2003 Mazda 6 Sport package from North America
This car is a nightmare
Thus far, I have received 5 recalls on this car, two of them safety related!
Additionally, the left speakers cut out regularly (70% of the time) and will only come back on if I hit a bump or roll up the left rear window. The dealer "could not recreate the problem," so it remains faulty.
The cooling fan in the engine ran intermittently for no apparent reason, even when the engine was off. It was replaced under warranty.
The brakes make a clunking sound upon hard braking which also throws off the steering a bit.
The automatic transmission is programmed very poorly. It takes enough time between applying the gas and the car actually accelerating that I do not feel like it is safe to drive in congested city traffic.
This car depreciates at an unprecedented rate; over $10,000 in one year! I am afraid that I will be stuck with it forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd September, 2004
24th Sep 2004, 19:40
I haven't heard anything about speaker problems, seems like you should just have the dealer examine the wiring.
As far as the "bumps" when hard braking, that's the anti-lock brakes kicking in. They automatically pump the brakes for you to keep the wheels from locking up.
The low-end torque on this model is a problem that a lot of people talk about, but once it hits higher RPM's it really moves :)