Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mazda 6 estate?
Entry-level SE cars come without front and rear parking sensors, which is a little annoying as the 6 is quite a large car. As a result, it’s worth checking for parking scrapes and dings if you’re choosing one of these models.
Some of the interior plastics on early 6 Tourers aren’t as good as later ones and can show marks and scratches. If you happen to be looking at an example with the optional off-white interior, make sure the seats aren’t stained and are in good condition. Being such a light colour means it shows up even the smallest bits of dirt, so be prepared to clean it regularly.
Being an estate car, make sure the boot carpet isn’t stained and that the roof lining is in good shape. Some owners like to load up the luggage area with taller items that can scuff the ceiling.
What are the most common problems with a used Mazda 6 estate?
On the whole, owners seem to have high praise for their Mazda 6s, but the 6 can be quite hard on its brake discs, which can lead to vibration under braking. If you detect this on a test drive, you’ll need to have them looked at.
What’s more, the live traffic service provided by the TomTom satellite navigation system has a few issues, with some owners reporting that it doesn’t work all the time.
On diesel models, it’s worth keeping in mind that the particulate filter system can cause problems, especially if you accidentally shut it off part-way through its regeneration cycle. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which results in the oil level rising gradually over time. This can damage the engine over time, so it’s worth checking the oil level regularly.
Diesels need to be given frequent motorway runs in order to ensure they complete this regeneration cycle since it’s only triggered at high speed. So if you’re planning to buy a diesel, it’s worth checking how the previous owner used the car.
Mazda issued a recall in early 2017 for boot struts that could fail due to water ingress. This affected 6 Tourers built from the start of production up to 2 April 2015. You can find out whether your car has had this work carried out by contacting your local Mazda dealership.
Is a used Mazda 6 estate reliable?
Mazda generally has a good reputation for reliability and finished in 11th place out of 31 manufacturers in our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey. Further to this, the Mazda 6 managed to take fifth place out of 14 executive cars included in the survey.