Batten Down the Hatch - 2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: Batten Down the Hatch

September 4, 2012

It seems that our Mazda 3's hatch doesn't want to close all the time. The first time I received the "Trunk Open" warning, I gave the hatch a good open and slam, but I saw that it rebounded off the weather stripping ever so slightly. Absent was any sort of a clunk to let me know it was secure. Instead, it was an airy "whoomp."

Alright, fine.

I opened the hatch again and tired the gentle approach. Still, no clunk, only a whoomp. I made sure there was nothing blocking the latches and tried again. Whoomp.


Finally, I tried letting the hatch close on pretty much its own weight. Clunk. Success!
This happened a few times over the last couple of days, so I'm guessing it's due for some sort of inspection.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 14,726 miles

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