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Hello! Just needed to share that my 2010, which I bought in Oct 2012 with just under 25,000 miles, is still going strong at 325,900 miles!!!
 

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Hello! Just needed to share that my 2010, which I bought in Oct 2012 with just under 25,000 miles, is still going strong at 325,900 miles!!!


Welcome! Damn, I guess congratulations are in order lol


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Huzzah for keeping your machine running. That is an impressive amount of Mike's. I suspect you've achieved MAXIMUM depreciation there 🙂

Welcome to the 6 club.
If the car is only worth $500 I'd say he still got his money's worth. :smile2:
 

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Welcome to the forum!

I thought it's @tickerguy who has the greatest mileage but you beat him.

Yes, just like @idrive, I'm also interested with your maintenance.
Ticker's got the most on the 3rd gen that I'm aware of, though there was someone else on here briefly who may have surpassed him at the rate they were going.

The 2nd gen was fairly reliable and I"ve heard of a few people in that range on here.
 

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Guessing it is a 4 cyl... Please tell us which engine and which transaxle it is (auto or manual) and tell us your maintenance frequencies.
Actually, the 2nd generation V6 (from what I've seen/heard) was exceptional compared to the 1st generation, so it wouldn't be a big surprise if he had one.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

I thought it's @tickerguy who has the greatest mileage but you beat him.

Yes, just like @idrive, I'm also interested with your maintenance.
Ticker's got the most on the 3rd gen that I'm aware of, though there was someone else on here briefly who may have surpassed him at the rate they were going.

The 2nd gen was fairly reliable and I"ve heard of a few people in that range on here.
I forgot about the generation gap. So yes, that will be @tickerguy and the other guy. 😀

If I may be off topic, taking the opportunity here, I can't access the forum through tapatalk. Every time I open it, it will flash a white screen and return me to the main menu. This is my first time using the mobile website.
 

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I thought hard to access wtr pump in 2nd gen v6 was often the cause of the demise of many 2nd gens... and wtr pumps don't nearly go that distance.
Right, and the deteriorating sub-frame (which they finally recalled), but the V6 itself was great compared to its younger brother. Sorry, I thought we were just talking engine-wise reliability. :)
 

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I just change the oil religiously, have used Mobile 1 synthetic always, basically go by the owner's manual schedule. It is a 4 cyl, automatic trans. Did have to replace the tranny at 293,000. Have had a few issues along the way like replacing head light bulbs a lot for a while, sometimes every 6 months, but other than that, just normal upkeep. Put on shocks & struts a couple months ago. rides awesome. I love that car. It's fun to drive just like when I first got it. Oh, and I thought I would mention that I'm a female. Just kinda have a male name!
 

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Right, and the deteriorating sub-frame (which they finally recalled), but the V6 itself was great compared to its younger brother. Sorry, I thought we were just talking engine-wise reliability. <img src="http://forum.mazda6club.com/images/smilies/5.gif" border="0" alt="" title=":)" class="inlineimg" />
I had a '98 Mercury Mystique. It had a 2.5 liter V6 Ford engine (designed by Porsche, BTW) that is very closely related to the gen1 Mazda6 v6, as I understand it. My v6 had no valve timing phasors (in that earliest-of-iterations version) and it had roller finger cam followers/hydraulic lash compensation {Mazda version had DAMB (direct acting mechanical buckets)... possibly, then, no hydraulic valve lash compensation... 'real nice, simple.... no chance for ticking "lifters"... which suits me fine 🙂 }. Engine had plastic impeller water pump driven off the back end of front bank's intake cam. I replaced mine pre-emptively with jobber metal impeller water pump. Joy to get to things, including water pump, but at base - a durable, long lasting engine... also employed in higher trim Taurus' and Sables. Have to think that gen1 V6 in Mazda6 is of that same ilk... unless wtr pump is similarly fragile????
 

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I just change the oil religiously, have used Mobile 1 synthetic always, basically go by the owner's manual schedule. It is a 4 cyl, automatic trans. Did have to replace the tranny at 293,000. Have had a few issues along the way like replacing head light bulbs a lot for a while, sometimes every 6 months, but other than that, just normal upkeep. Put on shocks & struts a couple months ago. rides awesome. I love that car. It's fun to drive just like when I first got it. Oh, and I thought I would mention that I'm a female. Just kinda have a male name!
Female! And my name is Joy. I should mention that I'm male although my nickname sounds female.


If I may ask, have you replaced the transmission fluid before you needed a replacement?
 

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I just change the oil religiously, have used Mobile 1 synthetic always, basically go by the owner's manual schedule. It is a 4 cyl, automatic trans. Did have to replace the tranny at 293,000. Have had a few issues along the way like replacing head light bulbs a lot for a while, sometimes every 6 months, but other than that, just normal upkeep. Put on shocks & struts a couple months ago. rides awesome. I love that car. It's fun to drive just like when I first got it. Oh, and I thought I would mention that I'm a female. Just kinda have a male name!
That's pretty awesome! No complaints over the typical wear and tear like you've had. I'd also like to reciprocate Archer's inquiry about trans fluid change intervals.

I had a '98 Mercury Mystique. It had a 2.5 liter V6 Ford engine (designed by Porsche, BTW) that is very closely related to the gen1 Mazda6 v6, as I understand it. My v6 had no valve timing phasors (in that earliest-of-iterations version) and it had roller finger cam followers/hydraulic lash compensation {Mazda version had DAMB (direct acting mechanical buckets)... possibly, then, no hydraulic valve lash compensation... 'real nice, simple.... no chance for ticking "lifters"... which suits me fine 🙂 }. Engine had plastic impeller water pump driven off the back end of front bank's intake cam. I replaced mine pre-emptively with jobber metal impeller water pump. Joy to get to things, including water pump, but at base - a durable, long lasting engine... also employed in higher trim Taurus' and Sables. Have to think that gen1 V6 in Mazda6 is of that same ilk... unless wtr pump is similarly fragile????
I wish I had the time to research into this further, but the most I know is that the V6 Duratec is really a Mazda built engine (MZI), but there were some minor improvements made when creating the 3.7L variant (which is only in the 2nd gen), resulting in both better performance and reliability (at least from what I've seen/heard from owners on this website).

The water pump could very well have been it's ultimate demise, but they didn't eat oil like the previous generation did from what I've seen.
 

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Congrats! Awesome amount of mileage on any vehicle! Not to mention high mileage for you each year, close to what, 43k+ a year on average?! Damn! I mean, I used to average 33k a year for about 15 years and that was plenty, so hat's off to you and your car!

I'm aiming to make it merely 200k on mine, and that'd make me happy. :)
 

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I wish I had the time to research into this further, but the most I know is that the V6 Duratec is really a Mazda built engine (MZI), but there were some minor improvements made when creating the 3.7L variant (which is only in the 2nd gen), resulting in both better performance and reliability (at least from what I've seen/heard from owners on this website).

The water pump could very well have been it's ultimate demise, but they didn't eat oil like the previous generation did from what I've seen.
My V6 had the Duratec name on the engine cover... I'm pretty sure the First Gen Mazda6 V6 Duratec had its origins with Porsche Design (commissioned by Ford) - and then when Toyo Kogyo (sp?) / Mazda leveraged their at-the-time joint venture with Ford they modified the roller finger cam followers to the more simple, more robust DAMB set-up... more in keeping with their engineering philosophy (with which I agree 🙂 ). I think the Duratec (Mazda variant) was either built by Ford for Mazda or built by Mazda under licence from Ford. In any case my Duratec 2.5 didn't use much oil but the "lifters" would tap (at least one of them, I guess) unless I really frequently changed the oil. Very hard to isolate which of 24!... and if the offending one was on the rear bank - good luck being able to change it out without lifting the cams. That's why I prefer the DAMB arrangement 🙂.

Anyways congrats on this super-high mileage. Sorry to hijack this thread 😐 .
 

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That's pretty awesome! No complaints over the typical wear and tear like you've had. I'd also like to reciprocate Archer's inquiry about trans fluid change intervals.



I wish I had the time to research into this further, but the most I know is that the V6 Duratec is really a Mazda built engine (MZI), but there were some minor improvements made when creating the 3.7L variant (which is only in the 2nd gen), resulting in both better performance and reliability (at least from what I've seen/heard from owners on this website).

The water pump could very well have been it's ultimate demise, but they didn't eat oil like the previous generation did from what I've seen.



Mazda used the Ford 3.7L, with some modification (intake manifold) not the other way around. Ford got 305 HP/ 280 lb-ft in 2011 which is much better than Mazda version of 272 HP/ 269 lb-ft.
 
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