This car has been a lot of fun for me, but I feel it is not fully insulated and creates a lot of background noise.
Comfortable to sit in, fairly reliable. The vehicle made a nonstop 4,000 mile trip with out any complications. Gives a sporty feel which is enjoyable.
INTERIOOOORRR, everything breaks. The fact that most of the plastic in the car finds a way to break or crack is disappointing. Like the Man-box above the stereo and the sun visor clip. When hitting bumps during a drive the cd player will glitch. My Thermostat went bad @ around the 100,000 mile marker, $360 fix. I feel Mazda cheeped out on the much needed detail this car needs. But I still love her.
The 2.3L 4-cylinder engine found in the Mazda6 is completely adequate for most people, but when combined with the body of the Mazda6, causes some noticeable deficiencies.
1) The body weighs too much overall.
This leads to mediocre acceleration.
I will say, however, the speed and power available on long uphill grades is above average.
2) The body is low-profile.
This means you can't put standard chains on the front tires.
Only cables or low-profile chains (which are extremely expensive).
3) If you drive much past 90 mph, the downforce winds and centrifugal force on the tires cause the tires to rub against the wheel wells.
The engine is capable of more than the body can take
I love the orange interior lights at night.
Feels like I'm driving the Batmobile.
I've also gotten a few complements on the body style of my Mazda.
1) Raise the vehicle enough to allow chains and eliminate the problem of tires rubbing against the wheel wells.
2) Reduce the overall weight or make the engine bigger to improve acceleration.
2005 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring 4dr Sports Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
Going into my fifth year (at 92000 miles) with my 2005 Mazda6S GT, I'm still enjoying the driver oriented experience baked into this car from day one. Only reliability issues I've encountered are the headlights burning out and a strut bearing causing noise.
Otherwise, taking good care to replace general maintenance items has kept the car in good working condition, and I don't baby the car. The relationship between driver and car, in regards to seating position, steering, throttle, and general feel is fantastic. Refinement could be better (2006+ models are noticeably more refined), but I enjoy this car every time I drive it. New sport shocks, springs, and larger rear sway added.
Steering - Could have a little less slack, but the information on what the tires are doing makes hard driving easy and fun. Feels like a sports car.
Transmission - While the 6-speed Aisin automatic is not buttery smooth (especially when cold) like newer automatics, it is well geared for the engine, holds revs to fuel cutoff, and for the most part is very direct and connected.
Chassis - While lacking refinement, the car simply transmits plenty of what it is doing to the driver through the seat and wheel, enabling you to take advantage of the very sporty nature of the cars suspension.
Interior - Mine has held up well, is functional and looks sharp.
Engine - V6 is strong and smooth when revved out (also fun and sounds great), but could use more low end torque.
Weather - The car is fun to drive, but its quick responses can make driving in the snow and rain difficult. Solved this by just having excellent tires; Michelin Pilot Super Sports for summer, Bridgestone Blizzack WS-70 for winter.
Shocks - My car, not sure if all '05 6's, needed better shock damping. I replaced the stockers with Koni FSD dampers, huge difference. 2006+ models felt better than the 05 stock.
A/C - Could be stronger.
Going to replace coolant after winter, will reevaluate then.
Refinement - A bit of road noise, and more suspension noise than I'd like.
First car, First of all it drove great and is fun to drive, i put a Cold air and magnaflow on her (2.3) sounded beautiful but the interior was a peice of trash, the LCD notoriously on mazda 6 went out great cool 150 bucks to replace...
the mapbox above the radio sucked and the lid broke
the 6 disc cd changer cds no longer cycle well...
overall 90k miles no problems except for the trashy interior
18 gallon gas tank
decent gas mileage
interior on the hatchback