• Apr 18th 2010 at 10:34AM
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Mazda is reportedly looking to issue a recall of the popular Mazda3 compact in its European and Asian markets. According to Automotive News, the carmaker has filed a report with the Japanese transport ministry stating that driving on rough roads for an extended period of time can cause the car's oil hose to rub against the radiator's protective panel. This can cause oil to leak if the hose is worn down. Worst case scenario, Mazda says, is that the car will simply be unable to start.

This recall will only affect 89,822 Axela models (the Mazda3's name in Asian markets) in Japan and China, and an additional 191,503 units sold throughout Europe. The United States is off the hook this time, though, since the recall only covers vehicles fitted with an engine that's unavailable in the U.S. Mazda is currently deciding how to repair this problem in all markets and plans to issue the official recall in the near future.

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[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      A recall is nothing to smile about, you stupid grinning car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is any US MZ3/MS3 drivers still scared about driving their car even though we're not affected by this recall?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess the good thing that came out of the Toyota fracas is that no auto maker can lag in their recall decisions, I say that's good for the consumer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      On my 2nd Mazda3, great car and a blast to drive. Yes it has a stiff suspension but that is more than made up for in how great the handling is. If you like a smooth soft ride, don't get one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had a 2006 Mazda3 5 door with all the bells and whistles. Sold it, now I'm smiling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did you just knock frameless windows on a Scooby???? FO SHAME.

        All comparisons aside, you will find more features in the Mazda, and the ride/noise problem is more an issue of the tires. The stock Eagle RS-A's (17 inch, 2004-2009) SUCK. Slap some Dunlop Sport Signatures on there (if you need all seasons) and it'll make a world of difference.
        Plus get the rear sway bar links checked. They tend to loosen up and clunk.
        And ferchristsake spend ~$20 on the correct oil filter wrench or take it to the dealer for oil changes.
        Oh, and expect better mileage and quicker acceleration at the loss of great winter traction.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I replaced an 05 Impreza with an 06 Mazda3. The 3 was more refined and more comfortable, and despite a complaint that the 1st gen crowded the drivers right leg, it was still more roomy than an Impreza. The Mazda3 is an excellent car, but a lot of ppl tend to to compare it in reference to far more expensive cars, so sometimes I think the complaints are unfair.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What didn't you like about it? I'm curious because I'm thinking about replacing my '02 Impreza hatch with a 2007-2009 Mazda3 5-door.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for the comments everyone, I appreciate it. I doubt the Mazda3 will be any louder than the Impreza (which has frameless windows, of all things).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shame you didn't like your 3. My parents bought me a 2010 mazda 3 touring as my first car (was using my dads old 1988 Mercedes E desiel (D300) before, loved that car) and I gotta say it is a very fun car to drive. Sure its suspention is a little stiffer then most cars in its class, but it makes up for it with great handling and good performance (in its class). Overall this is the new car I would pick again and again in its price range (around $20000). As for road noise, I dont really notice it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have an '07 3 Sedan, and he's not entirely wrong. There is quite a bit of road noise at highway speeds though I would say ride comfort depends more on tire pressure and previous cars. I've never been that disappointed with the ride comfort.

        Take it for a test drive and try to get a good variety of roads if you're concerned about it. The rest of the car has more than made up for the wind noise at high speeds, in my opinion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are way too many mazda 3's right here in Israel, horrible car imo.

      Crowded, cheap interior, very rough, a lot of noise coming from the tyres, the engine noise at high rev is just torture on the ears.

      They are supposed to be reliable, but that is no surprise, simple engine, simple gearboxes, rough suspension, poor brakes... what is there to get broken?

      For anyone to prefer them for just their reliability is just plain insanity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whenever I see those cars the phrase "Turn that smile, upside down" comes to mind. Would look quite a bit better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah, it's too busy saying "YAY!!! I'm not quite a Toyota!!!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds more like a TSB than a recall to me
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is oil being routed outside the engine? Are we talking about a diesel? I wonder if they have a small displacement engine that uses an external oil cooler or something.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1.6 liter Petrol. 1.6 a 2.2 liter diesels are not available in Japan. Hence, it needs to ne 1.6 liter petrol.
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