2007 Mazda 6 TS 1.8 petrol
Decent car, all things considered...
General wear and tear - new brakes, some suspension parts, etc. Minor cosmetic rust on arches.
A nice car to drive, very spacious and comfortable. Modern and quality interior is very upmarket. Looks as good as new when I bought it at a few years old and 20,000 miles on it. Now on 85,000 and still looks much the same, aside from the rusty arches - a known weak spot on these cars. Nothing serious though - purely cosmetic and can be touched up - don't let it get too bad.
On the outside the car looks great with alloy wheels and dark blue paint. Rear visibility is a little limited, but you get used to it.
1.8 petrol engine pulls fine and does near 40 MPG as expected. Would prefer the 2.0 petrol though for the sake of more performance. Have been advised by friends with the diesel version of this car to avoid the diesel like the plague - lots of reliability issues on that engine.
On the whole though my Mazda has not caused me any major trouble and I would recommend it to anybody. Had a Mazda 626 in the 90s and that clocked up mega mileage without serious issues, so I hope this car proves to be the same.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th September, 2016
30th Sep 2016, 14:21
Is the rust issue on Mazda 6s really that bad? Kind of reminds me of the problem Mercedes had with some cars in the late 90s - I think it was due to cheaper paint, so cosmetically they looked real bad after only a few years, but it was not as bad as it looked - the chassis frame and all other important parts stood up against rust as good as any car.
I wouldn't worry about it unless it starts failing MOTs with severe rust on the underside... which on a 2007 car is unacceptable if that does happen in my opinion. Yeah that was a while ago now, but this is still a modern car by anyone's standards, so it should hold up.
1st Oct 2016, 17:48
I had a 2005 facelift Mazda 6. Superb car in many ways and looked great too. However, rust was awful for such a young car. Japanese cars always have been bad, but all the underside was rusting away... advisory after advisory about it on the MOT. Gutted as it was looked after well. Shouldn't be surprised though as my 2003 Mazda MPV needed £800 worth of welding to get through its MOT also. Perhaps my previous Volvos had just spoiled me... 20 years old and no rust on any of them. If you look around, almost all Mazdas from 2002 - 2006 are rusting somewhere on them...