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2004 Mazda Mazda6 Consumer Reviews

4.2
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Best kept secret

by from Manchester, NH on August 12, 2009

Bought this car new, 88,000 miles ago. It held up very well in the harsh Boston winters and millions of pot holes. Only problem I had was the computer chip needed a reprogram (covered cost) early on. ...
Bought this car new, 88,000 miles ago. It held up very well in the harsh Boston winters and millions of pot holes. Only problem I had was the computer chip needed a reprogram (covered cost) early on. Pros: 1. Handles better than my G37x under mildly enthusiastic driving demands. Excellent feedback, steering weight perfect for my taste, very precise. 2. Ride -- it is firm, but soaks up bumps well. It's much more comfortable than our Forester, but stays much flatter in corners. You need to drive this thing yourself to see if you like it. I hear it's not as quiet as the Camry and the like. 3. Reasonable trunk size. 4. Range -- mostly highway driving (Boston traffic) gets me 30 mpg with the automatic. That means 450 miles or so before the light comes on at 3 gallons left in the tank (gauge will have read "empty" for a while). I hate having to get gas all the time. 5. Ability to manually shift -- this thing with the auto is pretty slow compared to something like the Passat. Anticipating passes in manual mode by downshifting early will get you to zoom past vast majority of traffic safely. Boston traffic is pretty aggressive, so leaving it in auto mode may leave you in the dust here. Cons: 1. Turning circle. Don't let its relatively compact size fool you. Treat it like a big fat SUV if you want to do U-turns (often you end up with a pathetic Y-turn). 2. I have heard of some stories of people ending up with lemons. You should be very careful, as you should be with any used car purchase decision. I guess I was lucky? 3. Did I mention the ginormous turning circle?
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Very reliable

by from Il on June 18, 2012

Bought new with the 2.3 motor and manuel 5 speed. Mostly highway driving with 31 mpg at 70 mph. I currently have 168,000 miles on the car. Other than wear items, I had to replace the rear wheel bearin...
Bought new with the 2.3 motor and manuel 5 speed. Mostly highway driving with 31 mpg at 70 mph. I currently have 168,000 miles on the car. Other than wear items, I had to replace the rear wheel bearing assemblies at 162,000 mile. Great car for the money hope to drive it another 100,000 miles.
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Car lover needing practicality? Your car is here..

by from New Jersey on August 26, 2009

2004 Mazda 6S Automatic V6 WOW! Rarely do you get perfect feedback through the steering, pedals, and seats, and to find it all in a front wheel drive four door sedan is very impressive indeed. I love...
2004 Mazda 6S Automatic V6 WOW! Rarely do you get perfect feedback through the steering, pedals, and seats, and to find it all in a front wheel drive four door sedan is very impressive indeed. I love this car. I have the 3 liter V6 model and 5 speed automatic gearbox that work so smoothly together. On the highway, the overtaking power is great, while the shifts are seamless and smooth, never jerky. This is, after all, the same engine used by Jaguar with the S and X types, and now with the XF. High up in the rev range, the noise from the V6 is simply sublime. Most companies these days (particularly Toyota with the Camry and Highlander, and Nissan with the 370z) manage to make the V6 sound dull, or even annoying, by just turning the noise into a relentless hum. This isn't that. This car fizzles and pops and growls. It sounds like a real engine, which is very good. The steering wheel is very small, and perfectly weighted. I'm not joking or exaggerating when I say you can feel the road so perfectly through the steering, it's like running your fingers along it. That's how good it is. The man in charge of Mazda's engineering department at the time this 6 was built used to race cars, and it very much shows in it's execution, even in American specification (a very rare thing if you don't know!) I only have a few complaints. One is that the manual mode on the automatic should blip the throttle for you on the down shifts, and another is the ride. I realize this car was designed to be sporty, but does it have to break my back over bumps? I guess if you want something both sporty and comfortable, the BMW 3 series is your only choice. One problem that might dissuade you all from buying is the fuel economy of the V6. When driven in a spirited or fun way (or, how I drive) you get around 14 mpg, and no, I'm not kidding. When driven sensibly, you could easily get it up to 30, though. If this worries you, get the 4 cylinder. I hear they curved the torque flow in such a way that it feels much meatier and more powerful than it actually is, so driving enthusiasts on a budget will not be disappointed. The car is 5 years old now, and I've had no reliability problems as of yet, it still feels tight as a drum, so I highly recommend the car to you. It is a left-field choice that will surely please its owner.
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Okay All Around Car

by from Raleigh, NC on October 15, 2009

I bought my 2004 6s hatchback new. I've got 70,000 miles on it so far. It has a nice sporty ride and great looks, but here are some issues: The LCD display for the climate system and radio flickers so...
I bought my 2004 6s hatchback new. I've got 70,000 miles on it so far. It has a nice sporty ride and great looks, but here are some issues: The LCD display for the climate system and radio flickers so bad, I cannot tell what temp it is or the radio frequency. I've had it replaced under warranty, but now it's doing it again and my warranty is out. The automatic transmission sometimes lags before downshifting, and is sometimes jerky. ...Not cool. The V6 loves to drink fuel. I have the cloth interior and in the areas where you don't sit, they put very cheap cloth, where it is starting to pill and look raggy. The only things I've replaced are the battery, tires (I like the Yokohama YK520), and front brakes / rotors. I love the hatchback version. I can fit almost as much stuff as an SUV. So, overall the car has not given me any major mechanical problems, the hatchback fits lots of stuff, and has great looks. After 70,000 miles it still drives and looks almost new on the outside (I garage it).
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Best In Class

by from Denver, CO to RI on October 1, 2010

I have owned my 2004 Mazda 6 S hatchback for 11 months and driven 16K miles. I have the V6 engine with manaul transmission and sport package. I love that is vehicle is a hatchback that is nearly ident...
I have owned my 2004 Mazda 6 S hatchback for 11 months and driven 16K miles. I have the V6 engine with manaul transmission and sport package. I love that is vehicle is a hatchback that is nearly identical in appearence to the sedan yet offers nearly as much cargo space as the wagon. This car is fun to drive, fast, handles very well for a front drive car and moderately fuel efficient. The driving experience of this car is similar to that of high end import sport sedans like BMW 3-series, and betters offerings from VW, Volvo or Lexus. The acceleration is smooth and eager, the steering is light and confidence inspiring and the brakes are strong and more than adaquete. Highs: Fun to drive, amount of storage space, fold flat rear seats, value for the dollar in sportiness, equipment and cost to own. Lows: Uninvolving manual shifter, short front seat backs lack support for tall drivers over long drives (I'm 6'4") Overall: Great value for the dollar in a well equipped, attractive, reliable and sporty package.
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Great Car!

by from DC on February 8, 2009

Bought the car new and have really enjoyed driving it. Both handling and speed have been enough for city driving in the DC area. I always get compliments on the design and lines of this vehicle. I mad...
Bought the car new and have really enjoyed driving it. Both handling and speed have been enough for city driving in the DC area. I always get compliments on the design and lines of this vehicle. I made a decision to purchase the 5-speed over the automatic version and I never looked back. Good gas mileage and no problems. The turning radius could be a little better but that would be my only negative
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Funnest car I've ever owned

by from Long Island, NY on November 20, 2010

This is the best car I've ever owned. I get compliments on it all the time! It's fun to drive, nice looking and so reliable. Absolutely the best sports car for the value!
This is the best car I've ever owned. I get compliments on it all the time! It's fun to drive, nice looking and so reliable. Absolutely the best sports car for the value!
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My Mazda 6 is totally great!!!!!

by from Chicago on November 1, 2011

I have had my mazda for 6 years It is a 2004 V6 Mazda 6 wagon And I have only changed the brake pads. This is such a reliable car. I am really very impressed. Nothing ever goes wrong with the car. It ...
I have had my mazda for 6 years It is a 2004 V6 Mazda 6 wagon And I have only changed the brake pads. This is such a reliable car. I am really very impressed. Nothing ever goes wrong with the car. It is roomy and a great station wagon. It is really smooth we call it the limo. I would recommend this to anyone.
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great car

by from chicago il on May 1, 2011

I have had this car for 6 years and I have had no problems. It is just very nice to drive and it has great handeling
I have had this car for 6 years and I have had no problems. It is just very nice to drive and it has great handeling
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Tons of problems/bad service, It's realy a Ford

by from Charlotte, NC on December 1, 2007

Mature/Original owner, 57K miles, 5 speed, 3.0 cylinder Duratec Engine (from ford), Well maintained and not abused. A lot of people seem to lke this car, but I have had numerous problems including lo...
Mature/Original owner, 57K miles, 5 speed, 3.0 cylinder Duratec Engine (from ford), Well maintained and not abused. A lot of people seem to lke this car, but I have had numerous problems including lots of brake system problems, Power steering, two bad engines, malfunctioning trany, AC, weak Traction control, suspension issues, catalytic converters, and numerous of other integrity/build/squeek problems. After driving the car for a while, Car started feeling like my old taurus as far as mediocre brake quality and weak power steering. Car felt awesome when I first bought it, but after a few thousand miles, the handling wasn't as good and it's spunky power seemed to drop. Been to 5 different dealers in two different states, and no good stories to tell. Mazda customer service doesn't seem to care and the dealerships don't seem to know their own cars and sometimes act like Mazda doesn't pay then for waranty work when they don't want to diagnose or fix obvious things that are wrong. So many excuses to not do work, and I had to go back so many times to get things that are fixed refixed. Don't like how the dealers do computer updates without customer knowledge or approval, and afterwards, the car feels less responsive and gas mileage not as good. When you ask the Dealers and Mazda Customer Service for details of what was changed, they say they don't know and can't reverse the updates. Also, I don't like the way they like to use rebuilt parts for waranty work. Been driving cars for 30 years, and this is by far my absolute worst experience, even considering all my other cars, except 1, were older/used when I bought them. This car was built in Detroit, not Japan, and seems like it is packed with Ford Parts. Brakes, suspension, power steering quality sure feel like they are Ford, and the engine is Ford. They are putting this engine in the Ford Fusions. My Mom's old Mazda Protege was a great car, so thought I would try Mazda. Big mistake! If you want to take a chance and are unsure on 4 or 6 cylinder, go 4. It's supposed to be good, and the 6 isn't really that fast, especialy after they mess with the computer. The tighter handing, although car gets clunky over time, is decent, and the bose stereo and interior and trunk room are nice. Hope this helps.
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