Great design, built badly and average support
This could have been a lovely car. The interior is exquisite in style and material choices. The engine is pokey and it is practical as an everyday car.
However it isn't very well made. So far I have had lots of issues with with trim rattling, squeaking and wearing. At 2 years old and only 30,000km the steering wheel has been replaced due to the leather cracking, the guides for the front passenger headrest have had to be changed due to a rattle, the drivers window squeaks despite the weatherstrip already being changed, the ICC screen was failin...g and the replacement is better but still glitches. Now, still unresolved is a cracking sound from the dash area when you hit a mild bump in the road and a knocking from under the instrument panel. Finally, the windscreen wipers automatic function is appalling and basically unusable. What is worse is just how hard it is to get anything fixed under warranty. The dealers have to sight the problem themselves and often miss it on test drives and Mazda Australia just dismisses any emails you send them referring you back to the dealer. During the honeymoon period with this car, we foolishly purchased a 2019 Mazda 3 Astina and it is even worse. Last time we are getting Mazda's.
Skilled technicians non existent
I've owned my new Mazda 6 Altenza for almost 12 months and love the car, the issue is the lack of skilled technicians to service my vehicle and the lack of support or interest from Mazda Australia.
These are there words re a service issue I had from Mazda Australia......
Thank you for your recent contact regarding your Mazda 6.
We regret to learn of your experience with West End Mazda and understand you have requested Mazda Australia intervene and assist in resolving this matter for you.
As all Mazda dealers operate as individual franchises a...
Purchased in January 2020.
Competence, reliable and drives well.
Bought the Mazda 6 wagon Sport, with 140k's on the clock, in March 2018, replacing a very unreliable Mercedes.
The things I like about this car.
It drives well, very neutral handling, good brakes, very zippy, slick transmission.
All functions are intuitive, the cruise control is easy, lights and wipers are where they should be, the air cons easy to use, and reasonably quiet.
The stereos good, and connects well to all devices, even ancient Ipods.
The sat/nav is a TomTom unit and as such is very user friendly.
The rear seats fold down very eas...
Purchased in March 2018 at Penfolds Burwood for $14,000.00.
Best value for money ever
Bought this Sedan GG 2l Gasoline born 2002 from the first owner 5 years ago. 127000 Km on the clock, it now shows 195k. When I took the car over, it was in immaculate condition, as it is nowadays. Never had any trouble, only to change a bulb, tyres and one minor and common issue (clogged air throttle valve), a 20 minutes job. Had it never serviced, just one oil change and one single adjustment of the oil level. Ok, I'm an elderly and gently driving person. And the car is kept in garage and not used in winter time. But it looks and drives almost like new despite its 18 years and high mileage. A very persuasive experience.
Purchased in April 2015 at Switzerland for $5,000.00.
Great car, just a few niggles away from being perfect
My first real modern car. Bought it second hand with 50,000ks. Used to commute to work, family trips, main workhorse. Overall extremely impressed. Good points, chassis is taught and gives great driving poise when cornering, gearbox is seamless with 3 different gear change options, interior quality is excellent, fuel efficiency excellent due to a lot of little things, low weight, low profile, stop-start, capacitor that charges on braking. Things they could improve, not much, I did have to pull the doors apart and fix the Bose speakers, there was...faulty(cheap) paint applied in the Mexican Bose factory so the noise was awful. Once I fixed, great. I’ve also had a problem where sometimes I lose drive for 2-3s and the car coasts along. I’ve worked out to change down gears and it jerks it out of it. The boot is small in the wagon but it’s managed to satisfy our needs, just make sure you see it first, still bigger lengthways than a CX-5. Sounds a bit like a tractor when you start it up but settles into a very subdued sound. Would be nice for a bit more aural engagement. The engine is adequate nothing more but you can use the flappy paddles to shift down to hurry it along if you want. Suspension for me is a tad floaty but just by a small margin, you can see they’ve softened it for the cosseted, adult driver rather than the spirited corner lover. I would by one again in a heartbeat, so reliable. I’ve put 100,000ks on no problem. If I had the money I’d go for the newer turbo engine. For now I’ll just keep this great car.
Purchased in September 2017 for $19,500.00.
Best car I've driven to date
I bought this as my second car mainly for commuting. Man, this car is so smooth when you accelerate, you can hardly feel the gears changing. The quality of the interior is very good. Better than a Mazda 3 which has more plasticky materials and more stylish than a Toyota Camry which I found quite simple. Nice chrome highlights inside. Very spacious interior including the boot. Sound quality of the radio and CD player is excellent, better than a Honda Civic. The ride is comfortable but a seat cushion does help.
The exterior has a sporty look wit...h twin exhausts. The downside of the exterior is that the paint is not good. It chips easily as compared to a Toyota. Stone chips can make the car look ugly so I bought myself a Dr color chip kit to fix them up. Avoid driving behind trucks with this car. Another downside is that the rear view mirrors (both door mirrors and interior mirror) are too much zoomed in and this can become a hazard while driving. I had to buy a round blind spot mirror for the door mirror and a wide view mirror for the interior as I was kept on getting blinded by other cars headlights. I service this car regularly so haven't had any major issues. I am getting around 8.5L/100km fuel economy. I would say it is not that cheap to run overall as it is a fast car. But overall I am very satisfied with this car and do not regret my purchase.
Purchased in November 2019 at Carsales.com.au for $12,000.00.
Mazda hit it out of the ball park with this car.
I bought this car new in 2005. We had it until 8 months ago when it was written off @120,000 km's- the airbags deployed but no injuries thankfully.
I had the 5 speed auto in sedan with optional 17 inch rubber and Potenza tyres. The handling on this car is outstanding. How good? Well at the time it, car press reviewers pulled cornering g's that matched the BMW 3 Series, which was the benchmark for mid-size sedans.
The 2.3 litre engine has this nice sporty growl at around 4000 rpm's, and it loves to rev there.
Literally not one repair need...ed other than service- I did the coolant, transmission flush, brake fluids on time. Air con worked flawlessly. The boot is massive, bigger than my brothers E-Class of the time. The interior space as well is huge for a car this size some say its noisy inside but if you buy a sedan and not hatch, and put some nice wool seatcovers its no noisier than a camry or corolla of the same vintage.
Purchased in July 2005 at Mazda Dealers.
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
Purchased in May 2017 at Carsales.com.au for $16,000.00.
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 ...
Purchased in January 2016 at Mazda Dealers.
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 $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.
Questions & Answers
What does maintenance free timing chain mean in the Mazda six touring wagon 2012
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|Category||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||17" Alloy||19" Alloy||19" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7 L/100km||7 L/100km||7.6 L/100km||7.6 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||62 L||62 L||62 L||62 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Power||140kW @ 6000rpm||140kW @ 6000rpm||170kW @ 5000rpm||170kW @ 5000rpm|
|Max Torque||252Nm @ 4000rpm||252Nm @ 4000rpm||420Nm @ 2000rpm||420Nm @ 2000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2016||Jan 2016||Jan 2016||Jan 2016|
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