2006 Mazda 6 Reviews - Page 4 of 8

2006 Mazda 6 LX V6 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Bad experience I would like to forget

Faults:

Brand new expensive car - Mazda 6 - is not well made.

Battery died under 45,000, which I was told was very unusual - it was some electrical short.

The WORST thing about the car was that there were transmission problems that appeared while driving on the highway around 5,000 miles the first time. Car would clunk into gear and also got stuck in neutral (this is an automatic and I was merging onto highway). It was still under warranty, but Mazda USA and local dealership gave me the run around. They acted like they had never heard of it before. I couldn't wait to get rid of the car and will never own another Mazda. They are in denial about the seriousness of their transmission issues. My recommendation, based on my experience.

General Comments:

Do not purchase a Mazda before researching transmission problems first.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th October, 2009

2006 Mazda 6 S 3.0 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired19600 miles
Most recent distance49500 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Nice car, but the transmission is getting me nervous

Faults:

At 34,000 miles, I drove the car for 40 miles and then stopped the engine at a rest area for 5 minutes. When I went to re-start the engine, the gauges were going crazy and no power was flowing to the car or radio. I had to tow the car back to the dealer, who replaced the battery altogether and mentioned that the acid level in the battery was low.

The lumbar cable became loose on the drivers side seat at 38,000 miles. The passenger windows on a rare occasion do not open with the driver switch.

General Comments:

Biggest disappointment is that the engine stutters between first and second gear, and RPMs dip in fourth gear as an unexplainable drop of power. There seems to be transmission hesitation in shifting gears, which lunges the car forward in surges.

I am currently looking to replace my car, as I am nearing my warranty and I do not wish to have any transmission replaced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th December, 2008

9th Jan 2009, 09:04

I have a 2004 Mazda 6, and first into second is a bit "jerky" when the car is cold, and maybe due to not enough acceleration in between gears.

28th Aug 2009, 10:22

My tranny was replaced at 44,000 miles!!!

21st Apr 2012, 23:18

I replaced my transmission at 91000 miles. Valve coils are acting up now. The problem is that this engine is made by Ford, and that tells you a lot.

2006 Mazda 6 S 3.0L V6 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles
Previous carDodge Ram Pickup

Summary:

Sports sedan

Faults:

Nothing, its brand new.

General Comments:

This is a great car. The best handling car in its class. A bit smaller than its other mid-size competitors but never too small. Great sporty seats which compromise comfort slightly but still a comfortable car. Very safe as well, it has 8 airbags. Quick too with 215 hp. Slightly cheap feeling interior, but I will always choose this over an Accord or Camry. The new (2008+) 6 is bigger and more comfortable, but trades that room for some of its zoom.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2008

2006 Mazda 6 Gran Sport 3.0 from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance26700 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Looks better than it runs

Faults:

Had to replace front brakes and rotors within 3,000 miles. Lumbar support cable replaced at around 7,000 miles. Check engine light came on around 10,000 miles. Dealer told me the gas cap was loose, which I find hard to believe. I've been pumping gas for 20 years and am very cognizant of loose gas caps triggering engine light. Intake manifold gaskets had to be replaced around 18,000 miles. Now at 26,000 miles the EGR solenoid and purge valve are being replaced. Now I've gotten into it with dealer because the paint on 3 of the 4 door moldings has faded. The dealer replaced 1 under warranty and claims the other 2 are damaged because of the soap I use. Apparently Mothers soap only affects some of the moldings and not others. Come on.

General Comments:

The car looks good and has a sporty feel to it. I think the fuel economy is poor in comparison to Toyota's or Honda's with the same size engines. The navigation is difficult to use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd October, 2008

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 19 reviews