1988 Mazda MX6 2.2 turbo
Front control arm broke whilst driving. No warning or wear visible. I put it down to a freak accident.
Several cooling hoses have been replaced. Not very expensive, but some are extremely difficult to reach.
Turbo blew at 200,000km (320,000 miles). It simply stopped providing boost. No damage to the engine. It did well to last that long.
Replaced hydraulic lifters at 200,000km.
C.V. joints every five years. I have just done them for the second time. You learn to recognize the sound.
15 years old and still going strong. With only small modifications this car still beats modern 2.0 liter turbo cars without any effort. Sorry Nissan & Subaru, but your new cars are being embarrased by 15year old Mazda's every day over here in Australia. On the downside it takes a lot of skill to keep it on the road. The "Un-guided Missile" lives up to it's name, and the torque steer takes a while to get used to.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th May, 2003
11th Jul 2003, 05:43
Fully agree with your comments, I own a 1989 Mazda 626 Hatch Turbo, slightly heavier than the MX6 Turbos, but basically the same engine and drivetrain. I found I can safely increase the boost to 11-12 PSI before the factory Computer kills the fuel/ignition for a few seconds, but even still it really hauls! I estimate about 150KW at the flywheel from around 11-12PSI Boost, I use Shell Premium Optimax and it does not detinate at all, runs really good.
Lots of torque steer, but you get used to holding onto the wheel for the initial rush, then its OK as the car makes ground. Peter.