1989 Mazda MX6 Reviews

1989 Mazda MX6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Manual
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired303000 miles
Most recent distance304000 miles

Summary:

Loud n proud

Faults:

This was only purchased for 400 dollars, and I have beat the crap out of it, but I had to fix a half shaft and master cylinder, brakes, wheel bearing, and that was about it. Oh, and a tie rod and ball joint.

But I recently came upon one brought into a junkyard that I visit almost daily, and it was the same year model, but this one was a turbo automatic, but the one I have is non turbo, but manual, so I'm dropping that and installing the 2.2 turbo. This motor only has 127 thousand miles, and this car had no dings or dents; like it came straight from the manufacturer or an auction.

This car is great on gas, and is so much fun to drive, even though I'm 6'9". This car is great!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2010

1989 Mazda MX6 LX 2.2L 12 valve from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2L 12 valve Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

One of the best I've owned

Faults:

All has happened in one year, although the car is in perfect condition (no rust or rot so far), and is 21 years old.

Bought for 84 year old lady that bought new and could not drive any more for the sum of 500 dollars (yes, I stole this car). Could have sold it the next day for 2800 dollars. Had a friend come to my house with money in hand, and wanted to buy it then and there.

OK, had to replace right rear wheel bearing for 75.00.

Had to replace right side CV axle; total involved was 140 dollars.

Performance exhaust for 260 dollars.

Alternator 85.00 dollars. And tranny mount, and outer CV shaft seals on transmission.

This car runs perfect and emissions are better than a new car (really have paper work to prove it).

I tune this car once a year myself (22 plus years mechanic) the right way.

All in all, this car is one of the best I've owned, and I'm a hard core Chevy guy.

General Comments:

Performance exhaust, intake to breathe better, and aftermarket 19 inch wheels and tires.

Been to Daytona fla. Drove up and back and to Orange County choppers in New York. This is my every day daily driver (very dependable).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2010

1989 Mazda MX6 GT 2.3 turbo from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Distance when acquired67000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

My all time favorite

Faults:

Disc brakes replaced.

General Comments:

Car was lady driven and stored inside. I saw in garage last year and fell in car love.

It was in beautiful condition and all it needed was a battery.

67,000 kilometers and runs like new.

The GT emblem on the side is deceiving. This car is sleepy quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2008

1989 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2L intercooled turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2L intercooled turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired172000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 505

Summary:

Fast fast fast

Faults:

Water leaks into the jack compartment in the boot.

Dash board cracks, flimsy interior design.

Gearbox is too advanced for its time and needs to be cared for.

General Comments:

A real late 80's sports car.

This was my 2nd car ever, and it was a huge step for me.

The car had everything you could imagine; sunroof, cruise control, aircon, 4 wheel steering, ABS brakes, and a V8 killing 4cyl turbo motor.

This car was amazing. Sure things would go wrong, but it would never not get you home. The car was simply too advanced for its time. Even the aesthetics of the vehicle were ahead of the style of that era.

This is not a top end hungry racer, but more or less a piece of motoring art. When pushed, the vehicle would engage Sports mode automatically to ensure the engine and box were not damaged. The 4WS system is tweaked and only allows for minimal rear wheel turning to ensure stability. The box engages Sport mode and power shifts gear changes, and changes at peak torque/power range without hitting unnecessary rev limiter, which is of course 7500! The ECU enables better fuel consumption and increases the injector rate, and the throttle body opens up a fraction more.

The car is amazing and almost seems to get more stable the faster you go. It's a real speed hungry car no matter how responsible you are. I have had the car pulling 190km/h at around 5000rpm only to realise it hadn't even shifted into final gear, where it went down to an unbelievable 3800rpm.

The car is completely unpredictable though, and I knew my life would be cut short if I continued to drive it like I did. But if you're responsible enough to own a car like this, then it is a purchase you will not regret. Drive to the coast with your sunroof pulled back and your windows down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2008

15th Apr 2010, 18:48

I just bought a 1989 Mazda MX-6 GT Turbo with 30 pounds of boost, and the performance on that thing is a rush. For someone who is experienced in driving a 5 speed all my life, and has been around muscle cars my whole life, that car is really something. It's a rush every time I get in.

But down fault part, is that not only do the windows not work, but as of right now, when I get on it, it start to lose power in the accelerator, and I don't know where it is coming from. But it will be fixed!

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 32 reviews