Right, 5000 into ownership of the 6 sport diesel and so far so good.
The negative points.... I'm a company car user so the fuel economy isn't the be all and end all for me, but if i was a private buyer, i'm not sure i'd be all that pleased, i'm averaging 36mpg, compared to 44mpg (with an admittedly heavy right foot driving style) from my old Renault Scenic. A couple of other reviewers' comments re the gearing I can back up also. The 6th gear at 70mph on the motorway is way below its power band and you have no choice but to drop into 5th for overtaking, at anything below 75 and in 6th, the car labours. I don't really agree with the press comments regarding the use of cheap plastics. They don't detract from the quality of the stunning cabin.
Those are my only gripes. Now the good bits.... The xenon lights of the sport model with AFS are stunning. The steering wheel controls for everything (CF-Net) once you've become comfortable with them are superb. The handling is unbelievably good for a car of this size. The BOSE stereo in CD/Mp3 mode is amazing, the radio is good but obviously cannot compete in terms of sound quality. Reliability-wise / cost of servicings, its a little too early to comment but i've run the car in quite quickly and theres not even the slightest rattle, niggle or problem with the whole car. Very very impressed.
Swapped over to TS2 petrol estate from a mondeo estate 2 litre TDCI - The Mazda should have been the diesel model - but someone ordered the wrong car from the lease company ! never mind these things happen ! the car looks brill - the twin pipes at the back, make the car look like a rocket ship - (the diesel has a single pipe)Performance - its pretty good - but rev it hard to get the best from it - if you switch from a diesel - you do miss the torque , so gears have to be right!!! Bad bits - seats - head rest will not move forward or backward , just up and down - my neck hurts after a long run - i ended up taking head rest off to relieve the pain - every ones back length is different and adjustment of this item in this axis would be welcome ; seat is hard too - have a long test drive 1st and see if you can get comfortable... back seats very hard - again my 6 year old daughter couldnt get comfy in the seats - i am hoping this is just newness.......
What happened to the back door pockets Mazda? forgot to put them in ?? when you got kids - back door pockets hold pens, papers,books,toys,food,nintendos,etc, etc - please re consider design ..... sounds a minor complaint - but when all the kids stuff ends up all over the car its well justified.... finally ,how do you turn the lights off ? The hand book says off means off - really it means on in UK models .......my old Volvo was like this and it went through light bulbs very quick .... i reckon this might be the same......
I am very impressed with this car; the new model is extremely rewarding to drive for a car of its size. The suspension is taught and this inspires real confidence on twisty roads. There is an excellent balance in terms of keeping the suspension 'sporty' with out it resulting in an uncomfortable ride.
The 2.0 diesel engine is superb - it is relatively refined and has impressive reserves of pull which makes overtaking a breeze. It feels much more gutsy than the 2.0 petrol in my previous 6.
The gears do take some getting used to. The ratios are high compared to the outgoing model and this means that sixth gear can be used far less routinely in the new 6. The upside of this, however, is incredibly relaxed high-speed cruising. At 80mph in sixth the tacho needle has only reached the 2000 rev mark.
The car is extremely comfortable and the seats provide lots of support. The cabin is very spacious with plenly of room in the boot for buggies, luggage etc etc.
The styling of the car is superb - it is very distinctive compared to the run-of-the-mill Mondeos etc and you see very few of the new 6s on the road, although I'm sure this will change.
Two key reasons why I chose a 6 over a Mondeo: 1. Value for money - the base level 6 estate comes with all the gear you could want. The eqivalent Mondeo has wind-up rear windows and plastic wheels. 2. Tax and emissions - the limited CO2 output places the 6 in a very low tax bracket.
I got my blue TS D on a Friday, used it all weekend and thought, "yes!" the colour was great it drove well and looked brillant.
However, come Monday evening it all changed!! On the way home from work (25 miles)the Engine Management went crazy and I had to drive home in safe mode, no turbo and 2500 rpms. Took it to a dealership and they sorted out the Engine Management system but the throtle sensor is knacked after only 350 MILES! The local dealer said the Mazda part is not on the system and could take 2 - 3 weeks best guess.
I always heard that Mazdas were reliable and the service good but I have had to ring Mazda to get information not the other way around. I could write a review about a Vectra, the hire car I have had for more time than my Mazda!!!!
Just a word of caution if something goes wrong it can take an age to sort out
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