by wildcats7 on Aug 14, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
My V6 manual has been the best car I have ever owned.
I purchased my 2003 Mazda 6 new in April 2004 and still drive it today (8/14/2014).
The only thing that has gone wrong with this car in over 10 years is the water pump once went out and I had to replace a sagging headliner.
I have over 150,000 miles on it and it drives as well today as the day I bought it.
The paint, interior, and mechanical components have held up well.
I read many of the reviews prior to writing this one which stated problems starting around the 50,000 mile mark.
I am sure glad that has not been my experience.
The car has been a pleasure to drive and almost like part of the family after so many years.
by bigmama4 on Oct 26, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
When I first bought my brand new Mazda 6 in 2003 I kept getting a burning smell in the car. The Mazda mechanic told me the smell would go away after 3 -5 thousand miles. He said it was something to do with the exhaust pipes.
I can not remember how many times my brakes had to be changed and also just a month before my warranty expired I had to get rust fixed around my back wheel well. Of course they gave me a hard time but they fixed it twice because the first time looked terrible , I could have done better. Needless to say the rust came back with a fury it looks terrible,at least it is only in that one spot (strangely). Also the light cover on my front passenger door never stays on .
by la_fiera2000 on Apr 22, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I bought this car new in 2003 with a 50k warranty.
I complained several times about misfiring after 1 month and dealer never found the trouble.
At 55k miles the trouble was found to be the Throttle Body.
I wrote to Mazda and they said "Sorry, but we can't guarantee how long parts will last after warranty."
After that the right control arm broke twice(most of my driving is on the highway).
Now, after 8 yrs of meticulous maintenance the compression valves gave out and will cost more to repair than the car is worth.
I wrote to Mazda, and again their response was, "Sorry, but we can not guarantee how long our cars will last."
by mazda6sowner on Oct 20, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
got my 03 with only 19k miles on it, put a couple more thousand on it and the transmission went out. I went to 4 shops trying to find out why it slams into gear and they all say it's in perfect condition. the car has amazing looks and driving like a dream (when the transmission wants to work with you), but unless they fix the trannys i would not recommend. and my SUV gets better gas mileage in town
by risitaluv on Jun 14, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 i 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I actually traded in my 2002 protege because I fell in love with this car before I even bought it. I love how it has a soft growl when I start the car sounding powerful. The seats are comfortable for long drives which I have done. The trunk is huge and helped when I moved. I am currently at 81,000 and just recently changed the brake pads for the first time. I am just now having a few problems but that's given with the mileage. The only other complaint that I did have was the stems on the wheels seem to snap off when you tighten your lug nuts and I've lost about 5 of them. But either then that this car has been very reliable for me these past 7 yrs.
by ahmed on May 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 i 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I had Mazda 6 and it was doing well till it hit the 50 k mark and then it became a problem. Once it had 65K and it became beyond repair. If you are looking for a durable car for sure this is not for you.
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