14yo manual Mazda 6 GG sedan is a joy to drive
I purchased my 2006 Mazda 6 GG (series 2) Classic Sports 6 speed manual sedan 18 months ago with around 75000km. I have driven it for a further 35000km and it has been outstanding for it's 14 years of age. I use it for commuting in moderate traffic conditions in surburban Melbourne and weekend trips. In heavy traffic I can let the clutch out and let the car crawl along in first gear without touching the throttle - a dream for a manual.
I like to drive and feel the controls. The steering provides good road feedback - I see some other reviewers ...
Purchased in January 2019.
Perfect family wagon
We have owned a Mazda6 wagon now for almost 18 months & it has been bullet-proof! A trip from Sydney to Melbourne & across Mt Gambier in South Australia, the comfort for passengers, the great driving experience for the driver & the load carrying capacity. Also the costs of running are another great incentive.
OK in general but the air conditioning keeps breaking and autolock played up.
It's a 2006 vintage and a 2.3L wagon. Fully optioned. I bought it in 2016 from a well cared for owner. It had only got 65k on the odo. Pristine condition, not even a single scratch on the body. Still got a new car smell. The plastic wraps on the doorstep were still there. I wonder whether the car was ever driven if hadn't look at the odo. Anyway, mechanically sound, did a full service including transmission oil change.
One year down my ownership, the air conditioning no longer cold. Took to the mechanic and the condenser was corroded and had ...a hole, so I was told. Changed that, then the year after, compressor problem, not cold again, changed it, then the fans at the front of the car broken, not cold, changed that. I must have spent thousands on the various trips to the mechanic just to address the air conditioning problem. Then the autolock played up. If you want to open the tailgate, you can only use the key's remote. That means you have to stop the engine and take the key out. Worse is that it suddenly goes into "anti-hijack" mode. That means the car will lock itself and only can unlock using the key, even if you are inside! I was told this was designed to save you from someone jumping into your car hi-jack you. I don't think I am important enough for this car. I won't be hi-jacked. Rant over. Still a good car to drive.
Purchased in June 2016.
Still beats newer cars
Own 2011 Mazda 6 luxury sports, bought cheap in 2017, has sat nav, Bluetooth. Great looks too. Unique headlight, added light bar too for country road driving. Outruns newer car of similar range
Long term durability was not there
Disappointing sums up the 2010 Mazda6 classic. A great car to drive but was let down by three major items that went at once. They were clutch, gearbox (2nd started to crunch even with clutch pushed in) and the air conditioning unit stopped working. Even my 17 year old 626 was better than this and my original 323 is still going after 250ks.
As I said the car was great to drive but the headlights and the Bluetooth were poor. The headlights were an easy fix but the Bluetooth system was not good in dialling numbers which could take five to six goes.
Thank goodness I sold the car and my current 2010 Mazda3 SP25 has been faultless and a great drive and reclaims my faith in Mazda's products.
Purchased in November 2016.
OK but some disappointments
Mazda6 GT Wagon first registered in January 2016
Noise suppression needs to be better for a ...
Surprising for the bottom of the range!
Bought a new 2019 Mazda 6 Sport in July and it continues to impress.
Before buying we drove many different brands but settled on the Mazda because of its quality finish and the upmarket feel when driving.
The Sport is the base model but comes with most of the accessories as standard that the others dont.
Blindspot mirrors, head up display, rear cross traffic alert, radar guided cruise control, retracting mirrors, lane keeping and guidence, android auto and apple car play.
The bluetooth and android auto connects to my phone and stays connected u...
Purchased in July 2019 at Rolfe Mazda Belonnen.
Way too much Ford "quality" in this car.....
Bought secondhand 2 years ago with 80k on clock and a full service history. Country car, used for daily commuting. No unsealed roads. Now done 110k and every service has needed non service items.
Comfortable and economical on long journeys
Strong 2.5L engine
Smooth and responsive auto box
Long load area
The bad:...Steering strangely heavy at low speed Abrupt, unpredictable throttle response when taking off New engine mounting required at 90k service New rear shocks required at 100k service (leaking) Noisy rear wheel bearing at 110k service Now has various "clunks" from front suspension Inconvenient 10k service intervals Costing way too much to run - we expect regular service items only at this mileage Our previous three cars (2 x Mitsubishis, 1 x Lexus) did a combined 800k+ with fewer problems e.g. we haven't replaced a wheel bearing in over 20 years. This car does not have Mitsubishi or Toyota type durability and is not what we expect from a Japanese car. The Ford design and manufacturing input shows.
Purchased in January 2017 for A$14,000.00.
Have a 2008 Mazda 6 wagon since new. Needs new sas module.
Have a 2008 Mazda 6 wagon since new. 121230 kms. Air bag light now comes on and off continuously. Mazda service department in Taree attended to this yesterday. But light came on before I had left their building. Flashes on and off continuously. Mazda Taree stated a new module is needed. Cost including labour is $1170. Do I need this. Vehicle runs perfectly except for this.
Purchased in February 2008.
This is the main car in our household so it’s used for day to day running town well as long distances for holidays. This is how much I love these cars: I had a used blue mid-range Mazda 6 wagon with 250,000kms on the clock and replaced it with a brand new blue mid-range Mazda 6 wagon. Both of them have been extremely reliable. I took the old one to my mechanic but the new one has been serviced as per the servicing schedule in the warranty. The two cars are pretty similar but I’ll just refer to the 2016 car here though. GOOD POINTS: Very we...ll appointed inside, beautifully well built, great to drive, lots of features for the money, lots of space, super reliable. It’s very economical for such a large car. My long term average with the car is 7l/100km. I think that’s superb. BAD POINTS: I really don’t like the touchscreen interface and menu system. It wasn’t designed by Mazda it shows. You can’t use the touch screen when the car is in motion, it’s slow to start up, laggy, and the navigation is a joke compared to Google Maps. It doesn’t have car play which is a real shame.
Adequate, but nothing more.
My wife and I bought our Mazda 6 new in 2008 and sold it last month after 10 years service and 95,000 kms. It had an easy life and was always serviced on time. It was an adequate car, but not outstanding. Reading the previous reviews here, our car shared nearly all the faults commonly reported by other reviewers. Some of them I regard as pretty significant and these were enough to put us off buying another Mazda.
Stylish design that has aged well. This model still looks quite contemporary despite its age. Awesome boot sp...ace. Everyone loved the stereo. It had a high quality interior that was still as good as new when we sold the car. Not a single squeak or rattle in the interior after 95,000 kms. Very relaxing highway cruiser. Negatives
Great car, comfortable and smooth
I got the car and it only had 26k on it
Transmission and engine were very smooth
It had alot of power fir a 4 cylinder engine which i didnt expect.
Took it with the family to Canberra and back for a day drive and it was beautiful on the hwy so i took it to Wollongong, the Entrance etc
It had alot of boot space
Sound system was the best
Biggest mistake i made when i sold it
Affordable model with good driving experience
Own this car for about 2 years now. Pretty good driving experience. Happy with mileage too. Overall a good purchase for this budget. Own this car for about 2 years now. Pretty good driving experience. Happy with mileage too. Overall a good purchase for this budget. Own this car for about 2 years now. Pretty good driving experience. Happy with mileage too. Overall a good purchase for this budget.
Perfect for your first car
Generally reliable car but with age it declines. Have had multiple trips to the mechanic for leaks and replacing air filters. It really started to decline in health at 150,000 KMs. I drive the car on a daily basis. The car is serviced every 10,000 KMs at ultra tune. The drive is smooth and feels like luxury without the dent in your wallet
Poor Vision, but a comfortable drive.
This Mazda 6 belongs to a friend who lives in Brisbane and I borrow it on a regular basis when I am in Brisbane.
The car is well appointed and runs smoothly and is comfortable to drive around town or on long distances ie Brisbane to Sydney and there is heaps of leg room for front and rear passengers,
Front windscreen view is obscured by a black box ( I guess containing the proximity sensors) that is attached to the front screen behind the rear view mirror. Not only is the driver and passenger view reduced but the box looks quite ugly. Rear vision is limited due to the low rake of the rear roof line
Great vehicle, nearly drives itself
Had my mazda 6 touring now for three months. great vehicle to drive, never puts a foot wrong. the vehicle has many features to aid your driving with auto lights, auto wipers, auto headlamp adjust, sensors that help position the vehicle front/rear and corners. also a great benefit is the cross traffic sensors which alert you of oncoming vehicles when backing out of driveway or carpark. I have owned mazdas before, but none as good as this.
- 6 GH (2008-2012)
- Verified purchase
I chose the Touring model. Highly recommend. Love the leather interior and the little things that make it such a joy to drive.
Bought it 2nd hand with 70,000kms on the clock. Now at 120,000 and it's no different.
A smooth running car with low running costs and no mechanical issues thus far.
Love my Mazda 6
I love my Mazda 6. Smooth driving and great handling on road on dry and wet weather. The outside looks really slick The interior is beautiful with the leather trims. Everyone who rides in my car for the first time really the like the inside. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good affordable car.
Audi eat your heart out
Before I bought the Mazda 6 I had an Audi A4 Avant with all the trimmings and before that I had a plethora of other cars amongst which my first car was a 626 hatchback. Boy I must say Mazda have come a looooong way since 1988.
I initially in the market for a newer model Audi but when a relative told me to check out the new Mazda 6 I was hesitant at first thinking back to my prior experience. However upon inspecting and driving it, it was amazing!
I found a mint condition GL Series 1 interstate with 18k on the clock. It was barely run in.
Great driving experance
We love our car as it handles very well on the road and even better in raining conditions. The widow wipers get a little sicky and then when having to use them sometimes scrape but replacing those fixed that issue and we replaced the rims as the stock look rubbish. But the car drives very well
Questions & Answers
What are the major services after 145000ks?
Is there anyway to diy a sunroof stuck open on a 2005 mazda 6 luxury sports sedan ?
My macda 6 luxury 2002, very noisy and squeeqy on straight runs it's embarrassing??
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