It does in that this car only had about 4k miles on it when this strange rattle appeared. It sounds like metal rattling. Something sounds broken to me. It does effect reliability in that something wasn't built correctly from the start. I traded in a hyundai santa fe with 130k and never heard a creak, rattle or anything in that car. Best car I've ever owned. If it wasn't for the gas mileage I'd still be driving it. If this rattle is a known issue with Mazda 3s then Mazda should fix the issue. From the designing stage to it actually being built there is a flaw somewhere in the design to hear a noise like this. If this developed at say 100k miles it might be slightly more acceptable, but not at 4k. It was practically brand new when it appeared. And now over 3k later it is still doing it. This is just poor craftsmanship.I dont see how a rattle counts as reliability
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It's the Internet. Did you come in here and expect rational thought?wait, so because you have some rattling because of a broken ballast in your tank, and because it has happened to other mazdas, the whole car is terrible and the whole company is terrible and you will never buy from them again?
good luck with other companies as well buddy
I have that same engine/transmission mount noise also, but only when it is cold. Brought it to the dealer and I couldnt replicate because it was too warm out.I have this same noise. You really have to listen for it though. Sounds like light metal tinking/clanking/small metal tapping. I have a bigger noise in my transmission/engine mount area when its cold/first start of the day, then it goes away. I also have many dashboard noises, but I still like the car as I know other manufactures have glitches..etc. I did however solve my small noise problems on my car.. I turned on VAN HALEN and cranked the nice stereo it has! problem solved.