The first Mazda 6 I drove was a 2.0L petrol, smooth nice slick gearbox. I would like to drive the 1.8 petrol as I only require "S" trim.
I did drive a 2.0L diesel obviously not as quite as the petrol and I found the gearbox not as slick, but it could pull, the salesman said it would take a few thousand miles before the car would come close to the MPG figures quoted in the book 5000 he said.
Anyway £500 more than the 1.8L petrol £55 per year cheaper road tax the diesel seemed the best buy even on my low mileage. Then the shock and it was a shock, called at the service dept and asked for the service costs over 6 years (had my present car 14 years)
12month service diesel £351.00 24month £236.00 36month £289.00 48month £286.00 60month £227.00 72month £785.00 includes new cambelt
12month service petrol £169.00 1.8L 24month £219.00 36month £195.00 48month £225.00 60month missed that one 72month 269.00 chain drive camshaft
I was told the first service is expensive because they do a lot of work on it. I know the Golf is a smaller car but £200 when you buy the car gets you 3 years servicing. The 4th years service will be around £500 to include the cambelt change.
So if a 1.8L petrol was OK and not underpowered I would probably go for that.
Having taken delivery of my third Mazda 6 Sport Diesel Hatchback model in the past four years, I wish I had waited to test drive the new model before placing an order. I collected my new car in February 2008,and have found the following problems. They claim the new diesel version will average 50mpg no way, my previous cars did between 43&45 mpg, my new car does only 36&38mpg!! I cover 25,000 miles a year so this mpg must improve or the car will have to go. I am driving the car exactly how I drove my previous cars. Who in there right mind decided to put the handbrake on the opposite side to the previous models, this causes your joint in your elbow to be at an acute angle. Also if you have a female passenger it could be a good excuse to touch her leg closeby. The reason I am told the handbrake position has been moved is to repostion the gearstick, which all they have done is bent the gear stick. All new Mazda 6 cars come without a sace saver spare wheel to save weight and improve the mpg! Forget the box of tricks they give you to repair any puncture, buy a space saver wheel from Mazda they are listed at the dealers. Beware the new 18" alloy wheels they are prone to the slightest touch on a kerb I have found, the tyres fitted 225/45R18 are not the most common and are in the region of £135 each. I must say the new body shape shape is more modern, the seats look like sports seats and are a big improvement. I hope this information is usefull to other Mazda owners.
Update after 1500 miles. Fuel consumption is good - the average is in the low-40s mpg at the moment, so it should improve - on a frugal run I have managed 54.5mpg according to the trip computer. Something is clearly wrong if you get 36mpg for 19,000 miles.
The gearchange has improved a lot - using first and second was sticky but it's now OK.
I have no issue with the handbrake position, as it means the storage area is not obstructed.
The loss of the spare wheel may be a pain sometime in the future, but the increase in under-floor stoage is great for muddy boots.
Servicing is not an issue for me as it's a company car, but 12-monthly services is a bit behind the times now. Renault, Peugeot, VW etc are all around the 20,000-mile mark.
I took delivery of the latest Mazda 6 Sport, 2.5, 5-door hatch, on 22nd December 2007, in stormy blue. I have already driven nearly 2000 miles and I am totally satisfied. The car has excellent dynamics, driving even better than my old Mazda 6 Sport, 2.3. It is very attractive and the interior is so much more refined, it is very quiet, with an easy to use steering-wheel based facility for controlling the radio, air conditioning system and viewing the in-car monitoring system, which thank goodness now shows MPG rather than litres/100 miles, as in the old car. The cruise control is in the right place too, I simply can't understand why other more expensive European manufacturers adopt, or have recently moved to, a stalk which makes operation so clumsy; on the steering wheel is the natural place! The handsfree bluetooth interface is very good, as are the keyless entry and ignition. The 2.5 engine seems somewhat more sophisticated than the 2.3, currently returning an average 30MPG which I expect to improve as the engine beds in. I do hope Mazda decide to import a 5-door hatch with an MPS engine. In terms of value for money, it is outstanding, costing less than £20K, approximately half the price of an equivalently equipped car from certain more prestigious marques. If I was to offer a suggestion for improvement, the ratios of the higher gears, 4:5:6, remain a little too close, but, nonetheless, congratulations to Mazda for such a high quality and good value product.
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