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2004 Mazda Mazda6 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Well done, good and faithful servant by mdhasty

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Introduction

I loved this car in spite of the things I didn't like about it. The good far outweighed the bad. I wouldn't buy another one, but that's not a reflection on the car. I just never buy the same vehicle twice.

Reviewed: 2004 Mazda Mazda6

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

Why the 2004 Mazda Mazda6?

Reliability & durability

In eleven years of ownership I only had three breakdowns. I've never had so little trouble with car, nor have I ever owned a car that long.

Handling

With fat 17" tires it took corners very aggressively and responded well to sharp turning.

Exterior styling

It looked sporty without being comically aggressive and even now it looks like an up-to-date car.

Controls and instruments

Great-looking instrument panel, simple, intuitive controls, and I loved the audio controls on the steering wheel.

Why Not the 2004 Mazda Mazda6?

Safety & braking

This car was absolutely terrible in snow and ice, probably because of the 17" tires. Sometimes I stayed home rather than drive it in icky frozen stuff.

Rear seat room & comfort

Not big enough across for three small children. Less legroom than my 1994 Honda Accord, which was about the same size overall.

Fuel economy

Rarely got out of the mid-20s, even on long road trips by myself. I expected better from a 4-cylinder engine, even in a car this size. Again, my 1994 Honda Accord did better, routinely cracking 30 MPG on road trips.

Quietness

It was loud. It was always loud. What is there to say? At least it had a great stereo.

Conclusion

I don't know if my experience was typical of the 2004 Mazda 6. At this point I'd recommend this car primarily as a work/school car. In fact I'd say the Mazda 6 is a great first car for a new driver because it's easy to drive, fairly reliable, and nice to live with.

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