Pros

  • Immense bang for your buck.
  • Offers excellent performance without compromising on practicality, accommodation and everyday usability.
  • Mazda has an excellent reputation for reliability.
  • An affordable future classic?

Cons

  • Thanks to poor modifications and abuse, many have seen better days.
  • Not as focussed as some of the Japanese competition.
  • Not as luxurious as some of the European competition.
  • Finding the right example may be a challenge.

Verdict

So should buy one? Well, we really can’t say an overall yes or no here as it comes down to the specific example you’re looking at.

But If you can find an MPS that has a full and thorough service history, has clearly been fastidiously maintained and loved for its...

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The 2005-2007 Mazda 6 MPS (Mazda Speed 6) was a high-performance variant of the Mazda 6 midsize sedan. It was designed to compete with other sports sedans like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Under the hood, the Mazda 6 MPS was powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre 4-cylinder engine that produced 190kW of power and 380Nm of torque. Power was sent to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and an advanced all-wheel-drive system, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 6 seconds.

The exterior of the Mazda 6 MPS was also designed to reflect its high-performance capabilities. It featured a sporty body kit with unique front and rear fascias, side skirts, and a rear spoiler. The car also had larger wheels and tires, as well as a stiffer suspension system for improved handling and performance.

Inside, the Mazda 6 MPS featured a sporty interior with supportive front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminium pedals. The car also had a premium sound system, automatic climate control, and a navigation system as standard equipment.

Overall, the Mazda 6 MPS was a well-rounded sports sedan that offered impressive performance, a stylish design, and a comfortable and well-equipped interior.

The 2005-2007 Mazda 6 MPS (Mazda Speed 6) was a high-performance variant of the Mazda 6 midsize sedan. It was designed to compete with other sports sedans like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Under the hood, the Mazda 6 MPS was powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre 4-cylinder engine that produced 190kW of power and 380Nm of torque. Power was sent to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and an advanced all-wheel-drive system, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 6 seconds.

The exterior of the Mazda 6 MPS was also designed to reflect its high-performance capabilities. It featured a sporty body kit with unique front and rear fascias, side skirts, and a rear spoiler. The car also had larger wheels and tires, as well as a stiffer suspension system for improved handling and performance.

Inside, the Mazda 6 MPS featured a sporty interior with supportive front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminium pedals. The car also had a premium sound system, automatic climate control, and a navigation system as standard equipment.

Overall, the Mazda 6 MPS was a well-rounded sports sedan that offered impressive performance, a stylish design, and a comfortable and well-equipped interior.

The 2005-2007 Mazda 6 MPS (Mazda Speed 6) was a high-performance variant of the Mazda 6 midsize sedan. It was designed to compete with other sports sedans like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

Under the hood, the Mazda 6 MPS was powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre 4-cylinder engine that produced 190kW of power and 380Nm of torque. Power was sent to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission and an advanced all-wheel-drive system, allowing the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 6 seconds.

The exterior of the Mazda 6 MPS was also designed to reflect its high-performance capabilities. It featured a sporty body kit with unique front and rear fascias, side skirts, and a rear spoiler. The car also had larger wheels and tires, as well as a stiffer suspension system for improved handling and performance.

Inside, the Mazda 6 MPS featured a sporty interior with supportive front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminium pedals. The car also had a premium sound system, automatic climate control, and a navigation system as standard equipment.

Overall, the Mazda 6 MPS was a well-rounded sports sedan that offered impressive performance, a stylish design, and a comfortable and well-equipped interior.

Exterior:

The big issue here is rust. This does mainly occur in cold climate areas with salted roads but these can be prone to excessive corrosion. Specifically around the subframe and the sills towards the rear of the car.

The paint is very thin and poorly maintained examples can experience paint fade.

There are odd reports of electronic gremlins like headlight issues, door lock actuators, power mirror and window faults however, we wouldn’t call them common issues.

Interior:

There are quite a few reports surrounding the Climate Control being faulty. Everything from recirculating not working and the Air Con basically not doing what’s it told. If you’re in the market, make sure all the climate control functions work.

The seat stitching, especially on the drivers seat and especially on leather models can get come loose and split.

The leather in general can wear pretty quickly too if not cared for.

The little lights behind the AC controls can turn out but giving them a little whack generally helps.

There are the odd sporadic reports of random electronic gremlins, everything from phantom “Check engine” warnings to certain switchgear not operating correctly.

Mechanically:

Overall, when well maintained, left standard and driven with mechanical sympathy, the MPS can be an extremely reliable and trouble free car.

The problem is, finding an MPS that fits that brief is becoming harder and harder to source.

In terms of issues seen on poorly maintained, abused and badly modified and tuned examples, cam gear and timing chain issues can become common. This also includes the adjustable sprocket and the solenoid that controls it.

As can the oil supply to valve train and VVT complications are not uncommon.

Excessive oil consumption can be an issue.

The right hand engine mount can fail or become loose.

The gearbox and rear diff mounts can also have issues, generally when driven poorly and diff bushes will most likely need replacing.

PCV issues result in the engine running lean, as do the occasional injector issues and fuel pressure problems not to mention winding in too much boost or running a poor engine map can all can result in the engine running lean, which can result in burnt valves or even piston failure.

The pedal box assembly attachment to the firewall can flex and crack. This becomes far worse if a heavy duty clutch is fitted.

We have read many reports complaining of gearbox bearing, synchro and selector wear and issues.

There can be differential, transfer case and driveshaft complications especially when boosted, poorly modified or driven with zero mechanical sympathy, however, there are some billet bearing cap upgrades available which definitely help.

Exterior:

The big issue here is rust. This does mainly occur in cold climate areas with salted roads but these can be prone to excessive corrosion. Specifically around the subframe and the sills towards the rear of the car.

The paint is very thin and poorly maintained examples can experience paint fade.

There are odd reports of electronic gremlins like headlight issues, door lock actuators, power mirror and window faults however, we wouldn’t call them common issues.

Interior:

There are quite a few reports surrounding the Climate Control being faulty. Everything from recirculating not working and the Air Con basically not doing what’s it told. If you’re in the market, make sure all the climate control functions work.

The seat stitching, especially on the drivers seat and especially on leather models can get come loose and split.

The leather in general can wear pretty quickly too if not cared for.

The little lights behind the AC controls can turn out but giving them a little whack generally helps.

There are the odd sporadic reports of random electronic gremlins, everything from phantom “Check engine” warnings to certain switchgear not operating correctly.

Mechanically:

Overall, when well maintained, left standard and driven with mechanical sympathy, the MPS can be an extremely reliable and trouble free car.

The problem is, finding an MPS that fits that brief is becoming harder and harder to source.

In terms of issues seen on poorly maintained, abused and badly modified and tuned examples, cam gear and timing chain issues can become common. This also includes the adjustable sprocket and the solenoid that controls it.

As can the oil supply to valve train and VVT complications are not uncommon.

Excessive oil consumption can be an issue.

The right hand engine mount can fail or become loose.

The gearbox and rear diff mounts can also have issues, generally when driven poorly and diff bushes will most likely need replacing.

PCV issues result in the engine running lean, as do the occasional injector issues and fuel pressure problems not to mention winding in too much boost or running a poor engine map can all can result in the engine running lean, which can result in burnt valves or even piston failure.

The pedal box assembly attachment to the firewall can flex and crack. This becomes far worse if a heavy duty clutch is fitted.

We have read many reports complaining of gearbox bearing, synchro and selector wear and issues.

There can be differential, transfer case and driveshaft complications especially when boosted, poorly modified or driven with zero mechanical sympathy, however, there are some billet bearing cap upgrades available which definitely help.

Exterior:

The big issue here is rust. This does mainly occur in cold climate areas with salted roads but these can be prone to excessive corrosion. Specifically around the subframe and the sills towards the rear of the car.

The paint is very thin and poorly maintained examples can experience paint fade.

There are odd reports of electronic gremlins like headlight issues, door lock actuators, power mirror and window faults however, we wouldn’t call them common issues.

Interior:

There are quite a few reports surrounding the Climate Control being faulty. Everything from recirculating not working and the Air Con basically not doing what’s it told. If you’re in the market, make sure all the climate control functions work.

The seat stitching, especially on the drivers seat and especially on leather models can get come loose and split.

The leather in general can wear pretty quickly too if not cared for.

The little lights behind the AC controls can turn out but giving them a little whack generally helps.

There are the odd sporadic reports of random electronic gremlins, everything from phantom “Check engine” warnings to certain switchgear not operating correctly.

Mechanically:

Overall, when well maintained, left standard and driven with mechanical sympathy, the MPS can be an extremely reliable and trouble free car.

The problem is, finding an MPS that fits that brief is becoming harder and harder to source.

In terms of issues seen on poorly maintained, abused and badly modified and tuned examples, cam gear and timing chain issues can become common. This also includes the adjustable sprocket and the solenoid that controls it.

As can the oil supply to valve train and VVT complications are not uncommon.

Excessive oil consumption can be an issue.

The right hand engine mount can fail or become loose.

The gearbox and rear diff mounts can also have issues, generally when driven poorly and diff bushes will most likely need replacing.

PCV issues result in the engine running lean, as do the occasional injector issues and fuel pressure problems not to mention winding in too much boost or running a poor engine map can all can result in the engine running lean, which can result in burnt valves or even piston failure.

The pedal box assembly attachment to the firewall can flex and crack. This becomes far worse if a heavy duty clutch is fitted.

We have read many reports complaining of gearbox bearing, synchro and selector wear and issues.

There can be differential, transfer case and driveshaft complications especially when boosted, poorly modified or driven with zero mechanical sympathy, however, there are some billet bearing cap upgrades available which definitely help.

Body Styles

5 door Sedan

Engines

2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Power

190kW – 2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Torque

380Nm – 2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Transmissions

6-speed Manual

Fuel Consumption

8.8 – 10.5L/100km

Length

4760mm (5 door Sedan)

Width

1780mm (5 door Sedan)

Height

1430mm (5 door Sedan)

Wheelbase

2675mm (5 door Sedan)

Kerb Weight

1620 kg (5 door Sedan)

Towing

Not specified

ANCAP Rating

4 stars

Body Styles

5 door Sedan

Engines

2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Power

190kW – 2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Torque

380Nm – 2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Transmissions

6-speed Manual

Fuel Consumption

8.8 – 10.5L/100km

Length

4760mm (5 door Sedan)

Width

1780mm (5 door Sedan)

Height

1430mm (5 door Sedan)

Wheelbase

2675mm (5 door Sedan)

Kerb Weight

1620 kg (5 door Sedan)

Towing

Not specified

ANCAP Rating

4 stars

Body Styles

5 door Sedan

Engines

2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Power

190kW – 2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Torque

380Nm – 2.3 litre 4-cylinder engine

Transmissions

6-speed Manual

Fuel Consumption

8.8 – 10.5L/100km

Length

4760mm (5 door Sedan)

Width

1780mm (5 door Sedan)

Height

1430mm (5 door Sedan)

Wheelbase

2675mm (5 door Sedan)

Kerb Weight

1620 kg (5 door Sedan)

Towing

Not specified

ANCAP Rating

4 stars

Warranty

  • 3 years / unlimited km

Service Intervals

  • 10,000 km / 6 months

Model range, pricing & features

Mazda 6 MPS-9

MPS

Price when new: $48,600 - $48,645

Price used: $2,800 - $6,900

Released in September 2005, the MPS sedan was introduced into Australia as the top-of-the-range sports sedan model. The MPS features a 2.3 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 6-speed manual.

In addition, the MPS featured larger brakes, stiffer suspension and a limited slip differential compared to the normal GG Mazda6.

Additional features for the MPS:

18″ Alloy Wheels
Body Colour – Fittings
Body Kit – F&R Spoilers, Skirts, Rear Apron
Headlamp Washers
Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
Headlamps – Xenon (Low beam only)
Leather Gear Knob
Limited Slip Diff
Metallic Finish Centre Console
Scuff Plates (on door sills)
Steering Wheel – Illuminated
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Dual
Leather Seats

Standard Mazda 6 features:

4 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Antenna – in Rear Glass
Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
Body Colour – Bumpers
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Full
Body Colour – Fittings
Body Side Mouldings – Colour Coded
CD Player
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Clock – Digital
Courtesy Lamps – in Doors Front
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Engine Immobiliser
Footrest – Drivers
Headrests – Active 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x2
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
Intermittent Wipers – Variable
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Mudflaps – front
Mudflaps – rear
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Power Door Mirrors
Power Steering
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Remote Boot/Hatch Release
Remote Fuel Lid Release
Seat – Drivers Lumbar Adjustment Manual
Seatback Pocket – Front Passenger Seat
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Steering Wheel – Illuminated
Sunglass Holder
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
Tacho
Trim – Cloth
Wheel Covers – Full
Audio – MP3 Decoder18″ Alloy Wheels
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Body Kit – F&R Spoilers, Skirts, Rear Apron
Control – Electronic Stability
Cup Holders – 2nd Row
Headlamp Washers
Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
Headlamps – Xenon (Low beam only)
Illuminated – Key Ignition Barrel/Surround
Illuminated – Switch Panel (Window/ Locking)
Limited Slip Diff
Metallic Finish Centre Console
Pedals – Sports
Scuff Plates (on door sills)
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
Seats – Anti-submarining 1st Row (Front)
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Dual
Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory
Premium Sound System

MPS Leather Pack

Price when new: $54,600 - $54,645

Price used: $3,600 - $9,100

The MPS Leather Pack adds: a sunroof, leather seats, electric seat adjustment for the driver with seat memory and a 7-speaker 200-watt BOSE sound system.

In addition to MPS:

Electric sunroof
Leather upholstery
Driver’s seat – 6-way electrically adjustable with seat memory
7-speaker 200-watt BOSE sound system

So should buy one? Well, we really can’t say an overall yes or no here as it comes down to the specific example you’re looking at.

But If you can find an MPS that has a full and thorough service history, has clearly been fastidiously maintained and loved for its entire life and shows no signs of abuse or mistreatment, snap it up as these mint examples are becoming rare and a performance car bargain.

They are certainly not perfect and you will be spending money maintaining an MPS no matter what, but a great example is a special vehicle, unfortunately, many out there offer the polar opposite.

Thanks to the high performance and tuning abilities and a low cost of admission, plenty of MPSs have been neglected, driven far beyond their limits and just downright abused and unless you’re buying one as a project car, we’d be avoiding these at all costs.

You might think you’re saving money by getting a cheaper and rough example but it will cost you more in the long run.

Just find a mint example and pay the extra asking price, and don’t drive it like a dickhead and it’s a hell of a car.

So should buy one? Well, we really can’t say an overall yes or no here as it comes down to the specific example you’re looking at.

But If you can find an MPS that has a full and thorough service history, has clearly been fastidiously maintained and loved for its entire life and shows no signs of abuse or mistreatment, snap it up as these mint examples are becoming rare and a performance car bargain.

They are certainly not perfect and you will be spending money maintaining an MPS no matter what, but a great example is a special vehicle, unfortunately, many out there offer the polar opposite.

Thanks to the high performance and tuning abilities and a low cost of admission, plenty of MPSs have been neglected, driven far beyond their limits and just downright abused and unless you’re buying one as a project car, we’d be avoiding these at all costs.

You might think you’re saving money by getting a cheaper and rough example but it will cost you more in the long run.

Just find a mint example and pay the extra asking price, and don’t drive it like a dickhead and it’s a hell of a car.

So should buy one? Well, we really can’t say an overall yes or no here as it comes down to the specific example you’re looking at.

But If you can find an MPS that has a full and thorough service history, has clearly been fastidiously maintained and loved for its entire life and shows no signs of abuse or mistreatment, snap it up as these mint examples are becoming rare and a performance car bargain.

They are certainly not perfect and you will be spending money maintaining an MPS no matter what, but a great example is a special vehicle, unfortunately, many out there offer the polar opposite.

Thanks to the high performance and tuning abilities and a low cost of admission, plenty of MPSs have been neglected, driven far beyond their limits and just downright abused and unless you’re buying one as a project car, we’d be avoiding these at all costs.

You might think you’re saving money by getting a cheaper and rough example but it will cost you more in the long run.

Just find a mint example and pay the extra asking price, and don’t drive it like a dickhead and it’s a hell of a car.

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Information correct as of April 28, 2023.

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