2002 Mazda 6 1.8 petrol from Finland
Masterpiece but with one flaw
Well rust. Rust, rust, rust. That's it. The car ran well and didn't fail me once. The only repair I made to it is a front right brake caliper change due old brake fluid which corroded the cylinder.
One of my best cars so far, and it makes me cry why Mazda spared costs on rust protection. However I read that models from 2006 onward are improved, but I don't know if it's true.
Responsive, reliable, comfy and a practical car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2018
5th Sep 2018, 21:16
These are good cars; unfortunately as you mentioned this car rusts earlier than your average car. Things did not improve after 2005 - I had a 2007 facelift model company car and it started to rust at only 5 years old. Awful for such a young car.
Privately I've since had a Ford Mondeo and a Volvo S60, both have been older cars, and even at 10 years old they had no rust. Go figure. The Mazda 6 2002 - 2007 had rust issues no doubt. The 2008 onwards model is an all new car and seems to be holding up a bit better from the older ones I've seen about.