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2003 Mazda Mazda6 repairs by problem area

Engine (58%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (1%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (17%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (12%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (5%)

Chart based on 95 repairs.

2003 Mazda Mazda6 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 56 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2003 Mazda Mazda6

Engine not specified

Mazda Mazda6 in Spain
Oct 2009 - Mar 2010
Nov 2009

115320 mi
Bad diagnosis for Mazda. I decided no repair because the cost was 4500$. I sold the car and the buyer discovered there was nothing broken, only bad oil ( Mazda team put the oil at 180.00 ) 

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2003 Mazda Mazda6 4dr Sedan

220-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda6 in Kansas, United States
Dec 2007 - Aug 2011
Dec 2009

94000 mi

US $800
Valve cover gaskets reported as "seeping" at July repair shop trip - got it repaired today. Oil pan gasket is leaking - previously unknown problem repaired today. 
Jan 2010

96000 mi

US $245
Car showed check engine light and code P0303 which is misfire in cylinder #3. When shop drove, problem had disappeared after barely being drivable for me. Shop switched ignition coils on #3 and #4 to see if problem would reoccur but has not yet. 
Feb 2011

114700 mi

US $90
Ball joints are nearing replacement time - lubed by the shop. 
Mazda Mazda6 in Texas, United States
Mar 2009 - Jul 2009
May 2009

112000 mi
Bushings cracked on lower control arms. Parts $200. Labor to install $550. 
Jul 2009

112000 mi
Air/fuel mixture sensor failed. Would have cost $500 to fix. 
Mazda Mazda6 in California, United States
Dec 2004 - Jun 2014
Aug 2004

19045 mi
Warranty - radiator fan 
Oct 2008

69000 mi

US $20
Dashboard plastic hinge broke on one side. 
Jan 2011

99700 mi

US $770
Bearings were busted on both Front wheels. Had to replace Bearings + Hub.  
Apr 2011

101000 mi

US $133
Appears a specific valve got stuck, causing throttling issues. Valve was cleaned out and lubed.  
Jul 2011

104000 mi

US $1175
This is related to the problem in of two fixes-the first was a valve got stuck with dirt. This didn't work, car lost all power on highway. So did the alternative solution which was to replace an electronic component that controlled the valve. Had to fix the key ignition ... somehow it wouldn't recognize any of my 3 keys ... something happened to the tumblers ... couldn't drive car until locksmith fixed it. 
Sep 2012

113000 mi

US $65
Just a slight oil leak. Had to add some silicon in multiple joints. 
Sep 2013

122000 mi
Key lock (driver side door) fell into door panel. Had to open up door panel, unhook electrical from panel, then had to remove the sound deadening panel to fish around for a loose screw that kept the key lock in place. 
Nov 2013

122700 mi

US $150
Had to replace a broken engine mount (circular object) holding the engine to the chassis. (car would vibrate really bad unless it was in neutral). 
Jun 2014

126000 mi
1)leaking oil. will need to replace some type of engine valve gasket 2)engine mount needs to be replaced 3)water hose to engine is leaking, and needs to be replaced. 
Mazda Mazda6 in Michigan, United States
Feb 2008 - Feb 2009
Jul 2008

67000 mi

US $552
Throttle body had to be replaced. 

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2003 Mazda Mazda6 4dr Sedan

160-horsepower 2.3L I4 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda6 in New York, United States
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2010

55000 mi

US $45
Battery warning light came on. It was due to a loose connection. 
Mar 2010

55000 mi

US $630
Tailpipes and muffler separated from exhaust system  
Mazda Mazda6 in Ohio, United States
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Jan 2009

96000 mi

US $800
Check engine light came on. Some seals needed replaced, and the PCV valve was cracked. Also put on 4 new tires, and oil change. / tune up. 
Sep 2009

109000 mi

US $3900
Engine replaced with rebuilt, warranty engine 
Mazda Mazda6 in California, United States
Jun 2008 - Sep 2014
Jul 2008

68000 mi

US $1400
Intake manifold gasket failure caused Check Engine Light and rough running/idle at low speed. Very costly repair, apparently very common with Mazda/Ford 2.3L 4 cyl engine. Also reflashed ECU to resolve open TSB/recall notice. 
Mazda Mazda6 in Arizona, United States
Dec 2006 - Sep 2015
Mar 2006

20443 mi
CEL came on for oxygen sensor - TSB for false read - PCM software updated 
Sep 2007

33439 mi

US $444
Replace front brake rotors (266) + engine mount (178) 
Dec 2007

36729 mi

US $577
Front bushings cracked and damaged - replace all control arm bushings with bushing kit 
Apr 2008

41000 mi

US $550
Front ball joint wear. 
Jan 2011

65000 mi
Leaky front struts -replaced 
Jul 2013

86000 mi

US $200
Replaced thermostat 
Nov 2014

98000 mi
Replace alternator 

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2003 Mazda Mazda6 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mazda Mazda6 in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

95000 mi

US $400
Passenger side muffler and pipe was leaking keeping the car from passing emissions. 

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2003 Mazda Mazda6 Repair Histories

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