Is the first-gen Mazda 6 a good car? 2003-2008

The 03-08 Mazda 6 hatchback seems like a cool car. But how are they in terms of reliability? Is the 2.3 a good engine? How are they in terms of holding up to rust? The hatchback is the biggest draw, and there seems to be decent aftermarket support, especially for a midsize.

I an NOT considering the wagon because it was only sold with the V6, which I do not want. I am DONE with transverse V6's as long as I can only afford to have one car at a time. Ford was stupid making it V6-only here. They should’ve offered the 4-cylinder wagon, but they were jealous it would steal sales from the Escape/Tribute.


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