As of this date I have put 2000 miles on my new MazdaSpeed 6, and am happier every day with the purchase. I got used to the somewhat touchy clutch after a couple of days and suggest one time test drivers not be put off by it. With rebates bringing out-the-door price below $25 K, this sedan is a screaming deal. Tested Subaru Legacy GT spec B, Audi A4, and BMW 3 - the Speed 6 provided by far the best bang for buck.
Ok, I just bought this lovely vehicle in August of 2010. I am the second owner, and I am glad I bought this car. I stepped up to this car from a 2001 Acura CL-S. This car is absolutely amazing! An AFFORDABLE 4- door sports sedan is hard to find! I looked at the Lexus IS300 and BMW 330i/335i that they had at the lot, and to me, this car blew both of them out of the water after test driving all three. The AWD helps with my judgment, the 6-speed manual is rough but it works! The stereo is weak for a BOSE but the car gets compliments no matter where it goes. People behind me think its just a regular Mazda 6 until they can't see it anymore!
I was after a Nice car, I drove Audi VW Honda Toyota Subaru but this was the one I decided to get... Had a broken motor mount but it was fixed under the warranty.. The car has not giving me any problems the people that are seem to be the ones that don't know how to take care of it.. 1. Let the car cool down if u push it hard 2. Don't drop the clutch on heavy acceleration.... I use Mobile 1 oil and bought some firetone firehawks.. Great tires but like all the tires in that size they only last about 30k or less
I bought this car new in '06. Test drove a Legacy GT and WRX. I immediately fell in love w/ the power of the car. Yes, the clutch is tricky, but if you know how to drive clutch well; it doesn't take long to adjust. I did have the ECU reflashed. It needs 94octane or doesn't run properly. I also went through a set of tires in 7000 miles and do not drive the car hard. The OE tires are very soft. Definitely need snows for the winter. Tires wear unevenly as-well. Mazda claims there is no problem w/ alignment. The 6 speed manual is crisp and has relatively short throws. But the engine runs out of wind well before red line.
Coming from another turbo awd sedan, the Audi a4, I felt I wanted another one slightly larger, but not at the Audi A6 price tag. Enter the Mazdaspeed6. On paper it sounding great, 274 hp/280 ft-lb, awd, 6 speed, four doors. But like many things in life, long term ownership tells the truth. 1st the bad: OEM Bridgestones gripped very well, but noisy and wore out by 19k. Clutch pedal offered off/on action, the engine somewhat thirsty for a 4 cylinder even if it has a turbo, interior not very plush. The good: stops better than many cars, excellent road handling in many types of weather conditions, subdued looks, and somewhat comfortable for longer trips. I would buy this car again.