What’s the 2006 Mazda 6 life expectancy?

We’re shopping for a used car and I think we found one we liked, but I want it to be something that will last at least a few years. How long can we expect to drive a 2006 Mazda 6?

Mary Alice Morris · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Mazda 6
is a great pick for a used car because it has a reputation for longevity and durability. It’s also known for its excellent handling and well-appointed interior. The lifespan of a Mazda 6 that’s been well cared for could be up to 200,000 or 250,000 miles before any major issues.
You’ll want to give the car you’re considering a good lookover and get a thorough history on it, because lots of things can seriously diminish a car’s longevity, including:
  • Maintenance:
    Regular maintenance
    , such as
    oil changes
    tire rotations
    , and regular check-ups can help extend a car’s lifespan. But putting these services off, or neglecting them altogether, will just cause bigger problems down the road.
  • Driving habits:
    Aggressive driving
    , such as sudden acceleration, braking, and driving at excessive speeds, can put a strain on a car’s engine and other mechanical components.
  • Quality of parts: Every car needs a little work from time to time, but if your prospective Mazda 6 has had some repairs, inquire if they used OEM parts or aftermarket parts. Cheaper parts can increase the likelihood of a breakdown, and shorten the car’s lifespan.
  • Accidents: Involvement in an accident can cause significant damage to a car, which can reduce its longevity. Ask for a vehicle history report, such as a
    report before you buy.
  • Rust:
    Rust spots
    can weaken the structure of a car and cause parts to break down over time. Give the car a close look from top to bottom to check for rust.
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