I'm on my 3rd Mazda now. First one is a 2007 Mazda6, 5sp manual with just under 200k miles. Other than normal wear items, at 110k, it needed an O2 sensor. I had a 2009 Mazda6 6sp manual and after 5 years, it had 65k miles but was hit on the street and totaled. Great car while I had it! Now I have an infant... 2018 Mazda3 Hatchback Touring, 6sp automatic with only 8k miles. Absolutely love everything about it. I wasn't sure if I'd be OK with an automatic but, turns-out I absolutely love it. It's not a CVT and the shift points (up and down) really feel good.
Prior to this, I've had nothing but new Toyota's since 1981 (still have a 2011 Tacoma).
IMO. Mazda is now on-par with Toyota quality. They cost a little less up-front but have a slightly lower resale value.
My Mazda (listed below)was still running as well as ever at 600k miles. It had all the usual routine repairs and replacements, but only three biggies: noisy bearings replaced in the transmission at ~360k, a head transplant (due to erosion of coolant passages, not wear) at ~476k and one clutch job (due to oil, not wear) at ~345k. Still had the original PCV valve, original timing chain, and most original wheel bearings at the end.
My nephew's 1997 626 had a lot of troubles, but may have been abused before he got it, as well as after.
2011 Toyota Prius now at 104K 1981 Mazda GLC (323) retired at 606K 1972 Subaru DL retired at 190K 1954 Chevrolet retired at 121K
Vega, ha. The #1 worst car ever made, IMO. Mazdas don't hold a candle. The engine was burning oil and had lost compression before it had a chance to rust. I'd rather have a Yugo. I'm pretty sure it was faster and would definitely last longer.
2018 Hyundai Kona 1.6T DCT 2006 Pontiac (Holden) GTO AT 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 3.8 NA (beater) 2005 Toyota Matrix FWD (ultra beater) "Fob" and "Noack" are not acronyms.
That 1st generation of Mazda 3 hates winter salt. Something about the primer / paint being different. Around here, RUST kills them before mechanical failures. 10 years, give or take, and they get scrapped.
Always liked the styling though ...
2011 SUBARU Impreza 5-door manual / 2016 HONDA Pilot / 2011 MAZDA 2 auto
I'm on my second Mazda, another CX5. My first one made it to 106K miles when the HPFP went out, and I decided to trade it in vs. spending $1200 for that and other minor things, as I never really fell in love with it (2015 Touring base model)