2007 Mazda MAZDASPEED6 User Reviews
- $10,972 - $11,017
- Power, handling, great looks, tons of luxury features, reliable, solid, fun
- Wheels a pain to keep clean, eats tires, fussy clutch, requires 93 octane and synthetic oil
Purchased As New
Overall I love this car. I owned an RX-8 before this car and when I had the opportunity to buy this car when it was still sitting on the lot brand new in 2008 (it's a 2007 model) at a discount, I jumped on it.
The Speed 6 is a sleeper. It is very fast, and unless someone knows what it is, they don't know that. People who know, know, and I have had many compliments from those who do, and even a few offers to buy it. The low-end torque and jump off the line in this car is phenominal. It can do 0-60 in the mid to high 5's in the right hands, but even in unexperienced hands you can still break 6 all day. The trick is getting used to the somewhat difficult, fussy clutch, that gives quite high and is rather stiff. But it flies, and you will be going 30 in the blink of an eye, literally. Heavy curb weight and a little bit of turbo lag slow it a little in the 0-60 time however, but it is still darn good, and will beat about 99% of most anything else you will see day to day out there at a red light.
Handling is superior for a 4-door sedan, and the AWD keeps you straight and stable in any road condition. The traction control system takes alot to kick in, which from a performance standpoint, is a good thing...you don't want an over sensitive system that locks up your acceleration everytime you race it a little. The car corners on rails, and I have pushed it to its limit many times, and have loved every second of it. It begs for more, it wants to be driven hard. It also has a nice throaty sound coming out of its dual exhaust.
Personally, I love the interior. It is simplified luxury, clean lines, with many carbon-fiber and leather embellishments. The 9-speaker, 200-watt, 6-disc Bose system is the best stock sound system I have ever heard. The leather is sporty, and soft, but not too soft, with a nice perforated finish. All 4 windows are 1 touch up and down.
There are a few cons, but not many. One is while I like the understated look of the car, it is maybe a little too understated...many people don't even know it is something special and think it is just a regular Mazda 6. That is cool in some ways, because those who know, know, and you can snicker under your breath a little as you blow the doors off everyone else. On the other hand, you also feel like at the price you pay over a standard 6, you would like a little more show. But, I suppose, instead of show, you get business for the price. The wheels look great, but you haven't lived until you have had to keep these bad boys clean. 15-spokes, and big brakes that make lots of dust = plan on spending an hour every week cleaning them if you want your car looking it's best. The car eats tires. Granted, it is a sports car, and I drive it very aggressively, but I have done that with all my cars and this one seems to chew up the tires quicker than any other. I am at 39K miles now and am on my 3rd set of summer tires, and a good 10-12K was spent on snow tires. A set of $800-1000 tires might last you 8-10K miles, if you are lucky...that's about a buck every 10 miles if you are counting, just for tires. Gas mileage is poor, but again, you have top make sacrifices for performance. The car requries 93 octane and synthetic oil. General operating costs can be a bit high...but it rewards you with great performance, and excellent reliability if you follow the manual and give it the goodies it wants. I am yet to need to repair anything so far outside of general maintenance. Oddly also, the rear axle will whine a little from time to time at highway speeds, but that is nothing to worry about.
Overall I would give this car a 9.9 out of 10, and would highly recommend it, if you can find one...they only sold 5,000 a year for 2 model years in the U.S. Another reason why I snapped one up, the rarity factor is pretty cool....read morehide
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- Sleeper, Gas Mileage, Most AWD HP for the money
- Expensive to maintain and improve, very restricted
This car is the best choice you can make for an entry level, but competitive sports car. This is the car you get when you dont want everyone to know about your dangerous addiction to going fast. Priced $5-8K less than cars at it's performance level, it holds the most immediate value for the money spent, and has the best gas mileage of them all. The only comparible AWD car to MPG is a WRX, which makes 1-2mpg more, but suffers in performance level in comparision.
as far as everyday driving goes, the awd drive is incredible, this car runs on rails, and geting it to lose traction is very difficult, even in the rain. I have had the car for a 1 year and 3 months, and have had the chance to push it to the limit in the rain, SAFELY able to drive 100+mph without any sign of instability as BMWs, Audis, and 4x4 trucks all get passed and left behind. going over railroad tracks even rough ones is more pleasant than my old 240sx.
The car is intense to drive fast. the hydraulic clutch is tricky as first, but once you get it, you GET it. The car comes with the same LSD as the RX8 in the back so doing power slides and other tricks is a cinch. Pull the E-brake at medium speed with the wheel slightly turned and a blockbuster-movie stunt 180 degree turn is achieved to give you an idea of how nimble and easy the car is to drive fast.
Plenty of room for all sorts of people, the seats in back could be a bit more bolstering as my passangers slide from side to side on the smooth leather. The front seats are extremely comfortable, but i suppose Mazdaspeed should have also included a Recaro type option, as they do not hold you nearly as something like Mitsubishi Evolution seats. But thats where luxury is traded for hopped up match car looks.
And you save a good $7K.
With 7k (the difference from a WRX Sti/EVO) you can absolutely bolt on this car to out-do both boy racers, while keeping the sleeper appearance and the attention away from Highway Patrolmen.
I love this car, the only other car I would consider replacing it with would be an 335xi BMW, but for 15,000$ more and only .5 second faster, I think I made an excellent choice that is responsible and reasonable for someone who doesn't want to show off, but would rather embarass the people that do.
This car is EXPENSIVE to maintain/fix/replace parts. It is an import from Mazda Japan and is not made by Ford like the other Mazda6's. replacing the tires costs $900-1200 and they dissapear fast if you drive like I do.
The intake and exhaust and bypass valve on this car are so power restrictive, that replacing them with better aftermarket parts can yeild over 60hp at the wheels, and that is just intake/BOV/exhaust.
The Bose soundsystem certainly does not get the job done, and replacing them with aftermarket Audio is obviously expensive and def not hassle free. There is also poor equalization options and no IPOD aux.
Over all I can openly say that this car is the best possible car you can get for the power/money/practicallity/utility....read morehide
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- Turbo lag almost non-existant, GOBS of power! FAST and comfortable!
- Gas mileage, short 1st gear, people will try to race you! No boost guage
WOW! All I can say is wow! This thing has so much torque for a 4 cylinder it's unreal. Winding the motor to redline is pretty much useless. This thing just flat out moves out though. I wish 1st gear was a litle taller. While it may be a sleeper, people will try to race you. I dusted a new BMW 325ix Sunday! lol Gas mileage is not too hot either. I took a 550 mile trip to Memphis over the weekend. I only got about 25.5 MPG. I was pretty disappointed since it is a 4 cylinder. Around the city I usually get around 19, so it's not the best. Also, premium fuel only and this thing is picky when it comes to fuel. It will cut boost if the octane is not high enough. This thing stinks in the snow with the stock tires. Going to invest in an extra set of rims with snow tires next winter....read morehide
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- Handeling, tourque, Engine, Brakes, Navi system works good, all wheel drive
- Ride can be rough for lon trips, gas mileage, tire ware, road noise, door a trunk locks, Clutch
This is the first Japanese car I've owned in a long time. Th cars performance is good but the cars finish and details are rough when compared to the German cars I've owned for the past several years.
Turning circle is wide for a car with this performance.
It's a fun toy, but I will go back to VW, Audi or BMW when my lease is up....read morehide
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- Decent fuel economy for so much performance, 6 speed, smart AWD system.
- Some interior noise, clutch takes some getting used to, sloppy gearbox, kinda ugly stock wheels.
I've had this car for about 8 months now, and have already put 14,000 miles on her. I came from a '05 Mazda 6s, and the difference between the two cars is night and day.
I wanted a fast car that had four doors, all wheel drive, and didn't look like a hot wheels car. (sti and evo, I'm looking at you.) The MS6 was the only real option, besides the Subaru Legacy GT, which lacks behind the MS6 in the handling and power departments. Plus the LGT is a lot more expensive. Its just a shame that they only made this car for two years in such limited production, but it makes those of us who bought one feel like we've got something special!
After swapping out the wheels, and throwing the Mazdaspeed intake on the car, I have come to like it even more. The aftermarket is limited, but there are plenty of options out there to turn this car into an absolute beast....read morehide
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- Good fuel economy for a turbo, great handling, awesome brakes
- Poor high beam, ordinary turning circle, some cabin rattles
I own the Mazda 6 MPS which is the Australian version of the Mazdaspeed 6 and is similar to the GT model.
I have owned this car for over twelve months now and am still finding reasons to appreciate this car. The mix of family car and weekend driver is near perfect in the 6 MPS.
Handling, particuarly in corners is amazing and the car has great straight line speed too. Lack of a distinctive exhaust sound and poor high beams for Australian country roads, disappoints, but thats about it.
Well built, nicely equipped and very easy to live with day to day. Always fun to drive and the best car I have owned over the last twenty years. Will make a great second hand buy for the smart buyer.
If you are in the market for a mid sized car thats special and rewards the driver you need to take one of these for a test drive....read morehide
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- Rally car handling .well built .deceptive looks great equip
- fuel econ..poor tire wear. tiny bose system ..
impressed with the looks an handling for the buck!we have the mica red just like the old time candy apple red....Car IN THE DEALER for last month as several issues, engine light with turbo leakage l which created oil smoke issues ..Cat sytem emissions converter DAMAGED awaiting parts .....NOT acceptable .Mazda rep admitted they have issues with above items ..
would i purchase another yes..JUST DISAPPOINTED
as car has 13000 miles in service..GROUNDED AWAITING Mazda repair 1 month ..!!...read morehide
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- Nice acceleration, MPG ok, good compromise of power, economy
- Bit of turbo lag, stumble, new wheel cleaning ritual, long shifter throw
The comments about turbo lag and stumble are minor and slight. The car is an excellent enthusiasts ride. Very good handling, even at the limits. DST is unsettling first time you feel it in a hard turn, it does slow you down, probably best to turn it off. Comments from others is important, and the car gets always get good ones. I have 2200 miles on it, and took it back to the dealer for a emission recall, only problem so far. MPG is ranging from 21 to 23 all around. Completely stock at this point, would like a little more umph. 15 spoke 18 inch wheels like lots of time cleaning, lol. But they look good....read morehide
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- Good fuel economy, good suspension, overall easy to handle
- Small trunk, wish it came with remote starter, wish the radio displayed name of artist
I've had my Mazda Speed 6 Grand Touring about 2 weeks and I really love it. The ride is very smooth and nimble. It doesn't take long to become acquainted with the car. It feels like I've had it much longer than 2 weeks. This is my 1st Mazda --- and I'm sure it won't be my last....read morehide
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- Turbo, Sleeper, AWD, Good Handling
- Fake Exhaust, Worn Tires
I come from many fast and tuned cars, Turbo 300Z, 3000GT VR4, GSX, Cooper S and was looking for something with the same power and equal handling, yet a little more family minded. I checked out the EVO, STI, S60 AWD, VW R34 and M3. All my payments looked around $700 which was more than I wanted to spend. I was trading in my VR4 and was disappointed with what I could afford vs what I was coming from. I wandered across the street to find a lonely MS6 on the lot, moving fast due to being the test model. Wasnt really the color I wanted (velocity red), but I've settled for red 4 times before, so I guess its in my cards. I was sceptical but test drove it and found it was alot closer to what I wanted. The suspension was a little squishier than I am used too (still ultra stiff), and the raw power wasnt there off the line like a V8, but get it cranking and it was enough for me to sign on the line. The turbo wishes the car fom 40-70 in a single breath and though I feel I run through the gears to quickly (as with any turbo 4cyl) it had a smooth power climb all the way to 500 under redline and continues up through the 150mph range which is more than I need. The seats are comfortable, the handling is responsive and the AWD does kisck in instntly when the car gets out of hand which was something I feared in a haldex AWD system. (Haldex starts with FWD and adjusts instantly to 50/50 on accel, or when it feels the grip start to go). I feel the AWD transfer from a hard launch from FWD in a 1/4 second, but other than that its really good. I do feel the "fake" exhaust pipes a little cheezy, but at least it is a dual system, and also I find the turbo (after some quick equations) to be at maximum CFM which is rare to see from a factory vehicle, but leaves no room for a chip or boost controller. I find the chassis more stiff than the avg Mazda 6, but I'd still like to add sway bars, an upper front strut bar, stiffer shockes, lower springs (slightly, its a decent height), an air filter and an exhaust. Small compared to what I thought I'd need but at 270hp stock, its a sedan to contend with. I get 22.5mpg and I drive hard and only in the city so never get the chance to get "better" mileage. Anyone looking at sedans should defiantly consider this. Be prepared to change the tires out at 7k mi as they are too soft compound for a "factory vehicle" with such body roll and torque. I might add some wider tires as they are a bit skinny, but havnt had any slippage yet. It not an EVO or M3. but will sit beside them no problem while rolling and never bat an eye. PS I got mine for $22k, about 10 less than the competition!...read morehide
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