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According to Reuters, Mazda is preparing to announce a recall that could affect any Mazda3 built between January 2008 and July 2010. The recall has been issued because of an electronic glitch keeps the windshield wipers from working properly. So far no accidents have been reported that relate to this defect.

Approximately 494,500 cars fall under the umbrella of this recall. In North America, the total number of vehicles potentially affected is 157,700. If you own a Mazda3 built within this time period, perhaps it's time for you to stock up on Rain-X until you can bring the car into your local dealer to have the issue repaired...


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      jessesrq
      • 3 Years Ago
      Manufacturers issue recalls for so many little issues now that would previously have been covered with TSBs. I guess the fear of litigation is worth the negative press. No problem with the wipers on my 3. In fact, the rain sensor works much better on this than my previous MB C230. On that car bright sunlight would set off the sensor.
      Pat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bought a Mazda 5 in fall 2009! Worse car that I've ever had! 5 times in for warranty work + 1x recall! Rear suspension blown, brake discs almost at end of life, 4 OEM tires bald! Rust on 2 body panels What's the mileage you ask? 37,000km! And forget about service! They'll do everything but take ownership! Zoom Zoom ... that's how fast I'll leave as soon as I've paid off depreciation!
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pat
        @ Pat Don't need to. Go on any of the forums, it isn't a problem.
        jdhegnes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pat
        It sounds like you bought a used car or a demo. These things, except for the tires, don't happen to any brand of car in that period f time. And just what is a "blown" suspension? Tires blow out, not suspensions, unless you have an old Lincoln. It sounds like you need to become much more informed about cars. Mazda builds great, reliable cars. They are, however, absolutely cheap about honoring their warranty obligations.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pat
        Sure thing, buddy. Tires are a wear item, as are brakes. Blown suspension as well? Maybe you drive too hard. I've had 0 issues with the multiple Mazda vehicles I've had. Your story doesn't add up given the mileage and issues.
        Bamboo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pat
        I don't know about the rest of your problems, but I will agree about the OEM tires. We leased a Mazda3, and the tires wore down really quicky, even with rotating properly. We turned it in at the end of the 2 year lease with 20k miles, and the guy in the shop was like "wow, you didn't have to buy new tires? they usually only last till about 15,000 miles...." I can't believe a company would put such crap tires on their product. And to top it off, they were so loud when you drove even on a smooth road you had to really speak up to hear someone talking in the car. And turn the radio up to hear over the hum of the tires.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Bamboo
          Many manufacturers spec their tires with a low tread life to boost performance. That is the tradeoff you get when you purchase a vehicle that is designed to perform well as the Mazda3 does. Purchase a Corolla with a 500 tread wear rating if you are worried about the tires lasting a long time. You'll thank Mazda the first time you panic stop and not have an accident by sliding into the vehicle infront of you.
        Pat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pat
        @ Nightflight, Google those topics before judging passing judgement on my driving style!
      Intake
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see no reason why it should still be smiling...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      What exactly is a wiper glitch? Also, did GM ever recall their wipers from the late 90's buicks/pontiacs? Those things were notorious for unscrewing the bolt that holds the wiper in place while functioning. I replaced that damn thing 3 times and finally got rid of the car after my driver side wiper stopped working in a snowstorm.
        Diggz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        yes.. ive seen plenty of Chevy Impalas/Monte Carlo/Ventures and Pontiac GrandPrix and Buicks.. i always wondered how they drove if it rain or snow'd
      C.J.
      • 3 Years Ago
      1.5 yrs ago the wiper motor went to crap on my 2008 mazdaspeed 3. It went out at night, in pouring rain, and 30 miles away from home. Scariest drive home ever. I wonder if it was the same glitch.
      David Ringgold Lardn
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm...I've had the same issue with my 2010 Mazda5.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time to turn that smile upside down.
      TheCheat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have an '08 Mazda3 iTouring and so far, I've been very happy with it. I noticed soon after I got it, though, that there was an issue with the windshield wipers. My left wiper kept coming within millimeters of my right one, until my left wiper finally hit the right one in the middle of a storm and flipped upside down. I had to pull over on the side of the highway and wait for the storm to pass. I was a bit freaked out by the whole thing. I tried putting the wiper back in its proper place, but it happened about 3 or 4 more times before the recall. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I attributed this to a mechanical glitch, but oddly enough, the repair they did for this recall (which was for an electrical problem) appears to have done the trick. I don't know if they also adjusted the alignment of the wipers (maybe the mechanics noticed something that seemed off), but I'm glad that it got fixed. Besides this issue, my car has been wonderful. It's really fun to drive, and it has a lot of features that come standard. So no regrets here- I am a very happy Mazda customer!
      Dave Ward
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh I forgot to say for the motor support problem it is a mazda 3 2012
      WheelMcCoy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some more information from Consumer Reports: http://news.consumerreports.org//2011/06/recall-2008-mazda3axela-cars-due-to-windshield-wiper-issue.html Evidently, an oxide film can develop around the wiper motor's ground wire and cause a loss of contact. Although it affects parts shipped as recently as July 2010, CR says the recall affects the 2008 year of the Mazda3. I suppose newer cars haven't had enough time to form an oxide layer, so we'll probably hear about this 2 years later.
      SheldonRoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      I assume this also applies to my Mazdaspeed3?
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