My wife and I traded in our old Nissan Almera GTi for the five-door petrol TS2 when our little one came along.
As a family car, it can't be beaten for space and practicality. There is plenty of room for all the things you need to take with you (pushchair etc). The 2.0-litre engine means you get a good drive, although I still long for a bit more oomph - unfortunately I can't afford the MPS yet!
We both absolutely love the look of the car and have never had any problems with it (touch wood). We're now saving our pennies for the MPS! I would recommend the Mazda 6.
I have owned this car for two-and-a-half years now. I am generally pleased with it overall but it has not been as good or as reliable as I thought it would have been.
The fuel flap release mechanism failed, a headlight motor has failed, and I ran out of fuel when the trip meter said I could still do 85 miles. The heater takes an age to warm the car up and the air-conditioning has lost its effectiveness.
The road noise on the motorway is worse than expected, creaks on the dashboard have appeared and the speakers vibrate at a decent volume. It averages 52mpg, feels smooth to drive and has a good driver's position.
I actually have the 5door hatch version of the 2.3 sport.
Test drove the 2.0 TS2 and loved the style, the cabin etc, but felt it just didn't have enough oomph!
So splashed out the extra few £'s and what a worthwhile few £'s it was.
The reason i wanted the car was because of the new addition to the family (Hence family saloon, big boot etc etc) but this is more than that.
I didn't have the cash to buy a BMW and if i did, the only one i could afford would be a 1.6 and did i want that? No!
This car feels a lot quicker than it says, it handles so well, the stereo is straight out of the top drawer, the fuel economy is as you would expect from this engine, the service costs are low (Years ago i paid more for a little renault clio to be serviced!) the mazda garage are great.
I bought this on the internet, and have it serviced near to home. I had a minor problem with a warning light, and they sorted it no problem, were very attentive and the girl in the dealership is particularly good looking too!
Quips aside, a great car, a good price for the quality you get, and leave the 'sport' badge off like me and you really can surprise the hordes of BMW, Audi boys leaving them for dust.
Zoom Zoom!! This is a Japanese sports saloon that does not make you feel you have to drive like a maniac all the time. It has surprised the local Evo's, but you can also trundle along at a sedate pace. Handling is great. These twisty Scottish roads make the perfect daily commute for the MPS. A car like this is wasted in a town it needs the open road. Cabin quality to the best I have ever had, having had mainly Subarus before. Everything is clear and within easy reach. The electrically operated seats allow minute adjustment to get the perfect driving position. The MPS closest rival is Subarus Legacy Spec B, an awesome car but more expensive, when you consider my MPS cost £19500 with 12 months tax, 3 years servicing and metallic paint. This is a great car.
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