicle have any wear or tear. Now they want our money to fix a car I have had for 2.5 days. This is a load of crap on Mazda part and they need to fix this not only on my vehicle but whatever other ones are out there with the same problem.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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