1st Gen (2003 – 2008) Mazda MAZDA6 Problems

The 1st generation of the MAZDA6 has a cumulative PainRank™ of 8.05. That can be compared against other Mazda generations. Shopping for a Mazda? You should probably steer clear of this generation.

Owners of the 2003–2008 MAZDA6 model years have sent in 89 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the engine (40%) followed by the transmission (11%) and the interior (7%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
2008 11
7.22
2007 14
8.82
2006 15
7.54
2005 12
6.92
2004 26
14.22
2003 11
3.57

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