Mazda MX6 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1989 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2L intercooled turbo

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L intercooled turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 505

Summary:

Fast fast fast

Faults:

Water leaks into the jack compartment in the boot.

Dash board cracks, flimsy interior design.

Gearbox is too advanced for its time and needs to be cared for.

General Comments:

A real late 80's sports car.

This was my 2nd car ever, and it was a huge step for me.

The car had everything you could imagine; sunroof, cruise control, aircon, 4 wheel steering, ABS brakes, and a V8 killing 4cyl turbo motor.

This car was amazing. Sure things would go wrong, but it would never not get you home. The car was simply too advanced for its time. Even the aesthetics of the vehicle were ahead of the style of that era.

This is not a top end hungry racer, but more or less a piece of motoring art. When pushed, the vehicle would engage Sports mode automatically to ensure the engine and box were not damaged. The 4WS system is tweaked and only allows for minimal rear wheel turning to ensure stability. The box engages Sport mode and power shifts gear changes, and changes at peak torque/power range without hitting unnecessary rev limiter, which is of course 7500! The ECU enables better fuel consumption and increases the injector rate, and the throttle body opens up a fraction more.

The car is amazing and almost seems to get more stable the faster you go. It's a real speed hungry car no matter how responsible you are. I have had the car pulling 190km/h at around 5000rpm only to realise it hadn't even shifted into final gear, where it went down to an unbelievable 3800rpm.

The car is completely unpredictable though, and I knew my life would be cut short if I continued to drive it like I did. But if you're responsible enough to own a car like this, then it is a purchase you will not regret. Drive to the coast with your sunroof pulled back and your windows down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2008

15th Apr 2010, 18:48

I just bought a 1989 Mazda MX-6 GT Turbo with 30 pounds of boost, and the performance on that thing is a rush. For someone who is experienced in driving a 5 speed all my life, and has been around muscle cars my whole life, that car is really something. It's a rush every time I get in.

But down fault part, is that not only do the windows not work, but as of right now, when I get on it, it start to lose power in the accelerator, and I don't know where it is coming from. But it will be fixed!

1993 Mazda MX6 2.5L

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic

Summary:

Alright

Faults:

It is having issues:

I'll be driving and she randomly cuts out.

Idling at lights, she cuts out.

Sometimes she will stop, backfire and go again.

She's an alright little car; not many around, which I like.

She's at the garage right now as I type this. They think it's something to do with loose leads in the distributor. I hope that's all it is!

General Comments:

She's alright.

Too small, as I can't fit a large suitcase in the back.

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

Review Date: 25th June, 2008

26th Jun 2008, 05:27

It's probably the ignitor module failing.

This is a common fault on remanufactured KL03 distributors.

1989 Mazda MX6 GT 4WS 2.2 INJ turbo

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 INJ turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 kilometres
Most recent distance290000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Sigma

Summary:

The car is getting old, but I own it and would be sad to sell it to some idiot, thus I don't wish to

Faults:

Alternator.

Battery.

Recently replaced the head, (semi recon),as I upset the valves doing burnouts... works fine now.

Replaced gearbox as it was slipping out of 5th.

General Comments:

Very responsive car.

Great for interstate drives.

Loves the open roads.. great for overtaking trucks and the like with no fuss.

4ws is a great advantage for quick manoeuvres and hilly drives, and parking.

I've had the car for 6 years, and it has been a pleasant experience.

Surprises a lot of people as they are becoming rare and people don't know what the car is... LOL.

The interior is still in good condition; slight paint defects, but still an outstanding eye catcher.

Was bought for AUSD $5000 and believe it would sell (if) for $5000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2008

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 14 reviews