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.
I like how the wagon looks like a grown-up Mazda3 both in size and style.
Classed-up, but still with some spunk.
We have a BMW 530 wagon near identical in size, power and age, and there is absolutely no deprivation in taking the Mazda.
More trunk and backseat, even.
The 3.0 V6 brings the heat at high revs, but feels like much less engine at lower revs.
Gutless under 2000 rpm and an absolute dog below 1500 rpm, you'll need to shift often.
First gear is tall and if you let the clutch in too fast it'll really leave you out to dry.
The engine also goes through oil and spark plugs kinda quickly, and the lack of replaceable fuel filter worries me.
Engine is not suited to the car unless you are a very aggressive driver, it's annoyingly torque-less in the day-to-day.
MPG is an SUV-like low 20's.
Cargo cover is noisy.
Rear seatback folds down easily, but the seat bottoms don't fold up (hinge up toward the driver seatback).
I like to put seat bottoms up for a taller load area than the cargo area, but you can't do that here.
Stereo plays radio and cd only, no input and no cassette deck to use with adapter.
No MP3s on CD either.
Bose audio is quite muddy in midrange through bass.
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
5speed manual is a must, sporty suspension, bose system, auto climate control, the whole body design, trunk space, 24v v6, reliability.
Cloth seats, headliner, vc gaskets could be better.
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.
the body design is beautiful, it looks better than 90% of the cars out there even though its 10 years old
poor engineering design, ford/mazda engineers should be fired over this.
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.
Body styling looks great, even after 9 years.
Performance is good.
Big trunk, even more with the back seats down.
Nice sounding stereo with good base.
Love the feel of the steering wheel.
Could have used an extra 10hp.
You need a special tool to change your own oil.
Car has a few interior rattles.
No Aux. imput.