1993 Mazda MX6 LS 2.5 from North America


A luxury sports car


- Check engine light on at speeds over 120 kph, started @ 120,000 km.

- Had to replace the clutch twice, first @56,000 km and secondly @ 135,000 km.

- Had to replace entire drive-shaft @ 100,000 km, left and right.

- Replaced the sunroof mechanism which was defective but it was covered by the warranty. Paid $60 cad for the labour.

General Comments:

Performance and styling is very appealing but be ready to spend some money for regular maintenance and repairs.

Overall the MX6 has outdone itself in comparison to other manufacturer's models in its class.

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

Review Date: 21st November, 2000

1993 Mazda MX6 LS 2.5L V6 from North America


If you can find a V6 that's not been abused, go for it!


Minor squeaks and rattles in the cabin.

Electrical short-out prevented starting once (probably unusual).

Replaced left-front tie-rod end.

Cracked catalytic converter replaced.

Left rear brake leak at hand brake linkage (not yet fixed).

Inexplicable hesitation, causes jittery acceleration.

Airbag warning beeps 25 times every 32 minutes, I imagine it is telling me "You will not survive" five times.

General Comments:

This has been a fun car overall; one of my favorite activities is embarrassing Mustang/Camaro/Anything-American drivers in front of their girlfriends/buddies at the stoplights.

I went to Colorado recently, and I am pleased to report this car handles mountain roads with gusto.

This car is very reliable, other than the problems reported above, which I believe were caused by the previous owner's neglect and abuse.

It is a beautiful car, with immortal styling. Wonderfully bolstered seats want to marry you, and the shifter is smooth and precise, with a gratifying 'thuck' at every change. I love revving the six at all the little CRX's while they fake it with voluminous exhaust modifications. Its Porsche-like wail just sounds so genuine, and it is! While the tuned four-bangers are still climbing out of the low-rpm doldrums, I'm walking away without a care in the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2000

30th Jul 2002, 14:15

I must say I disagree in all points of the MX-6. I find the vehicle to be a total waste of money. I have owned one and have had nothing but trouble. The air conditioning is always going out (which that's a bad thing when you live in Florida). Also there is the total lack of power. The car though quoted to have around 170 horsepower in fact only has about 150 at the wheels. The car is a cow in the fact that it weighs too much. The acceleration stinks. Now is there anything good about the MX-6 LS? Yes, it does have a leather interior which is totally luxurious.

My sister wanted the car when I bought my Mercury Capri so I sold it to her. She likes it even though it is slow. One thing is for certain my little "4 banger" would and has blown the doors off of plenty of MX-6 LS', but then again it also blows the doors off of CRX's.

1993 Mazda MX6 LS from North America


Other than having had the regular things replaced, ie. muffler/exhaust, brake pads, and a few wear and tear items, I have never had a single problem with this car.

I absolutely love it. It looks great and is nimble, quick and reliable - especially in the winter when it counts.

General Comments:

I would definitely buy another MX6; too bad they aren't making them any more. Unfortunately Mazda have no other cars that appeal to me.

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

Review Date: 22nd July, 2000

6th May 2002, 20:50

I bought my car in April of 2001. My car now has 112,000 miles on it, but, since the time of my purchase I have had to put $2000 worth of repairs into the car. None of these repairs were of my own fault. I do not think the MX6 is a very reliable car. I wouldn't recommend buying this car to anyone who is thinking of making this purchase.

25th Jul 2005, 23:39

I agree with the second comment, those who love these MX-6s are either very rich and don't mind paying $800 (here and there for repairs and claim them to "wear and tear" items), or just driving these lemons on borrowed time.

Chances are, if your car hasn't failed yet or it hasn't cost much to repair it, it will happen, and when it does come back here and let us know what you really think of these cars.

10th Jan 2006, 20:12

I'll agree with 1 & 2... handles nicely after an alignment, even has a bit of power after a service.

6th Jan 2007, 01:49

Bought my first MX6 in 1999 (1997 model) while in South Africa - electric drivers seat, cruise/c, leather seats etc. What a lovely car to drive - got it at 30 000kms and sold it 80 000kms. Bought my second MX6 in New Zealand in 2004 at 78 000kms (1992 model - not quite all the extras as the first model, but a very neat car). The speedometer currently stands at 87 000kms and she goes like a dream. Both cars gave me no problems at all and I wouldn't hesitate to by a third one if it came to that.

1993 Mazda MX6 LS 2.6l from North America


Testament to Mazda's economic woes


Numerous electrical problems such as int. wipers giving out at 4 yrs, engine warning light intermittent, rear defroster poor, etc. Add to that anti-sway bar breaking, clutch giving out early, rear brakes ceasing, paint peeling off all over, and 2 ball joints being replaced.

General Comments:

Mazda has shown that it just doesn't have the economic resources any more to properly engineer a car (Ford notwithstanding). I read that it took them 2 more years to iron out the bugs in this model. Moral : if you need to buy a Mazda, wait two years into the model year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th July, 2000

1993 Mazda MX6 LS Mystere V6 2.3 from North America


Blown head gasket and rebuilt camshaft at 53,000 km. Replaced oxygen, air flow and throttle sensors at 55,000 km. Oxygen sensors need replacing again at 95,000 km.

Air conditioning does not appear to function properly.

General Comments:

Mazda parts are very expensive and following maintenance schedule will bankrupt you!

With no body side mouldings, the doors take a real beating.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th September, 1998

1993 Mazda MX6 2.5i GT 2.5 24v V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


Many rattles and shakes in the dash and doors. Exhaust needed replacing after 40,000 miles. A/C pipe split...on the hottest day of the year..replacement part (1 pipe) cost over 150 quid! Stock brakes not up to task. Can be difficult to get gearbox into reverse.

General Comments:

Quick enough....but 2.5 litres of V-6 should be faster in the midrange. The engine while powerful is lazy and a bit slow to rev, although it sings happily along at 5000+ rpm all day. Chassis is not stiff enough. Long distance cruising effortless and relaxing. Handling good rather than great. Cheap plastic dash. Endless wind leaks around frameless windows...dealers less than useless at fixing them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 1997