Buy at your peril!! We bought a used 52 plate Mazda6 diesel estate as a family vehicle. At first all was well. However after about 10,000 miles, the car had done 52,00 miles in total, the engine began to cut out. It would only do this when approaching a junction or under deceleration. My local independent garage was unable to diagnose the problem but after some digging on the internet and with the help of another garage, it was diagnosed as a fault with the fuel pump. This is a well known fault on the diesel engine but is not widely reported upon in the motoring press. Are manufacurers and the motoring press in cahoots with each other? I think so.
I was quoted in excess of £600 by my local Mazda dealer to have the pump refurbished. A new pump was in excess of £2000.
Also the rear wheel arces were beginning to rust. I contacted Mazda but was fobbed off.
If ever you are walking past a Mazda6, just look at the rear wheel arches. Most over 3 years old are beginning to rust. A disgrace in my opinion.
The alloy wheels were terribly corroded. Another fault that Mazda are aware of and I do believe were replacing depending upon the circumstances.
All in all a good looking car which I bought for the so called Japanese reliability. I have now replaced it with a Honda Accord. Now there is a good Japanese car.
I bought a 4 year old Mazda 6 2.0d TS2 estate from a dealer with 42000 miles. It's a great car to drive and has all the toys, CD player, cruise control, climate control, etc. I did find the road noise a bit intrusive so added some sound insulation which made it much quieter. I really liked the car.
BUT!! at 53000 miles I need a new engine and the Mazda used car warranty will pay nothing. Big end and number 4 cylinder shot. The say it's because I didn't check the oil and drove it without sufficient lubricant. I hadn't checked the oil for only 1000 miles. This started using oil but no warning lights or anything. I've had Peugeots 305, 405 & 406 for more 20 years doing more than 400,000 miles in total with no serious problems and definitely no oil needed and they are all supposed to be very unreliable.
I'm having to pay £3k-£4k to have a second hand engine put in it. Now I find this is a common fault with the Mazda diesel; cylinders go oval, they start using oil and throw number 4 big end. So much for Japanese reliability! The warranty is totally useless and a complete con.
Unless it's a totally new design diesel engine, I wouldn't buy one again.
I bought my Mazda 6 turbo diesel estate car 18 months ago and have driven approximately 30,000 miles in it since. The car has a nice engine, with good acceleration and has all the toys, including climate control, leather seats etc. etc... However either the car is a Friday afternoon car or Mazda cars are not well built. The first problem was when the car broke down a month after purchase and had to be pushed to a garage. Only for it to have to then be towed to a Mazda garage where it spent 3 weeks having a new cylinder head being fitted. Since then almost everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. The electric window winder got stuck with the window open in a snow blizzard in Scotland in December (I was asking for directions). The cigar lighter doesn't work. The air conditioning broke and had to be fixed. The brakes squeal repeatedly as long as they are nowhere near a Mazda garage. I could go on, but you'll get bored. As for the Mazda warranty, don't be fooled it isn't a warranty, it's an insurance policy and don't try to claim on it as you will go around the houses for days and the decision on whether to honour it is down to the local Mazda garage who miss-sold it to you in the first place. All in all a big disappointment for what is supposed to be a reliable car.
We bought our 2005 Mazda 6 in December 2005, at eight months old and with 15,000 miles on the clock from a Mazda main dealer in Lincoln.
Last December (2007), at 35,000 miles, we experienced clutch and flywheel failure, costing approximately £1200 to rectify.
Mazda claimed that the fault was 'fair wear and tear' and refused to honour the warranty (the car was still four months within the three-year warranty period).
It's a good car to drive but I'm afraid that the Mazda warranty isn't worth a jot (to put it politely).
My wife and I are both 60 years old and this is the first clutch failure that we have ever experienced.
Our second car is a nine-year old Honda Civic with 131,000 miles; we've had it since it was 11 months old and had 13,000 miles on the clock. I still use it for a daily work commute and clock up 450 miles per week; it's not had one problem in all the time we've had it.
As far as reliability is concerned, please don't mention Honda and Mazda in the same sentence.
Not all Japanese car manufacturers are the same and not all Japanese manufacturers have the same code of honour.
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