I bought my 1988 MX6-GT new in Dec 1987. The Celica and Prelude were its competition. I bought the Mazda because it had more features and performance for the money. The car has phenomenal performance, it certainly feels like it put outs much more than its 140 HP/190 Ft-pounds torque ratings. The car was driven in Korea during 1988-1992 (I'm in the Air Force) and sat in storage for another three years (1995-1998) during another overseas assignment. Nearly four years ago I decided to sink some money in it instead of buying a new car. I installed an upgraded exhaust, 17 inch wheels and tires, sport shocks/struts, Eibach lowering springs, sheepskins, and a Momo steering wheel.
The MX-6 is my first car. It's been great since I bought it. My only complaints are brakes that lock up to quickly in the rain and a rubbery feeling shifter. It has a very peppy engine, although harsh, and gets great gas mileage.
I bought this car out of the 'wholesale' pen, and it has been one of the BEST cars I have had. It has been my daily driver for over 2 years now. The only thing I had to replace was the starter. I have kept up with the oil changes and maintenance, as it already had 105000 when I bought it. I love my little car and am still driving it today! I plan on buying another Mazda (Mazda6) in the future, but plan to keep this one.