Mazda MX6 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 4 of 4

1988 Mazda MX6 2.2 turbo

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance225000 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 928

Summary:

Unassuming Assassin

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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.

1995 Mazda MX6 LS 2.5 V6

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 kilometres
Most recent distance99670 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

This is a car that can easily be loved.

Faults:

Be aware that when buying second hand and the kilometers reach or pass the 100,000 mark that the timing belt must be changed. Budget for this when purchasing.

Typical head and legroom problems for rear passengers.

The red model attracts an enormous amount of attention. Maybe that's good?

The factory alloy wheels tend to date the car and look a bit dowdy. Current style alloys have had people thinking that the whole car is new!

General Comments:

Ideal mid-life crisis solution.

Affordable, sexy and a solid performer.

Generous boot space that extends into the cabin via the fold down rear seats.

Lots of legroom in the front.

The cabin has excellent 360 degree vision and a large airy feel.

Very little signs of wear and tear for a seven year old car.

An absolute thrill to drive and ergonomically comfortable with everything the driver needs logically laid out and reachable.

The auto transmission is very good and doesn't hold the MX-6 back from a standing start. This car is very quick off the mark.

The V6 is a perfect match for this chassis and body package. Very bright & response when asked to perform, yet easily tamed in traffic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2002

27th Nov 2009, 21:30

In Australia we didn't get the 4cyl MX6's.

Just the 2.5ltr V6's :D.

1993 Mazda MX6 4WS 2.5 V6

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability 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)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 kilometres
Most recent distance111000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A classy coupe

Faults:

The Front 02 Sensor was faulty when I purchased the Car. Cost about 150 dollars to replace.

I may need to replace the clutch soon, as it is slipping.

The rear trunk gas struts need re gassing.

General Comments:

The cars performs really well.

Good Acceleration.

It's Beautifully Styled, inside and out.

Many people comment on the car. They think it looks great.

The four wheel steering is a bonus as well. The car handles great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2002

1989 Mazda MX6 GT Import 2Lt Twin Cam FE3

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2Lt Twin Cam FE3 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance141000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Commodore

Summary:

Performance, looks and equipment levels way ahead of its time

Faults:

Front Drivers Side Wheel Bearing - Expensive at over $150.00.

Paint takes a lot of maintainence - lack of clear coat on most colours.

Boot is prone to leaking through rear tail light assemblies.

General Comments:

Excellent performance.

Excellent economy.

Modern looks.

Many factory fitted options including air conditioning, power windows, full digital climate control and 4 wheel disk brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2002

1992 Mazda MX6 2.5 litre DOHC fuel inj.

Year of manufacture1992
Engine and transmission 2.5 litre DOHC fuel inj.
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Only noted problem so far..... automatic aerial has failed. Cost in Australia is around AUD$300.00.

General Comments:

Excellent vehicle, great to drive, handles like a dream and looks like sex on wheels. If you have the opportunity to purchase one I highly recommend it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

8th Jan 2003, 20:54

I agree I just bought my first Mx6 and I don't regret it one bit... the only problem is the aerial failing, but considering nothing else is wrong I'm in love.

16th Jan 2009, 05:53

I agree it's a great car. I had one and the only problem I had was clutch at around 268,000. Was so sad to see it go, and thinking of buying another after 5 months.

29th Aug 2009, 04:39

Wow! What a great car! Bought a 1997 model in 1999 (140hp 2.5 V6) and enjoyed every moment of driving it. Sadly had to sell when we decided to emigrate to New Zealand in 2000. Didn't take me long to to find another MX6 - this time a 1992 model (200hp 2.5 V6) with plenty of power under the hood. Except for a new battery and 2 new CV boots (89 000kms) not a single problem. Will definitely hang onto it for as long as possible.

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