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2005 Mazda Mazda6 Consumer Reviews

4.3
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5 years strong

by from on July 5, 2010

I bought my Mazda 6s brand new in 2005 with only 7 miles, it now has over 70,000. I love this car I've only had minor issues with the car like light bulbs going out and one suspension problem that was...
I bought my Mazda 6s brand new in 2005 with only 7 miles, it now has over 70,000. I love this car I've only had minor issues with the car like light bulbs going out and one suspension problem that was taken car of for less than $100. Over all I would but this car again, and I hope to keep mine for at least another 5 years.
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Great car

by from Buffalo, NY on June 10, 2009

My wife bought a 2005 Mazda 6i sedan in 2007 with 25,000 miles on it, and we just now traded it in with almost 57,000 miles. This was such a great car that we traded it in for another mazda 6, a low-m...
My wife bought a 2005 Mazda 6i sedan in 2007 with 25,000 miles on it, and we just now traded it in with almost 57,000 miles. This was such a great car that we traded it in for another mazda 6, a low-mileage 2007 model instead of a new one because neither of us liked the new style Mazda 6 that came out in 2009. In 2-1/2 years and over 30,000 miles there were absolutely no issues with this car. The appearance and handling were also top notch for a so-called family sedan. The pickup in the 4-cylinder models is a little lacking, but not too bad. In fact, the 2007 4-cylinder model upgraded from a 4-speed automatic to a 5-speed automatic, and that is a bit peppier and adequate for a daily driver, and for my wife's needs. It also handles great in the snow, and the traction control works very well but is not overwhelming. The standard Mazda 6i is a great car for anyone who wants a little more than a mundane daily driver, but doesn't need blazing speed...great for my wife, but me? I own a 2007 Mazdaspeed 6. I would highly recommmend the Mazdaspeed version to any sports car enthusiast who either needs a car with a back seat, or lives somewhere with alot of snow (the speed 6 is all-wheel drive). Every version of the Mazda 6 I have driven is great, and this includes my parents station wagon, I would recommend any of them to anybody.
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first car

by from on October 6, 2009

Nice car, with all the right features for an average needs. Nice performance when needed, i have the 4-cylinder and it still performs nicely. Nice handling to go along with that power. All around a go...
Nice car, with all the right features for an average needs. Nice performance when needed, i have the 4-cylinder and it still performs nicely. Nice handling to go along with that power. All around a good car at a reasonable price.
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So far so good

by from Denver, CO on January 17, 2009

I bought a 2005 iSport 5 door program car with 9000 miles on it in 2006. It now has just over 40K miles. It has several long trips under its wheels including Florida, Northern Michigan, and San Fran b...
I bought a 2005 iSport 5 door program car with 9000 miles on it in 2006. It now has just over 40K miles. It has several long trips under its wheels including Florida, Northern Michigan, and San Fran bay area. All trips originating from Colorado. I average 24 to 26 mpg in the city and have gotten as high as 34mpg on the highway. Most trip mileage is in the 28 to 30 mpg range but depends a lot on speed, wind direction and temperature. I love the rear hatch. The car swallows amazing amounts of luggage or cargo. Fold the rear seats and you can put three pre-hug interior doors in the rear (tying down the hatch). Its a big car and seats four comfortably for long trips and five around town with minimal problems. The four cylinder has plenty of pep and has been very reliable (although it has made some strange noises at times). The car has never been in for any unscheduled servicing. If you're a "do it yourselfer" the oil can be a pain to change. The motor uses cartridge filters (many newer cars are using these now for what ever reason) which are messy and require several extra steps to remove. You also have to remove the lower plastic engine shroud (six bolts or so) to get to the filter. The four speed auto does search for gears a fair amount and down shifts in slow traffic are rather abrupt. The newer Mazda6's with the five speed autos are considerably better in eliminating this. The motor however has plenty of power especially for mountain driving (true test of any motor in my opinion). I slide to shift lever over into manual mode when in the mountains and have no trouble maintaining speed limits and eliminating the auto up shifts and down shifts which can get annoying). All in all its been a surprisingly good car. I'm not overly fond of the new design for the 6 and sorry to see they dropped both the sport (5 door liftback) and the wagon (I really like the wagon and would have gotten it if it came with the four cylinder motor).
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Love My 6

by from Columbia, MO on June 5, 2006

Just bought a 2005 Mazda 6. Absolutely love it! It's a base model but has power drivers seat with the lumbar support. Beautiful smooth and very quiet ride with a huge trunk and a lot of cabin room. S...
Just bought a 2005 Mazda 6. Absolutely love it! It's a base model but has power drivers seat with the lumbar support. Beautiful smooth and very quiet ride with a huge trunk and a lot of cabin room. Seats are very comfortable even in the back. Classy styiling both inside and out. Gauages easy to read and the radio is terrific.
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Great Car

by from Dallas on November 19, 2008

Bought a 6 wagon used with 39000 miles. The v6 is fast and the 6 speed auto works well in auto mode as well as manual but do have to ease into it sometimes to be smooth off the line. Have the standard...
Bought a 6 wagon used with 39000 miles. The v6 is fast and the 6 speed auto works well in auto mode as well as manual but do have to ease into it sometimes to be smooth off the line. Have the standard radio and it is fine although the upgrade could be better. Wife drives it most of the time. I have a 79 chevy pickup hot rod. price was great (for the Mazda, have to ask wife about the truck). Economy fine for a v6. I'm over 6' and there is plenty of room and haven't had problems.
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Nice Ride

by from San Antonio on April 20, 2008

I bought my 6 two years ago before a road trip from MD to TX. This is a great car. I can't think of many problems or issues. It handles like a sports car, has great suspension, appeal and fuel economi...
I bought my 6 two years ago before a road trip from MD to TX. This is a great car. I can't think of many problems or issues. It handles like a sports car, has great suspension, appeal and fuel economic. One of my only issues is the horsepower. I wish this car had more kick to it. It's extremely slow off the line and has a hard time switching gears. Although, I'm about to upgrade to the Nissan 350Z, overall I'm satisfied with the 6.
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Great car

by from Maryland on March 17, 2007

I purchased my Mazda6 (base model) used, with 18,000 miles on it, and I've never had a problem. I'm close to 43,000 now, and it still handles great, and has no problems. The body styling is nice and i...
I purchased my Mazda6 (base model) used, with 18,000 miles on it, and I've never had a problem. I'm close to 43,000 now, and it still handles great, and has no problems. The body styling is nice and it has a lot of "get up and go" for a 4 cylinder automatic.
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Most reliable car I've owned. Truly

by from New York on January 19, 2007

This is a car I would consider my sporty car. If you are a sporty person and you like to look cool as well, this is the car for you. Very reliable, drives like nothing. Sometimes when I leave the car ...
This is a car I would consider my sporty car. If you are a sporty person and you like to look cool as well, this is the car for you. Very reliable, drives like nothing. Sometimes when I leave the car runing I don't even hear it, i have to get my hears close to the hood just to see if the car is on or my wife had shut it off. Believe it or not, It is on. I have had mine over 1 year now, I have driven it from Long Island to Florida, and to Maryland. Man the speed on the Hwy was unbelievable. I did not get a ticked though. It's better that a corvette. I better stop here before I go myself another one.
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Tall Drivers Beware of Backaches

by from Florida on October 30, 2006

The Good: Steering wheel and seat positioning, gas mileage (never under 26 combined, and up to 32 at 60mph, with regular gas), length of vehicle allows you to use it as an SUV. It'll carry long, wide...
The Good: Steering wheel and seat positioning, gas mileage (never under 26 combined, and up to 32 at 60mph, with regular gas), length of vehicle allows you to use it as an SUV. It'll carry long, wide things. Handling is great, feels like a sports car. The Bad: tires become noise half-way into their life, heavy steering because of front-drive. The Ugly 6-speed transmission is a crime, especially with the drag of the A/C. It lurches you forward - absolutely 100% impossible to have a smooth start off the line. No way. Going through first and second gears is a painful experience. Once in 3rd, you go AHH! Lumbar support is horrible, door insulation falling off after one year, outside door trim is black tape that has already deteriorated. Brake rotors will have to be replaced every 15,000 miles. They WILL warp!
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