I bought this car in 2002 because I wanted a roomy vehicle with a bit more shuzz than my previous saloons / hatchbacks, and despite it being just the S model, I have never regretted it.
Although I cannot comment as some readers do, about technical stuff etc., I can say It has been great fun and totally reliable.
I have not experienced even one problem with the car. Fuel economy could be better, but servicing costs have been very reasonable and apart from someone NOT replacing the oil seals once, I have been very satisfied with the dealers that overtime, have serviced the car.
The 6 is my favourite car to date, and despite what my friends call 'abuse' (including bad habits like, riding the clutch & over-revving) even now, with 119,000 miles on the clock it still gives me everything I need, both around town and over the hundreds of motorway miles, I am obliged to do.
Previously, I replaced my cars every 2 years.so had never experienced a vehicle out of warrenty. I got a bit jittery when my 60,000 miles were up. However, true to the form - it just kept going.
I have been thinking about getting a new car recently - but am loathe to swap my trusted, sort of sporty workhorse.
I am curious to know what the max mileage is for this model before it starts costing the owner in repairs etc.,
As my new car had been held up I have had the pleasure of a Mazda 6 loan car for the past week now. Having previously test driven a 2.3 Sport back in 2005 my expectations weren't particularly high. I felt that model was a little unresponsive and had a poor ride quality. However, I suspect now that the car wasn't properly run in.
The 2.0 TS I have had is a very pleasant car to drive. It is very grippy in the corners and the steering response is certainly decent by modern standards. The ride quality is exceptionally smooth, and the 2.0 engine is adequately powerful under most circumstances. The clutch has a rather high biting point which means its a little too easy to stall it sometimes!
I put a full tank of fuel in the car, and have been surprised by just how long it is lasting. The official figure puts combined fuel economy in the 35s and that is probably realistic. Mazdas are supposed to be pretty reliable so I would expect it to last pretty well.
The quality of the cabin is a little bit of a let down compared with my last car - a Vauxhall Vectra. It doesn't feel as well put together, though at least everything seems logically laid out. The seats are very comfy and have a wide range of adjustment, and the cabin is very roomy indeed. The boot is pretty big, though it could do with being a little deeper for my liking.
Overall a pretty good car, though for me it would have to be an automatic.
I bought a 2.0 4 door saloon in 2002 which developed clutch judder with less than 30k miles on the clock and less than 3 years old. I traded for a new 2.0 5 door hatchback in 2005, and at 20k miles and less than 2 years old I have the same problem. Mazda UK have not been helpful at all.
I am overjoyed with my 57 plate 2 litre TS.
It's powerful, responsive and economical. It has good all round visibility, huge boot and a well finished cabin.
I live on a track off a lane and do a lot of low speed town work, but if the computer is to be believed, a light touch on the controls has produced 45 miles to the gallon on its first tank of petrol.
Looks wise it is a real head turner, attracting many positive comments.
The only issue I have found is an occasional reluctance to go into reverse gear. The dealer says that this is not an unknown occurence and he will look into adjusting the clutch or gear box if this niggle continues.
Overall I could not be happier with my Mazda6.
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