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Mazda6 Maintenance and Repair

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  • mikebmikeb Posts: 4
    Anyone hearing rattles coming from their dashboard passenger airbag compartment? Weird?? Thanks.
  • trkynktrkynk Posts: 1
    I have a 95 MX-6 5-speed and have been working on a problem for over two months now and am stumped. I hope someone out there can help me.
    My car was stalling at idle but would start back up and I could get home. One day it just would not start. I checked for spark using the method of placing a sparkplug in spark plug wire and grounding the spark plug. The spark was very week and yellow. The manual told me to check the coil and I did. Turns out the coil was not good according to the manual. I was able to get a new coil and put it in the distributor. Still would not start. I took it to a mazda specialist and he put it on the diognostic machine is it showed spark and fuel but the timing might be off. He would have to put on a new timing belt then go from there for a nice fee of $750 bucks. NOT. So I brought the car home and put in a new timeing belt and belt tensioner. Like fool I did not specifically look to see if the timeing was off or not. Even so the timeing is on the money now. Still no start. Next I had my electronics genious over to help. He put the ignition system through many tests. Coil sparks but Ignition Control Module ( ignitor or ICM) did not seem to be working. I could not buy an ICM separately so had to buy a distributor for over $300 bucks. Thought the car would start up. NOT still no spark. Go figure. The starter relay clicks when the ignition is turned on so it is good. No checkengine lights of flashing of the check engine light for a code signal.
    Can anyone suggest or help me? I am lost. I really like the car and have 150MI on it and the motor is still strong.
    HELP!!!!
    Regards
    trkynk
  • rparisrparis Posts: 368
    I am considering purchasing a 2006 Mazda 6 as it is very stylish looking and competitively priced with rebates. However, it seems that the reliability is not very good at all. I do not want to purchase the car and have engine warning lights, odors, etc. On a new car, after the first few "bugs" are worked out, I would hope for almost no problems and this does not seem to be the case. Do present owners have any other comments. I am also considering the Mercury Milan which is based on the same platform
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    Read my post in the sedans thread.

    One more thing... Even though the Milan is on the same platform, it's still a new car, and could very well have first-year issues as well. Just a thought...

    Good luck with whatever vehicle you choose, but trust me, you won't regret the 6! :shades:
  • i just bought a 2006 mazda6 5 doors hatchback with the 2.3 5 speed manual, Gt, leather seats, xenon lights!!!
    it's a wonderfull car, it's well balanced and mazda modified the 2006. the seats are new(borrowed from volvo), suspension has been upgrade, interior noise is better, the front disk are bigger and fade resistant, I just change a volvo s60 2002 for this mazda6 ...i'm telling you this car is better. I wouldn't recommand the 6cyl. it's an old engine, it will be replace from a global ford engine 3.5liters 270 hp probably next year. The 4 cyl does 40mpg!!! with an above average performance from 4 cyl. You get 0-60 in 8.2, while an Acura TSX 7.9 (cost 5000$ more)
    the trunk of the mazda6 hatchback is the biggest of all the sedans!!! :) <img src="
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    the seats are new(borrowed from volvo)

    Where did you recieve that information? As well at new suspention?
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    The 4 cyl does 40mpg!!! with an above average performance from 4 cyl. You get 0-60 in 8.2, while an Acura TSX 7.9 (cost 5000$ more)

    I don't know how you are ac heaving THAT number? I have a 2005 Mazda6 i Hatchback 5-speed, and on the highway, I'm lucky to hit 30mpg.

    And the 0-60 on an Acura TSX is 7.2, not 7.9. Read Feb. issue of C&D. Also, 9.4 for the Mazda6 i according to MSN autos.
  • I also have a 2005 mazda 6i hatch, auto. Just hit 13k miles, best highway mileage i ever got was 27 mpg. Not complaining, since my car's been almost trouble free, and reliable, so far.
  • My mazda6i auto has been trouble free since day one. 04 and has 34k on the clock. Bose,roof,and sport package with fancy rear view mirror...no leather. My wife drives it daily and I drive it on weekends etc., Only issue was harsh shift that was taken care of with a reprogram. I work on these cars for a living and most of the problems with check engine lights were earlier 03's. As far as gas mileage is concerned, I dont really care....until someone comes out with a car that gets 45mpgs while driving 70 on the freeway, efforts to conserve/make xtra money are best directed elsewhere. My 77 honda civic got pretty good gas mileage but it was hard to keep on the road when other cars passed me, and dont even try to drive in heavy winds!
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 932
    I have owned a 2004 Mazda6 wagon for over a year now. No problems. I don't like the gas mileage but at present there isn't another vehicle that does what I want that is better. Other than the mileage issue, I really like the wagon.
  • yes, there is a constant rattle, like the plastic is settling or something... I owe a 2004 Mazda6 4 door
  • I have 14K on my 2004 Mazda6. It has a weird quiet crankling random noise coming from the dashboard like plastic is settling.

    Also there is a weird chemical smell coming from the front of the car that can be smelled while driving the car, that I can not explain. It is like plastic burning but there is no sign of plastic burning anywhere.

    Also when I step on the breaks there is a click coming from the break. I asked the dealer and they brushed it off. Also my front alloy wheels ar constantly getting covered with this dark reddish brownish colored dust that I suspect is coming out of the breaks, but is not present on the rear wheals at all... Any ideas?
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    I'm occasionally experiencing some clutch chatter when disengaging the clutch in reverse and first gear, but particularly in reverse. The original factory clutch in my previous vehicle lasted more than 200,000 miles, so I'm thinking the issue here is the Mazda clutch rather than my driving & shifting methods (I never ride the clutch pedal or hold the car on an incline using the clutch).

    Trust me, it's not your driving. I get the chatter in 1st gear when I first get started, but it quickly goes away, and unfortunately, it's all too common with the 6.

    The clutch in the 6 has been getting a reputation in the car forums as being "dynamic". The engagement point changes ever-so-slightly that it's hard not to "jerk" the car into gear sometimes. The clutch itself has been failing in cars as early as 10K miles!

    The chatter that you're experiencing is a common thing with the 6. It doesn't mean that it's failing in any way, shape or form, and you don't need to try to change your driving habits, because it's the car, and not you.

    Based on what I've read, I'll be lucky to get 60-80K miles on the clutch, but it's not keeping me from driving it with a smile on my face.
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    I have 14K on my 2004 Mazda6. It has a weird quiet crankling random noise coming from the dashboard like plastic is settling.

    This noise, and the rattling, is probably a dashboard pin that is used to hold the dashboard in place during assembly at the plant, it gets buried inside the dash and isn't removed. There's a way to remove them, do a little digging online to find out how. I know it's out there somewhere...

    Also my front alloy wheels ar constantly getting covered with this dark reddish brownish colored dust that I suspect is coming out of the breaks, but is not present on the rear wheals at all... Any ideas?

    It's brake dust, and it's a menacing problem with the 6's brake pads. It happens in front because the front brakes work a lot harder than the rears when stopping the car. The front brakes on all vehicles work harder, but it doesn't yield NEARLY as much brake dust as the 6 does.

    Besides replacing the pads with an aftermarket brand, the best thing to do is to keep the wheels clean as often as possible. Brake dust that builds up on our alloys will eventually mar and pit the finish.
  • mes58mes58 Posts: 21
    Clutch chatter has been a problem with manual MZ6s. I experienced the same problem with my '03 starting at around 10,000 miles. I took it to the dealer repeatedly but they could not replicate the problem. Fortunately, Mazda issued a TSB on the issue (see message 1557 on this board). After showing my dealer that posting, and given the paper trail I had established, they did the work and I have not had a problem for about 8 months now.
  • It's time to replace all four tires on my 2003 Mazda 6i. The car has 38000 miles on it and I am thinking of getting Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tires. Anyone else run those on your cars, and how do you like them? Any other opinions out there on this or other tires I should consider?
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    t's time to replace all four tires on my 2003 Mazda 6i. The car has 38000 miles on it and I am thinking of getting Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tires. Anyone else run those on your cars, and how do you like them? Any other opinions out there on this or other tires I should consider?

    Even if you're not planning on buying the tires from them, check out Tirerack.com, and enter your make and model year and size wheel. They can also analyze your driving style and recommend to you which type of tires to get.

    Having said that, a friend of mine bought a set of the Assurance Tripletreds for his Taurus about 4 months ago, and hasn't stopped bragging about them since! According to him, he gets good dry-weather traction, and they track very well both in rainstorms and blizzard conditions. I don't think you'd go wrong buying them for the 6...
  • Has anyone had their windshield rattle over normal bumps and cracks? I have a 2004 Mazda 6 Sport Wagon S with all the trimmings (except roof racks). I have had the windshield replaced once already at 12,000 miles. Dealer said the windshield has mounting brackets, and one of them was broken! That noise came from the top right corner. Now, the bottom right and bottom left are creaking quite noticeably, and at 26,000 miles! Just curious if anyone has run into this problem. Thanks! -Rob :confuse:
  • grey6grey6 Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Mazda 6 Turbo diesel. At it's recent 12500 mile service I was told it needs 4 new tires due to uneven wear. This apparantly not covered by the warranty as the car has done over 4000 miles. As the car showed no symptoms such as pulling to one side or juddering there was no reason to get it checked, but the check is chargable at £85. The dealer says they can't help and can't guarantee it won't happen again. It is supposed to be very rare for a wheel to go out of alignment, 1 I could understand but not all 4. The rear wheels are worse than the front wheels. I am still waiting for a response from Mazda UK.
    Has anyone else had asimilar problem? If so how was it resolved?">
  • I just got my 6 back from dealer to fix the clutch disc. The shift is now much smoother. There are still a little chatter, but almost not noticeable. I wish it is fixed for ever.
  • My '04 Mazda6 5-speed manual trans "clunks" from gear to gear. It is not only noisy, but sometimes hesitant to shift. I have been to the dealer and they say there are no bulletins out on the trans. They seem sympathetic and want to fix the problem, but don't seem to know where to start. I drove a 2003 used Mazda6 from the dealer's lot with more than twice my miles and it shifted smoother and much quieter than mine. I've never had a manual trans as noisy as this and this is my 16th one in the past 40 years or so. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what did you do? I want it fixed, because it is the only thing marring an otherwise great car. I don't want to have to make 2 or 3 trips to the dealer because for me it's a 400 mile round-trip. Let me know if there's any help for this, please? Bob
  • I recently bought a used 2004 Mazda 6 hatchback still under warranty. When i bought it i realized that some of the lights on the dashboard (where the clock, radio, fan lights are) do not light up. I took it to the mazda dealership to have them fix the display since the car is under a full bumper to bumper warranty. They told me that in this model of the 2004 all the lights arent supposed to light up. It doesnt make sense to me and part of me thinks they just dont want to replace the unit. Has anyone see this type of problem before?
  • Which lights exactly are you talking about? On NA models, there are small indicators at the top of the display that are for the trip computer that's available in the rest of the world, but not here. Otherwise, the clock should be fully functional, as well as the radio/CD display, and the HVAC controls.

    If you can tell us exactly what doesn't work, we'll be able to tell you if they're not supposed to, or if you have a genuine problem.
  • Thanks for your response. The lights that don't work include the Light that shows how high the fan is on and the light that shows whether the fan is coming out of the vents on the floor or up on the dash. Also the numbers that should show the 6 preset radio stations (whichever station you are on should light up i would assume) do not light up either.
  • The lights that don't work include the Light that shows how high the fan is on and the light that shows whether the fan is coming out of the vents on the floor or up on the dash.

    Do you have the Automatic Climate Control, or ACC (on V6 models) or manual controls (on 4-cyl models)? The ACC uses this display to indicate the function that it's in. I don't believe the manual controls use it. I could be wrong, but I have ACC, and don't know for sure...

    Also the numbers that should show the 6 preset radio stations (whichever station you are on should light up i would assume) do not light up either.

    If you're talking about the small icons above the main number display that show 1-6, if you have the 6-disc changer (an option), these lights indicate if there's a disk in the respective tray (1-6), and are not used for the radio function.

    I hope this helps. If you'd like, you can get an owners manual (if you didn't get one) from the MazdaUSA.com website. Click on "owners" and follow the instructions to register. Once you do, you can download the manual in .pdf format.

    Enjoy your 6! 18 months later, I still do! :)
  • oskwioskwi Posts: 88
    So, I am still debating between a M3 or M6...basically the air conditioning woes with the M3 (I have severe sinus problems) make me want to avoid it.

    What is the reasoning behind CR 2005 rating of slightly poorer than average for the M6? Looking at many different sites, the majority of the M6 owners seem satisfied and CR lists almost every category for 2004 as above average...so why the refusal to recommend?

    Also, who produces the 4 cylinder engine for the M6? I'm under the impression from my research that Mazda does the tranny and engine for the 4 cylinders while Ford does the tranny and engine for the 6 cylinders.

    Thanks.
  • If you have a single disc cd player, and manual climate control functions, those images will NOT display on your dash. The image can be seen however for the functions you described. The 1-6 digits are for the disc changer and not the presets.
  • Clutch chatter has been a problem with manual MZ6s. I experienced the same problem with my '03 starting at around 10,000 miles. I took it to the dealer repeatedly but they could not replicate the problem. Fortunately, Mazda issued a TSB on the issue (see message 1557 on this board). After showing my dealer that posting, and given the paper trail I had established, they did the work and I have not had a problem for about 8 months now.

    Thanks for the info & TSB. I've been pleased with my dealer to-date, but started a paper trail file just in case.
  • Just wondering what the average cost of a Cabin Filter replacement will be. I am thinking of having it done on my next trip to the dealer for an oil change.
  • I'm guessing at least $70 ($35 for the filter, $35+ for the charged half-hour installation).

    I don't know for sure, because I'd rather save the $$$$ and change it myself. There are a number of websites that sell them, and even with shipping, they will be less expensive than the parts counter at your local Mazda dealer.

    Changing it is a breeze as well. It's located directly behind the glovebox, and it takes 10 minutes max to do it yourself.

    On a side note, Mazda recommends changing them every 30K miles (I think). Personally, I do it once per year (every 15K miles), simply because you won't believe just how dirty the filters really get at 15K, let alone 30K miles!
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