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We debated on posting this because we always seem to get nailed in the comments for advertising a new way to break the law, but we feel it's important information for Mazda3 owners and we're encouraged by Mazda's reaction to the situation so far. First the deets: it appears that a few owners of the Mazda3 have come back to their vehicles to find their valuables missing but no visible signs of breaking and entering like shattered glass or broken locks. The only clue left by thieves is a big dent in the front passenger door. Canadian website MobileMag.com got the skinny from an anonymous Mazda dealer that if one hits the passenger door hard in just the right spot it will affect the lock assembly mechanism and unlock the doors. Mystery solved.

Mazda has been aware of and working on this issue since October of 2006, and this month it began installing a "countermeasure" in all Mazda3s being built in Japan. For those who have already had their cars broken into, in some cases Mazda has agreed to install a reinforced door lock assembly and a protective plate to prevent the same break-in from happening again, though it has not offered to repair the dents. At this point, Mazda does not consider this "trick" a defect in the product and it hasn't decided whether or not all Mazda3s will be called back to have the countermeasure installed.

We think they should be voluntary called back and have the countermeasures installed. While a thief will get into your vehicle one way or another if he wants to, being able to do it without smashing glass or looking terribly suspicious makes the Mazda3 a much more tempting target. Still, no one should leave valuables out in the open and give criminals a reason to target your vehicle.

Thanks for the tip, Rich!

[Source: MobileMag.com]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      We should start a count of all the Mazda 3's being broken into. I want to see how bad it really is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have not had this happen to me yet and this was the first time that I heard of it. However, thieves are always going to be able to get in cars and steal things if they want to so I am not really going to worry about because it would either be a dent in the door or a broken window. It just doesn't make sense people would brake into cars without anything in them, it would be just as easy to smash a window of someone that left their phone/purse ect in the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So how do theives find out about things like this? I assume its not by trial and error.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My mazda3 was broken into today... everything valuable was missing... since I live in an appartment and I cant keep an eye on my car i'm considering changing it now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So when are you going to take this post down? It's been up since january... time enough surely for every self respecting car thief to now have the skinny on how to break into a Mazda 3. Do the right thing eh?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a mazdaspeed 3 and loving it. I hope this doesn't affect the speed3s

      zoom zoom zoom
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another thing to note, many insurance companies will not honor a claim of theft from your vehicle if there is no "physical proof" it was broken into. Things like broken glass or a jimmied door would be considered legit proof while a simple dent in the door may lead to a denied claim.
      • 8 Years Ago
      DAMN! and I would recommend this car to someone who wanted a Ford Focus instead. Now, I guess I won't. I'll just say pass on both.

      I feel like breaking into a vehicle

      Thanks Autoblog.
      • 8 Years Ago
      While I do like the guy's 3 across the street, I suppose it'd be terribly difficult to get away with taking it...what with my garage being visible from his living room and all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      By the way, those things that stop your car? They're brakes, that's B-R-A-K-E-S! BRAKES!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "12. Poor Mazda can't win..."

      -Funny, I was thinking "poor Mazda 3 owners" :-) I have a Mazda 3 and it's decent, but the Las Vegas heat really kills this car.

      So far:

      1.) The dash board has cracked twice and they have had to replace it, which is not fun they have to take the two front doors off the car (then they scratch the hell out of those areas)

      2.) The stock radio bites the big one AND it's integrated, my fault but still sucks and the CD player does not like the cold weather at this point.

      3.) *Something* is up with the transmission, I'm sure I'll find out soon enough.

      4.) The brake interlock broke, keeping the car from shifting into drive, so roadside assistance had to literally "drag" the car up a flatbed in park (which might have something to do with #3)

      5.) Much of this I think is high heat and no moisture, but the car is a rattle box and makes "whistling" noises through the doors at speeds higher than 60mph (horrid windnoise)

      6.)Remember the 80's? Remember when VCR's had that faux "metal" looking coating to emulate metal but if you scratched it, it would leave a black and/or white mark because you tore the coating off? Welcome to an interior of a Mazda.

      7.)Rear tailight leaks, just have been lazy to take it in.

      8.) The horn broke

      9.) Two window regulators failed and have been repalced

      10.) And now you can apparently break into one easily.

      *BUT* I would buy another one in a heartbeat!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Peugeot sold cars in the US until mid 1992. Unfortunately, the models sold in the US pretty much sucked, mainly because they were retrofitted from the European models to meet US emissions and safety standards, instead of being designed to meet those standards from the start.
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