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Mazda Mazda6 vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2017. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  
2014 - 2017 Mazda Mazda6 Reliability by Generation2014 - 2017 Mazda Mazda6
18% Best 69% Worst
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2015 - 2017 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2015 - 2017 Volkswagen Golf / GTI
60.8571428571% Best 144% Worst
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2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
46% Best 118% Worst
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2009 - 2013 Mazda Mazda6 Reliability by Generation2009 - 2013 Mazda Mazda6
28.2857142857% Best 87% Worst
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2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
62% Best 146% Worst
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2003 - 2008 Mazda Mazda6 Reliability by Generation2003 - 2008 Mazda Mazda6
24.2857142857% Best 80% Worst
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2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
38.5714285714% Best 105% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Mazda Mazda6

Mazda Mazda6 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Hatch 212-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The car is over 2 yrs old now with close to 30,000 miles with no unscheduled maintenance. The car has been very reliable full 2008 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Wagon 212-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Car has been very reliable. full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 270hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual AWD
One rear shock started leaking at about 85k, which necessitated replacing both of course. The engine stumbles sometimes when accelerating from a steady criuse - can hear what I presum is the waste gate banging like a machine gun. No error codes and the Mazda dealership I go to has no clue as far as I can tell. I have been impressed with Mazda reliability but with many computers, differentials and complexity galore I may not own this one into late middle age. full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Nothing has gone wrong so far... full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual AWD
The Speed6 has been very reliable, no major repairs, even under warranty. Have an intermittent front suspension squeak with the upper and lower control arms, just haven't had it fixed yet since it's harmless. Brakes and clutch are original. full 2006 Mazda Mazda6 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual AWD
In 25K miles, I experienced one check engine light, and a powerloss issue once that was corrected with a recall. Most reliable car I ever owned. full 2006 Mazda Mazda6 review
2005 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have owned for over 4 years, 100k miles now, with no major problems. full 2005 Mazda Mazda6 review
Mazda Mazda6 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr Wagon 212-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Had a problem where the suspension would make a creeking sound while turning the steering wheel at slow (parking lot) speeds. Internet research turned up a few similar problems. Our problem was successfully diagnosed as a bushing problem in a lower control arm. I expect that I will need motor mounts replaced sooner-rather-than-later as well. full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
19 problems in 14 months (4 major) full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have 18 warranty claims in the first year of ownership. Problems started after 6 months (10K miles) of ownnership. full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual AWD
Far too many horror stories about the engine throwing a rod, with or without modifications. Also, many turbos are known to smoke, but Mazda does nothing about the situation. full 2006 Mazda Mazda6 review
2004 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
interior out of cheap plastic that easily scratches, seat foam partially collapsed, annual caliper lube required, bought the car as a 5year lease return w/ 84 000 km, now getting close to 9years 135 000km, replaced suspension bushings/ball joints from day1, clutch at 125k, no holes yet but plenty of rust, haven't been able to track down a couple of noises, might have been there since new, doing almost as much work on the car as on my 19year old 340 000km Volvo 850 though the Volvo is easier & more fun to work on, this Mazda isn't designed to receive any more than the most urgent maintenance with a design lifespan around 10years/250 000km, whichever comes 1st... full 2004 Mazda Mazda6 review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Mazda Mazda6

Mazda Mazda6 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Hatch 212-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The car is over 2 yrs old now with close to 30,000 miles with no unscheduled maintenance. The car has been very reliable full 2008 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Wagon 212-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Car has been very reliable. full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 270hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual AWD
One rear shock started leaking at about 85k, which necessitated replacing both of course. The engine stumbles sometimes when accelerating from a steady criuse - can hear what I presum is the waste gate banging like a machine gun. No error codes and the Mazda dealership I go to has no clue as far as I can tell. I have been impressed with Mazda reliability but with many computers, differentials and complexity galore I may not own this one into late middle age. full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Nothing has gone wrong so far... full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual AWD
The Speed6 has been very reliable, no major repairs, even under warranty. Have an intermittent front suspension squeak with the upper and lower control arms, just haven't had it fixed yet since it's harmless. Brakes and clutch are original. full 2006 Mazda Mazda6 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual AWD
In 25K miles, I experienced one check engine light, and a powerloss issue once that was corrected with a recall. Most reliable car I ever owned. full 2006 Mazda Mazda6 review
2005 4dr Hatch 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Have owned for over 4 years, 100k miles now, with no major problems. full 2005 Mazda Mazda6 review
Mazda Mazda6 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr Wagon 212-horsepower 3.0L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Had a problem where the suspension would make a creeking sound while turning the steering wheel at slow (parking lot) speeds. Internet research turned up a few similar problems. Our problem was successfully diagnosed as a bushing problem in a lower control arm. I expect that I will need motor mounts replaced sooner-rather-than-later as well. full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
19 problems in 14 months (4 major) full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2007 4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have 18 warranty claims in the first year of ownership. Problems started after 6 months (10K miles) of ownnership. full 2007 Mazda Mazda6 review
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.3L I4
6-speed manual AWD
Far too many horror stories about the engine throwing a rod, with or without modifications. Also, many turbos are known to smoke, but Mazda does nothing about the situation. full 2006 Mazda Mazda6 review
2004 4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4
5-speed manual FWD
interior out of cheap plastic that easily scratches, seat foam partially collapsed, annual caliper lube required, bought the car as a 5year lease return w/ 84 000 km, now getting close to 9years 135 000km, replaced suspension bushings/ball joints from day1, clutch at 125k, no holes yet but plenty of rust, haven't been able to track down a couple of noises, might have been there since new, doing almost as much work on the car as on my 19year old 340 000km Volvo 850 though the Volvo is easier & more fun to work on, this Mazda isn't designed to receive any more than the most urgent maintenance with a design lifespan around 10years/250 000km, whichever comes 1st... full 2004 Mazda Mazda6 review