"Bought my Speed6 in 06. Believe that was the only year they made them. AWD and a 275hp turbo charged engine. What more is there to say? The car handles great, has awesome acceleration, it's roomy, huge trunk, great seats (cloth), etc. etc.
Mechanically the car is great. At 50000 is the only time I spent over $150 on anything. Other than that, it was pretty much just oil changes (and a minor thing or two). I was really kind of shocked. The only complaint I do have about the engine is the turbo charger seems to "cough" a bit during acceleration (sometimes). It's not a lag, of which there really isn't much of one (surprising again). But after the normal "intro" lag, as the turbo kicks in, then it starts to hesitate or "cough," which robs a bit of performance until it's done. Doesn't happen all the time, but it happens. Other than that, I've been really pleased with the performance.
Gas mileage is ok. Average between 20-25, but it needs high octane because of the turbo. And the car came with summer tires so you really needed a second set. Summers didn't cut it in the snow. But the Winters practically turned it into a tank. Incredible grip. Never had Winter tires before... always all season. These made a huge difference. And, hey, two sets last twice as long. But the Winter tires cut into the gas mileage. I'd say about 30 miles a tankful.
Overall, you really couldn't ask for more from a car. Sure there are few, minor things that might irk you over the years of owning a car, but for performance, reliability, looks and safety (dual-front airbags, front and back side curtain airbags, front seat side airbags and ABS), there's not much more you can do. Thought the price was a bit much when I bought it, but I'm happy with the purchase.
It's too bad Mazda didn't continue this line for the 6 Series. This is a tremendous car."
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