I've owned a 2003 1.8 Comfort Mazda 6 for just over 2 months now after reluctantly giving up my search for another Mitsubishi Galant! I'm rather resistant to change by nature and loved my Galant so it has taken a while for this car to grow on me but it's getting there.
The first thing i noticed was that there was plenty of space in the driver's seat, an important consideration as i am tall and like a good bit of leg room. The ability to adjust the steering wheel is also a plus. The second thing i noticed was that the gears can be a bit awkward and 1-3 changes are a bit stiff and sometimes stick.The engine is also noisy in the lower gears.Once you go to 4th and 5th, this improves a lot.I also thought acceleration was a little sluggish for an 1800cc engine but this also slows me down so maybe that's no bad thing! The dashboard controls and stereo are easy to use and conveniently placed.
As i've only had the car a short while, it's a bit early for a full review but i'm starting to like it a lot. For me, it still isn't quite up to the standard of the Galant but if they sorted out the gears then i would definitely consider buying another 6 in future. A good car overall.
Gearbox Difficult to reverse due to hatchback rear Engine is a bit noisy
Nice looking car Plenty of room inside Reliable performance Controls are easy to use
Excellent vehicle. Very comfortable in the cabin with a good range of accessories as standard. Very much like the cruise control for use on the motorway and the audio controls on the steering wheel are easy to use and give plenty of choice for CD or Radio. Seats are very comfortable for long journeys with a good range of positions.
The Mazda 6 is swift through all the gears and revels when you drive it hard. The top speed of 138 would be easy to reach if you wanted to and it's quite hard to keep the car to the legal limit when your enjoying yourself so much.
When you get on to A & B roads the drive really comes into it's own with a swift response to accelaration and steering combining to make a very exciting ride if you dare. Traction control works extremely well if you do lose it a little and the ABS also works well.
The only fault I could find after 60,000 miles in three years is the wheel slip if you take off to quick in slightly greasy conditions. Beautiful car and looking forward to getting my new Mazda soon.
I've had my 6 now for just over three months (2002 July model, currently 37,000 miles), having most recently owned a Golf convertible, 2003 Vectra 1.8 and Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0. Like so many, the reviews of the car were the main reason I decided to purchase (and due to an ever-increasing family).
The few niggles I've found are a rattle from the steering wheel boss, the absence of a sixth gear for cruising (the revs are around 3,500 at 70), slight wearing of the seat fabric (in the yucky light grey coloured velour) and the sometimes jumpy gear changes from 2nd-3rd (although my technique has improved).
However, the styling, looks, performance, handling, space, comfort and the BOSE sound system more than make up for any drawbacks mentioned here - this is definitely the best performing car I've had since the GTV - it always feels eager and responsive. Plus, I'm looking forward to lowish insurance and servicing costs.
I highly recommend the car and would definitely consider another.
I have owned my 2.3 Sport hatchback for 6 months and covered 10,000 miles. It is one of the best cars i have owned (which includes BMW's,Toyotas, VW's and Fords). It combines all of the aboves virtues in an excellant package that does exactly what is says on the Tin. The fold down rear seating is a simple but brilliant design and the drive, ride and handling superb.
The Bose speakers/cd changer are great, climate control and all the other gadgets work very well. The leather seating is very comfortable and there is probabaly more room than a lot of estates when the seats are down. The auto lighting feature gets a thumbs up too. So far it hasn't missed a beat, theres no annoying creaks and squeaks and the style/looks of the car still make me grin!
The only negatives are the fuel consumption and the lack of torque/grunt when in 5th/6th gear. The seat belt alarm goes off when a bag is put on the passenger seat! (due to the weight sensors) but i shall get that disabled at the service. Also in agreement with previous comments, the clutch can be a bit tempermental when in traffic.
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