"I bought this car because it was cheap and looks good. The tricky part is the mileage of the car 101000. The reason is that you need to change a lot to make it run smooth. I have done with transmission oil and coolant system, not yet with fuel deposit, it may not be necessary. The car has poor interior with noisy parts when moving around. Chairs are not really comfortable. On the highway, it was less balance."
Pros: "Fun to drive, reliable, smooth drive, nice styling"
Cons: "Burns through a little oil, rusts easily"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought my 04 V6 5 speed manual at 130,000 miles. This one's fully loaded with every option. And this car is something else. It really is a drivers car; the perfect smooth shifting, the continuous availability of power all throughout the rev range (V6 at least), smooth drivability, and reliability, I have such a hard time even trying to compare most new vehicles that I've driven with my 6s. I've only had to do routine maintenance. Actual parts replace in the 26,000 miles I've had this car: lower engine mount and front lower control arm. For the time this car was made, the design to me is flawless. People continue to ask me if it's a newer car only for them to be shocked when they find out it's 12 years old. If this car did not have the typical surface rust build up under the rear wheel wells (I try to keep it under control but Michigan winters...), this car would exceed the shine it has. For how sporty I continue to drive it, it never ceases to amaze me in the characteristics I listed above."
"This is a driver's car, as close to the ultimate driving machine as you can get, at any price. I leased it, then bought it at the end of the lease I loved it so much. With Ford owning 33% of Mazda at the time, a sophisticated solid lifter 4-cam V-6 and a silky smooth 6-speed automatic both built at Ford Motor Company plants in Ohio and with final assembly in a joint Ford/Mazda assembly plant in Michigan, it felt good to own as a Ford employee. Driving this car is a joy. Driving dynamics are tuned to perfection, acceleration is exhilarating at any speed, and the engine sound produces an adrenaline rush. The transmission shift quality has finesse ahead of it's time. It will upshift if you just think about it. It will hold speed on a downgrade by automatically downshifting just by lifting off the gas. After 9 years and 75,000 miles, I can't bear to replace this beautiful sporty sedan."
"I have had this car since 2008, I bought it used with about 20K miles. It is at 100K and it runs great. No issues with engine nor transmission (it's automatic). Unfortunately it is already showing some rust in wheel bases (mostly rear driver's side) and some discoloration of plastic moldings on outside.
I do hope it'll run another 100K as I hate shopping for cars."
"I love the look of the car. The fog lights are a nice touch. Plus the black interior with the dark orange, back-lit instrument display, reminds me of a BMW or an Audi. Cruising at highway speeds is possibly my favorite feel. The E-type multi-link suspension makes you feel like your floating. When you want to drive fast you can do so comfortably. The handling is quick and responsive and you feel everything on the road through your fingers on the wheel. Best part? Buying it wont break your bank account.
Drawbacks: low-end torque and transmission response at 1st gear is a little disappointing. Lastly, the seats are pretty uncomfortable on long trips (I've done several 300mile roadtrips--always fun)...and I do wish the seats were better.
Even with the drawbacks: I love this car and still love driving it 4 years after purchase."
"I bought this vehicle used with around 100K miles and I have driven it to nearly 200K. It only gave me issues with the alternator and I believe that is because a custom cd player was installed and the wiring was not done correctly. Other than that it took me through last few years of college in NY and through a daily 60+ Mile (roundtrip) commute for over 4 years with no major complaints. The interior wasn't as rugged and durable as I would have liked but I am rough on my cars so I should have known better. Great overall"