[quote name='hawker' date='26 July 2010 - 02:17 PM' timestamp='1280149650' post='90044']
After a total nightmare since last November with my Ford Focus (spent about £1700 on repair bills alone) I have now sold my focus and bought a
[url="http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201029363797177/sort/locasc/usedcars/price-to/8000/maximum-mileage/up_to_40000_miles/model/mazda6/make/mazda/postcode/cf828fr/page/2/radius/1500?logcode=p"]Mazda6 2.3 Sport[/url]
I was extremely impressed with its overall condition (almost perfect considering its 4 years old) especially interior-wise, so its quite apparent that its been very well looked after.
I had it for £7400, with a full main Mazda dealer warranty that comes with the top RAC breakdown cover package, and its getting its usual full service and vallet before I pick it up (on Saturday)
Repair bills aside, day-to-day running costs are going to soar compared to the Focus (tax doubled, insurance up £150, petrol up by about £10 a week probably) So to compensate, we are going to sell the missus's Xsara Picasso, and get a little 1 litre Yaris (£30 tax, group 1 insurance, 56 mpg combined)
I had a Mazda6 2.3 Sport between 2003 and 2006 and I loved every minute in it and didnt have a moment's trouble, so I hope this one will be as good. I just want a car that I have some feelings for again, one that I can enjoy being in, and above all, one I can depend on week in week out.
I would just like to say a big thank you to all the help and advice I have recieved from you all on here over the last 8 months (especially Catch
) and I still intend to drop in to poke my oar in here from time to time.
sad to see you go but understandable with the hassle youve had the mazda is a good car still ford but built better should have no trouble with it matethough i dont want to dampen ypoure enthusiasm but these are a few of the issues you could get the petrols seem good diesels have many faults i filtered them out this si all for the petrol models with 6 speed boxes note ford still cant get the paint right
Enough reports of premature clutch and clutch/flywheel failure to state that the model seems to suffer a much higher rate of this than would be normal.
Headlights bulbs can blow continually
One reader had a spate of problems in two and a half years:- new clutch (18,000miles). New rear tyres due to mis-alignment (20,000miles). Brake discs re-skimmed (23,000 miles: again seems to be a common problem), throttle body cleaned out due to a sticking butterfly valve (26,000miles).
Rusting under the paint at the fronts of the rear wheel arches quite common after about 4 years. Also rusting of tailgates on hatches and estates and rusting of door bottoms. if intending on keeping it dinitrol on the inside of the arches and door interiors helps this
On petrol models with cruise control, random variations in engine revs can be caused by a sticking cruise control actuator step motor. Dismantling, thoroughly cleaning and relubricating, followed by reassembly can cure it.
Numerous reports of alloy wheels oxidising from a mix of UK road salt and brake dust. If still under warranty Mazda offers a refurb. if out of warranty advised to use a good alloy wheel sealer
and to boot mazda have exce;llent customer service