"I'm at the end of my MS 2006 lease and seriously struggling with buying the speed vs. leasing a new car. Other cars I'm reviewing are 2010 BMW 328xi (6 spd), Acura TL AWD (6 spd) and Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited. Truth be told, I'm not in love with any of the other cars. This Mazda has been extremely reliable, decent on gas, and with turbo spooling at full tilt, a genuine stealth BMW fighter. I was literally racing a 2006 M3 on the way home tonight and keeping up nicely (I think I shocked the heck out of the driver). It handles really well, is good in the snow and genuinely fun to drive....think I've just made my decision."
"I just bought this little car 2 weeks ago after researching MANY cars on the internet and test driving many more. It seems to have a great consumer rating for reliabilty and value.
After being in a "mom minivan" for 10 years, this is my gift for myself and I absolutely love this little car!!! It is comfortable, is great on gas, has great power for a 4 cylinder, and all of the bells and whistles you need."
"first brand new car i've owned. overall pleased with the car.currently on my third set of tires with 69,000 miles on the car.the only maintenance done was replacing the thermostat. replaced the battery once. in the process of fixing the headliner. just bought a 09 grand touring."
"I was researching current value of my '03 6i 5 speed 4 cyl. and thought I'd review my car while here. I bought this car new and have had it 6 years now and have put 67,000 miles on it. It's been a great car. Very reliable, looks great, fun to drive, and economical - I get right on the EPA estimate of 25 city 32 highway. There have been no defects or major repairs of any kind, other than tires, battery and brakes. I've been pretty good about following recommended maintenance but more so from owners manual than dealer, who will try to get you to do more. Only negative was snow traction wasn't very good. I attributed to combination of lighter 4 cylinder and fairly large tires on cars today. I don't think this is unique to my car. After 3 consecutive snowy Iowa winters I finally put on a set of four dedicated winter tires (General Ultimax Arctic) and boy what a difference. Huge difference. Went from nervous white nuckle driving to complete confidence in deep snow and even ice. Have to force myself to slow down because I found myself zipping in between all the other drivers who were struggling like I used to. I Kept the snows on the original alloys and just bought a new set of 17's with new summer performance tires, so I'm planning on keeping this car several more years after investing $1,300 between the new snows and new wheels and summer performance tires. I keep the car clean and waxed and after 6 years it still looks new and continues to turn heads. This is my 3rd Mazda (also currently own a '02 Tribute and had an '89 626) and I will definitely consider buying another Mazda when the time comes. I like Mazda because they're reliable, a good value, and not as common as Toyota's and Honda's or even Nissan, who also make fine cars, but I just don't want to share the road with a million other like vehicles."
"I am 17 years old and this is my second car I've had in less than a year. My first was a Jetta which looked nice except everything went wrong with. So i traded it in on a 2004 Mazda 6i 2.3 liter with 86000 miles on it. In my opinion, this was the best car for me in the world. The car gets 18 mpg for me, I drive aggressively and like to punch the gas a lot and i drive many hills each day. The car is very reliable, right now it has over 88k on it and nothing needed replaced other than normal things. One little complaint I have is that sometimes my one belt makes a lot of noise and sounds like rattling from under my hood. Theres nothing wrong with it, it just can get annoying. The 4 cylinder is mazda unlike the 6 cylinder which is ford. The 4 cylinder does have power, it just may take a little bit longer than the 6 cyl to get up to speed. I have the alloy rims, sunroof, wing, everything a teen could want, including an AMAZING sound system. Bose is great and really packs a punch. I love this car and will buy again."
"Overall, the Mazda6S is a very fun and great handling car. It is performance oriented car and a decent value. It handles pedestrian duties like grocery shopping with ease and can carve up a canyon road on the weekends.
First off, I am an enthusiast driver thus my review is skewed toward trading performance over comfort.
Performance: My favorite part. The V6 provides plenty of power for normal driving. I used this car to move and it never disappointed even when completely packed. The 6 speed automatic shifts a bit harsher than expected and the manual shift mode is not very quick to respond to driver inputs. Overall, this is one of the best handling front drive cars I have ever driven. The car responds instantly to steering input and feels stable in corners, at least with the stock tires.
Value: Bought an '06 Grand Touring in '08 and the car has lost little value since then. The folding seats and the hatchback model offers a lot of room for transporting a lot of stuff. Gas mileage is a bit below average for this segment, but it is a tradeoff for performance. Also, the consider the future cost of 18" tires versus the much cheaper 17" when it comes time to replace them.
Reliability: I have had no maintenance issues with the car. I would do my own maintenance, but all that the car needed has been oil changes.
Quality: As a new car, the interior seems below average compared to its competitors. The materials aren't as nice to the touch and many of the buttons don't give great tactile feedback when pressing them. But as a used car, they are quite good at other vehicles selling for the same price. the only feature not working on my car is the lumbar adjustment on the driver's seat. I have a small issue with paint on the plastic bumper covers. It is uneven and has an orange peel texture that would be unacceptable at my plant. May have been repaired, but I do not have records.
Style: I am in the demographic directly targeted for this car, so I feel like they have done a good job styling this car. The longer hood is a characteristic of many sports cars and the body has subtl character lines that make it stand out. I have a hatch and that model's profile uses the roofline to maximize rear headroom and provide a massive trunk when needed.
Comfort: Ride comfort is again below its direct competitors, but that's how I would prefer it. It's a tradeoff between performance and comfort, but I cannot comment on how comfortable the 4-cylinder is. The low profile 18" tires help with cornering, but transmit more road noise and bumps than the 17" option. I think it feel sporty, others may take it as unrefined."
"I have a '05 mazda with a 4 cylinder, it has been really good to me. I have a few minor complaints though: the cover for the spark plugs is down by my feet, and will not stay on no matter how careful I am. The air conditioner went out twice, but it was luckily still under warranty, the tires are super expensive to replace once they wear out. It doesn't accelerate from stop very quickly, especially when the air conditioner is on. Other than that, it still runs like the day I bought it, and has 60,000 miles on it."
"Mazda has done an exceptional job on the styling for the Mazda6. It looks like an Acura, has the features of an Audi, and the low cost of a Pontiac.
I admit that the Ford 3.0 V6 in the 6 is a little weak, but the handling still gives the driver a sense of excitement. The turning radius is far better than the 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse I previously owned, as is cornering.
The features that come with a fully loaded Mazda6 are what you would expect in a more expensive vehicle; auto dimming mirror, heated seats, HomeLink, Bose stereo, and telescoping adjustable steering wheel. The backseat is actually decent, considering that the Mazda6 was built on a Ford Focus frame.
The vehicle ride could be improved. Road noise is at a tolerable level, but there are several random rattles and shakes inside the cabin, especially if the stereo is turned up. Also, the door armrest starts to make your arm sore after driving several hours. It might be better to have it higher and softer. Gas mileage is suprisingly low also. I get around 19 city and 25 highway. The RPMs tend to be prematurely high at freeway speeds.
Overall, I have enjoyed the Mazda6 and would consider buying another in the future. I've been on 2 long distance trips with it and it did a great job."
"I've owned this car for 4 1/2 years and it's performed wonderfully. I had some basic warranty repair work done on the interior, I think because I bought the first model year they had some glitches to work out. Other than that I had to get the battery replaced about a year ago, but nothing else. Still very comfortable and runs great. The only thing I don't like is the poor turning radius. Will keep this car for a few more years!"
"hatchbacks not only look great, but allow me to put some very big things in there easily. handling is amazing, but can be quiet and refined if you want to drive mellow. suspension is on the firm side, but absorbs bumps well and I would not conider it harsh but instead well dampened. looks great inside and out. back seat can be a little cramped if front seat passengers are tall. does not have mp3 input, but this can be fixed easily with aftermarket part. handles amazing for a midsize sedan. corners without lots of body roll so it is easy to control. awesome brakes. good visibility."
"Wasn't originally interested in this car, but when I test drove it, the 6 went to the top of my list. The car is great fun to drive. Corners great, plenty of power, especially for passing on the freeways. The seats provide plenty of support. I'm 6' and have plenty of leg room and can find a great driving position. The cargo area is much bigger than you'd expect, especially with the rear seats folded down. Car looks great inside and out. The Bose premium 6 speaker with subwoofer sound system is great. Manual shift mode lots of fun when you want to play boy-racer.
Ride is on the firm side due to the sports suspension. Turning radius is wide like a truck since the transverse V6 eats up some of the wheel wells. Can be sluggish at low RPMs. Steering wheel could be more supple. Some cost cutting evident in the interior materials that feel cheap and insubstantial. Some might wish for better sound proofing. Front seats won't be comfortable for wide bodies. Cargo area liner material not exceptionally durable - get some sort of aftermarket cargo liner. With the premium sound system, the subwoofer is dropped into the spare wheel well, so you only have an "emergency" spare. Cannot attach a trailer hitch unless you're willing to drill holes through the floorboard.
After 39,000 miles, I've only had some minor warranty work done. My Mazda dealer has provided superb service. I've gotten 24 mpg on average in mostly highway driving (though I am lead-footed)."
Cons: "Breaks down to fast after 100k. Expensive parts."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"My Mazda was a fun car when I first got it 2 years ago. I got the car with about 70k miles on it and now have 102k. Pretty much once I hit that 100k mile mark things started to break pretty rapidly. At first it was the Thermostat which is to be expected I was not upset with that. Next I started to hear an engine shaking noise and feel when I put the car into reverse, pretty sure I got that noise figured out that it is a motor mount. Next thing that started happening is my steering gear box is starting to go out, it makes noises when it wants to but not when I want it to to diagnose it. My driver side window lift motor went out and had to replace that. My Key fob never worked since I had it which is only a minor annoyance. I do regular maintenance to the car. There is also a ticking sound coming from the engine which I have only heard once but it sounded almost as if the valves were hitting the piston head which is the most recent thing that has happened with it. Never had a problem with gas, I can usually get around 30 mpg on the freeway heading from Utah to California, about 24 in the city. All the replacement parts are too expensive for their low quality materials they are made from."
"Bought this car used in late 2011, with only 27000 on the Odometer. First 6 months were great. Since then the head liner is separating from the roof. The dash is breaking and the transmission sticks between 5th and 6th gear. Also trans shifts up to 6th gear when going only 30m.p.h. Have had transmission shop service it at recommended intervals and their were no trouble codes. This seems to be a common problem with this transmission(automatic). Also the air conditioning is less than reliable."
Pros: "Good bang for buck and excellent driving dynamics."
Cons: "Engineering lapses leaves room for improvement."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I purchased my 2006 Speed6 new in December 2006 for an excellent price. When these cars were new, they essentially rotted away on dealer lots, as, for one reason or another, Mazda had poor success marketing the car to the public, and couldn't sell them. Those who waited around for the left overs, such as myself, were able to nab these cars new for next to nothing. So, for that reason, I consider it a great value.
The car is alot of fun to drive. The moment I laid on the throttle during that first test drive, it was intoxicating. I had to have it. The car is very swift. It is a heavy car, but still very manageable and predictable when wrung out around corners. My car still has the original finicky clutch, for which Mazda issued a TSB. I always appreciated the on/off, firm feel of the clutch, and never asked Mazda to perform the TSB. The gear 6-speed transaxle is great, and the gearbox is a pleasure to paddle through. Though, in later years, has lost some of its fluidness.
Features a very capable, well designed AWD system. Though, the rear LSD mounts are weak and prone to shearing mounting bolts. This is one of the weakest aspects of the design of this car.
The engine is excellent. It was the recipient of Ward's top engines award for a number of years. It is no slouch, but also very tame and efficient when subdued. The car is capable of very modest mileage on the freeway. However, this engine suffered from several weak design aspects. Certain early builds of this engine, featured in the CX-7, MS6 and MS3, had poor variable valve timing actuator design - imminent and premature freeze pin failure, in addition to a stretching of the timing chain. Mazda's extended warranty, to 7 years, 7,000 miles replaces these parts with a freeze treated pin and a beefier chain. Mazda also extended warranty on another common issue - smoking turbocharger. Also extended to 7/70. The smoking turbo issue is quite heinous. When it smokes, it SMOKES.
There's a few other weak areas in design here and there.
But, overall the car's quality is not bad. Materials are good throughout. Build is good. Though, paint is thin.
Mine, 7 years and 73K miles later still looks new. Thanks in part, of course, to my care, but Mazda also crafted a nice piece of workmanship here, completely capable of fun, speed AND longevity.
As the 7th and final year with the car comes to a close, I have mostly good memories of the car. I am authoring this review as an ode and a last hoorah. The car is up for sale, and expected to sell at the end of the week. It'll be a great addition to the stable for its next owner.
As for myself, I will miss it dearly."
Pros: "Great mileage, fun to drive, roomy, sharp interior"
Cons: "Could have an extra slide out cup holder"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I own a Mazda Grand Touring 4-cyc Hatchback. I bought the car (new) in 2007 and give it high praise in the mid-sedan market. The hatchack version (5-door) that I own doesn't even look like a bulky hatchback, but like a great looking 4-door sedan. You honestly can't tell it's a hatchback. It's wonderfully deceptive because you get the space and room, but in appearance the car has a sharp, professional, sporty look. The back seat is very roomy in contrast to other competitors and I have had numerous people freely affirm how surprisingly roomy and comfortable the back seat is for them. Mileage is about 31 MPG for the freeway. Sound systems (BOSE) is excellent. The only downside is that the front window rails that hold the front glass window plate are too wide (about 2.5 inches or more). When you are at an intersection, it proves to be a blind spot... you literally can't see a person who may be walking in a crosswalk a mere 7 ft. away. You have to be careful with that dynamic. Other than that... the car has been exceptionally reliable, incredibly fun to drive, and great on mileage. I strongly recommend this brand, model, year and style. It's a wonderful vehicle. Mazda created a winner here."
Pros: "I love it. and will keep it for a long time"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car has all the power I would need. Men get in my car and drive it and are blown away with the power that it has. 7 yrs. late and I still love the looks of it. I've taken road trips in this car and have had plenty of room for kid, dogs and bags."
Cons: "Sunroof doesn't have one-touch open or close."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought my 04 Mazda 6 Sport Hatchback new. Have driven it everywhere and I love this car. In 8 years and 77,000 miles the only non-wear item (tires, bulbs and batteries) that I've had to replace was a belt tensioner that cost me $132 to replace. This car just runs and runs. It's fun to drive and best of all I still love the way it looks."
Pros: "Great Gas Mileage, Plenty of room, Very Reliable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased this car 2years ago and have never had any problems. I never question if my car can make any drive as it always starts and runs perfectly. I get great gas mileage one tank of gas from OH to AK. The sleek exterior appears small and sporty however the interior provides a comfortable ride with plenty of foot and head room. Large tunk space and lots of departments for storage. General Maintance is all I really have to do to keep it running wonderfully."
"My Mazda6 was pretty much totaled tonight and it breaks my heart. Someone went left of center and had a head on with my two 13 year old grand-kids in the car. I feel the car did it's job protecting us, because we are all okay and the Saturn that hit us, had a ton more damage, even after my car continued on and broadsided a parked pickup. (The other driver miraculously seemed to have no major injuries either.) I absolutely feel that this car saved us from injury.
Aside from the safety of this vehicle, the only work I ever had to have done (other than maintenance) was to get a new clutch plate, and I think that may have been because of the occasional use of my son who is not accustomed to a 5-speed manual.
I have never been happier with any other car and since it had only about 65,000 miles on it I had planned to drive it for a at least a few more years. I know for a fact that I will not be able to replace it with anything close to this nice with the insurance check, so I will just say I had a good 8 years with it and Thank God that my grandchildren are safe. And thank you Mazda."
Pros: "great price, fun, great gas mileage, low maint"
Cons: "turning radius"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this vehichle for 7 years and the only items I have had to replace were the alternator twice and some wear items. The value of the gas mileage has been GREAT averaging in the high twenties if not thirties. My one complaint is the turning radius is very large for a car this size. Love the drive, steering, seat comfort, and amenities."