I have the dark gray color 5 door lift back; lots of room and 32+ mpg with the 4 speed auto. The brakes are disc all around and generally feel great. The feather-light clutch requires a sweet spot of engine revs at many a stoplight--too much and you'll smoke it,… In the family-sedan market, it's not easy living in the shadows of Camry and Accord, but Mazda's differentiating itself with sporty good looks and pizazz in the handling department. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Oh and the brake caliper pins sometimes need to be greased relatively easy to do and prevents sticking. .
I still don't regret buying, and plan on buying another one when I need a new car. It's all the things you want in a car, and none of what you don't at least so far. Never makes odd noises or ticks. Remedy Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. Model year 2004 Year of manufacture 2004 First year of ownership 2008 Most recent year of ownership 2010 Engine and transmission 3. Dealers will replace the defective air bag inflator, free of charge.
The engine comes into its own at 3500 rpm, and it revs nicely from there. I bought the car brand new and was hoping that its lack of performance during the test drive was due to the fact that it hadn't yet been broken in. I have the V6 engine with manaul transmission and sport package. This doesn't occur until you've reached competition-level speeds, however. The cost of 17s compared to 16s is a lot more, and there's less selection. Road and wind noise does come through, however. In other words, the car doesn't lean much in corners.
Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The 5-Door features an extended rear roof pillar sloping rearward into a raised deck lid. I have scared people at how fast I go into corners, and they are shocked after the corner at how controlled it was. A five-speed manual transmission was standard across the line. Owners may contact Mazda Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-222-5500. We are shooting for 250,000 miles! It has got me across America twice! The wagon comes standard with the V6. Fold the seat down — with a nifty little system that quickly creates a flat floor — and that jumps to a full 60 cubic feet of room.
Even if you normally avoid manuals, take a standard-transmission wagon for a drive. The first engine started having problems at 45 k and the second waranty engine started leaking oil at about 50 k. The ride is also surprisingly plush. When the car was newer and I drove sensibly, I could get close to 30 mpg. Plenty of room, driver volume and cruise controls on the steering wheel, great visibility of instrument cluster and and stylish console design especially the red lights at night , plenty of compartments for whatever you can think of. Yes Review Date: 26th May, 2011.
All bulbs and fuses were replaced last time. Faults: It eats through brakes 4 disks , but my wife drives it mostly. The same goes for the 5-Door, which will fall between the sedan and wagon in terms of cargo utility. The trunk is a good size at more than 15. But overall, the Mazda6 remains a notch below some competing models. Note: This recall supersedes recalls 13V-130 and 14V-362 in their entirety.
But overall, the Mazda6 remains a notch below some competing models. It boasts more exterior and interior style than other mid-size sedans. With the sedan and five-door, you can order both the V-6 or the smaller, 160-hp in-line four, which is still a reasonably powerful engine. If you're contemplating buying one of these, I would highly recommend one 4 cyl , especially if you enjoy driving spiritedly every now and then. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
I'm pretty easy driver as well, the car just has lots of control. Mazda is one maker that intends to bring the wagon back. The Sport Wagon features aggressive styling, though it doesn't look as sporty as the new Mazda 3 wagon. The view from inside is pretty good, too. Braking from the four-wheel discs is firm and predictable.
With such a new car check for the things that will affect its value, things like small dings in the body, tears or marks on the interior trim, scrapes and gouges on the alloy wheel rims. It's sportier than the Camry and Accord, but the powertrain doesn't pack sufficient punch to qualify for hard-core sport-sedan status. Though we haven't driven them, we expect the Sport Wagon to offer the same driving excitement, plus increased versatility; it should be a terrific dog car. Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Note: This recall partially supersedes recall 16V354. The steering is speed-sensitive, but is too light and detached from the driver made for lazy drivers perhaps.
The acceleration is smooth and eager, the steering is light and confidence inspiring and the brakes are strong and more than adaquete. Mazda tells us that no sport-tuned suspension or handling package is offered on the Mazda 6 because the standard suspension is already tuned for sporty handling. The automatic transmission sometimes lags before downshifting, and is sometimes jerky. One of the notable features of the 2003 Mazda6 sedan was the standard front stabilizer bar, which helped minimize body roll and control weight transfer. Not bad for a V6! In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.