by maz6s on Dec 5, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sports Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Since 07, my 04 6s(v6) has been strong. I bought it at ~60,000 miles. All maintenance done early except the spark plugs. Don't drive too long with a misfire/vacuum leak/hesitation. Lucky I had knowledge of precat failure prevention so I didn't find out the hard way like others...keep an eye on fluid level and color esp oil. Since about 90-100,000 miles I noticed the oil level drops a lil every 1500 miles which is normal on most vehicles. Don't trust oil change places, they only pour 5qts in, but this engine takes 6...oh and Honda seekers don't buy Automatic Accords, my wife's tranny died@100,000 miles...fluid drained and filled every 10,000 miles since 40,000 miles. 2004 Accord EX V6. Thx
by blaznazn22 on Sep 14, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sports Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I bought this car 2 months ago for $3000 at an auction with 196000km on it, or about 129k miles.
There oil kept disappearing quickly and I didn't know where it was going.
After about $2000 in repairs and getting some tires and rims, I find out that the cars' engine is through.
It was burning oil rapidly, the reason for that was the piston rings being worn out, and the reason for piston rings being worn out was the catalytic converter melting and blocking the exhaust creating excessive back pressure.
Not to mention the EGR valve recirulating exhaust gases as well as other particles into the engine which also screwed the engine over.
Very piss poor design by mazda.
by sranco on Feb 8, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Mazda Mazda6 i 4dr Sports Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Bought this car used in the summer of 09 with 129k on it. It now has 157k on it and I still love it. It has great handling and decent power for a 4 cylinder. These cars have a very good suspension IMO. It can handle tight turns at good speeds without offering too stiff of a ride. Mine has 17 inch tires, which probably makes a bit of a difference over the stock 16's. The interior is also well appointed and really comes alive at night with the interior lighting. If you like to play golf this car will also suit you well, there is easily enough room for 3 golf bags. The back seat can be a little tight though.