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I am not sure if yours is a 6i or 6s but here is what I did:
Air filter - 2 clips and 20 seconds to replace. Just pop the two clips, open the airbox compartment, take out air filter, put new one in, clip back. $15.00 @ Autozone
Cabin air filter - 5 minutes - pop out glove compartment, its right there. There are threads on this forum on how to do it - $15 on amazon
Transmission fluid - For a manual transmission its 1 bolt that needs to be removed to drain, you will need to pump the fluid back in(3 quarts I think) and replace with new gasket. I paid $45 for 3 quarts of redline and $2.50 for the gasket. Automatics you need a machine and its like $90 or so..
Brake fluid - I did my service at Mazda. I suggest you register with MazdaUSA and under the owners tab you can get online car care coupons with deals in your area from dealerships. In my area I can get $14.95 oil changes, $39.99 4 wheel tire rotation, & $29.99 brake flushes(At mazda).
Coolant - This should be drained every year. It can get a little messy but there are threads showing you how to do it. Or you can pay a local shop $40 or so to fix it.
Spark plugs: 4cyl is easy. I paid $8 at walmart for some autolite plugs, gapped them with a $1 tool and its as easy as popping the boot and swapping the plugs. I think its a lot harder for the 6cyl.
I do not know how technically inclined you are but some stuff its good to try yourself especially since there are tons of walkthroughs on google and this site. If not, many local shops can beat the prices you mentioned.
Hope this helps,
2006 Mazda 6i, MTX(5-spd), Interior Mods: Mazda 3 blue shift knob, window tint, audiolink ipod kit, steel pedals. Outside is completely stock.