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Hello everyone I am interested in buying a pre-own 2016 or newer mazda6 as commuter car. I read online that mazda6 has high 10 years cost of maintenance of $12,700. That's close to what my Mercedes E350 cost to maintain. Why does it cost this much to maintain the car? thanks in advance for your inputs
 

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I read that too. This story, right? https://clark.com/cars/most-and-least-expensive-cars-maintain-repair/

The info seems a bit dubious since the story also lists the Mazda brand overall as being very reliable in another graphic.

When I had a 2010 6 (bought used in 2013, traded it 3 years later for a 3-row Mazda 5), it reached over 100k miles with literally no mechanical problems. ZERO. And I didn't even keep up with oil changes or other maintenance that great. So my experience has been there exact opposite of the story's findings...
 

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yes that's the article I was looking at. I am also interested in 2016 maxima as well and it landed on that list also lol.
 

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My 2015 Mazda 6 has 140,000 miles on it now. It has required one set of brakes, a couple of sets of tires, a battery, and regular oil and filter changes.

I have also replaced the plugs (twice, preventative; both times they looked ok when removed and were within spec on gap) and both serpentine and water pump drive belts (at 100k, they were arguably serviceable but starting to show signs of cracking -- and they take 15 minutes to change on ramps, but would be a BEAR to do on the side of the road!) I also (on ALL my vehicles, whether on the schedule or not) flush and replace the brake fluid every 2 years irrespective of mileage.

I have had zero unscheduled maintenance issues with the car since new and the required maintenance, compared against other brands and models I've owned, has been light. There is no (very time consuming) timing belt, for example, on the scheduled maintenance list.

Nobody has turned a wrench on it other than myself, other than for recall service (twice, one for the door seals and the second for the rear caliper E-brake recall) since new. It's one of the easiest cars to work on I've owned. While I'm sure I will eventually find the "swear box fix" -- all cars have one or more -- I've yet to find it on THIS car. Contrast that with my Jetta and Suburban, both of which long ago managed to cause me to hit the swear box for at least *something.*
 

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Autoblog referenced the survey as well, but they further stated that the sample used was cars that were "at least ten years old". I think that rules out 3rd gens in general.
 

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Autoblog referenced the survey as well, but they further stated that the sample used was cars that were "at least ten years old". I think that rules out 3rd gens in general.
As someone who owns a 12 year old 6, the thing is the car very rarely has issues, but when they do the parts are often quite expensive.
 

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As someone who owns a 12 year old 6, the thing is the car very rarely has issues, but when they do the parts are often quite expensive.
No doubt due to Ford parts. Our 2010 CX9 has been dead nuts reliable for 100k with the exception of the Ford sourced PTO.

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My 2009 6 iGT reaches 95,000 miles in 7 years and had no major issues. The driver seat lumbar support dial broke and the stereo volume switch went glitchy for a few weeks and then worked again for no reason. Was still on the original pads and rotors. Regular oil changes, tires, fluid changes a couple times... that was it. Despite FoMoCo being stamped on quite a few parts, I had no issues with it.

Likewise my 2016 had no issues tho I only had it a fraction of the time I did the ‘09.
 

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No doubt due to Ford parts. Our 2010 CX9 has been dead nuts reliable for 100k with the exception of the Ford sourced PTO.

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Your CX9 has a power take off (PTO), winch?

I haven't seen one of those since my FJ40 Landcruiser.
I never imagined that was much of an off-roader.
 

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I don't think you can draw ANY inferences on the SkyActiv models in terms of repair expectations from the previous ones; they share almost nothing, and in terms of the drivetrain it's a literal zero.
 

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I don't think you can draw ANY inferences on the SkyActiv models in terms of repair expectations from the previous ones; they share almost nothing, and in terms of the drivetrain it's a literal zero.
Yes. Totally new designs. And I'd say quite impressive, when you consider the platform engineering that went into them.

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I say it's too early to tell weather or not this current gen of Mazda will be durable. It's also hard to tell who writes these articles for all we know. Corporate sponsorship?

Mazda says we don't ever have to service the transmission for the life of the car. I wonder how long they expect us to keep these cars for?

I did a flush/drain and changed the tranny filter. These tranny are probably durable but there are moving parts. There is a lot of metal particles the collect in the magnetic washer. the fluid does not last a life time. A corporate gimmick if you ask me.

I know one thing for sure if you bring your car to the mechanic for any type of work it's going to cost you an arm + leg.





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I don't think they ever think about life past 100k miles, which is right around the point you should change the transmission fluid. When I was shopping for cheap early 2000's cars last year it was really common for otherwise reliable cars to have automatic transmission issues. Honda, Mazda, didn't matter. I wonder if it's because the transmissions themselves are bad it if nobody bothered to service them since it's not supposed to need service "for life."
 

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I don't think they ever think about life past 100k miles, which is right around the point you should change the transmission fluid. When I was shopping for cheap early 2000's cars last year it was really common for otherwise reliable cars to have automatic transmission issues. Honda, Mazda, didn't matter. I wonder if it's because the transmissions themselves are bad it if nobody bothered to service them since it's not supposed to need service "for life."
This is a fantastic argument to only buy older cards with manual transmissions :)
 

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That is exactly what I told my wife. She wanted me to get an auto since she can't drive stick, I'm looking at all these used listings with tranny problems. I did test drive an automatic 2006 V6 Mazda 6 and the engine seemed great but the transmission had all kinds of shifting problems. It seemed to be a common theme with the 10-15 year old used cars, so I started looking at manual transmissions only.
 
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