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#4488495 - 08/14/17 03:59 PM Mazda 3 and 6?
Bhoppy1216 Offline


Registered: 08/09/17
Posts: 33
Loc: Houston, TX
Hello again!

I was wondering peoples opinions on the Mazda 3 and 6. I wanted a manual but I have seen that on some models the clutch will literally just go out. Anyone own one of these bad boys that can tell me some pros and cons?

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#4488503 - 08/14/17 04:06 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
Kuato Offline


Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 7094
Loc: Colorado
My opinion: great cars. Clutch will last if you know what you're doing. Never owned one and don't have enough headroom for me but if they did they'd be on the radar. I know a guy that owned a Mazda for several years, and his was bulletproof...and that's what I read online. There of course might be issues I'm not aware of but on the whole, Mazda produce great vehicles.
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#4488507 - 08/14/17 04:16 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
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Registered: 03/11/12
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
The clutch can just "go" on any car. Depends on how you drive. I had a 2010 Mazda 3 with a manual for 5 years and 115k miles. Never even had to do brakes on that car. Current Mazda 6 has just shy of $40k and no issues
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#4488508 - 08/14/17 04:16 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
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Registered: 09/30/14
Posts: 157
Loc: Chicagoland, IL
I own a 2007. 2nd owner. Got complete records of the original owner. Original clutch. Purchase 3 years ago with 119K. Current at 131K. I know almost 4k a year! When the clutch goes, I'll spend the $$$ to have it replaced. Haven't had to do anything else since the purchase.


Edited by tgrudzin (08/14/17 04:17 PM)

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#4488510 - 08/14/17 04:18 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
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Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 2420
Loc: Staten Island, NY
Up until the last handfull of years, Mazda still struggled with rust issues

"Speed" 3/6 had engine issues, they can lean out and blow engines on WOT pulls without preventive HPFP upgrading

What years are you looking at?
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#4488511 - 08/14/17 04:19 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
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Great cars, I would consider one if they were what I wanted in a car. There are random things that will go depending on the engine. Clutches either go out right away or last forever, all depends on the driver. I think I sell more body parts than hard parts for them.
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#4488516 - 08/14/17 04:27 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: michaelluscher]
Bhoppy1216 Offline


Registered: 08/09/17
Posts: 33
Loc: Houston, TX
Originally Posted By: michaelluscher
Up until the last handfull of years, Mazda still struggled with rust issues

"Speed" 3/6 had engine issues, they can lean out and blow engines on WOT pulls without preventive HPFP upgrading

What years are you looking at?


I was thinking 2009-2013 range I plan to buy used

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#4488556 - 08/14/17 05:19 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
danthaman1980 Offline


Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 1001
Loc: SE Wisconsin
I don't have any experience with pre-Skyactiv Mazdas - but the Skyactiv versions seem to be fine. My 2014 '6 has been great since new (though I can't comment on the clutch issue since mine is an AT).

Pros:
- 40+ MPG hwy is possible
- Zero mechanical issues so far
- Fun to drive

Cons:
- Needs more power
- Backseat area is too small (seriously, have you seen the size of rear-facing car seats lately? THAT is why SUVs are so popular, you can't fit a [censored] rear-facing car seat into a normal sized sedan anymore. When people start having babies and figure out the infant car seats don't fit in their average sized sedans, it's off to go look at SUVs).


Edited by danthaman1980 (08/14/17 05:23 PM)
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#4488557 - 08/14/17 05:20 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4397
Loc: The Midwest
My wife had a 2012 Mazda3 with a stick and the clutch never posed a problem and she gave it the torture test visiting her parents in NYC/Brooklyn.
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#4488628 - 08/14/17 06:41 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: danthaman1980]
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Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 1099
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Originally Posted By: danthaman1980
I don't have any experience with pre-Skyactiv Mazdas - but the Skyactiv versions seem to be fine. My 2014 '6 has been great since new (though I can't comment on the clutch issue since mine is an AT).

Pros:
- 40+ MPG hwy is possible
- Zero mechanical issues so far
- Fun to drive

Cons:
- Needs more power
- Backseat area is too small (seriously, have you seen the size of rear-facing car seats lately? THAT is why SUVs are so popular, you can't fit a [censored] rear-facing car seat into a normal sized sedan anymore. When people start having babies and figure out the infant car seats don't fit in their average sized sedans, it's off to go look at SUVs).

Yup. I took my niece and my sister somewhere and I had to move my seat into an uncomfortable position because that dang car seat was huge.
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#4488656 - 08/14/17 07:14 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: danthaman1980]
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 1067
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
Originally Posted By: danthaman1980
.. you can't fit a [censored] rear-facing car seat into a normal sized sedan anymore. When people start having babies and figure out the infant car seats don't fit in their average sized sedans, it's off to go look at SUVs).

Our rear facing baby seat fits just fine in my 2007 Honda Accord. It does fill all the available space but it's not a problem.
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#4488731 - 08/14/17 08:32 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
Greggy_D Offline


Registered: 03/03/05
Posts: 1678
Loc: Michigan
Had a 2007 Mazda 3. Original clutch started slipping at 175,000 miles. The only weak point on the car was the suspension.
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#4488765 - 08/14/17 09:17 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
miden851 Offline


Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 433
Loc: GA
CR heavily advertises that generation; both 2.5l and 3.7l are proven and long lasting engines; I'd get 2013 if I were you;


Edited by miden851 (08/14/17 09:19 PM)
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#4488777 - 08/14/17 09:36 PM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
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Registered: 08/06/12
Posts: 789
Loc: Lynchburg, VA, USA
While my Mazda 6 is too new to comment on clutch longevity, I did have a 2004 Mazda 3s with the 2.5. It was a fantastic car, the only problem I ever had was replacing the motor mounts once. I sold it with 130k and the clutch was still right as rain. I regretted selling that car for years. It's still one of my favorite cars that I've owned.

If you get the MZR engines, the 2.0 gets great mileage but is kind of a dog. The 2.5 is perhaps the best sounding/feeling 4-cylinder in a modern economy car... at least on par with the Hondas I have driven. However, it tends to be on the thirstier side for a four-banger.
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#4488960 - 08/15/17 06:28 AM Re: Mazda 3 and 6? [Re: Bhoppy1216]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7468
Loc: Toronto, Canada
For mazda 3, at about 120k expect to do struts and wheel bearings. My 06 is an AT so I can't comment about the clutch.
For the first gen mazda 3 (04-09), I would get the 2.0l engine instead of 2.3l. The 2.3l has a a cartridge oil filter and a plastic housing. The housing is known to crack easily when over torqued, followed by a quick loss of oil. Most of the engine failures reported on Mazda Forums were caused by the cracked housing.
The 2.3 also has a counterbalance shaft that is known to fail. Not to mention it's quite thirsty for the displacement and HP it produces.

The second gen (10-13) was really a refresh, but the 2.3l was replaced with a much better 2.5l engine and from 2012, you could get a 2.0l Skyactive engine in mazda 3. So that gen can be had with 2.0l, 2.5l and 2.0l Skyactive, which is a direct injection engine. But the smiley face look is not for everyone, although in darker colors it's much less pronounced.

The 3rd gen (2014 to present) is an all new design done solely by Mazda. The other two gens shared a lot of parts with Ford. From what I read, these are also very solid economy vehicles.
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