The Mazda6 provides a sporty alternative to the conventional humdrum midsized sedan. A coupe-like silhouette stands out with eye-catching looks. You probably won't be bored driving the car, either. Quick, responsive steering contributes to agile handling. But the 6 isn't all about flash.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Drive System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Exhaust
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Mazda 6 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup camera screen froze - would not update, eve after car was restarted."

Jacob M., WI (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"Head unit would freeze and reboot constantly. the head unit had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The electronic sysyem continully rebooted which made the phone bluetooth & playing media thru my phone impossible. It took about a year & 3 visits to ths dealer for them to replaxe the GTS card/computer which easvfauly & causing the problem"

Phillip J., CT (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"Was having on ongoing problem where the entertainment system constantly rebooted and made all internal electronics unusable. After 3 visits to dealer repair they replaced a bad GPS card and the problem was resolved"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head unit would freeze and reboot constantly. the head unit had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The touch screen was damaged by condensation in the unit, which was causing it to make selections ("push buttons") on its own. It was very annoying. Fortunately, my vehicle was still under warranty, and Mazda replaced it."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"GPS system completely inadequate. Naviextras has provided multiple update since 2017 without any real improvement. Garmin and Tom Tom makes terrific GPS system that are user friendly, but Mazda decided to take another route and its a real mess."

Jean-Guy L., QC (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Very slow loading when car is started up."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Often doesn't load. often freezes. Often wildly overestimates time to destination - off by one to two hours - e.g., time to travel 5 miles )no traffic - 2 h 15 m. often provides crazy routes. GPS by TomTom; i had many of the same problems when I had a dash mounted TomTom."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth didn't unpaired with my Samsung Note 8 several times. I took it to Mazda and they fixed it temporarily with software updates. I then disconnected the fuse and then reconnected it. That seem to fix it."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"does not initiate calls correctly from bluetooth. Must initiate calls from phone. May be a problem with my phone--other phones have worked better than my phone."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Software update fixes

"software update cannot fix a bad GPS conception."

Jean-Guy L., QC (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the lumbar support is the worst in the industry"

Paul T., FL (2017 Mazda 6 Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Purge valve in fuel tank malfunctioned and had to be replaced under warranty."

Eric F., CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on and stayed on for more than a week. Took it to dealer and they found it was problem with fuel tank purge valve. They replaced it and there have been no more problems."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Sometimes, particularly when it's cold outside, the dashboard fuel gauge gets stuck. It doesn't move on the two places on the dashboard that should indicate how much gas you have left in the tank - or how many miles you've driven on the gas in the tank since you last filled it. It eventually starts working again - usually after several miles. It's a big job to fix it, but I plan to bring it back to the dealer to be repaired."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"I noticed the car was pulling to the right shortly after I purchased it. It was still under warranty, so I took it in to be fixed."

Michael P., CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Left front wheel hub bearing was replaced. Twice."

Gene J., OH (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Front wheel bearing started making a squeaky sound and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Rear driver side pads wearing at an irregular rate especially in relation to other wheels. Thinner rotors require replacement at lower mileage."

Bob D., NY (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Brakes have significant pulsing and vibration issue. Rotors were resurfaced, but the problem returned within a thousand miles. Seems to be a common complaint about Mazda 6 brakes."

Robert C., CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The sunroof is essentially useless. When the sunroof is opened, leaves or other debris collect in drain channels. The debris causes water to leak into the interior and also causes condensation to form on the windshield."

Anonymous, (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Beginning just before the 20,000 mile mark, the car has started to make a mysterious whirring noise. It sounds similar to muffled fan noise, but persists even climate control off. I've also tried unplugging all accessories in case it was an interference but that did not resolve the sound. I am worried it may be the valvetrain, because I can hear what I think is the same cadence underhood as ticking."

Alexander P., OH (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"Fuses to both 12v plugs blew. Dealer replaced fuses at no cost. to us"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"DRIVER SIDE HEATED SEAT STOPPED WORKING"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"My complaint is specific to the alloy wheels. The top coat of silver finish is peeling and delaminating from several wheels"

Robert C., CA (2017 Mazda 6 Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Alternator failed had to replace at a cost of over $900"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"The problem has been there ever since we bought the car. As I mentioned previously the vibrations were more noticeable at freeway speeds. We have done everything as recommended by a local Mazda Dealer including replacing wheel bearing, lower control arm, road force balance all wheels, rotate all wheels. All these repairs reduced the vibrations but did not eliminate them altogether."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Oct 18, 2016
A vehicle continuously driven with the turn signal flashing may result in confusion to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2017 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured August 12, 2016, to September 28, 2016 and equipped with optional accessory fog lights. Due to an incorrect combination switch being installed, the turn signals may not automatically cancel by the rotation of the steering wheel. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the combination switch, free of charge. The recall began December 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 0316J.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V753000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 180
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