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2006 Mazda Mazda6 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by matthew.soens

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Reviewed: 2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6

4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual AWD

Why the 2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6?

Why Not the 2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6?

Powertrain performance

Very heavy, so the 274hp is strained a bit too much to really look good.

Reliability & durability

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.

Dealer practices

Mazda knows there is an issue with the motor - some inherent design flaw - and they have chosen to ignore it.

Fuel economy

Not very good unless you are on the highway only cruising. On the highway it can get 28+ mpg. However, in mixed driving you will be lucky to get 20 mpg.

Materials & workmanship

The interior just feels too cheap - especially for a car with MSRP of over $30000.

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