Mazda 6 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 3 of 4

2009 Mazda 6 Classic Wagon 2.5 petrol

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

Great car for the money

Faults:

The reversing sensors are a Mazda part, but a dealer fitted option. The technician responsible for the installation neglected to fasten the sensor loom, which then dropped from behind the bumper bar and onto the tail pipes. After an ear full, another tech did the job properly.

Apart from that, the car has been fine.

General Comments:

Considering it's a 4cyl wagon, it's good fun to drive and quite lively once it's off the mark.

The Sparkling Black finish is very hard to keep clean and scratch free.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2009

2005 Mazda 6 MPS 2.3 liter petrol turbo

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 liter petrol turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 kilometres
Most recent distance84000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Calais

Summary:

Brings a smile to your face every time.

Faults:

So far nothing has gone wrong with the vehicle.

I have optioned for the extra 5 year premium warranty through my dealer, so that should cover most problems that will arise.

General Comments:

Good sleeper looks!

All wheel drive & traction system works well.

Not a WRX/EVO, but I won't get pulled up by every cop.

Heavy for a midsize car at 1640kg.

Acceleration is excellent.

Luxury pack makes the drive so much better.

Clutch can be a pain to get used to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2009

2008 Mazda 6 2.5L

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Jackaroo

Summary:

Terrific car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This car is testament to Mazda's ability to produce a vehicle of the highest quality standard.

Interior and exterior finishes are superb, and make you feel as if you are driving a high-end European.

The steering wheel controls, to be honest, were a little tedious initially; however, once I got a little more savvy with them, I found that they actually enable you to adjust most of the car's features, i.e. air-conditioning, stereo, and trip computer.

The seats are comfortable, and the wagon, surprisingly, carries a larger load than my previous Holden Jackaroo 4WD.

Since purchasing the car in April this year, it has done approximately 10,000 km of interstate driving. I find the car a pleasure to drive, especially over longer distances. It handles tight corners effortlessly and happily cruises at 110 km/h. I generally get between 550 to 600 km from one tank of fuel.

As I currently reside in the tropical climate of Darwin, air-conditioning is of the up-most importance: the Mazda has yet to disappoint. The standard dual-zone climate control is by far the best air-conditioning system I have seen in a car thus far.

To say that I am thoroughly impressed with this vehicle is an understatement. It is an impressive piece of machinery to look at, and just as impressive to drive.

As for Mazda, I was initially concerned that its sales and service teams were not on par with its production team, due in part to it taking nearly four months to fit all of my optional extras; however, I recently received a letter from Mazda Australia stating that due to the fact that I had been one of the first people to purchase the Mazda 6, prior to their decision to reduce the cost of the Mazda, I was entitled to three years free scheduled maintenance. A nice touch to a terrific experience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2008

5th Aug 2009, 22:36

I completely agree with everything you have said about the Mazda 6 in terms of comfort and performance. I do not own this vehicle, however Mazda NZ kindly gave me the vehicle for a few days to use for my wedding. The only issue I had was that the rear of the vehicle is a little high which makes it difficult to reverse or park. Other than that, no issues at all, it's smooth, handles well on corners and the 6 speed manual shift is a bonus.

2006 Mazda 6 Classic Sedan GG1032 2.3 litre petrol

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 litre petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance34385 kilometres
Previous carMazda 3

Summary:

A sensible, modestly priced driver's car

Faults:

At 9565 kilometres, I had a ring seal replaced under a TSB (technical service bulletin-warranty), at the same time the 10000 kilometre service was carried out. This is a seal that is nestled in front of the catalytic converter. The original seal has a tendency to have a high pitched whistle at idle.

I had the interior trim re-upholstered in leather, after many problems with the original cloth/canvas trim separating at the seams. The problems were first discovered in April of 2007. After two rear cushion cover replacements, and various other upholstery items separating (driver's seat cushion, front passenger seat back map pocket), I decided that enough was enough.

General Comments:

This car is competitively priced, yet performs well above its intended station.

The 2.3 litre petrol engine and 6 speed manual transmission make for a very happy union indeed, with well chosen gear ratios to complement the engine's modest power and torque, positive but very easy to use clutch, and gearshift quality that is very precise. The pedals are properly positioned for heel-toe downchanges. Contrary to popular belief, 6th gear is the same gear ratio as 5th in the outgoing model (GG1031 series), showing 2800 rpm at 100km/h (62.1mph), or 4600rpm at 161km/h (100mph).

I have tested the car from 0-100km/h (62.1mph) in 8.42 seconds, and have had the car out to an indicated 228km/h (142mph) in 6th gear, at 6500rpm (true speed 223km/h/139mph). It does take a while to pass the 220km/h (137mph) mark though.

The engine is very tractable from idle, but it loves to be wound out into the middling to high rev range where it performs at its peak. It also makes a spicy engine note when doing so.

Fuel frugality is very good. On 95 RON premium petrol, it uses between 8.2 to 8.7 litres per 100km (32.4-34.4 mpg) in urban conditions. In highway use, it's possible to average less than 7 litres per 100 km (40.3mpg).

The handling is excellent. When pressed very hard, there is only very mild understeer at most, and can be coaxed into oversteer with a throttle lift. There is very minimal body roll. A chassis that is adjustable with both throttle and steering wheel, and very involving to drive at the same time. Very good steering directness and feel, positive turn-in response.

The ride is firm, but very well controlled. There is no floatiness whatsoever. High speed stability is second to none.

Refinement is reasonable, there is some road and tyre noise on coarse chip bitumen, but far less so than on the previous model (GG1031 series). Other than that, wind noise is barely audible, and general NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels are quite acceptable.

The interior can be described as good. The ergonomics are very good, nothing is out of reach, and the controls are logically placed.

The driving position is excellent, with reach and rake steering adjustment, and comfortable and supportive seating. All-round visibility is excellent. The switchgear is of high quality, and, being typically Japanese, never needs second guessing.

The rear seat is very comfortable and supportive. Rear legroom is average, but there are rear heating/cooling ducts underneath both front seats, as well as a centre armrest, and individual map reading lights.

The boot space is also good, and the boot incorporates a full size alloy spare wheel (205/55 VR16), as standard equipment.

The usual equipment levels are in place, like the 6 disc in dash CD changer with 6 speakers and AM/FM radio, power windows all round (auto only on the drivers window), front foglights, ABS, 6 airbags etc, but this is becoming commonplace with many manufacturers.

Build quality is very good, with the exception of the very poor original interior upholstery, as mentioned in the start of the review "What things have gone wrong with the car?" But the leather upholstery I have fitted is second to none, it's what the car should've come out with as standard.

However, I have been informed by a couple of sources that Mazda have changed to a different upholstery supplier for their new Mazda 6, the GH1051 series. Just as well, too, as I've seen many other GG1032 series cars with the same problem. Mazda Australia are very coy on this one. But then again, there were many problems with Mazda 3s, in terms of seat fabric pilling, as I had with my previous Mazda 3 Maxx Sport.

So, to summarise- The Mazda 6 Sedan is an excellent car-good performance, ride and handling- all for a very competitive price. Reliability and build quality are both excellent, a testament to the Mazda marque. But oh, that standard upholstery...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2008

10th May 2009, 23:03

Excellent review thanks mate. Just took a second hand 2006 model for a test drive and bought it for my girlfriend.

I have to say, I also noticed that it was revving just as high as the old 626 we traded in when driving at 100kph. Kind of made me wonder if there is much benefit to having the 6 speed gearbox over the 5 speed. I would have thought the sixth gear would be to allow you to cruise at 2500rpm at 110kph, but apparently that is not the case.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 13 reviews