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I have had to replace 3 tires in 4 months that I have owned my new 2019 Mazda 3 preferred model, and all on the driver front. All of it happened on New Jersey major highways with one time we know we hit a pothole. Perhaps the Toyo tires that come from Mazda or the profile size are a bad selection. I like the car but I just don't see how I can spend over $200 and 4-8 hours every month. I have owned and driven many different cars over 40 years on the same roads and never had a blowout. The dealers advise me that I can not use non-low-profile tires, even with RIM change, so I don't know what to do, except to get rid of the car. I am never buying a Mazda or any other car with low profile tire again.

Anyone have similar issue or any advice?

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I drive the NJ turnpike from the Delaware bridge to Piscataway 8 times a month. I've been fortunate so far. But, turnpike isn't bad. I295 and the GSP are a whole different story. That gas tax was supposed to pay for renovations to those roads.
 

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I was thinking similar, but changing the aspect ratio, not width. Going from 215/45 18 to 215/50 18.
From looking at tire specs, the new diameter would only be an inch or so bigger, and an online calculator shows the speedometer would only be 2mph off at like 70mph. I could live with that.
Figuring even that minor 1-2 inches in sidewall might help. Tire Rack shows a fewer options in that size however, so manufacturer choices are a bit more limited. I don't know if it would be noticable in ride/handling.
 

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Without knowing what actually caused the flat tires, there is no answer. You can't blame the car if you can't avoid potholes... The car is designed to use the rims and tires that were on it when you bought it. Many hundreds of thousands of people drive on these types of tires every day without issue. How is it possible that "you" aren't able use low profile tires?
The other question is did you not get the road hazard warranty on the tires when you bought the car? This is why the dealers provide this service......
Meant to reply earlier but here goes… Arathol the dealers provide this “service” to make money! That occasionally one can retrospectively decide that they should’ve gotten a extended warrantee or a protection plan like this is rare. It is usually a wise decision to forgo that after sale stuff which is generally known as overpriced insurance. I suppose that if you buy this insurance all the time every once in a while it will end up being the right decision.
 

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Meant to reply earlier but here goes… Arathol the dealers provide this “service” to make money! That occasionally one can retrospectively decide that they should’ve gotten a extended warrantee or a protection plan like this is rare. It is usually a wise decision to forgo that after sale stuff which is generally known as overpriced insurance. I suppose that if you buy this insurance all the time every once in a while it will end up being the right decision.
Yeah, I know that....but if you live in a place such as New Jersey where you know the roads are terrible the warranty is not a bad thing.....I think it was $500 when I bought my car. Not a lot of money compared to having to replace 3 or 4 tires and maybe a rim or two if the potholes on the Turnpike are bad enough.
 

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Im in Toronto and im on 16" in the winter and summer on 17' ... I do run very good rubber for both. Summer only only for summer and an excellent winter rubber for the low low temp traction.
 

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Yeah, I know that....but if you live in a place such as New Jersey where you know the roads are terrible the warranty is not a bad thing.....I think it was $500 when I bought my car. Not a lot of money compared to having to replace 3 or 4 tires and maybe a rim or two if the potholes on the Turnpike are bad enough.
Just wondering, because actuaries always determine the cost of such insurance is with an eye toward profit, whether or not that warranty is limited... I’ve gone through three tires and one rim at a cost of about $1100. I wonder if they would’ve covered all of that and more going forward. Also, despite living on Long Island where the parkways are a mess, I never would have considered need for such a warranty as over hundreds of thousands of miles in 50 years of driving the same roads, nor was I offered one. I have never had a pothole puncture or rim damage. These 18 inch Toyos are a nasty revelation.
 

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In January, I hit a large pothole and it caused the OEM Toyo front left tire of my 2019 Mazda 3 hatch to bubble up (see pic attached). I replaced it with a replacement Toyo tire - same as OEM. Also, I checked the tire pressure for the first time since I got the car in March 2019 and all 4 tires were overinflated, ranging from 38 to 42. So I deflated all of them to the recommended pressure of 36. From this point, all was going to be fine with the tires. Earlier this month, the Toyo front right tire went flat from a puncture (attached). Perhaps deflating the tires from their overinflated state could have played a role in getting a puncture more easily? Anyways, I had had enough of Toyo tires as this point. So I replaced all of them at Costco with 18" 215/45 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S3+ for $750, including installation. This was on recommendation of the manager of the tire department, who mentioned the Toyo tires were crap. So hopefully, no more issues with tires on the Mazda 3 hatch!
 

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Try reading a little more carefully next time.....
The dealer is telling this guy he can't use low profile tires when many thousands of people do it every day. Why do you find it such a problem to ask the reason for this?
Does everybody in New Jersey get flat tires on a monthly basis? If they do, are the cars to blame? The Turnpike must be lined with disabled cars on a daily basis...... :rolleyes:
Would you get rid of your car just because you got a flat tire? If you know the roads are that bad, you need to be a bit more attentive and make a concerted effort to avoid potholes and such.
Actually, Mr. Arathol, I drive a Mazda 3 Select with 17 inch rims and low profile tires. I live in New Jersey. I drive the NJ Turnpike regularly. I've had my car for less than 22 months and I'm on my 10th Toyo tire replacement. I suppose we can call that bi-monthly? And my car has only 12,500 miles. Imagine if I drove 10-15k a year?

There is no avoiding potholes on a dark road at 50-55 MPH. There is no avoiding potholes at other speeds when you drive in trafficky and narrow lanes. Swirving would have you hitting another car.

It's a bad design. My friends always comment on how hard the car takes bumps, regardless of tire pressure. The end of this lease can't come soon enough.
 

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Actually, Mr. Arathol, I drive a Mazda 3 Select with 17 inch rims and low profile tires. I live in New Jersey. I drive the NJ Turnpike regularly. I've had my car for less than 22 months and I'm on my 10th Toyo tire replacement. I suppose we can call that bi-monthly? And my car has only 12,500 miles. Imagine if I drove 10-15k a year?

It's a bad design. My friends always comment on how hard the car takes bumps, regardless of tire pressure. The end of this lease can't come soon enough.
There must be something else going on with your tires but I don’t know what. I drive the Baltimore streets and have not had a flat with either my 2019 Mazda3 Preferred or my 2015 Mazda3 Touring. While I try to avoid them, I have hit a few massive potholes. One so bad I thought I hit something. No tire or rim damage.
 

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I have had to replace 3 tires in 4 months that I have owned my new 2019 Mazda 3 preferred model, and all on the driver front. All of it happened on New Jersey major highways with one time we know we hit a pothole. Perhaps the Toyo tires that come from Mazda or the profile size are a bad selection. I like the car but I just don't see how I can spend over $200 and 4-8 hours every month. I have owned and driven many different cars over 40 years on the same roads and never had a blowout. The dealers advise me that I can not use non-low-profile tires, even with RIM change, so I don't know what to do, except to get rid of the car. I am never buying a Mazda or any other car with low profile tire again.

Anyone have similar issue or any advice?

Thanks.
I have replaced all four Toyo tires on my Mazda 3 over the last 3 or 4 months due to bubbles caused by potholes. I have lived in the same town and driven the same exact roads for 30 years without EVER having this happen. And today, despite my EXTREMELY careful driving to avoid potholes, I did hit a small one the other day and I see it caused a bubble. Mazda never warned me about the hazards of getting low profile tires (I bought a car with wheels--there was no discussion about tires ever.) And there is NO road hazard warrantee on the tires that come with the car! I call BULLSHIT! Mazda should be responsible for this! Class action suit, anyone?
 

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There must be something else going on with your tires but I don’t know what. I drive the Baltimore streets and have not had a flat with either my 2019 Mazda3 Preferred or my 2015 Mazda3 Touring. While I try to avoid them, I have hit a few massive potholes. One so bad I thought I hit something. No tire or rim damage.
Good for you -- but it's a BIG problem and there's nothing "going on" with the tires.
 

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I have had to replace 3 tires in 4 months that I have owned my new 2019 Mazda 3 preferred model, and all on the driver front. All of it happened on New Jersey major highways with one time we know we hit a pothole. Perhaps the Toyo tires that come from Mazda or the profile size are a bad selection. I like the car but I just don't see how I can spend over $200 and 4-8 hours every month. I have owned and driven many different cars over 40 years on the same roads and never had a blowout. The dealers advise me that I can not use non-low-profile tires, even with RIM change, so I don't know what to do, except to get rid of the car. I am never buying a Mazda or any other car with low profile tire again.

Anyone have similar issue or any advice?

Thanks.
 

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Is it crazy of me to expect that driving on normal (bad and good) suburban roads should not damage your tires and rims? In my almost 50 years of driving, I have never had a single bubble in my tire. My 2019 Mazda 3 preferred has cost me 4 new Toyo tires in 4 months. But I guess that's my fault for thinking I could drive on typical roads... My rims look like crap and I'm now going to have to replace a 5th tire... I have had a few near accidents trying to avoid potholes while other cars just drove right over them. I don't buy the low profile crap. The car should come with a GD warning!!!!! I may in fact put a sign on my car that says "Don't buy this unless you drive on clouds."
 

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And besides the cost of new tires, I will also say that it was hard to find the tires I needed! Mazda knowingly let me drive on one donut and one tire with a bubble for over a week--very dangerous--and would not give me a loaner. In the end, I found the tires myself at another dealer (I guess THEY couldn't do that?) I'm nauseated over the whole thing.
 

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And besides the cost of new tires, I will also say that it was hard to find the tires I needed! Mazda knowingly let me drive on one donut and one tire with a bubble for over a week--very dangerous--and would not give me a loaner. In the end, I found the tires myself at another dealer (I guess THEY couldn't do that?) I'm nauseated over the whole thing.
But if you think the Toyo's are crap, why would you replace them with more of the same? I've heard great things with people going just one size bigger (225/45R18)...that extra smidge of sidewall makes a difference. I did it myself, but I've yet to hit a pothole on the new tires...they do ride better and handle better on my 3rd gen car however.
 

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I can't blame Mazda for going along with the trendy notion that less sidewall rubber is more gooder.

They need to sell cars, and all the kool kids like the gooder tires.

Old-fuddy me, I like a little meat on the bones. A 16-inch tire with lots of sidewall is my recipe for beating potholes. Let 'em laugh at my fatsos.
 

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But if you think the Toyo's are crap, why would you replace them with more of the same? I've heard great things with people going just one size bigger (225/45R18)...that extra smidge of sidewall makes a difference. I did it myself, but I've yet to hit a pothole on the new tires...they do ride better and handle better on my 3rd gen car however.
To go bigger you have to get new wheels. I'm retired, on a fixed income, so that doesn't work. I couldn't get different low profiles because I replaced them two at a time because of the timing of the incidents.
 

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I had some similar issue with the oem toyo. Getiing vibration from a Flat spot and took a while for them get replaced because its not a Mazda made component and have to deal with the tire manufacturers thru mazda or directly. Tires chosen to be on the car was for the consideration on achieving best MPG results & EPA and that is usually lowest rolling resistance , a lighter all around tire (sidewalls) etc.
Take all that into account .. tire is not made to take a beating from bumps. When i switched from OEM Toyo to a High Performance Summer tire ...huge difference in the feel and performance.
 

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To go bigger you have to get new wheels. I'm retired, on a fixed income, so that doesn't work. I couldn't get different low profiles because I replaced them two at a time because of the timing of the incidents.
Who told you that you need different wheels? 225s will fit just fine on the OEM rims. A bit wider (215 to 225) won't make any big differences to the average person except they will ride better and absorb impacts better. All you really need to do is get better tires.....If you had bothered to read up on this there are many posts and threads here about how bad the OEM tires are.
 
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