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#18 of 27 296,000 miles
Feb 11, 2011 (12:45 pm)
Old history but my 1987 626 4 cylinder, stick, and with bare bones options survived 11 interior Alaska winters and was driven in temperatures as low as -63F. I always used synthetic oil, usually mobil1. I sold it in 1998 with 296,000 miles on it when I just got tired of it. It was still running good and looked good. Exhaust manifold had to be replaced once but the engine was never touched other than plugs and fluids.
Most modern cars if maintained should run easily 250,000 with a bit of TLC. I have never sold a car because it was worn out. I sold them because I wanted something newer.
#19 of 27 Re: 250k [riswami1]
May 07, 2011 (11:47 pm)
That's what I did with my old 89 Honda Civic, drove it into the ground with over 237,000 miles, before my wife sold if to our gardner for $200, and it's still going. On the other hand, my '98 Buick Regal - a comfort car which I loved, went into the ground at 77,000 miles or arguably before when we put a new transmission in. Hence, my deep distrust for American auto manufacturers, with the possible exception of Ford. Did GM learn it's lesson over the 50 years preceding their bankruptcy about producing junk. They just didn't seem to know how to produce lasting stuff, and bridled when criticized. Let's hope they have it right now, for the few manufacturing jobs left in the U.S. And I own a 2010 Mazda 6 now, just to be clear.
#20 of 27 Re: 250k [sargon123]
May 21, 2011 (4:40 am)
I have a CX-9 (2008). Only have 40,000 miles, but so far zero problems since new. I am looking at a Mazda 6, and test drove one with a manual (6 speed) transmission. Tranny was great - smooth, clutch light etc. Seems to have good power from a 4 cylinder. How do you like your Mazda 6? Any major faults? I have read the radio is not great, but that is about the only complaint I see. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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#21 of 27 Re: 250k [belaircarguy]
May 21, 2011 (9:57 am)
I have a 2010 Mazda 6 Touring for about 14 months with 10,000 miles. The 4cyl seemed a bit more powerful when I test drove it, but it is okay. I've had other 4 cyl cars that have been more peppy. Mechanically, the car has been fine, but I'm not too impressed with the quality of the workmanship - the seats, the interior molding, the weight of the doors, bla, bla, bla. I love the way the car looks and drives, but for the value - I recommend my son's car - 2011 Hyndai Sonata - which is cheaper and better made. Be that as it may, the Mazda 6 is a fun car to drive.
May 21, 2011 (12:14 pm)
03 mazda 6i ... 90k miles. No major problems so far. A small hole developed next to my muffler but a patch did the trick. Averaging just over 11k per year so far. The only regret on the car- should have opted for the leather seats.
There are some posters on the forums complaining of blown engines with the first generation car - but I think those have been the 6 cyl engine.
Highway mpg - about 30
mixed mpg - 24-26
#23 of 27 Mileage update
May 26, 2011 (7:29 am)
My 2005 Mazda6 i 5-door with 5-speed manual is around 75,000 miles now, trouble free. I bought it 6 years ago this month.
My wife is driving the car now since I have a company car. She does not drive very many miles per year, maybe 10,500-11,000 now. I was driving it almost 14,000-15,000 per year.
She said she has noticed a "bucking" sensation when the fuel gets low. Possible fuel filter/pump problem looming. I need to ask my service guys about it.
#24 of 27 anyone over 200K out there?
Jun 11, 2011 (5:08 am)
03 M6i 4 cyl AT and currently at 194K. Overall very happy with the car, still getting about 30-32mpg in the summer with high 20's in the winter. No major problem areas, shock and struts replaced recently, also needed new control arms on the front. Still a bit squeaky in the front end.
Stock stereo is pathetic, but the power drivers seat is one of the better I have on a car, I do ~ 100 miles a day commute, so this is important.
One out of the 2 mufflers did rust off, bit odd for stainless steel at ~ 6-7 year old car at the time.
Currently going thru an issue where the emissions test (IL) will not talk to the computer, so I was hoping to find someone with a similar prob out here.
Overall a good solid car, contrary to some of the other reviews I would say my interior shows very little wear and tear on the buttons. Only complaint inside (other than stereo) would be the headliner that sags and needs to be glued every so often. Not sure when we will call it quits with her, but I should be at 200K by the end of this summer and should keep going if the engine and tranny keep purring along.
#25 of 27 Amazing car so far
Oct 19, 2011 (12:52 pm)
Just hit 78,000 KM on my 2009 Mazda6. Only complaint is tire noise from the OEM michelins.
I was a bit doubtful in the beginning buying a car in its first few months of manufacturing, and made in Detroit, but it has proven to be solid as a rock. Very enjoyable to drive, looks amazing, great on gas. So after 3 years of ownership I can truly say this is one of the best values on the market today. Its strength comes not only from the powertrain, but the chasis and suspension, take a look under the car and compare the suspension setup to any midsize car on the market and you will see the difference. This is a true driver's car. And mine has already crossed the United States North to South twice from Canada to Florida.
#26 of 27 Re: Highest mileage 4 Cyl Mazda6 [jkobty2]
Mar 30, 2012 (9:58 pm)
I have a Mazda6 2.5 n has 77550 miles n engine gave out on me oil light never turned on until that day.
#27 of 27 120K Report
Apr 02, 2012 (8:37 am)
Just crossed this milestone. I had the coolant Ph rebalanced, power steering fluid flushed and the manual tranny oil replaced with some fancy synthetic RedLine stuff. I expected to feel no difference, but surprisingly there is! The steering feels lighter and the clutch/shifter is smoother. My mechanic says the Ford power steering system is known for gunking up the fluid over time, and the tranny oil is simply better quality than OEM. I recommend both of these fluid changes at 100K or so.