1989 Mazda MX6 Reviews - Page 3 of 8

1989 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 turbo from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance144000 miles

Summary:

Best car I will ever own!

Faults:

The car caught on fire, twice! my fault. CV joints on both sides just went out, but they were cheap to fix.

Air intake manifold rubber boot went out. one of my gears don't work.

General Comments:

Most people laugh when I rev up my engine, but then they cry when a 1989 beats them by a mile in a race. I love my car so much I even went out and bought a 1990 Mazda 626 because they are a lot alike.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2005

1989 Mazda MX6 LX 2.9L from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.9L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired160587 miles
Most recent distance171719 miles
Previous carMazda MX6

Summary:

Baja Mazda

Faults:

My slave cylinder went out at 168,471 miles.

My alternator belt came off at 176,846 miles.

General Comments:

My Mazda isn't like any other one out there. We have come to call it the Baja Mazda. Surprisingly enough, it handles really well in the mud because of its weight and the front wheel drive. I have pulled many of trucks out with this car.

As far as mods go, a new CD player was the first thing to go in, along with some MTX 12s powered by a 1,000 watt Pioneer amp.

The next thing was a 300W power inverter placed neatly in the dash under the new CD player.

Then I custom fabbed a light bar out of angle iron, and bolted it on where the sun roof closes. On top of the light bar, I have four 100W KC lights to light up the trail.

Now no off road vehicle needs to go without a CB radio; that was the next to go in, along with a 4 foot whip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd February, 2005

9th Mar 2005, 12:33

I don't think he understands the use of a Mazda. From my experience they are good little cars. But if your going to Baja it I would suggest that you get something with four-wheel drive or all wheel drive. Old Subarus are great for this kind of thing and you can pick them up fairly cheap.

22nd May 2005, 07:21

The mx6's that I have seen are more like race cars. I had on up to 60 in third gear on a dirt road. They have a lot of power, and with 220 horse I don't think it is good to be used for baja. Let the trucks do that, Mazda mx6 is a racer.

1989 Mazda MX6 GT 2.2 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired193000 miles
Most recent distance198750 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Hottest Sleeper in Lincoln!!

Faults:

It had been sitting for a year before I received the car so it had major lock-up issues. After the first few interstate runs, the engine just opened right up and I haven't been able to keep it down since!

A few hoses leaked. Cheaply replaced.

Exhaust manifold gasket leaked.

General Comments:

With the original engine, transmission and clutch, and almost 200,000 miles, I am still able to go out racing in this car every weekend.

I love it because it is the best sleeper in the city! Everyone hates getting beat by a 200,000 mile, 1989 MAZDA!!

It is very comfortable inside and takes bumps in the road like it is nobody's business!

The body style is excellent for racing and I plan on building a customized body kit for the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2004

1989 Mazda MX6 DX 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance185000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Cordoba

Summary:

A very reliable and inexpensive car

Faults:

Aside from regular maintenance (oil, filters, plugs, tires, windshield, timing belt, etc)...

The muffler went after 3 years. The dealer replaced the muffler and after 12 years is still going strong.

I can't remember, but the transmission oil had to be replaced or flushed or something after about 4 years (under warranty).

CV boots needed replaced after 13 years.

Driver's side carpeted floor mat wore out after 10 years.

A/C got a hole in it and needed patching up after 11 years, but it has worked flawlessly ever since.

Exhaust pipes needed repairing after 12 years.

The gas tank drain plug (yep, it has one) needed replacing after 14 years.

Air intake hose got a hole in it and needed replacing after 14 years.

The vinyl part of the seats needed minor repairing after 15 years, but the fabric is still in excellent condition.

I fully expect to have to replace the head gasket in the next few years, along with the timing belt. I also need new hubcaps as the original ones are just too scratched up (my only regret is not getting alloys).

General Comments:

This car still drives like it did when I drove it off the lot 15 years ago. It is the most comfortable car I've ever sat in. There is more room in the back seat than most coupes. There is also no rust anywhere. This would make a great used car bargain. If you follow the recommended maintenance schedule, the car will live a very long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2004

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