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Mazda MAZDA6, Future Vehicle, Sedan
Jul 24, 2009 (3:26 pm)
The 2009 Mazda Mazda6 reliability score of 4.0 out of 10 is the Predicted Reliability rating provided by J.D. Power and Associates. This score is based on trending the past three years of historical initial quality and dependability data from J.D. Power's automotive studies, specifically the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and the Initial Quality Study (IQS).
Mazda protects buyers with a three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty. The powertrain is also covered for five years or 60,000 miles. Though most midsize cars come with a corrosion warranty as well, Mazda doesn't offer one. Interestingly, Mazdas had a 4-year/50,000 bumper-to-bumper warranty, but that was reduced with the 2007 model year. Why would they get rid of that for?
I recently test-drove the V6 Grand Touring , and was very impressed with its power and ride quality. And all of the features in that model, which you don't expect to see in a Mazda. I do have some problems with the Mazda reputation for reliability and quality, which is below average.
In reading some of the comments on this board, I am seeing a lot of reports of rattles, and paint peeling, etc. That hurts re-sale of course. Are most people happy that they got the Mazda9? I guess the first year of a model is always the most problematical. I expect there to be a huge discount of these cars come October. I would like to buy the V6, but they will have to lower the price to generate a lot of interest in the leftover cars.
#2049 of 2226 Re: Mazda Reliability [mitchflorida]
Jul 24, 2009 (5:30 pm)
When they reduced the b-t-b warranty from 4 years to 3, they increased the power train from 4 years to 5. I was shopped when both 206 and 2007 model years and bought a 2007, to me the warranty change was a non-issue, I'd just as soon have the extra year on the power train instead of 4 years for everything.
#2050 of 2226 Re: Mazda Reliability [jeffyscott]
Jul 24, 2009 (6:08 pm)
Hyundai and Kia give you five years bumper to bumper, and ten years on the drivetrain, and look what has happened to their sales recently. Through the roof. It also shows that they stand behind their product.
#2051 of 2226 Re: Mazda Reliability [mitchflorida]
Jul 24, 2009 (8:18 pm)
Misubishi also has the same warranty.
If the length of the standard warranty is what you care most about, then I guess you should buy a Hyundai, Kia, or Mitsubishi.
#2052 of 2226 Re: Mazda Reliability [jeffyscott]
Jul 24, 2009 (9:22 pm)
It would make me more comfortable to have a longer warranty. I guess I could pay extra for an extended warranty.
Have you had good reliability with the Mazda6?
#2053 of 2226 Re: Mazda Reliability [mitchflorida]
Jul 25, 2009 (4:59 am)
Mine is the prior version, so would have little to do with how the new one is. in addition to being a completely different design, it was the last year for that design while it is the first year for the 2009. I also have only 20,000 miles on mine,
But...the only warranty repair so far is I had a check engine light once, which was (I think) a purge valve that was replaced. They also updated the ECU one time, when I said it seemed like the automatic shifted too early under light acceleration and this change also seemed to fix a problem with the A/C cutting out at idle with the brakes on.
Jul 25, 2009 (5:41 am)
For fun, I checked the price of a top of the line Hyundai Sonata with Leather, moonroof,
Infiniti stereo, bluetooth, fully loaded V6 is selling now for $21,529, with rebates.
The comparable Grand Touring V6 is at $26,483.
And of course a 3 year warranty vs. a 5 year warranty.
Mazda6 sales are down 50 percent from last year, and that was with the old model that was on its way out. Mazda will have to cut their prices I think to compete in this very competitve segment. The consumers have spoken.
#2055 of 2226 Re: Price comparison [mitchflorida]
Jul 25, 2009 (8:51 am)
That is a big price differential, if it reflects actual selling prices.
At the time I bought my 2007, which is on pretty much the other end of the trim spectrum, I got a total discount with all rebates of about $5000 and price (bought for about $16,000) was pretty comparable to the equivalent Sonata.