What's Wrong with the MAZDA6?

There are 200 complaints over 15 MAZDA6 model years. These can be broken down into 3 generations with their collective PainRank™. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Years Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
3 2013—2017 6.2 60 7 0 246
2 2008—2012 4.42 65 24 228 167
1 2003—2007 7.86 75 47 1132 235

Recent MAZDA6 News

Mazda Orders Recall of Diesel Engines That Leak and Stall

It hasn’t been a good year for diesel. There’s the whole VW mess, a BlueTEC Mercedes-Benz lawsuit in California, and a GM Duramax lawsuit in Michigan. And now Mazda is issuing a recall for diesel engines outside the USA that stall, leak fuel, and catch on fire. Well, at least it’s not emissions-related? Here are a few of the issues:

Mazda says the fastening force of the injector mounting nut is faulty and can cause too much pressure on the injector gasket. If this condition occurs, the fuel blows through the cylinder head causing the engine oil to become carbonized and clog the oil strainer.

And then there’s:

The sealing performance of the fuel return hose can deteriorate and lead to cracks inside the hose, causing fuel to leak from the hose.

Oh yeah, then there’s:

The diesel engines can also stall because pressure in the cylinders and the closing force of the intake valves can decrease, catching soot between the intake valves and the valve seats. If this occurs, the engine will have poor compression and unstable rotation, causing the engine to stall.

As of right now, the recall doesn’t affect US diesels but that could change. You can get the full rundown on CarComplaints.com.

Mazda Adds 94,000 More Vehicles to Takata Recall List

Takata. Recall. Two words that I’m as tired of typing as you are sick of hearing.

But here we are with another recall of 94,000 Mazda vehicles that have ticking time-bombs for airbags. Some vehicles are being recalled for the second time.

By now I’m guessing you’ve heard about the dangers of Takata airbags, but here’s a quick recap:

  1. Over time Takata airbag inflators are susceptible to moisture.
  2. When that moisture mixes with the airbag’s propellant, the inflators become unstable and can explode sending shrapnel throughout the cabin.
  3. The problem is responsible for 11 deaths in the USA alone.

Mazda has now recalled more than 733,000 vehicles for this problem. Find out if yours is on the most recent list and make sure to scroll through all the different recall “zones.”

Recall for MAZDA6 Fog Light Buyers

Here’s a very specific recall. If you bought a 2017 Mazda6 and you bought the optional fog lights kit then you need to bring your car in for service. That’s because your turn signals might not turn off when you turn the steering wheel.

How are those things connected? You’ve got me.

Me either, Chris

The automaker says the 2017 Mazda Mazda6 cars were built August 12, 2016, to September 28, 2016, and again, all the cars are equipped with fog lights.

The recall is expected to begin this month, November 2016.