The Mazda MX6 is a great car both in looks and performance. It looks as sporty and cool as any new car on the road and doesn't look dated. In addition, it has good connection with the road and makes you feel like driving forever once you are behind the wheel. I took it on a cross-country trip and it was a total dream! If you can find one of these, buy it! You'll feel like a star.
While I love the looks and performance of my car, I have to admit I've spent a lot of money on major repairs. I bought it after 51k miles. Being the second owner, I've had to replace the motor mounts and the whole front axle because the original mounts went bad and lifted my engine up damaging my CV axle! Second, my transmission died twice. The first time, I replaced it with a used one and then after 50k miles I had to pay for an overhaul ($1800). Could it be just plain bad luck? But like a star-crossed fool, I stick with my car because I like the look and the way it handles.
1996. All the spark plugs went bad while the car was new. Mazda made me replace them 1 by 1. 1997. Recalled switch failed on me while I was on the highway in the early evening- dashboard lights and headlights went out. 1998. Oil pressure valve ($17 part) failed on the highway. Dealer stated must replace engine for $5000, other repair shop replaced camshaft & related parts -$1600. Jan 2001 - Computer ($750 part) went bad. Mar 2002 - 1st gear synchronizer went bad (manual transmission). $1200 to repair using junkyard part. Dealer estimated at least $1900 to fix. 2000. Power antenna froze a year or two ago. ($100 part)2002. Trunk hydraulic hinges no longer hold trunk up. ($112 part)