2004 Mazda Mazda6 s 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I drive an automatic Redfire Sport Wagon
with black cloth interior and the Bose
and Sport packages. Great car for the
money. Handling is superb, predictable
and smooth most of the time. The engine
mated with the 5 speed ATX is smooth
most of the time but generally under
powered for a V6. It lacks the low end
grunt most Americans are looking for.
Instead it offers smooth delivery that
feels nearly the same throughout the RPM
range. The transmission also likes to
shift a bit too soon and is a bit busy
between 40-50MPH, a TCM update from the
Mazda dealer fixes this gripe however.
Looks and handling that lets you forget
it's a wagon, six disc changer that
sounds pretty decent for factory, loads
of cargo space and the sport shift.
Door and center console arm rests could
use more padding. Cloth seats are
already showing excessive wear for 3000
miles. Engine needs work to fix a very
rich condition on the top end. This
would probably improve the rather poor
fuel economy as well. (18 city)
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