2004 Mazda 6 Wagon S 3.0 V6 from North America
An 8 out of 10, But I want my 10 back
This has been a really nice car so far. It's a nice sporty alternative to an SUV. As far as handling is dose well fine. Not as good as the love of my life Audi A4 2.8 V6, But still really good.
The value and fit and finish as well as general usability is what set this car up high.
My only complaints are:
Even when driving in a very conservative manner, I only get 17 mpg in mixed driving. Is this the average for most Mazda 6 Owner with the V6?
The Transmission is to quick to upshift, and too slow to down-shift. There has been times when I am doing 40 mph in 5th gear, then need to hit the gas to drive defensive, but get nothing until its too late, then have to deal with bucket loads of power, and then slam on the brakes to keep for hitting the guy in front of me.
Is this typical too?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th February, 2006
15th Mar 2006, 09:32
I have a manual 4-door Sport Sedan, 2005. While test driving a wagon, which is only available in V6-Auto, I noticed the same lag in down shift. I figured it was due to some overdrive or perhaps just the weight of the vehicle, but after becoming more sensitive the manual, I realized the lag is still present, just not as noticeable.
Some internet research revealed to me that the Mazda 6 has an electronic "drive-by-wire" fuel system. The lag is simply due to the computer conversion of input to the pedal. Some the enthusiasts believe that "re-grounding" the engine have helped their performance. I don't know if its true, but it all comes down to driver perception.