Mazda MAZDA6 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Mazda MAZDA6 owners have reported a total of 2,153 problems for their cars built in the 17 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Mazda MAZDA6. The 2009 Mazda MAZDA6 cars have the most problems reported (385 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Mazda MAZDA6

  Common problems of Mazda MAZDA6

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Mazda MAZDA6 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's air bags (589 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's equipment (188 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Mazda MAZDA6

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Air Bag
589
  Equipment
188
  Structure
168
  Engine And Engine Cooling
159
  Power Train
156
  Electrical System
144
  Service Brakes
108
  Steering
102
  Exterior Lighting
94
  Suspension
89
   
  Visibility
67
  Vehicle Speed Control
51
  Wheel
40
  Tire
38
  Other Fuel System
29
  Gasoline Fuel System
26
  Seats
22
  Seat Belt
19
  Latches/locks/linkage
19
  Electronic Stability Control
13
  Unknown Or Other
13
  Air Brake
6
  Parking Brake
6
  Traction Control System
4
  Diesel Fuel System
2
  Child Seat
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Mazda MAZDA6 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across MAZDA6 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Mazda MAZDA6 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across MAZDA6 Model Years

MAZDA6
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2017 749,0052    
0.07
  2016 4778,8673    
0.20
  2015 5555,5794    
0.25
  2014 12656,4075    
0.45
  2013 1311,5696    
0.19
  2012 9439,8857    
0.34
  2011 9625,1218    
0.48
  2010 24245,1279    
0.60
  2009 38539,38610    
0.98
  2008 11444,45111    
0.23
  2007 17056,27712    
0.25
  2006 18566,53913    
0.21
  2005 16668,36914    
0.17
  2004 18180,60015    
0.15
  2003 23356,77016    
0.26

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Mazda MAZDA6 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2017 MAZDA6
4
  2016 MAZDA6
16
  2015 MAZDA6
12
  2014 MAZDA6
28
  2012 MAZDA6
3
  2011 MAZDA6
3
  2010 MAZDA6
9
  2009 MAZDA6
6
  2008 MAZDA6
8
  2007 MAZDA6
5
  2006 MAZDA6
22
  2005 MAZDA6
8
  2004 MAZDA6
13
  2003 MAZDA6
64
  2002 MAZDA6
6


Switch Model:
Select Year:
Safety Ratings of MAZDA6 Cars
MAZDA6 Service Bulletins
MAZDA6 Safety Recalls
MAZDA6 Defect Investigations
Compare reliability:
vs.