1988 Mazda MX6 Reviews

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1993
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Monte Carlo

Summary:

Amazing first new car experience!

Faults:

Turbocharger impeller shaft bent around 75K miles.

General Comments:

I just bought a brand new 2014 Mazda CX-5 Touring and I am now reminiscing about my first new car purchase some 26 years ago.

I was 24 years old, in my first job out of college, and "living large". Man, was this car fun to drive! Very quick from a standstill, but learned early about the torque of front wheel drive with that much turbo-boosted horsepower. You'd better hold on tight to the steering wheel if you were going to stomp on the pedal. Nice tight 5-speed transmission and very responsive turbo. Good handling & braking power, and nicely equipped (CD player, moonroof, oscillating vents).

Drove that car all over the eastern US - lived in Maryland and always volunteered to drive on road trips from NY to FL. In 1993, I traded it in on a new Mazda 626. It was time to grow up...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2014

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired49495 miles
Most recent distance72832 miles
Previous carDatsun 200SX

Summary:

If it got 40 miles a gallon, it would be the best car ever. Worst problem is keeping tires on it

Faults:

The door handle rivet broke... easy fix.

At 72915 it started smoking... It was coolant; the intake gasket started leaking. I love the car so much I've decided to do a full rebuild, and am nearing the reinstalling of its fire breathing heart.

General Comments:

These 5 speed turbos jump, fly, and just plain scream. They are very spacey, handle great, and have very tight steering. If you like fast and reliable cars, you need one of these.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2011

1988 Mazda MX6 LX 2.2L non turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2L non turbo Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired507000 kilometres
Most recent distance507038 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

This is a great car, and cheap to run

Faults:

Valve seals were gone.

Needs new struts.

Burns some oil.

Sunroof doesn't work.

Windows are really slow.

General Comments:

This car is absolutely amazing for the mileage on it. At 507000 K's, it still starts and runs well, and it only smokes when it's cold.

I would love to find a low mileage version of this car, but I might end up putting a new motor in it, as everything else seems to work well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2010

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired49495 miles
Most recent distance71269 miles
Previous carDatsun 200SX

Summary:

Next to the 81 200sx, fast and fun, too bad they're not RWD

Faults:

The thing was bought at a sheriff's auction. It was very beat up, looks mean.

You couldn't keep tires on it. We had to have gone through at least 12 sets.

I loved that car. It was bought for the motor, nothing more. The truck got wrecked and we started driving it. Almost ten years of torture and second gear broke, but the motor still purrs at 198k.

General Comments:

I own three 88 turbo 5 speeds. 2 are runners, the other is parts, bad trans.

I will swear by this car till I die. My wife has had bad luck with some cars, GM newer models, the old ones were great, now no quality, sorry.

Sure it has quirks, what car doesn't. It starts in -35 to -50, fires right up. It is faster than many others. It's just an all around great car.

If you can find one in fair shape, get it or be left in the dust.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2009

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2L turbocharged I4 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2L turbocharged I4 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carDodge Polara

Summary:

A very good cost effective car for performance

Faults:

Left sitting in the field for about 7 years, completely repainted and reconditioned.

General Comments:

Amazing car with a lot of get-up-and-go.

The turbocharger is an absolutely first rate option.

Seats a little uncomfortable, but for a sports car will work just fine.

Probably all the power you need in one sleek little package. Definitely a keeper for as long as you can!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2009

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2L turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2L turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

The best I could ask for

Faults:

Broken exhaust manifold stud, had to be re-bored and then mounted.

Power window switch died at about 140000km.

General Comments:

I've never had a problem that wasn't expected through general wear and age.

Very reliable, fast, good handling, good lines, and also practical.

Stills smokes most new cars, even without using the turbo. With turbo, the other cars lack big time.

Car was WAY ahead of its time. 4 wheel disc brakes, power everything, headlight washers, fog lights, adjustable susp., still looks modern and has options that a lot of new cars still don't have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2006

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 18 reviews