Thursday, August 21, 2014

10k: All Grown Up: 2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed 6

The Mazdaspeed 6 is a souped up version of the pedestrian Mazda 6 sedan, an attempt by Mazda to create an EVO/STi competitor.  Mazda, however, exercised restraint in the size of the rear wing, use of external pink emblems and silliness to create a much more grown up experience for the boy racer.  It may have been a few tenths slower at the drag strip or on the track, but the Mazdaspeed6 is a surprisingly capable and fun late model that can be picked up for pennies on the original dollar.  Find this 2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed 6 offered for $9,900 in Fremont, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The name Mazda Mazdaspeed 6 sounds redundant, but it is technically correct.  The Mazdaspeed lineup of cars was Mazda's in house version of BMW's M division or AMG and started in 2003 with a Mazdaspeed Protege.  Soon after you could get a Mazdaspeed version of the MX-5 Miata, but it wasn't until 2006 when you could get the Mazdaspeed performance package in an all-wheel-drive monster simply called the Mazdaspeed 6.  The magazine pundits always compared the Mazdaspeed 6 to the EVO/STi where it was outclassed in peformance yardsticks, but it would have been more fair to compare it to the Golf R32, Volvo S60R and Audi S4 -- where it would have been able to hold its own.

The Mazdaspeed 6 is motivated by a 2.3 liter direct injection turbocharged and intercooled gasoline DOHC inline-4 that puts 274 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque into an all wheel drive system. Inside the Mazdaspeed 6 has a pair of sporty bucket seats and a basic economy sedan feel. However, it does have nice steering feel and weight - something Mazda always does right.

See a better way to live the boy racer life without looking like one? Maybe something with less mileage on the clock...


  1. all you need is a roadmaster today and you have pretty much populated my ideal cheapo stable ;)

  2. Yep... I like these cars, I really really wanted one... Then I heard about the trouble with the crank pully shearing off the front of the engine. So then I thought I would get the v6 version, but they have a common issue with failing head gaskets.. I'm happy I didn't buy one. I'm in the business of scrapping cars and too date we have scrapped and 05 Mazda 6 v6 and an 06 four cylinder. Both had bad engines and both had less than 70k km on them. I really do like how the 6 drives.

    1. Oh yeah I forgot.. Right now we have an 05 Mazda 6 wagon in for head gaskets. The owner just bought it two weeks ago with 206k km.

  3. These cars had a number of problems, some of them Mazda copped to others not: VVT chain tensioner failures, smoking turbos (faulty seals) and broken engine and tranny mounts. at 142k not sure how many miles this has left. my .02

  4. The MS6 did not have a crank pulley shearing problem, that's a different Mazda engine (from a long time ago). A lot of the issues with the engines in these cars came from people modifying them, smoky turbos being the main culprit. If you drive it spiritedly but don't over do the modifications, the car is very reliable and gives back a lot of pleasure.


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