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2018-19 Mazda CX-5, Mazda 6 & 2019 Mazda 3 recalled

Mazda Australia has recalled the 2018-19 CX-5 and Mazda 6, and the 2019 Mazda 3, over concerns about the powertrain control module. According to the company, the software controlling the cylinder deactivation function mightn't operate correctly, and could make an intake valve rocker arm move out of position, putting it at risk of making contact with 'other internal engine parts'...

2019 Mazda 3 recalled

The 2019 Mazda 3 has been recalled over concerns about the wheel studs. According to the company, the wheel studs may not have been fully seated during manufacture, leaving a small gap between the studs and hub assembly. Continued use could make the nuts come loose, or knock and clunk. Mazda says the stability of the car could be affected, increasing the risk of accident...

2019 Mazda 3 recalled

The new 'BP' Mazda 3 has been recalled over an issue with its seat belt and front passenger indicator lamps. According to Mazda, the seatbelt indicator and front passenger airbag deactivation lamps mightn't work correctly. The former could turn off when the seatbelts aren't fastened, the latter may turn off when the passenger airbag isn't active...

ANCAP: Mazda 3, Evoque, RAV4, Touareg, UX get 5 star ratings

Independent crash testing firm, ANCAP, has released its latest round of safety scores this week, with several new models getting the full five stars. Among these were the Lexus UX, Mazda 3, Range Rover Evoque, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Touareg...

2019 Mazda 3 sedan pricing and specs

The new-generation Mazda 3 sedan has hit Australian showrooms, priced from the same $24,990 entry point as its hatchback twin. Apart from the obvious design differences, the sedan-bodied 3 gets a much larger 444-litre boot (the hatch offers 295L), which is also up 34L on the previous-generation sedan...

Mazda 3 turbo hot hatch percolating

The odds of a turbocharged Mazda 3 hot hatch returning to the fold in the near future remain long, but the company’s over-performing Australian division strongly supports the cause. Given the new generation Mazda 3 hatch is unashamedly a design-led model, sacrificing interior space to give you a coupe-like look and feel, a reborn MPS-type offer seems an obvious addition...

CarAdvice podcast 152: Taking a ride in the 2019 Mazda 3 hatch

This week Mandy Turner is in Sydney with Curt Dupriez and Sam Purcell for the hatchback mega test! A bonus podcast is available below this article or on your podcast apps. In car news, the Honda Civic Type R has broken a Bathurst record, 2019 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specs have been released, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been introduced by Toyota in Australia, and Lamborghini has restored the Muira from The Italian Job...

2015-17 Mazda 3 recalled

Mazda Australia has issued a recall for its previous-generation 'BM' and 'BN' 3 small car from the 2015 to 2017 model years, over concerns the windscreen wipers could stop working. The Japanese manufacturer reports affected units could have a defective relay within the Front Body Control Module (F-BCM), which could cause the windscreen wipers to "become inoperative"...

Mazda 3 hot hatch in the works - report

Kota Beppu, program manager for the Mazda 3, has confirmed he is interested in creating a "hyper" version of the popular small car. He told Autocar there was interest in the vehicle from Mazda's US, Japan and Australian arms, but cautioned the project had yet to be signed off. Unnamed insiders have told the magazine approval for the new variant is virtually a certainty...

CarAdvice podcast 148: Osher Gunsberg and his love for EVs

This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and James Wong. In car news, the Ford Fiesta ST and Focus Active have been delayed, Carlos Ghosn says his arrest was part of a 'conspiracy', the Kia Stinger has joined the NT Police fleet, and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 has been revealed...

CarAdvice podcast 141: We drive the Ford Falcon Holy Grail!

This week Mandy Turner is in Sydney for the EV mega test – listen out for the EV podcast special! – and is joined on the panel by Trent Nikolic and Tony Crawford. Geza emailed us at podcast@caradvice.com to ask if he should chip tune his 2014 Kia Rondo, used to haul the family and a camper trailer...