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Used Mazda 6 review: 2002-2012

2009 Mazda 6
Graham Smith reviews the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Mazda6 as a used buy.

Roomy and attractive, the long-running Mazda had good road manners, sporty handling and peppy performance.


It's not that long ago that Mazda was a basket case and its future was in real doubt in this country. But then came a most remarkable turnaround that had the brand Zoom-Zooming to the top of the popularity charts with buyers lining up to buy into the brand.

In 2002 when Mazda replaced the worthy but dull 626 with the Mazda6, the first of a new range of models that simply transformed the brand from dead cold to cool.

The Mazda 6 was an all-new mid-sized model that offered a choice of sedan, hatch and wagon body styles, a range of models that stretched from basic to prestige, and from 2006 the choice of petrol and diesel engines. Models in the range were the Limited, which was the entry model, the Classic mid-ranger, and the Luxury and Luxury Sports that had heaps of standard features.

All agreed that the Mazda6 was attractive.

All agreed that the Mazda6 was attractive, it was roomy for its size, comfortable and refined, and had good on-road manners, sporty handling and peppy performance.

At its launch the only engine available was a 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that revved nicely and had a good torque spread, but a year later Mazda added a punchy four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine to the range.

From the get-go buyers of the petrol engine had the choice of a conventional four-speed sports-shift automatic or a five-speed manual, but the four-speed was dropped in 2005 in favour of a five-speed self-shifter.

Those who chose the turbo-diesel engine when it entered the market had to endure a six-speed manual; there was no auto option available.

A Series 2 update arrived early in 2008 and brought with it a roomier cabin and greater comfort, a little more power from a 2.5-litre engine, and improved on-road dynamics.


Most of the faults reported by the trade are really regular wear-and-tear issues, like brakes and tyres, rather than problems per se, but it's worth noting that the earliest examples of the model are fast approaching the twilight years of their usable life.

It's not unusual to see odometer readings of 300,000km plus in very early cars, which brings into question the merits of buying a car with such a high mileage.

It's not to suggest that the Mazda6 is a trouble-prone car, it's generally not. However, any car that has done that many kilomatres is surely more likely to break down and cost its owner plenty in repairs than a similar car that's covered less distance.

The lesson to be learned if you're buying an older example is to buy one with the lowest odometer reading you can, one that is in the best possible condition given its age, and has been well maintained by a caring owner.

Mechanically the Mazda6 is sound, no question...

Mechanically the Mazda6 is sound, no question, the engines are robust and give little trouble if well maintained. With that in mind it's important to ask for a service record that verifies regular servicing.

The service intervals are 10,000km/six months, which is more frequent than some other brands.

It's best that a dealer service the diesels because of the reset requirement for the diesel particulate filter.


Year Price From Price To
2012 $7,500 $18,920
2011 $6,400 $15,620
2010 $5,100 $14,300
2009 $4,500 $11,770
2008 $4,100 $13,090
2007 $4,000 $12,650
2006 $4,000 $12,540
2005 $3,700 $11,880
2004 $3,500 $8,690
2003 $3,400 $8,250
2002 $3,400 $8,250

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Classic 2.3L, PULP, 4 SP AUTO $4,200 – 6,820 2002 Mazda 6 2002 Classic Pricing and Specs
Luxury 2.3L, PULP, 4 SP AUTO $5,100 – 7,920 2002 Mazda 6 2002 Luxury Pricing and Specs
Luxury Sports 2.3L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $4,400 – 7,040 2002 Mazda 6 2002 Luxury Sports Pricing and Specs
Classic 2.3L, PULP, 4 SP AUTO $4,100 – 6,600 2002 Mazda 6 2002 Classic Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist


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