Thursday, May 30, 2019

Cheap Horsepower: 2006 Mazdaspeed6

There was a time when Mazda was just another entry into the world of cheap Japanese economy cars.  Most Mazdas built in the '80s & '90s had all the reliability, charisma, and fun factor of a dollar store enema kit, but sometime in the early '00s (that's pronounced "oughts" like "I oughta smack you for buying an automatic transmission") the product planners at Mazda decided that they needed to create fast cars that looked good...what a concept!! Today you can find used turbo Mazdas for REALLY cheap.  Find this 2006 Mazdaspeed6 offered for $5,600 in Gardena, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:
2006 Mazdaspeed6 
condition: good 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: 4wd 
fuel: gas 
paint color: grey 
title status: salvage 
transmission: manual 
type: sedan 
Im selling my 2006 Mazdaspeed6.
It has a 2.3 turbo engine, 6 speed manual transmission, and 4wd.
Its a salvage title with 163,xxx miles.
Just had the clutch replaced, new serpentine belt changed, new engine oil(rotella t6), bottom radiator hoses changed, new radiator fluid, and new transmission oil. Registration paid till next year. 
AC and heater works, 6 cd radio with a auxiliary cord. You can control the radio from the steering wheel. Bose speakers all around.

Bosh 3 map sensor 
4 NGK iridium IX spark plug 
3 inch Ultimate Racing downpipe
Cobb turbo inlet
Cobb air intake
Cobb Mazdaspeed 3 port boost control solenoid 
Cobb Accessport V3
Autotech high pressure fuel pump internals
CPE 3inch catback exhaust system 
Federal SS 595 tires
Cons- smoky exhaust sometimes, noise from front wheel

Im selling it for $5,600 or best offer
Cash only

See a better way to drive all-wheel-drive turbo?


  1. Mobile money pit. Ridden hard, put away wet - Tanks for the memories.

  2. "Smokes a little sometimes" šŸ™„šŸ¤£

    Hard pass. IIRC with boost turned up these were ticking time bomb engines.

  3. Yeah, when I see a list of mods like that, I have to suppose that they got used as intended. But there is another very appealing option in this generation of Mazda6: the GT wagon, when equipped with the N/A V-6 and a 5 speed. They are pretty rare, but really fun when you find one.

  4. Grassroots motorsport magazine just wrote up a Mazda speed6 that is competing with the V8 pony cars.
    Most likely a more difficult way of being competitive in auto X but my hat is off to him. His car runs a 335/30 tire!
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  5. Salvage in Cali- No bueno....Could be something as little as a ripped 6 K front valence and the Insco said..'SCRAP IT"..we'll just raise the sucker's.. umm I mean... insureds' rates. OR...something might have gone KABOOM in the Turbo....Seller is very quiet about the source of the salvageissue

  6. A salvage title mid 90s Mazda is a salvage title mid 90s Mazda, no matter what model it is.

  7. To say that 80s Mazdas were charmless and ugly when they produced the RX-7, in my opinion the most beautiful and Maserati-like GT of the decade, is embarrassing. Would that be the same crappy Mazdas that beat every Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette, Nissan and Toyota in GT2 and GP Lites for a solid decade? Paul Newman drives a Datsun/Nissan to ONE victory, and it becomes the most famous of the decade. The Mazda wins EVERYTHING and 30 year later a right-up like this one appears. You want 80s ugly? American cars.

    1. Sebastian brings the FIRE! And he’s right. Those screaming rotors will always remain my most indelible memory of the first sports car race I ever saw, at Summit Point. The god. By lap 5 I could have closed my eyes and told you where the RX-7s were on the course.


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