28th Jan 2008, 04:50
I bought a 93 mx6 roughly 2.5 years ago. One week later it was in the shop getting a new transmission. Within one month it was back in the shop 3 times with transmission problems. It was finally fixed! Over the next year, We've had to replace the starter, alternator, belts, plugs&wires, fuel filter, battery, radiator, and transmission cooler. It ran great for awhile. Now once again I'm having transmission problems and its been parked for 2 months. I just don't know what else to do, but set it on fire. I love the car so that's why I haven't yet!
28th Jan 2008, 17:23
Too bad a lot of you got stuck with a POS. It's related to the Ford Probe, which is a complete pile of garbage. According to these posts, it looks as though a lot of people have fallen in love with this car due to it's sporty look. Just a word to the wiser, however. Stay AWAY from this mechanical abortion of a car, you'll be glad you did. Go and buy a Subaru or something. Cheers!
27th Jun 2008, 11:03
I don't know how to respond to the "problem" cars with issues. I do own a 1995 Mazda Mx-6 (automatic) with 97,000 miles on it, and for a 13 year old car I have owned for 3 years, nothing has gone wrong with it.
It's actually a miracle because I punch the gas every time some one passes me just to get in front of them. I race it with my friends a lot.
No problems like anyone has posted; it runs like a true car, everything works on it. The acceleration on the car and its handling are what I love about it.
Only two things have happened with this car, and they are not even bad. I had to replace the spark plug wires (worn and torn); that cost 80$.
The only other thing is I got hit by another car, and had to have it fixed, and now there is some rattling going over rough roads after the incident; don't know if it's worth fixing because I just turn the music up a little and I'm good.
This car is more reliable than I would have guessed. It's a car I can count on to get me where I need to go after abusing it with high speeds and sharp turns at high speeds and drifting. This car will always be my favorite little red monster.
Hope all of you get a real car like the one I bought with no problems.
11th Jul 2008, 01:12
I bought a second generation 1992 MX6 in 2001. It had 165,000kms on the clock. Now at 275,000 and still running beautifully.
A few problems along the way. The automatic gear box needed replacing early on as did the rear wheel steering rack (so that's why the previous owner sold it). The steering rack went again recently. The motor in the driver's window winding mechanism is sounding pretty sad. Apart from that, just routine repairs one might expect with a 16 year old vehicle showing that many kilometres. Unfortunately, there are signs that the valves are starting to wear and I might be due for a serious overhaul in a year or two.
This car really is a delight to drive, especially on long winding mountain roads, and the classic styling never seems to date. One person recently asked me if this was a new Mazda model (I do keep the car in immaculate condition). I have no regrets about buying this car, my only regret will be when I finally part with it - may that be far in the future.
20th Jul 2008, 22:35
I've owned two 1993 Mazda MX-6s. The first was a 6cyl with 192,000 miles on it. I had very little trouble with it aside from a major issue with the distributor. The engine would die when it was warmed up and after cooling for about 10 minutes would start again. My mechanic found a hair-line fracture in the distributor that expanded with heat to cause an electrical gap, so that no spark could get to the plugs. The part was $600 to replace (brand new).
I just bought my second MX6, this time a 4cyl with 123,000 miles for $2,000.00 with all service records showing quite a few repair items, all of which would be expected on a car this old. The car runs great except for a recent starting problem, which is intermittent and hard to understand. Basically, the engine will turn over sluggishly sometimes and not start, and other times it will start like a champ. New battery doesn't help. I did notice the battery loosing its charge with both the AC and head lights on, but the starting problem has been during the day when the lights aren't used.
I love this car's handling, and like others I've heard from, hate it when things go wrong (the car is generally touchy), but like the car so much I'm willing to put up with it.
9th Oct 2008, 10:38
I have a 1994 MX6, 6cylinder LS.
I've had problems with the distributor caused by a bad head cover gasket. The oil gets in the spark plug chamber and causes the spark plug to short out the distributor. It happens to a lot of cars with that type of set up. Only a true mechanic will know that.
You all think you bought a bad car; that is just normal ware and tear. Most of the cars in the US have the same problem.
This car will out last any Chevy past or present, cause the Chevy have their usual problem; alternator, fuel pump, transmissions, fan belt, drive starters. Do you want me to keep on going?
The problems with the MX6 are due to cheap American manufactured parts that just last a week. Tell me I'm wrong. If you buy the JDM parts like I do, you would not have these problems. Aftermarket parts in the long run are cheaper and more reliable.
Word to those who think they bought melons. Why buy a sport car when you know you can't afford to fix it.
That car is one of the best cars that came out that year. My car out performs the 2006-2007 Chevy Vette with the JDM motor I swapped. The problem also is the emmissioned motor the Japanese have to install when the car comes to America. The motor that the American MX6 has is a piece of crap. Put a JDM motor in and your car will never give you any of these problems guaranteed. The reason the Japanese comply is to sell cars. Making their cars slower than the American cars assures them great sales in the US market, cause if they made a car that out did US cars, there would not be another Mazda dealership in sight in the US. If the Japanese left the cars JDM spec, there would be no one buying American.
22nd Nov 2008, 16:44
The knocking noise in the front-end is the lower control arm bushings.
Mine is a 1994 MX6 2.0, which runs great but smokes like hell when cold. Once it's warmed up it's good and doesn't smoke hardly in summertime, only in winter the most (sitting over night).
It needs struts and the driver's door is starting to sag a bit.
Great lookin car / drivers like a race car, so nimble. I love it and it turns plenty of heads!
I bought it for 400 bucks from good friend who found a big bag of money LOL.
Love it. It needs a little work, but it's worth it. The gas mileage is great with freakin cold A/C! And moon roof!