2008 Mazda 6 I 2.3 litre from North America
Great reliable budget family sedan
Light squealing noise in cold weather. Dealer replaced belt, but problem persists.
Popping noise from brakes when cold, and light groaning noise when releasing brake pedal.
Light rear window rattling and light dashboard rattle that comes and goes.
This car is a very capable handler, and the 2.3 is adequate with the auto when using the shift option.
The car rides well, but you will feel the bumps when you go over broken pavement, and the tire roar is unacceptable. Seats were very uncomfortable, but then became nice and snug after I dropped a few pounds.
The car is very reliable, and apart from oil changes, has had no major faults. Be sure to change the transmission fluid at most every 30,000 miles. If you can live with light rattling and know that you will get rid of those loud tires down the road, then this is a good vehicle to buy on a budget.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th November, 2009
Update: Now on 64,000 miles on February 16, 2011.
The rear shocks have developed leaks due to the rough roads I drive on and the low tire pressure lights blink on and off occasionally for no reason, but the car is still going strong.
Update: Now around 81,000 miles and still with original brake pads. The air conditioner was leaking freon, but that was fixed.