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

2002 Mazda 6 Limited 2.3L

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Great drive for a family car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Of all cars I have owned this one is the delight.

The interior is very nice while not being that of a BMW, Volvo, or the like.

The engine performance for a 2.3 litre straight 4 is just out standing (Semi-Auto version).

The handling is not ‘sporty’ but is responsive. If you take the car to ‘manual shift’ mode it is great fun... Kick the boot down and shift around 5000 RPM for a fun ride.

Mazda services are a bit (not too bad) expensive.

But I have found a good mechanic that is more than capable of handling the service of the car at a better rate while keeping up with service requirements.

If you are looking for a ‘family’ car, this will meet your needs.

If you are looking at a car that meets your family needs but you want fun when out on your own, this is what you are looking for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2008

2005 Mazda 6 MPS (Mazdaspeed) 2.3 turbo

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired15970 kilometres
Most recent distance16200 kilometres
Previous carFord Telstar

Summary:

The ultimate street sleeper

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

I thought I'd post this as someone who recently purchased this car and give my impressions as opposed to gripes:

Its not loud, doesn't sprout wings and chrome everywhere and it looks just like any other Mazda 6 except to an expert eye. But when you give it some throttle it will really go, fast.

I found the interior to be fairly spacious and the seats and ride compliment each other well. I drove the car home 130 kilometers from the dealer and didn't feel any worse for wear.

My only gripe so far is that on our roads at highway speeds the tire noise is louder than the stereo, but that's not really a problem with the car itself, rather the choice of tyres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th January, 2007

2005 Mazda 6 Classic 4cl 2.3

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4cl 2.3 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance200 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Faults:

None (touch wood). Too soon to say.

General Comments:

I found these reviews interesting when we were deciding which car to buy, so I'm returning the favour.

We've just bought the 2005 classic wagon and are delighted. It's the new 'face-lift' model with 5 speed auto transmission and 'activematic' which isn't entirely dissimilar to driving a manual.

Being used to larger 6cl cars, I was concerned that a 4cl car would seem slow. However, I'm pleased to report that the 4cl 6 appears to have plenty of go (enough for me anyway). It actually feels pretty gutsy at 3000rpm plus.

The interior is great. Everything is quite conventional and easy to operate. The quality of the fit-out appears to be high. The display panel combines air con, trip computer, audio and outside temperature info. For me this works really well. The seats are comfortable and the cabin is roomier than I had expected.

It seems to me that the 6 is not as quiet as an Accord, but it certainly isn't noisy. It actually seems to have quite a pleasant, throaty noise when you rev it up a bit. Ride seems to be smooth and comfortable.

The cargo space accommodates bulky prams etc without any drama.

All positive so far. What's the downside? The grille assembly seems a little fragile - time will tell how durable it is. Also, I don't seem to be able to adjust the tilt of the drivers seat (not the seat back - the seat). Seat is v. comfortable nonetheless. Leg room in the back seat is tighter than in a full-sized family car (no surprise I guess). The floor of the cargo space is plastic and may not be strong enough for any lunatics planning to cart bricks around in it.

Bear in mind that this is the opinion of a non petrol head, but to summarise: I love it and can't see the novelty wearing off for some time.

It's only been a few days, so if I become aware of any significant shortcoming I'll post another comment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th October, 2005

29th Oct 2006, 01:21

I recently spent around two weeks test driving a whole range of cars.

One of the first I drone was the mazda 6 wagon (classic 2006 model). It was fantastic - I had been driving a V6 commodore before that so the power difference was noticeable, but not as great as I thought it would be. The Mazda 6 actually surprised me in terms of it's power. Though not mind-blowing, it is more than adequate for a great driving experience.

The fit out inside was well thought through and delivered with quality. The handling is what really blew me away - It drived more like a BMW than anything else. Taking corners is effortless and extremely comfortable. The transmission is a little frustrating once you are around 100km/h and want to overtake - there is considerable delay from pedal to power (but it still surprises considering it is a 4 cyl). NB: I have a few friends that recently bought a 6 wagon and a SP23 and they both found a noticeable increase in power and response time after about 3000 ks. I was obviously test driving a dealer vehicle with 100ks on the clock.

The space is incredible in the back. The seats are comfortable and the general experience was fantastic. We unfortunately had to put our purchase off for a little while, but I can thoroughly recommend this car to anyone looking for a solid family (yet cool and sporty) ride.

2004 Mazda 6 Wagon

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance2500 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser

Summary:

The best car I have ever driven!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

We love this car! The fuel economy is great, even in the city.

The paintwork looks fabulous with the metallic option.

We would have liked to have had leather as an option.

Only difficulty we have had with it has been in getting seat covers that are made to work with the side airbags.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2005

2002 Mazda 6 sports hatch 2.2 four cylinder

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 four cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60 kilometres
Most recent distance1000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

This car has got it all, what else can I say

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The 2.2 sounds sporty and revs freely to red line, it can handle steep mountain roads in 5th gear easy, a top motor.

The sports hatch is the best looking car for the money, it's a great image car.

This car is Japanese made so you can expect trouble free motoring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2003

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