1996 Mazda MX6 Reviews

1996 Mazda MX6 LS 2.5 V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Reliable, good gas mileage commuter car

Faults:

Standard maintenance +

Drivers side window motor stopped working. Was going to be $400 to replace new, or $200 with a junkyard part. Passenger side is slowly failing.

The leather door liners are coming unglued from the doors.

Radio only works intermittently.

Trunk lid doesn't stay open well because the struts wore out.

Ignition lock is broken, requires key in at all times to be able to shift gears.

General Comments:

Overall for a 13 year old car, it looks very good. It has aged very well, like the RX7 of that period as well.

Overall, I have only done routine maintenance to keep this car running - couple of oil changes tire rotation, and a brake light bulb. Not bad for a used car. I think the previous owner maintained it well which always helps.

This car gets great gas mileage for a V6. I average 27-28 MPG is mixed driving. This is a commuter car for me.

It would be more fun in a 5sp, but it does have good pickup. This is not a SPORTS CAR, it is a "sporty car."

My biggest complaints with the car are that there is a lot of road noise, the A/C is weak, and the radio malfunction is annoying. DO NOT EVEN THINK OF BUYING THIS CAR IF YOU HAVE KIDS THAT NEED TO GO INTO THE BACK SEAT, ESPECIALLY REAR FACING! The car seats are very difficult to install correctly, and it is always a pain to get the kids in the car.

Overall, the car gets a plus for good gas mileage, reliability, and decent handling.

The car gets minuses for noise, glitches, and lack of cup holders. Lack of rear seat space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2009

1996 Mazda MX6 RS 2.0L from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired173000 miles
Most recent distance182000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A hidden gem

Faults:

The driver side door lock, but can lock from the passenger side.

The boot does not stay up when opened.

The boot lock.

Rust and paint has faded, not surprising for its age, especially in a snowy region.

Replaced CV boot.

Replaced rear sway bar.

General Comments:

This is a hidden gem of a car. I bought it in 2007 to hone my manual driving skills. I did not know that this car had a cult following (believe it shares genealogy with Mazda 626 and Ford Probe), until I had a couple of stalkers - just harmless fans of this car. The curves on this car, still draw looks in 2008.

Couple of minor irritants, not surprising for a car this age. Some of them are known issues with MX6, the door locks, the boot etc. But the transmission and engine is really strong.

I bought it at 170k and sold it to a very happy school kid after reaching 180k, I moved on to a manual German import. Apparently these are known to live up to 250k. Never had any transmission or engine issues. Especially if you have the 2.0L manual.

The mileage is excellent, about 30 to 32 mpg. And with rising gas prices this is a boon. If you are looking at a used manual MX6 and know that the transmission and engine has not been messed with, buy it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2008

1996 Mazda MX6 LS 2.5 V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles
Previous carFord Pinto

Summary:

A reliable wreck

Faults:

Distributor Cap at 74000 miles, general maitence, muffler fell off 82000.

General Comments:

Myself and my friends have tried mulitiple times to kill this car and we just cannot succeed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2007

1996 Mazda MX6 LS 2.5L V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carFord Cougar

Summary:

Be careful, the MX6 is habit forming

Faults:

The engine failed at 165000 km. Had the engine rebuilt. I have fully replaced the exhaust system. Replaced driver side window switch, and harness and motor with used parts. Replaced the clutch, battery, water pump while the engine was being rebuilt. Brakes redone.

General Comments:

I have put a lot into the car. The body is in great condition, interior is fairly clean. High-speed handling is good, V-rated tires are generally expensive. With a manual transmission the performance off the line is quick, control is nimble. This is a great hobby car, I have invested into this as much as I would in a new low end vehicle, however, I think I have much more vehicle for the money with the MX 6.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2006

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 17 reviews