Tired of the dull, sensible, vanilla-flavored family car? If you're willing to give up some passenger room, the Mazda 6 promises to add a dash of zing to your daily commute whether you're looking for a sedan, hatchback or wagon.
by byronape on Oct 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I was searching for a mid-size car with decent power, nice looking, and a V6-MTX combo to replace my aged Maxima.
The 6 fit the bill, and since it's made in Michigan, I could keep my Ford retiree FIL happy.
It had a little over 80k when it bought it, and had a few minor issues that I have yet to deal with.
Almost a year after buying it, I'm still pleased with the way the car drives and handles.
The factory Bose system was terrible, so I swapped the speakers for aftermarket...
fyi you need to swap the amp too or it will sound worse.
Power isn't fantastic, but sufficient for keeping things interesting.
Looks nice and with the leather and sunroof, it feels like a more expensive car.
by thebigbw on Jan 20, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
This is a nice car for warm months of the year, but if you live any place that it snows STAY AWAY. I live in Minnesota and the performance on snow is terrible. The biggest issue is inability to accelerate. Level ground or an incline, it doesn't matter - you will spin and spin and spin. It's a reliable starter in cold weather, and heats up pretty quick. Stylish too. I'm also having issues with my stereo and CD player. This car is so close to having it all....maybe if I lived in southern California I'd be all right.
by jayl2 on Jan 11, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Purchased the car used from a dealer in January 2008.
Within 6 months, started to notice issues with the clock not lighting up.
This ultimately progressed to the entire dash not lighting up, or flickering.
Now, the radio turns on and off by itself, and is a real nuisance when driving.
I was told by the dealer that to correct this problem it will be over $1000.
Needless to say, I don't have the money now to do this.
Has anyone else experienced this problem?
Was there ever a recall on this issue?
I couldn't find one.
Other than forking over $1000 to get this issue corrected, what has anyone else done to remedy the situation?
New hatchback and wagon body styles were added to the lineup at the end of 2004 and carry over unchanged for 2005. The optional automatic transmission on all V6 models has been upgraded from a five-speed to a six-speed unit.
It was a friend of ours, but I'm not sure I would put a lot of weight in what she says. So would you say the Mazda 3 is as good as other front wheel drive cars? I know my Mazda6 2005 didn't like sno...