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What are the pros and cons of the Mazda6?

I am thinking of purchasing a 2007 Mazda6 Executive with 58,000 miles on the clock. It's the 1.8 petrol; what are the pros and cons of this model?

Nelius Collins (Cork)

Oct 2014 Filed under: reliability

Expert answer

Hi Nelius,

Cracking car the original Mazda6. One of the best-to-drive saloons ever built and the good news is you're looking at mostly pros, and very few cons. The only real mechanical weak point is the clutch - we've heard of them failing at as little as 50,000km so check to make sure that the action is smooth and not too heavy and that the gear changes are crisp and quick. Any slipping or smell should set off alarm bells.

Other than that, there are a few recalls that you need to make sure were attended to (leaky fuel lines, dodgy fog lamps, brake warning light and oil seals) and it's worth checking to make sure that the suspension and steering are in good fettle and that there's a good set of high-quality tyres on the car; the better to enjoy that wonderful handling balance.

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Adviser

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