1989 Mazda MX6 GT Import 2Lt Twin Cam FE3 from Australia and New Zealand


Performance, looks and equipment levels way ahead of its time


Front Drivers Side Wheel Bearing - Expensive at over $150.00.

Paint takes a lot of maintainence - lack of clear coat on most colours.

Boot is prone to leaking through rear tail light assemblies.

General Comments:

Excellent performance.

Excellent economy.

Modern looks.

Many factory fitted options including air conditioning, power windows, full digital climate control and 4 wheel disk brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2002

1989 Mazda MX6 LX 2.2 fuel injected from North America


A high performance bargain


Window switch went bad.

Replaced the exhaust.

General Comments:

The best kept secret for under 1500 dollars {that's what I paid}.

Handles great.

I am in the process of customizing the body. This car deserves it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2001

1989 Mazda MX6 GT 2.4 turbo from North America


The stealth performance car


Besides regular maintenance, there have only been a few problems. The entire exhaust system was replaced over a number of years, including two mufflers. I don't think it was designed for winter sand/salt on the roads.

It's gone through several CV boots/joints as well.

Also, the radiator needed replacement far too early. Even still, there is a slow leak in the cooling system that nobody seems to be able to find.

There have been some fit & finish issues as well. Bad door and ignition locks that needed replacement, a broken rail on the driver's seat, a not-very-sturdy radio, bad sun visors, etc.

Overall, compared to other vehicles of the same age in this climate, there have been very few problems.

General Comments:

I couldn't imagine driving this car without the turbocharger. The engine is seriously sluggish until the "vacuum cleaner" kicks in. After that, passing is no problem at all.

The funny thing is, you don't suspect its performance by looking at it. "A Tempo with a spoiler".

The small engine means excellent fuel economy, even when the car ages.

Adjustable suspension is nice, but there's still a little too much roll in "Sport".

This car has taken me on several 5000km road trips, cheaply, safely, and happily.

I wouldn't trade it in for any other used car. Within reason, of course. And I think it still has quite a bit of life left in it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2001

1989 Mazda MX6 LX 2.2L I4 from North America


A best buy


Most electrical devices fail, such as the power antenna, rear defroster switch, power window switches, stereo.

Power windows, moon roof, and mirrors are slow and noisy.

Exhaust rattles, needs replacement.

General Comments:

This car accelerates well, even for a non-turbo model.

Handling is OK, the ride is stiff but comfortable.

The car is fun to drive, gets good gas mileage, wasn't very costly.

Runs much smoother on mid-grade unleaded fuel.

The rear seats aren't THAT bad, but rear legroom is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2001

17th Oct 2005, 11:46

I could not agree more.

1989 Mazda MX6 2.2 liter 4 cylinder 12 valve from North America


It's been a great car and I've gotten my money's worth


I have replaced the timing belt, the alternator, replaced the transmission fluid and filter, new brakes all around, and a section of the exhaust pipe.

Recently gave it a complete tune-up. It still had the original distributor rotor... no thanks to Precision Tune.

General Comments:

This car has been THE BEST CAR I have ever had. Only once has it not started for me... last summer when we had a heat wave - 105 - and the 8 year old Sears Die-Hard battery died-hard.

I drove to Florida and back home to Oregon, and the car was awesome. And that was at 90,000 miles! I do wish it had a little more power but I guess that keeps me out of trouble.

Current problem is the hydraulic lifters... one or two in particular. I now use 20-50 Valvoline but still get the obnoxious ticking sound... sometimes especially loud at the drive up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2001

9th Feb 2005, 04:20

A Full 250,000 miles completed in my 1989 MX6 here in Kuwait before I parted with it last week. The BEST & MOST RELIABLE I have ever had.

Purchased it from the Sales Manager of the Mazda Dealer at 8,000 miles and have never had any major problem.

Only major work done was having the motor rebuilt at 75,000 miles.

Road Holding: Fantastic, even at 120 mph

No Overheating: Ambient temp in Kuwait is >120 F

Electrics/Components: Never Failed (incl. lamps that were Factory installed)

Wait for the day that other manufacturers could come out Quality equal or better than this.