2002 Mazda 6 Reviews

2002 Mazda 6 TS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Omega

Summary:

Good looking practical car

Faults:

Rear exhaust bracket snapped due to rust, but it is the original exhaust.

Rear handbrake needs adjusted/tightened.

General Comments:

Comfortable, economical for its size. Very practical and good looking for a family car.

Plenty toys and great fun to drive.

I would highly recommend one to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2009

2002 Mazda 6 2.0 Station Wagon 2.0 16v petrol from Sweden

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Mazda at their best... a true family sports car!

Faults:

Power steering fluid leaked once due to corroded piping. Was replaced with a new part which had a rubber covering, Mazda had redesigned the part so this problem will never occur again!

Something felt loose inside the driver’s seat (backrest). I could feel it when going around corners really quickly, but none of the mechanics at the dealer could ever feel it!

Had slight rust around the rear wheel arch inner and rear bumper split. This is a common problem for the station wagons sold in Sweden and Mazda fixes it under their 12 year rust warranty programme.

One of the power windows (rear left side) would not work on occasion.

Driver’s side door mirror did not heat up (at least not as fast as on the other side).

Heated seats (front) were very poor. This was rectified on later models, but we had to suffer cold leather seats during harsh Swedish winters!

General Comments:

Fantastic driver's car. It handles superbly, has well composed ride and even the 2 litre engine is very responsive. Gearbox is very good as well, with a precise, accurate feel.

Road noise was rather high, especially with winter tyres. But then again, small price to pay for such fine cornering and handling capabilities!

The station wagon is very spacious. Luggage area is huge and has a smart automatic system for folding down the rear seat backrests.

I was tempted to buy the 2.3 version with the nicer 17" wheels, Bose stereo etc. but chose the 2.0 instead as I preferred the feel and handling of this model despite the smaller engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2008

2002 Mazda 6 Limited 2.3L from Australia and New Zealand

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

2002 Mazda 6 Sport 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Nice reliable family car with extra performance

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong mechanically, although the clutch will need doing soon at a relatively low 55000 miles.

The rear wheel arches are showing signs of corrosion.

Alloy wheels are corroded, a common problem I gather from reading other reviews on here.

General Comments:

The petrol Mazda 6 shares its engines with the Ford Mondeo; the 2.3 is just an enlarged version of the 2 litre found in both models, but I am happy that it does not share the rear subframe and poor rear brakes of the Mondeo.

The performance is OK, but I would expect a quicker 0-60 than 9 seconds from the alleged 164 bhp motor.

The Mazda has excellent handling for a car of this size, although I do find the power steering a bit light at higher speeds. And there is a lot of road noise.

The interior is a bit dark like most japanese motors, but I like the fact it has an electric sunroof and climate control, the Bose sound system with 6 in dash changer is very good also. I am not impressed with the fuel computer which only reads litres per 100 miles; what's wrong with mpg which we all understand.

Fuel consumption 25-27 urban 34-38 motorway, the car does seem to rev high at motorway speeds, but I understand the later versions have a 6 speed box, which will help quite a lot.

Overall I am very happy; it's just a shame about the minor corrosion issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2007

4th Oct 2007, 07:17

Yes, the current generation models do have a 6 speed manual gearbox indeed. However, in the 2.3 litre models, 6th gear is the same gear ratio as 5th gear in the outgoing Mazda 6 model.

It's the 2 litre model which has a tall 6th gear, at 100 mph, the engine is turning over at 4200 rpm, making for very relaxed cruising indeed.

I speak from experience, as I've had a 6 speed manual Mazda 6 hatchback in England, in November of 2005. I also own the 2.3 litre sedan here in Australia, which is thusly equipped with the 6 speed manual box too. I know that the UK spec 2.3 litre Sport 6 speed manual has the same gear ratios as the Australian spec version.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 9 reviews