Used car review Mazda 6 2002-2004 |

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Used car review Mazda 6

Graham ‘Smithy’ Smith the used Mazda 6 2002-2004, its points, its flaws and what to for when you are buying it.

When was on its knees there was speculation its ability to survive, but with new zoom in a completely renewed range the company is enjoying the of times and its future appears solid. The mid-sized Mazda 6 is one of the new that has given the company credibility in the market. It has buyers through showroom doors in of one of the best looking sedans on the

In many ways Mazda’s can be tracked back to the MX-5 car. It set the company on a new course, and its gave it the confidence to follow a new way based around its sporty zoom’ theme.

There has the Mazda 2, the Mazda 3, RX8 and the Mazda 6, the sedan with the sporty The Mazda 6 and its smaller cousin, the 3, are now the sporty twins to have if you have the MX-5.

With surging fuel and the slump in popularity of the traditional big the mid-sized car class has enjoyed in recent times. The growing of the class, which once doomed, has been driven on by the of some interesting and enjoyable new such as the Mazda 6.

It’s due to the obvious popularity of the BMW 3-Series has enjoyed boom times in the decade. Carmakers are not dumb, can see what’s successful, and most car now have a 3-Series equivalent in model range.

In Mazda’s it’s the ‘6’, and it has worked a attracting buyers who either afford a BMW or want something as the blue and white spinner has a little too common for some.

is more than a hint of the BMW in the shape, but hey if it works why not borrow it. The stops when you get the front which has the Mazda badge and Mazda grille where the kidneys would normally

Begged, borrowed, or simply it matters little as the ‘6’ is a looking car with lithe lines and a stance that it has plenty of sporting potential on the road.

Underneath it sports double front suspension with a independent rear set-up gives the ‘6’ sporting with impressive response the ride can be considered hard and harsh in a normal four-door.

The four-cylinder double overhead 16-valve engine is a gem; it to be revved when it responds throaty encouragement.

Peak is 122 kW at 6500 revs with torque of 207 Nm at 4000 revs, an that it is meant to be revved.

offered a choice of a sweet five-speed manual gearbox and a automatic transmission.

When to perform the ‘6’ would to 100 km/h in 10 seconds and required 17 for the standing 400-metre sprint. Its top was just on 200 km/h.

Power and pinion steering was standard with four-wheel discs and ABS brakes.

Mazda offered an range of models with hatch and wagon body in Limited, Classic, Luxury and variants. All were well from the entry-level Limited right through to the zippy hatch.

The Limited came with windows and mirrors, full remote central locking, adjustable steering wheel, air-conditioning, cloth trim and CD with four speakers.

Add wheels, trip computer, air, velour trim, wrapped steering wheel, and a CD stacker with six speaker and you had a

Tick the Luxury box and you also got a leather trim, power seat, and Bose premium with seven speakers.

The Sports hatch got all of that front fog lamps and fold-flat seat.

The Mazda 6 Limited carried a sticker price of when new in 2002, but it can now be bought for with 50,000 km on the odometer. A 2004 model will $5000 more.

To make the up to the Classic you’ll need to another $2000 to secure a $2500 for a hatch and $2800 for a

For all the fruit of a Luxury you’ll to part with $24,000-$30,000 to a sedan, add $750 for a hatch and for a Sports hatch.

When buying a nearly new car you approach it much like you if you were buying new.

The Mazda 6 is now only four old so you’re looking at a car that is in the prime of its life, barely run in. If it knocked about or neglected in any way on, there are plenty more out to choose from.

Mechanically is little to go on so far, the majority of about the Mazda 6 relate to wear which while is no higher than any other car. You have to get used to discs by 30,000 km and replacing at 50,000-60,000 km.

Check for a service which will become when you come to sell on.

With such a new car check for the that will affect its things like small in the body, tears or marks on the trim, scrapes and gouges on the wheel rims. They’re the that detract from the of a car that still has the new feeling.

When test driving sure the engine runs and pulls without hesitation, the changes gear smoothly any jerking or hesitation, there are no as the speed increases, and no noises can’t be explained.

An agile with responsive steering, four-wheel disc brakes anti-skid control and a zesty give the ‘6’ driver chance of avoiding a collision.

front airbags with belt pretensioners provide a level of crash protection in the and Classic models, while the and Sports models also the protection of side and curtain

Before buying his Mazda 6 McCormack had driven Falcons or to get the interior space needed to his 195 cm frame. The car he bought was in as-new with a mere 30,000 km on the He says it has plenty of headroom, seat room and boot and he likes the Mazda’s looks, its and performance.

His only gripes are the when accelerating and the steering, he feels is vague.

Tony Morgan has owned his 6 wagon for 12 months and loves about it. His highlights are the six-stack CD, wheel controls, computer and the feeling of class and comfort. He the six air bags, anti-skid brakes, and handling make it a fun, car to drive.

He averages 8.6 L/KM and he’s no light-foot! The Mazda 6 has of get up and go, with a great exhaust in the upper revs! Also the gearbox, so much fun on the Great Road!

Service and spare are reasonable and the car has run faultlessly.

Julie has loved the Mazda 6 from the day it was She took delivery of a 2003 hatch in 2004 which has now 23,000 km. She says it’s her car, a little bit sporty, but not too big or to run.

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