Mazda is known for producing fun, well performing vehicles for a reasonable price. The Mazda CX-3, with its taut handling and bold styling, continues to uphold the brand’s reputation. But every vehicle can have mechanical problems at some time. Let’s look at how much it costs to repair some common CX-3 problems.

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Alternator Woes

If you notice the interior lights or headlights of your CX-3 are dim, it might be due to a failed alternator. The car might also have trouble starting, or not start at all. Once you confirm the battery and charging system are healthy, then you can be pretty sure the alternator needs to be replaced.

Replacing the Mazda CX-3 alternator will cost you around $400 to $650. The cost of labor for this job is $150 to $200.

Check Engine Light

This worrisome little light is also known as the Service Engine Soon (SES) or Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL). It typically appears to indicate a problem with the emissions system, like a failed oxygen sensor for example.

You might also notice that the engine runs rough or won’t start. Even if your CX-3 appears to be running normally, get it checked out before you damage the catalytic converter. The cost of a check engine light diagnosis is around $100.

Broken AC Compressor

If you notice your AC doesn’t produce cold, or makes a lot of noise, the AC compressor might be broken. You might also see signs of oil or refrigerant leaking. Don’t use the AC until you get this fixed as other components can get damaged with continued use.

AC compressor repair for the Mazda CX-3 can run as high as $1,360. The labor costs are around $150.

Fuel Pump Out

If you’ve just filled your CX-3 gas tank and it runs like it’s low on gas, it’s probably the fuel pump. Other symptoms can be poor starting, loss of power, or frequent stalling. Be sure the fuel filter isn’t clogged as this can cause similar symptoms and is much less expensive.

Fuel pump replacement on the CX-3 can cost up to $1,000. Meanwhile a fuel filter change will cost you no more than $150, parts and labor.

Head Gasket

The head gasket usually fails due to overheating, high mileage, or age. Symptoms can be subtle, such as rough engine performance when first starting. This is especially noticeable after the vehicle has been shut off for several hours. There can also be a leak of engine coolant into the oil, which makes the oil look milky. Failed head gaskets can also cause sweet smelling, white exhaust.

Head gasket repair can be expensive with costs ranging from $1,200 to $1,600. This repair is labor intensive, and the cost of labor alone is around $1,300.

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As the leading auto warranty provider, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Mazda CX-3 repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by RepairPal, a CARCHEX partner. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data.

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Published in Car Repair Cost by CARCHEX on November 30, 2015