1993 Mazda MX-6 Review, Cara Bailey, From Ohio
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| ||Model of the car:||Mazda MX6|
| ||General comments:||I purchased this car to get me through until I could finish college and save some money to buy a brand new car. I should have kept looking. |
When I purchased the car, there was nothing wrong with the body, and everything electrically worked. A few days after I drove it home, the fuel distributor went out and that was $500 to fix. That was only the beginning. Then the muffler broke. About 6 months later, I had to replace one of the trans-axles. The next endeavor was a strange clicking noise when turning the wheel to the right. It turned out to be the right CV joint, which was $225 to fix. Now the other joint is going bad. Recently, I also had to fix a part of the muffler above the catalytic converter place...add another 200 bucks. I cannot accurately gauge whether this car is a lemon, or if 117,000 miles is about the point when this car starts to go downhill.
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||All the repairs. At high speeds of 70+, it has a shimmy that I am not fond of. The seats are regular upholstery, and there is a hole starting to wear on the driver’s side. The trunk keyhole has never worked, and the keyholes on the doors have broken 3 off my keys off. I recently received a letter from the Mazda Company, saying that in the 93-96 models, the CV joints are especially weak when driven in areas where they use road salt in the winter, which would explain why mine keep going out. The engine compartment is hard to access; my Dad hates to work on it because he can't get his hands into it. Tires are a pain to get off when changing because of the rims. And my windshield is such a pain on cold days, as it fogs up, and the only way to unfog it is to turn on the AC full blast. And that is not good in the winter. And for this car, parts are very difficult to find. Most parts stores do not readily carry them and have to order them - especially the battery. It is a reverse block battery, and almost NO ONE carries them; very inconvenient when the battery dies in the middle of Podunk Kentucky!! And GOOD LUCK finding a place that carries tires for this car.|
| ||Previous car:||Be careful....look very closely at repair records and the condition of the car before you buy it. I have gotten my fair use out if, but the reapirs have been a headache.|