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2004 Mazda MAZDA6 Sedan

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  • $18,995 original MSRP
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2004 Mazda Mazda6

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The fairly new 2004 Mazda6 family sports sedan needn't take a back seat to any rival, especially when equipped with its available V6 engine.

Ford Motor, which controls Mazda, certainly feels that way—Ford will use the Mazda6 as the foundation for up to 10 of its 2006 and 2007 Ford, Mercury and Lincoln models.

That's a mighty strong vote of confidence, although those future models will not look or drive exactly like the Mazda6 because Ford helped design lots of versatility into the car's platform.

For instance, the wheelbase and track can be stretched. And the Mazda6, which now has only two rows of seats, can handle three rows. The steering and suspension also can be tuned for a sporty or luxury ride.

The Mazda6 was introduced as a 2003 model and is an improvement over the decent 626 and Millenia models. It comes with a base 4-cylinder engine, but offers a strong V6, taut chassis and sporty appearance at approximately half the price of similar-size high-performance BMW or Mercedes sedans.

Fits Zoom-Zoom Image
What you don't get with the strong-selling Mazda6 is a name associated with world-class performance But the Mazda6 is helping earn the Japanese automaker a good reputation and contributing to Mazda's "zoom-zoom" image—along with its new Mazda3 sports sedan/hatchback and RX-8 sports car with its rotary engine and unique 4-door design.

The front-wheel-drive Mazda6 isn't as nimble as the smaller Mazda3 or RX-8, but is fun to drive. Its virtues include quick steering, sharp handling, a comfortable ride and strong braking.

The Mazda6 competes in both the compact and midsize sedan market. There is an $18,895 base 'i' sedan with a 2.3-liter 160-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and a $21,525 "s" version with a 3.0-liter 220-horsepower V6. (Hatchback and station wagon trims arrive mid-year, but haven't been tested yet.)

Variety of Transmissions
The car's good 5-speed manual gearbox is needed with the 4-cylinder engine for lively acceleration, but the V6 has enough power and torque to easily handle either the manual or an automatic.

Optional are a 4-speed automatic for the 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed automatic for the V6. Both automatics have a manual shift gate, which can be used with the 4-cylinder engine for slightly more lively acceleration.

Fuel economy is good with the 4-cylinder engine: an estimated 22-24 mpg in the city and 29-32 on the highway, with the manual providing the higher numbers. Figures with the smoother V6 are 19 city and 27 highway with either transmission.

Well Equipped
Both Mazda6 sedans are well-equipped, with such features as air conditioning, a tilt-telescoping wheel with radio controls, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD player, split-folding rear seat and power door locks (with remote keyless entry), windows and mirrors.

Added to the higher-line V6 version are such items as automatic climate control, traction control, anti-lock brakes and larger 17-inch (vs. 16-inch) tires on alloy wheels. Anti-lock brakes and traction control cost $400 for the i trim.

Safety Features
Front-seat side airbags with side-curtain airbags are optional for the V6 version at $450, but require a $710 Sport package that contains titanium-colored interior trim, body cladding, rear spoiler, dual exhaust outlets and fog lights. Also required is a $635 Bose audio package and $700 power sunroof.

The Sport package adds a lot to the racy look of the Mazda6, but why is one forced to buy all that other stuff to get it?

In any case, you can get a $950 Security package for the i trim that has the front and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and a traction-control system.

Some Mazda6 buyers probably will just opt for the $1,500 Luxury package, which contains leather upholstery, a power driver's seat and heated front seats.

Roomy Interior
Four 6-footers easily fit in the Mazda6, which has a quiet, sporty, airy interior, although some plastic trim looks and feels cheap and rear doorways should be wider. It has nicely placed controls, a tidy 3-spoke leather-covered wheel, sports sedan gauges and door pockets that hold half-liter bottles.

But audio controls need a simpler design, and some may feel that the supportive front bucket seats need a longer cushion.

The roomy trunk is nicely shaped and its lid has strut-type hinges that don't eat into cargo space. The flip-forward seatbacks significantly increase the cargo area, but they should sit flatter when folded down.

The Mazda6 is more fun to drive than competitors from larger automakers, and also is just as practical and less expensive.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Opt
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Alarm Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/50,000 Miles

Mazda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Having peace of mind on the road means being confident in what you're driving. Mazda vehicles continually rank among the most reliable cars on the road. Flywheel to freeze plug, thermostat to turbocharger, cylinder block to constant velocity points, our 7-Year/100,000-Mile Limited Powertrain Warranty has you covered.*

Every Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a confidence-inspiring 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Vehicle Warranty with no deductible on covered repairs, which begins once the factory warranty ends. If it's out of warranty, the 12-Month/12,000-Mile Limited Vehicle Warranty begins on the CPO purchase date.**
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2011-2016 model years and less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 160-Point Detailed Inspection

Autocheck® Vehicle History Report with 3-year buyback protection from Experian***

Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24hr Roadside Assistance for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty offers confidence on the road around the clock.
Special Financing Yes, see your Mazda dealer for details.
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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