1996 Mazda MX6 2.5 Litre V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Nice try, but no Cigar. Not for motor sports fans, but women love this thing


Where to Start.

Front Right Wheel Bearing


Top End Rebuild


Generally not much for a car of this age.

General Comments:

Pretty much all show and no go. the engine is decent, but nothing to write home about, no real power band until 4500rpm, if it kicks in at all.

People who say it corners flat must either have coil overs on, or be driving a different car, it corners decently, but still has a large propensity towards understeer, a little bit of lift off oversteer, but nothing to worry about.

Speed wise, its got nothing on other cars, its not light / powerful enough, definitely not a car someone wants, and some days it seems like it takes forever for it to hit that powerband.

The interior is great, I'm 6'2 and I have no problems fitting in and getting comfortable, though there are much better cars available for hauling stuff around if that's what you're really looking for.

This is not a performance car, touring coupe would be a better way of describing this vehicle, as it has neither the handling or speed of other cars, and is nowhere near as satisfying to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2006

11th Aug 2006, 16:12

Does it not compete with the ferraris and bugattis in your garage?

Its used, very used and the suspension is most likely shot, the engine needs a tune up and probably a rebuild. If you drove one in proper condition you'd be amazed.

16th Aug 2006, 18:26

Yea seriously... watch out for this guy!

1996 Mazda MX6 LS 2.5L V6 from North America


Fun car, too expensive to drive


Rear Brake Calipers 120,000

Water Pump/Timing Belt/Plugs & Wires ($1000) 130,000

O2 Sensor ($200) 136,000

Distributer/Crankshaft Sensor ($800) 137,000

Yeah that's $2000 in less than 6 months

Still needs - New clutch, Suspension work (another $2000)

General Comments:

Love the car, hate the repairs. Beautiful car, but I have had nothing, but problems with it since I bought it. Can't remember exactly everything I've done, but listed above are the out-of-ordinary things. The rest are just general wear and tear items like brake pads and rotors, tires and the like. I would love to keep it forever because the handling is awesome, but I can't afford to keep bringing it to the shop to get it fixed. I wish I could afford a newer reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd June, 2006

1996 Mazda MX6 LS V6 from North America


Probably my favorite car I'll ever own


Antenna went out at 75 K.

CV joint boots replaced around 75 - 80 K.

Timing belt replaced at 85 K.

Boost censor went out between 85 and 90 K.

Thermostat and main block "ring" or "sealer" replaced between 90 and 95 K.

Headlight control connectors went out around 100 K.

Most recently, distributor, oil pressure valve, and air hose went out.

General Comments:

I fell in love with this car the moment I saw it, and especially when I sat in it for the first time. The seats are so comfortable, the most comfortable I've ever been in. The body style is rather unique, more so compared to what's on the road now. The overall performance has been good. It's pretty quite and smooth, with reasonable power. Unfortunately I have an automatic. The power really kicks in around 35 mph, where I get a boost of speed. Reliability-wise, the car was great for the first 2 years, then age started to affect the car, and fairly regular repairs followed. I have put in more money into the car than what it's worth. It seems in my current situation that I may have to part with my car and get a new ride, but I'm doing all I can to keep it and turn it to a project car, assuming I can afford to dump a considerable amount of money into it. I will regret parting with it, if I in fact do. If I do, the day I have the money to buy another one, I won't hesitate to do so, and fix it up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th May, 2006

17th May 2006, 17:47

What do you mean by the "boost sensor"?

Your ATX will also live much longer if you change the ATX fluid every 24k.