1st Generation (2003—2008) MAZDA6 Problems

This generations ranks 33rd out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (40%), transmission (11%), and the interior (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Oil Consumption 3 complaints at an average of 86,545 miles in the 2007 Mazda MAZDA6.
  2. Rattling Noise Coming From Engine 2 complaints at an average of 109,832 miles in the 2005 Mazda MAZDA6.
  3. Transmission Slips 1 complaints at an average of 52,000 miles in the 2005 Mazda MAZDA6.

What MAZDA6 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2008 11 5 105 7.2
2007 14 6 112 8.8
2006 15 6 98 7.52
2005 12 6 101 6.91
2004 26 7 130 14.21
2003 11 9 127 3.56

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