2005 Mazda 6 Reviews - Page 2 of 6

2005 Mazda 6 i 2.3L gasoline inline 4 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.3L gasoline inline 4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Cutlass

Summary:

Great car, great value, great mileage

Faults:

I had the battery go out a few thousand miles ago, but other than that, I really haven't had too many problems. I have been only done regular maintenance every 5000 miles.

General Comments:

I love this car. I have had great results with this car. I really have this site to thank for steering me in the right direction with this car. The reviews have been accurate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2009

2005 Mazda 6 4 cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder Automatic
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carDodge Stratus

Summary:

Crapshoot!

Faults:

First problem. Check engine light, and the car would not restart after a fill up unless you rev it a little while. Replaced purge valve solenoid..

Second problem. The car was lurching with shifts in Automatic but not in manual mode.. replaced motor mounts.

Third problem. Thumping sound during acceleration and right hand turns.. Replaced ball joints lower control arms. Transmission mounts and several bushings. STILL HAS THE PROBLEM!!! DAMN I'M GLAD I GOT AN EXT Warranty.. I see on another site the thumping sound could be the spring perches... We will see. I got to 80,000 before it all happened... Will it end here or continue?

General Comments:

I love the way the car looks. Sporty and Volcanic red!!

Not much bass in speakers. Bad idea to put stereo and AC controls in one unit. Great car for me and two kids!

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

Review Date: 30th November, 2009

2005 Mazda 6 GT Sport Wagon 3.0L V6 DOHC from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 DOHC Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

I highly recommend buying a Mazda 6

Faults:

The transmission was hard shifting when I hit about 65-80km/h at around 3000-4000rpm. This problem was fixed with a free software upgrade from Mazda.

Rear brake pads were worn unevenly. They were changed by the dealer and work fine now.

Rear rotors were scored badly. They were changed by the dealer and are fine now.

Heard rattling in the engine at low rev's. This is due to the fact that the Mazda 6 has a timing chain, which will outlast the owner, as opposed to a timing belt that needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

I absolutely love the interior and exterior looks of the car.

The handling in the city or highway is very smooth and comfortable for short or long trips.

The Bose sound system that the car comes with is crystal clear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2009

2005 Mazda 6 MPS 2.3 liter petrol turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 liter petrol turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 kilometres
Most recent distance84000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Calais

Summary:

Brings a smile to your face every time.

Faults:

So far nothing has gone wrong with the vehicle.

I have optioned for the extra 5 year premium warranty through my dealer, so that should cover most problems that will arise.

General Comments:

Good sleeper looks!

All wheel drive & traction system works well.

Not a WRX/EVO, but I won't get pulled up by every cop.

Heavy for a midsize car at 1640kg.

Acceleration is excellent.

Luxury pack makes the drive so much better.

Clutch can be a pain to get used to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2009

2005 Mazda 6 Wagon V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carMercury Mercury Villager Van

Summary:

Go buy a Toyota!

Faults:

I have loved my Black Mazda 6 Wagon until it hit 52,000 miles. It was at this point that the transmission started really acting up. Prior to this time the down shifting problem was just considered to be part of the firm or hard shifting of a sports car "zoom-Zoom" feel. When the transmission started popping into neutral on downshifts was when my concerns REALLY started.

When this happens, if you are not careful you can stick the tach into the twilight zone when it misses the gear on a downshift. Normally when it does this, is when you have to get "zooming" into faster traffic and the event leaves you in a pickle. Now you have to brace your neck for the re-engagement of the transmission into 4th or 5th when RPM's return out of the red line. When the "re-engagement occurs, it sounds like you are going to tear the transmission right out of the car.

And now here is what I have done so far... Mazda says that the car is out of warranty and the problem is mine. Thanks for all of that zoom-zoom stuff... Moving on to where does one go from here, this is how I have now "nursed" the car to 75,000 miles with few episodes of "zooming my engine into the twilight zone".

1. If I have to pass (IE: downshift) I switch the shifter into the manual position and manually put the car into 4th gear. From there I can accelerate to the desired speed with incident.

2. Once at the new higher speed (without any load on the transmission) I "manually shift" the automatic into 5th and then 6th.

3. At this point it does not matter if you leave the transmission in manual or automatic. It feels like you have done the work of shifting (while keeping the transmission engaged) for the computer that is supposed to be controlling the valve body.

Because the car is my personal car that I own and use for business, I can live with it. I am putting 40,000 miles a year on it. Very generally, it has been a better looking car than anything.

The marketing got me. For those who would read this type of a forum to consider a Mazda, I would not buy another one.

Best wishes to those who own one of the 6's. Nice looking car... enough said.

General Comments:

Run for your life...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd January, 2009

28th May 2009, 14:54

Maybe a few years too late, but ya know this is a common problem with early Mazda6/Ford Fusion trannys, and there is a secret warranty to replace the whole flippin' thing!!!

Check into it!!!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 21 reviews