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 blaze h on Feb 18, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I bought my 6s as a repo from a bank. And ever since the brakes are shaky and theres a strange clicking sound coming from the motor that I have been told was a tension pulley and some grease will fix it. But it has 160k miles and its burning oil and I dont know why. I'm thinking its the pcv valve but I'm not sure. But I'm constantly putting oil in it. Oh and my air intake tube is broken in half. And my mechanic duck taped it. So I need a new one soon.
by Alex on Feb 17, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
This is the first Mazda I ever bought and I'm pretty happy with the car. It looks GREAT with the sport package. The ride is pretty firm and a little bumpy but of course the car handles great. It's got a lot of power, 220hp, but it doesn't feel that fast even with a 5 speed manual. Nice interior design but not without flaws like peeling headliner, weird looking shifter trim and a few rattles. Overall a good car!
by Kiwi on Feb 12, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I bought the V6 when it first came out. I loved the styling of the car, especially compared to the Camry & Accord. It handles much better than those two as well, tighter, stiffer. I think it's looks are holding up very well. Yes, there were a few teething problems with it. Squeaking/knocking noise when turning slowly at full lock(lower control arm issues). Rattle that comes & goes from the headliner. The very annoying shifting issues from 1st-2nd, 2nd-3rd(this was a defective throttle body problem that cost me $600 last year).
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