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You are in the Mazda6
What is this discussion about?
Mazda MAZDA6, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
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Mar 23, 2004 (10:43 pm)
I have been looking at many different cars to purchase and recently I thought I would take a look at a Mazda6 after seeing great things written about it in one of the Mazda Protege5 chat lines and in Edmunds reviews, BUT WHAT IS ALL THIS ABOUT at this board?? RUST IN DOORS AND ON AND ON ABOUT PROBLEMS, IS THIS CAR AN UNSAFE BET?? Does anyone out there have a non biased inteligent viewpoint for me? I found a 2003 Mazda6 with 19000 miles on it for $16500 and I did not think it was a bad deal? It has ground effects, heated seats, moonroof, spoiler, 6cd changer,... everything but leather, BUT NONE OF THIS MATTERS IF THESE CARS HAVE BUGS TO BE WORKED OUT?? Is it not worth taking a chance on a 2003 Mazda 6?? Is a 2004 a better bet? I just can't afford a 2004 right now. Maybe I should just stick with a rough riding Protege5 or a 2001 Prelude that I found?
Mar 24, 2004 (6:52 am)
I broke one of my own rules by purchasing a car in its first model year, and that has meant dealing with first year recalls and build issues. I love driving this car, but it does have some problems. My own personal opinion - pass on a 2003 model. Wait until you can afford a 2004
Mar 24, 2004 (8:23 am)
Trying to determine a car's reliability from these boards is like trying to determine the health of a populace by checking its emergency rooms. Check any car's Problems board, and you'd never buy the car. Does it matter if I tell you that my '03 6s has been almost perfect? It shouldn't. Check some independent references, like CR. And expect that any first year model is going to have some bugs to be worked out.
#1037 of 2862 Thank you chronob, livaudais
Mar 24, 2004 (2:29 pm)
I have always been told not to buy a first model year, but was hopeful that the 6 was one of the few to come out and not have problems or at least very minor ones.
I also understand exactly what you are saying about these boards. The more I look into them, the more I find that every vehicle has problems, but I will say that certain vehicles like the Protege5 seem to have relatively few complaints.
These boards do end up confusing the heck out of me though.
I guess it would be wise not to buy a first year car even if it is supposed to be a wonderful model?
Mar 24, 2004 (5:37 pm)
As you suggested, I've sent my e-mail to Heather; I've been to the dealer twice with brake squeal, and have reported it several other times. I've had the rear discs/pads replaced when the pads started to lay down material on the discs - pads too soft? I'm using carbon-metallics on other vehicles with good results, so I don't see why they are presenting a problem on the Mazda6S.
Mar 24, 2004 (6:01 pm)
How many miles before your car has been broken in and you can finally open her up?
#1040 of 2862 sweetsixteen
Mar 24, 2004 (7:10 pm)
That depends on how many speeding tickets you already have.
#1041 of 2862 Clutch shudder
Mar 25, 2004 (10:13 am)
My 6S MT picked up this habit at 13000 miles (last fall)...I took it into the dealer who said it was the traction control being on. Since I hadn't tried to take it off I couldn't disagree. It wasn't that (which still would not make it acceptable).
I noticed shortly after that, that the transmission/car had to be warmed up before it would shudder/slip when letting the clutch out (1'rst gear only). I then put the car away for the winter. I will be taking to the dealer in two weeks, and will have them ride with me when the car is warm so they can see the problem.
If it is not fixed...I will post the compliant on the web site:
which I suggest other do also.
#1042 of 2862 clutch saga
Mar 25, 2004 (2:39 pm)
The story goes on-my dealer has had my 6 since Monday for the stain recall, fuel odor recall, and to fix the clutch shudder. I got a call from them today around noon to let me know that the car was on the lift, taken apart, and that they were waiting to hear from Mazda tech for the "fix". I received a call back at four PM to let me know that they put it all back together after Mazda called and told them that the "fix" was not avaliable at this time, that they are aware of the problem and that they will notify the dealer as soon as the "fix" is avaliable. My advice to all with this problem-get on those phones and or the site for NHTSA site listed in the above post.
My service manager advised me that the information from Lisa Lasky was in error (premature?, I hope).
The story goes on.
jrobins-I assume you are the person with whom I've been corresponding with via email reference this problem?
#1043 of 2862 Since they had it apart they should have at least put in a new disc.
Mar 25, 2004 (7:27 pm)
Regardless of the status of the real fix.
I had an 86 Mazda 626 with a clutch shudder when starting out in furst gear at certain RPMs. Mazda had a TSB on that model, but I never had it fixed, as I kinda got used to it.