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The laid back, more mature Evo/STi by Stavesacre21 from Lima, OH on 10/15/2008. Trim: 2006 Mazda MAZDASPEED6 Grand Touring, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Power to Burn, Turbo, Excellent Brakes, Stable Handling, Plush Interior, HIDs, Auto up/down on all 4 windows, Gas Mileage, AWD, Lower Resale, No goofy space shuttle wing or scoop, Sleeper, Great mix of performance while still being pamperd.
Cons: Hit-or-miss problems, Infamous studder, Ridiculous stock clutch, Rear fold-down seats require removing trunk lining, Lower Resale, Factory GPS could be more user-friendly, Mazda Service slow as a snail, Comes with summer tires - MUST HAVE all-seasons for winter weather (this is mandatory), You'll want a garage for it, where's the boost gauge!?
Overall review: The Mazdaspeed6 has left me with a bittersweet taste. On one hand, I love driving it, as it's proven to be an extremely fun car to drive. It's mileage has been really good for a turbo (22/twn, 28/hwy in my findings). With 06 being the release year, there have been very hit-or-miss findings of problems, while others experience nothing at all. There exists a "studder" that most 06 MS6 owners experience that doesn't go away, nor does Mazda have an explanation for it. Again, some experience, some dont. The stock clutch is extremely tricky to learn, so much so that a TSB was issued by Mazda for those not happy with theirs. If you're looking for an MS6, you can pick one up for a great deal right now, however trying to sell experiences the other downside...low resale. Overall tho, with all the bad, I still love my MS6. For what it is, it's a GREAT car if you're looking for similar performance to the Evo or STi, but without all the extra hooplah that screams look-at-me. A true sleeper.
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