The laid back, more mature Evo/STi
By Stavesacre21 on
2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed 6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The Mazdaspeed6 has left me with a bittersweet taste. On one hand, I love driving it, as it's proven to be an extremely fun car to drive. It's mileage has been really good for a turbo (22/twn, 28/hwy). With 06 being the release year, there have been very hit-or-miss findings of problems. There exists a "shudder" that most 06 MS6 owners experience that doesn't go away, nor does Mazda have an explanation for it. The stock clutch is extremely tricky to learn. Overall tho, with all the bad, I still love my MS6. For what it is, it's a GREAT car if you're looking for similar performance to the Evo or STi, but without all the extra hoopla that screams look-at-me. A true sleeper by definition.
Power to burn, turbo, excellent brakes, stable handling, plush interior, HIDs, auto up/down on all 4 windows, gas mileage, AWD, lower resale, no goofy space shuttle wing or scoop, sleeper, great mix of performance while still being pampered.
Hit-or-miss problems, infamous shudder, ridiculous stock clutch, rear fold-down seats require removing trunk lining, lower resale, factory GPS could be more user-friendly, comes with summer tires - MUST HAVE all-seasons for winter, where's the boost gauge???