1988 Mazda MX6 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1988 Mazda MX6 2.2 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 kilometres
Most recent distance225000 kilometres
Previous carPorsche 928

Summary:

Unassuming Assassin

Faults:

Front control arm broke whilst driving. No warning or wear visible. I put it down to a freak accident.

Several cooling hoses have been replaced. Not very expensive, but some are extremely difficult to reach.

Turbo blew at 200,000km (320,000 miles). It simply stopped providing boost. No damage to the engine. It did well to last that long.

Replaced hydraulic lifters at 200,000km.

C.V. joints every five years. I have just done them for the second time. You learn to recognize the sound.

General Comments:

15 years old and still going strong. With only small modifications this car still beats modern 2.0 liter turbo cars without any effort. Sorry Nissan & Subaru, but your new cars are being embarrased by 15year old Mazda's every day over here in Australia. On the downside it takes a lot of skill to keep it on the road. The "Un-guided Missile" lives up to it's name, and the torque steer takes a while to get used to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2003

11th Jul 2003, 05:43

Fully agree with your comments, I own a 1989 Mazda 626 Hatch Turbo, slightly heavier than the MX6 Turbos, but basically the same engine and drivetrain. I found I can safely increase the boost to 11-12 PSI before the factory Computer kills the fuel/ignition for a few seconds, but even still it really hauls! I estimate about 150KW at the flywheel from around 11-12PSI Boost, I use Shell Premium Optimax and it does not detinate at all, runs really good.

Lots of torque steer, but you get used to holding onto the wheel for the initial rush, then its OK as the car makes ground. Peter.

1988 Mazda MX6 LX non-turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission non-turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired186000 miles
Most recent distance222185 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

One import I'm not ashamed to drive

Faults:

Power steering pump, water pump, a/c, timing belt, all at around 215,000 miles.

Window motors are getting a little weak.

General Comments:

I bought this car for $400 after it was parked for two years.

This car still has original clutch.

I'm 6'4" 300+ have plenty of room even without a sunroof.

Even at 15yrs old, it will still outrun most of these kids in their new imports.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2003

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance231000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

Responsive, reliable, rocket!

Faults:

Replaced both front axles after the boots cracked (150,000 k).

Replaced alternator twice.

Rear wheel wells beginning to rust (2001). Not bad for a Japanese car that is 14 years old.

Power antenna sounds likes it's working, but doesn't actually move.

General Comments:

Very good on gas if you drive like Dr. Jekyll... not bad on gas when Mr. Hyde comes out to play.

Very quick and responsive, but watch out for the torque steer when the turbo kicks in.

I love this car... it is the best I have ever owned. At 5'9" it fits me just right, but 6 foot (plus) passengers request I open the sun roof.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2002

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 litre turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 litre turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 kilometres
Most recent distance176583 kilometres

Summary:

An incredible car that has unbelievable potential

Faults:

The throttle body boot ripped and needed replacing at around 102000 kilometres.

Spoiler started to rust out right where it is bolted to the car on the passenger side.

Alternator went at around 104000 kilometres.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable. It is my first car, but for a 13 year old car, she is still running great!!

Although I don't find this car very economical on gas. I only get about 350 kilometres on a full tank, 400 kilometres max!!

Otherwise, this car is a powerful little piece of machinery. Only 145 horsepower, but the torque makes up for it. Do some little performance mods and the car will do wonders for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2002

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.0 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance169800 miles
Previous carFord Fairmont

Summary:

A good fun, economical performance vehicle

Faults:

Rear quarter panels have been rusting badly in last 2 years.

Hood leading edge rusted and replaced at 120000 km.

Parking brake cable seized in its sleeve twice due to road spray.

Driver's seat tilt mechanism pin sheared.

Exhaust system aft of the converter has been replaced 3 times.

General Comments:

A fun car to drive, especially with manual transmission.

Good pick-up, especially when the revs are above 3000.

The last of the real MX6's with an engine and transmission that loves to be worked.

Punch the throttle to 6000rpm in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and it takes off like a scalded rabbit.

You have to drive this car and not sit back and be a passenger. It needs to be kept pointing in the correct direction.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2001

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 17 reviews