Fun car if you don't mind maintaining it
By John on
1993 Mazda MX-6 LS 2dr Coupe
I bought my car 11 years ago with only 7500 miles on it. Runs great except for its bad weather handling which has resulted in two accidents. Very unstable with snow on the ground. Handles like an ice skate. Both accidents put me right into the curb bending the tire inward. Each repair was $3000 or more. Nothing is cheap on the car if it needs to be replaced. Expect on spending at least $400 anytime you take this car in for something besides an oil change (e.g. oxygen sensor replacement,$800; axle boot replace,$450). The car runs well otherwise, especially in cold weather (irony). But after 115,000 miles, AC, tape player, power antenna, air bag, pneumatic trunk rest, door locks don't work.
Sleek look, good acceleration, good looking instrument panel. Has ALWAYS started on the first try, even in 20 below zero weather. Actually seems to have more pick-up during cold Chicago winters (not sure why). Handles like a dream on dry pavement. I will have a hard time letting this car go.
Spare parts and repairs are too expensive. Have had to replace the left front axle boot three times and the muffler four times. Battery has died on me twice. A little leg room in the back would be nice.