1988 Mazda MX6 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance363528 miles
Previous carMazda GLC

Summary:

I wish that they still made these - I'd buy another!

Faults:

The Alternator has been replaced, the air conditioning has required normal service.

General Comments:

The best performance value ever made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2005

1988 Mazda MX6 DX 2.2 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired10 miles
Most recent distance205120 miles
Previous carMazda Saab 900 1982

Summary:

Solid

Faults:

Not until the car had 190,000 did I need to do any major repairs. I put a new air conditioner, radiator, and clutch (195,444) after near 16 years of ownership... not bad.

General Comments:

I'm a retired Federal Agent and use the car now to do contact work... I only wish they made them like they did in 1987. I. m on my 18th year with this car and will continue to drive it. I keep the title in the glove box because when it does stop on me I will walk away and recall what a great ride it was for me. It was the most dependable car I have ever owned..

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

Review Date: 27th November, 2004

1988 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance270000 kilometres
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

This car is great all around, fast, great handling, just pure fun

Faults:

It burns a bit of oil. about 1 liter every 2 weeks or so.

One of the exhaust manifold studs broke off in the head. As a result I am losing exhaust and therefore boost.

One time the turbo tubing came off of the intake while I was driving. All I had to do was pull over and put it back on, not a big deal.

General Comments:

I love this car, I am in high school and I drive it quite hard.

It is very fast and the electronic adjustable suspension is very cool. It makes a big difference.

This car seems to have a lot of cool gagets that I have never seen on another car before.

The seats inside are very comfortable. I am 6'2" and I seem to fit somehow! The backseat is supposedly kind of tight fitting.

I was skeptical before I bought this car, but now that I have owned it for a year, it was a very good purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2004

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

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