Likes

  • Superb build quality and reputation for reliability.
  • Excellent driving experience, easily surpasses many SUVs.
  • Ultra practical and looks fabulous.
  • Arguably one of the most underrated car available.

Dislikes

  • Avoid the Diesels, long list of issues.
  • Holds value so good luck finding a bargain.
  • Good examples are purchased quickly.
  • Early models lacking in tech and equipment compared to updated examples.

Stuff you should know

  • The focus of this cheat sheet is on the third generation (2012-2016) Mazda6, specifically the GJ model.
  • The current generation Mazda6, known as the GL, shares a striking resemblance with the GJ, with minor aesthetic and equipment differences. Mazda considers the GL different enough to have its own designation.
  • The close linkage between the GJ and GL suggests that insights from the early GJ model can provide a valuable indication of how the GL will age in the coming years.
  • GJ models are offered as sedans or wagons, featuring either a petrol or diesel engine that powers the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
  • In Australia, the GJ lineup includes four trim options, and a significant update was introduced in 2015. Detailed technical specifications and a breakdown of trim specs are available below.

What goes wrong

EXTERIOR:

  • Owners have frequently complained about the paint scratching easily, particularly noticeable in 2017 and 2018 models with the attractive Crystal Red Metallic colour (GL series).
  • Some owners reported the front lower lip being prone to scraping on driveways, although individuals experienced with lowered performance cars haven’t encountered issues with it.
  • Concerns have been raised about the low quality of the rearview camera, described by some as being comparable to a potato, indicating a need for improvement.

 

INSIDE:

  • Numerous owners have expressed dissatisfaction with the i-stop technology, which automatically turns off the car when stopped at traffic lights to save fuel. Complaints include battery management warnings and debates on its impact on battery life.
  • Trim fabric on door cards in earlier models may come loose, but it’s considered a simple and inexpensive fix.
  • Some sporadic reports mention issues with Bose amplifiers, resulting in white noise or muffled music. Independent hi-fi or electronics repairers are suggested for cost-effective solutions.
  • Occasional complaints about frozen screens, primarily on MZD systems, can generally be resolved by restarting the car or performing a software update.
  • Few owners have mentioned inadequate air conditioning performance, but it appears to be an isolated issue.

 

MECHANICALLY:

 

Petrol Models:

  • Generally, petrol examples are highly reliable.
  • Direct injection motors may require walnut blasting or chemical cleaning of inlet tracks over time, a common maintenance procedure.
  • Sporadic reports of high-pressure fuel pump issues.
  • Occasional problems related to oil pressure, potentially linked to the strainer, pump, or relief valve.
  • Rare occurrences of timing chain issues.
  • Common engine mount problems, causing a loss of dampening fluid and a vibrating sensation throughout the car.

 

Diesel Models:

  • Strongly advised to be avoided due to numerous reported issues, including turbo failures, waste gate problems, camshaft failures, and injector seal issues.
  • Non-genuine parts for exhaust pressure sensors and upgrade kits are available, often at a more affordable price.
  • Increasing concerns about injector seal and oil pressure problems, including blocked strainers due to carbon from injector seals.
  • Issues with coked up inlets, shutter valves, and EGR complications.
  • Common DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) problems and oil dilution issues in examples not meticulously maintained.

 

Transmissions:

  • Earlier models with transmissions made by Jatco had reported issues, but this generation’s transmissions, made by Mazda, are generally considered fault-free.
  • An occasional Selector position fault can occur inside the car, but it’s a minor issue with an easy fix.

EXTERIOR:

  • Owners have frequently complained about the paint scratching easily, particularly noticeable in 2017 and 2018 models with the attractive Crystal Red Metallic colour (GL series).
  • Some owners reported the front lower lip being prone to scraping on driveways, although individuals experienced with lowered performance cars haven’t encountered issues with it.
  • Concerns have been raised about the low quality of the rearview camera, described by some as being comparable to a potato, indicating a need for improvement.

 

INSIDE:

  • Numerous owners have expressed dissatisfaction with the i-stop technology, which automatically turns off the car when stopped at traffic lights to save fuel. Complaints include battery management warnings and debates on its impact on battery life.
  • Trim fabric on door cards in earlier models may come loose, but it’s considered a simple and inexpensive fix.
  • Some sporadic reports mention issues with Bose amplifiers, resulting in white noise or muffled music. Independent hi-fi or electronics repairers are suggested for cost-effective solutions.
  • Occasional complaints about frozen screens, primarily on MZD systems, can generally be resolved by restarting the car or performing a software update.
  • Few owners have mentioned inadequate air conditioning performance, but it appears to be an isolated issue.

 

MECHANICALLY:

 

Petrol Models:

  • Generally, petrol examples are highly reliable.
  • Direct injection motors may require walnut blasting or chemical cleaning of inlet tracks over time, a common maintenance procedure.
  • Sporadic reports of high-pressure fuel pump issues.
  • Occasional problems related to oil pressure, potentially linked to the strainer, pump, or relief valve.
  • Rare occurrences of timing chain issues.
  • Common engine mount problems, causing a loss of dampening fluid and a vibrating sensation throughout the car.

 

Diesel Models:

  • Strongly advised to be avoided due to numerous reported issues, including turbo failures, waste gate problems, camshaft failures, and injector seal issues.
  • Non-genuine parts for exhaust pressure sensors and upgrade kits are available, often at a more affordable price.
  • Increasing concerns about injector seal and oil pressure problems, including blocked strainers due to carbon from injector seals.
  • Issues with coked up inlets, shutter valves, and EGR complications.
  • Common DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) problems and oil dilution issues in examples not meticulously maintained.

 

Transmissions:

  • Earlier models with transmissions made by Jatco had reported issues, but this generation’s transmissions, made by Mazda, are generally considered fault-free.
  • An occasional Selector position fault can occur inside the car, but it’s a minor issue with an easy fix.

EXTERIOR:

  • Owners have frequently complained about the paint scratching easily, particularly noticeable in 2017 and 2018 models with the attractive Crystal Red Metallic colour (GL series).
  • Some owners reported the front lower lip being prone to scraping on driveways, although individuals experienced with lowered performance cars haven’t encountered issues with it.
  • Concerns have been raised about the low quality of the rearview camera, described by some as being comparable to a potato, indicating a need for improvement.

 

INSIDE:

  • Numerous owners have expressed dissatisfaction with the i-stop technology, which automatically turns off the car when stopped at traffic lights to save fuel. Complaints include battery management warnings and debates on its impact on battery life.
  • Trim fabric on door cards in earlier models may come loose, but it’s considered a simple and inexpensive fix.
  • Some sporadic reports mention issues with Bose amplifiers, resulting in white noise or muffled music. Independent hi-fi or electronics repairers are suggested for cost-effective solutions.
  • Occasional complaints about frozen screens, primarily on MZD systems, can generally be resolved by restarting the car or performing a software update.
  • Few owners have mentioned inadequate air conditioning performance, but it appears to be an isolated issue.

 

MECHANICALLY:

 

Petrol Models:

  • Generally, petrol examples are highly reliable.
  • Direct injection motors may require walnut blasting or chemical cleaning of inlet tracks over time, a common maintenance procedure.
  • Sporadic reports of high-pressure fuel pump issues.
  • Occasional problems related to oil pressure, potentially linked to the strainer, pump, or relief valve.
  • Rare occurrences of timing chain issues.
  • Common engine mount problems, causing a loss of dampening fluid and a vibrating sensation throughout the car.

 

Diesel Models:

  • Strongly advised to be avoided due to numerous reported issues, including turbo failures, waste gate problems, camshaft failures, and injector seal issues.
  • Non-genuine parts for exhaust pressure sensors and upgrade kits are available, often at a more affordable price.
  • Increasing concerns about injector seal and oil pressure problems, including blocked strainers due to carbon from injector seals.
  • Issues with coked up inlets, shutter valves, and EGR complications.
  • Common DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) problems and oil dilution issues in examples not meticulously maintained.

 

Transmissions:

  • Earlier models with transmissions made by Jatco had reported issues, but this generation’s transmissions, made by Mazda, are generally considered fault-free.
  • An occasional Selector position fault can occur inside the car, but it’s a minor issue with an easy fix.

Should you buy it?

When considering the 2012 to 2016 Mazda6 in the Australian market, it is advisable to avoid the diesel variant. However, when it comes to the petrol models, not only is it recommended to purchase one, but it should also be at the top of your list. In fact, it might be a preferable choice over many SUVs.

According to one owner’s experience, the Mazda6 was likened to a reliable Alfa Romeo with superior build quality and more economical maintenance costs. This description accurately captures the essence of the vehicle. The Mazda6 excels in meeting the expectations of what a car in its class should be and perform.

In essence, the Mazda6 comes remarkably close to perfection, offering a compelling option for potential buyers. With its ability to satisfy various criteria, it stands out as a compelling choice that ticks numerous boxes.

 

When considering the 2012 to 2016 Mazda6 in the Australian market, it is advisable to avoid the diesel variant. However, when it comes to the petrol models, not only is it recommended to purchase one, but it should also be at the top of your list. In fact, it might be a preferable choice over many SUVs.

According to one owner’s experience, the Mazda6 was likened to a reliable Alfa Romeo with superior build quality and more economical maintenance costs. This description accurately captures the essence of the vehicle. The Mazda6 excels in meeting the expectations of what a car in its class should be and perform.

In essence, the Mazda6 comes remarkably close to perfection, offering a compelling option for potential buyers. With its ability to satisfy various criteria, it stands out as a compelling choice that ticks numerous boxes.

 

Should you buy it?

When considering the 2012 to 2016 Mazda6 in the Australian market, it is advisable to avoid the diesel variant. However, when it comes to the petrol models, not only is it recommended to purchase one, but it should also be at the top of your list. In fact, it might be a preferable choice over many SUVs.

According to one owner’s experience, the Mazda6 was likened to a reliable Alfa Romeo with superior build quality and more economical maintenance costs. This description accurately captures the essence of the vehicle. The Mazda6 excels in meeting the expectations of what a car in its class should be and perform.

In essence, the Mazda6 comes remarkably close to perfection, offering a compelling option for potential buyers. With its ability to satisfy various criteria, it stands out as a compelling choice that ticks numerous boxes.

 

Need help with finance?

What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

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Models, pricing & features

Mazda 6-GJ-9

Sport

Price when new: $33,460

Price used: $10,700 - $15,900

Equipment

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • 17″ Alloy Wheels
  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
  • Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
  • Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
  • Audio – Input for iPod
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • Audio Decoder – WMA
  • Bluetooth System
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Body Colour – Door Handles
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
  • Bottle Holders – 1st Row
  • Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
  • Brake Assist
  • Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
  • Brakes – Regenerative
  • CD Player
  • Camera – Rear Vision
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
  • Chrome Grille Surround
  • Chrome Rear Garnish
  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Traction
  • Cruise Control
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Cup Holders – 2nd Row
  • Demister – Rear Windscreen with Timer
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Solid
  • Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
  • Drive By Wire (Electronic Throttle Control)
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Engine – Stop Start System (When at idle)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Fog Lamps – Front
  • GPS (Satellite Navigation)
  • Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel
  • Gloss Finish Inserts
  • Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
  • Hill Holder
  • Illuminated – Entry/Exit with Fade
  • Illuminated – Switch Panel (Window/ Locking)
  • Illuminated Vanity Mirror for Front Passenger
  • Independent Rear Suspension
  • Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
  • Leather Gear Knob
  • Leather Hand Brake Lever
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
  • Metallic Finish Interior Inserts
  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Power Door Mirrors – Heated
  • Power Steering – Electric Assist
  • Power Windows – Front & Rear
  • Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
  • Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
  • Remote Fuel Lid Release
  • Seat – Drivers Lumbar Adjustment Manual
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
  • Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
  • Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
  • Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
  • Starter Button
  • Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
  • Sunglass Holder
  • Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirror for Driver
  • Tacho
  • Tail Lamps – LED
  • Trim – Cloth
  • Trip Computer
  • Voice Recognition

Touring

Price when new: $37,500

Price used: $11,900 - $16,800

Adds

  • 11 Speaker Stereo
  • Amplifier – 1 Separate
  • Control – Park Distance Front
  • Control – Park Distance Rear
  • Digital Sound Processing
  • Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory
  • Electric Seat – Passenger
  • Leather Trim – Partial
  • Premium Sound System
  • Seat – Driver with Electric Lumbar
  • Speed Dependant Volume Stereo

GT

Price when new: $43,220

Price used: $14,100 - $18,400

Adds

  • 19″ Alloy Wheels
  • Central Locking – Key Proximity
  • Daytime Running Lamps – LED
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Headlamps – Active (Cornering/steering)
  • Headlamps – Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
  • Heated Seats – 1st Row
  • Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
  • Sunroof – Electric

Atenza

Price when new: $46,810 - $47,210

Price used: $15,400 - $19,400

Adds

  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Collision Mitigation – Forward (High speed)
  • Collision Warning – Forward
  • Cruise Control – Distance Control
  • Headlamp – High Beam Auto Dipping
  • Lane Departure Warning

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 138kW / 250Nm (Sport 2012 – 2016, Touring 2012 – 2016, GT 2012 – 2016, Atenza 2012 – 2016)
  • 2.2 litre, 4-cylinder twin turbo diesel, 129kW / 420Nm (Touring 2012 – 2016, GT 2012 – 2016, Atenza 2012 – 2016)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.4 – 8.8 / 100km (Sport)
  • 4.8 – 6.5 / 100km (Touring, GT, Atenza)

Length

  • 4865mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4800mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

  • 1840mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1450mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1480mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

  • 2830mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 2750mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

  • 1452kg – 1587kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1475kg – 1597kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

  • 550kg (unbraked) – 1600kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars (All Models)

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 138kW / 250Nm (Sport 2012 – 2016, Touring 2012 – 2016, GT 2012 – 2016, Atenza 2012 – 2016)
  • 2.2 litre, 4-cylinder twin turbo diesel, 129kW / 420Nm (Touring 2012 – 2016, GT 2012 – 2016, Atenza 2012 – 2016)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.4 – 8.8 / 100km (Sport)
  • 4.8 – 6.5 / 100km (Touring, GT, Atenza)

Length

  • 4865mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4800mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

  • 1840mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1450mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1480mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

  • 2830mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 2750mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

  • 1452kg – 1587kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1475kg – 1597kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

  • 550kg (unbraked) – 1600kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars (All Models)

Body Styles

  • 4 door Sedan
  • 5 door Wagon

Engine Specs

  • 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 138kW / 250Nm (Sport 2012 – 2016, Touring 2012 – 2016, GT 2012 – 2016, Atenza 2012 – 2016)
  • 2.2 litre, 4-cylinder twin turbo diesel, 129kW / 420Nm (Touring 2012 – 2016, GT 2012 – 2016, Atenza 2012 – 2016)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (All Models)

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.4 – 8.8 / 100km (Sport)
  • 4.8 – 6.5 / 100km (Touring, GT, Atenza)

Length

  • 4865mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 4800mm (5 door Wagon)

Width

  • 1840mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1450mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 1480mm (5 door Wagon)

Wheelbase

  • 2830mm (4 door Sedan)
  • 2750mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight

  • 1452kg – 1587kg (4 door Sedan)
  • 1475kg – 1597kg (5 door Wagon)

Towing

  • 550kg (unbraked) – 1600kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars (All Models)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

  • 3 years / unlimited km (All  Models)

Servicing

  • 10,000 km / 6 months (Sport, Touring, GT, Atenza)
  • 10,000 km / 12 months (Sport, Touring, GT, Atenza)

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