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Old 11-21-2012, 12:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was on Autotrader searching for an affordable car with AWD and a manual transmission and it found a 2006 Mazdaspeed6 for $13,000. When I went to the dealer website they have it listed at $9000 which made me get even more excited. I'd been looking at a Mazda6, but was disappointed it didn't have AWD so I was pumped to find this thing and even more when I researched it a little. It looks like all I wanted and then some. But the price does make me a bit nervous. It only shows two pictures and I'm not a huge fan of the white color, but that's far from a deal breaker. It still looks really pretty.

I've read a ton of reviews, but I'd like to know from some actual owners what I can expect from this car. Should the lower price concern me or is this too good of a deal to pass up?

Here's the link Used 2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed6 For Sale in Colorado Springs CO | JM1GG12L161103941 | Denver, Pueblo, Centennial & Castle Rock

Thanks for any help and advice you can provide!
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Check out the noob thread, have the car inspected by a mechanic (compression test, check for leaking Transfer/diff/check for a VVT or chain rattle when car starts cold, let it idle for 10 minutes and see if turbo smokes, ect)

It is a great car, but as with any car, check it thoroughly
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Looks like that one is in need of a new front bumper. I would check the carfax on it.
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Low price on this platform is usually a bad deal.

One thing to know about this platform is that it was discontinued quickly (well speed6 drivetrain, motor hasn't changed alot), its is a first time DISI motor of this kind for mazda, at least DISI MZR turbo.

We are just really learning the platform, albeit an unforgiving one.

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In short, be picky and dont buy the first one you see. Try to find one that had no obvious signs of modifications such as mounts, intake, BPV, exhaust, painted wheels. Anything that has signs of rice I would be a little more weary of.
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Don't like the white color? It's BEAUTIFUL!


Except for that front bumper...
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies! I know, that damn bumper is pretty depressing. I didn't notice it until a couple days ago, but now that I see it it really stands out. The Carfax was pretty clean and definitely didn't report that damage. I'm test driving it Saturday. I probably won't get that particular car, but hopefully I'll get a feel for whether or not I like the Speed6. There are a couple others in the area I might look at too. And even though I don't usually like white cars, I've really warmed up to it. I think I actually like them best in white.

I've also looked at a couple MS3s, though I'm not a huge fan of hatchbacks. Any thoughts on those?
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Other than the failwheeldrive they are pretty much a speed6.

The AWD is pretty reliable so shouldn't be a deterrent. I see you live in Colorado so I would think that would be a benefit.


I advice you to check out the "read this before you purchase threads" to know what to look for, such as clutch pedal pulsations, smoking turbo, bad humming from diff, etc.
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Affordable car with AWD and an MTX = A Subaru.

If you want real fun, you've got to pay to play. The Speed6 is a fairly high maintenance automobile. It can certainly liquidate your checking account. And sadly, with these cars aging to 6 years now, and seeign as alot on the preowned market are abused and weren't well cared for, you never know what you're going to get.

If you have the patience to make improvements to a somewhat temperamental vehicle, then you can have a great time with the car. It is fun and exclusive.

There's alot of good info between this forum and others. Spend some time researching so you know what to expect, and know what you're getting into.
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The AWD is pretty reliable so shouldn't be a deterrent. I see you live in Colorado so I would think that would be a benefit.
That was exactly my thoughts. I've been driving a shitty, rear wheel drive Chevy S10 for the last 6 years. That thing is a major liability anytime it snows. There are plenty of cheap Subarus in the area but this is something I'd enjoy quite a bit more. I found an 02 WRX with under 100,000 miles for $9000, so that wouldn't be a bad choice either.

I've done some fairly extensive research since posting this thread, including all the noob threads, and I keep coming back to this as the car that would meet all my needs and be fun to own. The reliability is a concern to me since I can't really afford to sink a whole hell of a lot into repairing the thing. That's why I'm looking for something cheap to begin with.
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I cross shopped a Legacy 2.5GT spec.B and a Speed6 GT. The Speed felt more secure, and a little more powerful, and it just felt better, so that's what I bought.
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