I have owned an ex-demo model for nearly two years now and still enjoy its energy, practicality and it still looks great especially compared to its class rivals.
There have been one or two trips back to the dealer to replace a leaking back window and squeaky boot-lid struts but all done under warranty with no fuss.
My only complaint about it is that the road noise present at motorway speeds is more noticeable than its rivals, but everything else more than makes up for it.
Residuals are still satisfyingly reasonable too, especially compared to Mondeos of similar spec/age.
I'm looking forward to test-driving the Mazda 6 MPS as a natural progression for next car.
HAVING SUFFERED A FAILED CLUTCH AT UNDER 13,000 MILES, MY VIEW IS JAUNDICED.
THE SUGGESTION IS THAT I SLIPPED THE CLUTCH AGGRESSIVELY WHEN PULLING AWAY.
STRANGE THAT THIS HAS NEVER OCCURRED ON ANY CAR I HAVE DRIVEN BEFORE IN 38 YEARS OF DRIVING. EVEN AFTER 75,000 MILES IN A 3.0-LITRE V6 ALFA 164, THE CLUTCH SEEMED TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ANY LIMITED PUNISHMENT I GAVE IT.
MOST OF MY CARS HAVE DONE BETWEEN 70,000 AND 105,000 IN MY OWNERSHIP AND NEVER A CLUTCH REPLACEMENT (EXCEPT IN 1966 ON A 13-YEAR-OLD MORRIS MINOR).
IF MAZDA IS CORRECT THEN THE CLUTCH IS NOT UP TO THE JOB.
Two years, 115,000 miles and an absolute pleasure!
Great styling and standard equipment on the TS model, including climate-control, cruise control and a fantastic stereo.
If you are looking for a company vehicle for high-mileage use, the Mazda is ideal. Low sevice costs, high MPG and reliability.
There are only two quibbles with the 6 for me. These are the quality of the interior, which in mine is a sea of flimsy grey plastic, and driving at low speeds in traffic is sometimes uncomfortable. Otherwise, I couldn't recommend it more. Great value for money!
I bought this car from new after 20 years of Toyota family car ownership, partly on the strength of press reviews, partly on my experience of our three-year old MX-5, and partly on the opinion of, and rear headroom for, my 6' 2" tall teenage son. Not to say that my wife wasn't influential too! It was a true family decision.
So after 9 months of ownership, what do we think? Good space, comfort and overall quality. It's a lovely vehicle to be in. It handles a treat, but there is a trade off with a slightly harsh ride, but not uncomfortably so - in fact other passengers have commented on how nice the ride is.
The engine is a bit harsh at speed - at first I wondered if the under-bonnet insulation had been missed. The Bose stereo is excellent though, and does a good job of drowning it out. Oh and the brakes - efficient and reassuring - the car does convey an overall sensation of solidity and safety.
Performance is adequate and has improved as the engine has loosened. Economy has averaged 32-35mpg.
My main gripe in the action of the clutch. Getting a sweet gearchange is difficult. It takes the ultimate in concentration, and can spoil the driving experience at times. I haven't taken it back to the dealership, so perhaps I'm being unfair. I've found them very helpful with our MX-5, so I'll have to see what happens during its first service.
Would I buy again? Sort out the clutch, add a little more refinement, and a definite "yes".
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