22nd Oct 2005, 14:52

I just got a used 1990 mx6 for free and got it to run.

I learned to love that weird little car. I got the down- grade but everything works and the car is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage.

It helps to be a mechanic.

17th Dec 2005, 14:30

I just bought a 1994 Mazda MX6, great looking car with 180,000kms. 2 day later it left me on the side of the road after giving it lots of gas, had to wait about 10 minutes before I could start it again?? Would be very helpful if someone knew why this happened or has had the same experience in the past. Thanks.

10th Jan 2006, 10:06

I have owned my MX6 for about a year now. It is a 1993 with 263000kms and I use it to get to work 3 to 5 times a week. The MX6 is a charm to drive, and I have had a few problems, but what 13 year old car doesn't? I replaced the alternator, exhaust center pipe, and rear brake lines, but the car was sitting for 6 months on the grass. To put this in perspective, I also own a 1991 Buick Park Avenue, which died in 2004, when it was 13 years old. I replaced the alternator 4 times, the brake lines twice, the complete rear brake system 3 times, and the transmission 3 times. After 200000kms, the car's underbody was completely rotten, yet my MX6 is just starting to surface rust. This is still, by far, the best car I have ever owned.

6th Feb 2006, 16:47

The rough idle is more likely to be defective O2 sensors or knackered plug leads (both normal wear and tear items on a 90k car).

The failure mode on the ignitor module is simply that it will cut out completely, and maybe start working again once it's cooled down. It doesn't manifest itself as a rough idle.

What I would say is that because of highish servicing costs and spare parts prices, plus (in the UK) the very low standard of service offered by most garages, there are many MX-6 out there which have been neglected or run into the ground and unfortunately the original car sounds like one of these.

17th May 2006, 16:02

I bought a 1993 Mazda MX6 in December. It has been in the repair shop more than it has been at my house. Everything is going wrong with: water pump, distributer, head gaskets, throttle body, and it still runs like crap. It had only had 1 owner before me and the replaced a few things, but thought they had it fixed. I have never owned a car with this many problems. Anyone want to buy it? It is for sale.

29th Jul 2006, 21:11

I have owned a 1993 MX-6 for about a year now, and I've had a few problems with it as well. Namely the distributor died about two weeks after purchase, and I've been having what appears to be fairly extensive electrical problems. These include, but are not limited too, improper battery charging (Even though the alternator is good), interior lights and radio not working, right hand side turn signals not working, I also have the weird issue that my car alarm only goes off if I try to open the passenger side door with the key.

When the car runs properly it is dream to drive as others have stated, I'm just hoping that taking it to Mazda for repair will solve the current problems and I won't have to sell it.

3rd Aug 2006, 13:13

I've owned a 1994 MX-6 LS for 7 years now (since 1999), and have had no problems outside general repairs (oil, exhaust, brakes etc.). Water pump/timing belt at 240 000 (both were still OK, but I put 100 000 km on the car, so I figured it was time). If you don't maintain a car, a good car will turn into a lemon. Most of the work I have done has been small modifications (Centerforce clutch, headers etc).

I have a 1500 watt (RMS) stereo running on the stock alternator for 5 years... no problems... basically everything (other than the power antenna) still works on the car.

I'm a member at mx6.com and have read about some problematic cars, but like has been mentioned before... even the best cars have some bad ones.

I love the car... people that don't recognize it think it's a 2000 or newer. It's quick, sporty with good looks. I don't regret it at all.

2nd Sep 2006, 08:00

Gosh I must have really bought a lemon 6 years ago... how could I have ever have known that I would have all those problems. I am so glad I visited this site, so I know all of this?

Damn, I could have been in real trouble when I drove from Texas to Iowa three years in a row. The last trip being for my mother's funeral, by which I cut my usual sixteen hour drive, down to 10, and the mileage was way over 100,000 too.

I am a girl, so maybe that's why I got tricked into buying such a fix or repair daily car, if I had known I was going to have to do all those repairs, I certainly never would have bought it.

Darn what have I gotten myself into? How long after you bought the car did all of these things start to happen? I need to know when mine is going to start messing up.

Maybe I should change the oil. I am not sure when I last changed it? Was it last summer? No, OK I remember now, it was in OCT, so I still have a couple months yet right?

You know what it maybe I am starting to have problems, a cooling belt did break last summer, but I was already half way home from my Aunts house in Nebraska, so I didn't worry, now I am a bit concerned. Yes, also I did have to get new brake pads in April, oh dear!

OK, I am giving you a little bit of a razzing, but I am also very dumbfounded, to hear that you have had so many problems. I can't think of anyone that abuses a car more than me, unless it's my daughter, and it's the same car.

And I have a secret to tell. I got it at one of those shady used car dealerships, and probably paid too much, but I like the look of it. I never had it checked by a mechanic at the time, my friends said I was crazy, not for buying that type of car, but because of where I bought it.

I have a couple of friends that have had, or have a 93' Mazda MX6, and they had very good things to say about them. I think you just got a bad car, or I got the only good car they made that year, make and model?

But I will look out for these things, because I have semi-retired her, I want to have her repainted, and have the engine overhauled. I only think I need to have that done because she has 160,000 miles on it. Plus we had flooding, three or four years ago, and I just barely saved her from floating away, she was a moving when I got in her, and I got the interior soaked when I opened the door.

I truly must stop bragging about my car, you know the Karma thing? But I compare her to the car I had when I was 18,in the dependability, purseverance, as well as my attachment, that was a 70 Dodge Challenger, I have put both through some heated 1/4 miles. And won!