2004 Mazda 6 from North America


Drives nice, but not reliable or durable


Replaced the alternator 3 times. First one 3 years ago, it lasted less than one year (alternator replaced under warranty, but had to pay the labor), the next one lasted 2 years. We are now on the third replacement and fourth alternator. Each repair runs ~$1000.

Had the same problem as a previous writer from Toronto, where the car quit leaving us stranded, but fortunately we were on a side street, but it was in the middle of a snow storm.

Front suspension is moaning and groaning. Asked the dealer to inspect and they could not find a safety problem. Sounds to me like the rubber bushing have dried out.

Brake pedal also moans.

General Comments:

This car does not have the reliability and quality I expected.

Looks like we will be heading back to the Honda dealer for the next car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th December, 2009

2004 Mazda 6 i 4 from North America


Now I think it's a piece of crap


The first thing was when I would take off, it would jerk hard. Took it in, and they told me I had to let it think before I took off.

Now with 47,000, they tell me I need a new transmission, that it is getting ready to go out. I took care of it. I got the oil changed when I was suppose to, had it flushed.

I would not buy another Mazda 6 again, and probably would never buy a Mazda, they don't last.

General Comments:

I have one of those seats where you have to pump it to make the seat go higher. I don't think that ever worked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd October, 2009

11th Sep 2015, 16:19

I would disagree with the statement that Mazdas don't last. I'm sorry the 6 has been your impression of the brand. I've had an RX7, a Protege, driven a Mazda5 for a time, and have a Mazda6. The 6 is by far the least durable, and the most finicky about everything. Mazda however does have a history of making solid cars, such as the Protege I had, which never left me stranded.

2004 Mazda 6 i 2.3L from North America


Very cool car to live with for a long time


The driver seat had to be rebuilt. The owner before me was very large and drove for many miles at a time. Before them it was a rental for a year.

General Comments:

I really like the car; it handles very well, and looks so cool with the spider head lights and sporty profile.

I have the dark gray color 5 door lift back; lots of room and 32+ mpg with the 4 speed auto.

I wish it had ABS.

I changed the speakers for JBL and planet audio. The sound is great now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2009

2004 Mazda 6 i 2.3L I4 from North America


Great car!! Worth every penny


Steering rack leaked, had to be replaced.

Tires were replaced at 43000 miles.

General Comments:

Great car, love driving it. I was not a fan of sedans before this car. Was in the market for a sportier coupe, looked at Mustangs, Scions, etc. Went to the Mazda dealer and thought why not, I really enjoyed this car and had to buy it.

I still don't regret buying, and plan on buying another one when I need a new car. I don't think it will be for awhile with how well this car is.

The steering rack went, but it was covered under warranty so I can't complain too much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2009

2004 Mazda 6 Hatchback 3.0L from North America


Great handling... questionable quality


First problem was lurching when A/T shifted between 2nd and 3rd gear. Solution: A/T replaced under warranty.

2nd problem was hatchback handle to open hatch broke. Solution: Dealer replaced handle under warranty.

3rd problem IS hatchback leaks on person opening hatch through the latch mechanism. Have had this into the dealer twice for repair (Mar 08 and Nov 08). Still seems to leak (even though it is not raining) so will check again after the rain this weekend.

When solving 3rd problem, each time the "clips" on the hatch that hold the cables to the hatch cover appear to be broken. They were replaced last time and I plan to call them again as I found this when I brought the car home today (after 7 days in the shop).

All work has been done under warranty even though now under extended warranty (which they say does not cover leaks).

General Comments:

Car handles magnificently... my first really sporty sedan.

Has anyone else had leak problems with the hatchback?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd November, 2008