My god, I only bought this car by chance, I was looking at various options and a local dealer, whom I have bought cars of in the past, had one. I trusted him went along to look and was smitten. It is 8 years old and the one previous owner has maintained it fastidiously, the only faults are a couple of stone chips.
Everything works!!! It’s the first time I’ve ever bought a second hand car that I can say this about. Why did they discontinue this car? Smooth power throughout the range. Good handling at speed, but watch the backend in the wet. Comfortable yes, very, the rear seats are only for kids and my daughter loves them. Good MPG for a V6 about 32 per gallon, mixed driving conditions. Reasonable sized boot unless you go for large suitcases. Great sound system (Grundig) not sure if that’s stock, but it’s certainly a lovely quality sound. Good looking, gets peoples attention without being considered “flash” and people actually let me out from side roads!!! Great finish inside apart from various squeaks and rattles which were easily cured. All in all an absolute pleasure to drive – if you’ve never seen one and that’s what puts you off driving and owning one, do not let that stop you. Oh yes one horrible flaw the alloys are well at best they can be described as ermmmmmm bland. Unless…
…the servicing costs are horrendous £200 for 130K service – oil + filter + checking various bits. No way, I will DIY at least I know things have been done!
Can anyone from Mazda tell me why the car was discontinued????