2004 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sports Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
This car is amazing. Sure, some of the car's interior feels cheap, and the comfort levels could be better, but remember this car was cheaper than all its rivals, yet drove even better. Performance is fantastic from the 220 bhp 3.0 V6 engine, sometimes you don't realize exactly how fast you're going. A complaint would be that the manual mode is jerky and dim-witted, and doesn't auto blip on the down shifts. Both down shifts and up shifts aren't instantaneous. Fuel economy is atrocious. Granted, I drive in a "spirited" manner, but i only average 17.4 mpg. I recommend the 4 cylinder model, that car weighs less, gets better mpg, and probably handles better. In short, it's great, buy it.
Engine noise, bolstered seats, climate control, 3.0 V6, practicality and large trunk
Less-cheap interior, more intelligent tiptronic automatic, and better fuel economy.
I"ve had this car since 2008 it had 178,000 miles on it now it has 250,000 mileson it. The still drives like it was new. The hatch back is so awesome and gives the car a sporty profile. I still get 29mpg with a 4speed AT. The car has more then pad for it's self in value.
This car is sharp looking and hatchback is awesome. Gas mileage and lack of hp is poor. Had a lot of brake rotor problems and a wheel bearing out at 50,000 miles. Eats tires every 30k despite correct alignment and quality tires. Car has excellent paint quality.
Heated seats, style, comfort, ride
Better fuel mileage, more power, better overall reliability, resale value
Bought this car used with 20,000 mi. LOVED this car, how it drove how it looked, the amount of room. But after about a year every few months we had to replace something: the clutch, the shocks, tires (2x), and air box system. Finally the engine in the car blew due to a cracked seal that caused the oil to leak dry(the oil was changed every 3000 mi). the carpeting is coming off in the cabin area and the drivers side speaker goes in and out. So we are getting rid of the car (after taking a huge hit on the loan) and never buying another mazda.
Loved the way it looked, very sporty. Loved to drive this car super fun.
made VERY poorly, I heard many other owners in our area with the same problems.
As a family we needed a third vehicle to cover our increasing transportation needs. We own a van and an SUV and thought a sedan would balance out the family vehicle situation. We bought this car after realizing that though many Civics and Camrys out there would certainly do, many were abused by their previous owners and made for a pretty shabby used car. The local Mazda dealer explained how Mazda owners tend to have a special bond with their car and treat it nicer, and after about a week with the Mazda6 I could completely understand why. I'll never buy from another car manufacturer again. Even though its a rock bottom base model, it still evokes some jealousy in my friends. They can't tell.
Such a smooth ride, love the shiftable automatic transmission. Interior feels more like a sports car than a family sedan. Having a hatch but with sedan styling is perfect. Wish all cars were like that. Even though its 6 years old, it still gets about 27 mpg, much better than you'd expect really.
Very few. My only complaint has been that the side front grill pieces have a tendency to pop backward out of their holes (when i go through the car wash and such). They stay in a small pocket behind the hole, and can be easily retrieved. You may have some trouble snapping it back in though.
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