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When the 1993 MX-6 debuted, it made our hearts sing. Here, finally, was a Mazda 2+2 that combined all the fun of its predecessors while banishing the remaining 80's-era funk that afflicted Japanese cars. Out went the plasticky interior and stubby slab-sidedness of the '88-'92 model. Style and performance for moderate money was always the game of the MX-6, and the '93 model stepped it up a lot. Underhood was a rare (for the time) V6 connected to a manual transaxle. The exterior was a timeless Berlinetta with a tightly-wrapped form and delicate flowing lines. It looked less Mazda and more Ferrari 456.

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The MX-6 also provided the underpinnings for the excellent second-generation Ford Probe. While the Probe was good-looking in its own right, and the best sports car in Ford stores at the time, the MX-6 was a more balanced overall package. The exterior exuded elegant grace; Mazda's stylists managed to come up with a fresh look that wasn't as "drag races, ten cents" as the Probe. Echoes of the MX-6's taut form are visible even today, in the shape of the Mazda 6.

The MX-6 LS was the top-dog, stickering around $20,000 and offering a spanking-new DOHC V6 and available with a stickshift. The 164 horsepower of the V6 may not sound impressive 15 years on, but the competition was humping four-cylinder wares at the time. Sure, some of them were sporting forced-induction and putting down more power, but the raspy blat of a four cylinder is no match for the snarly aplomb a V6 can muster. Weighing in at 2700 pounds, sprints to 60 were in the mid-seven-second range. On paper, perhaps, the MX-6 may not seem to add up, but it's a wonderful package to live with in the everyday world. Punchy midrange and a relaxed demeanor differentiate the MX-6 from its rowdy contemporaries. The MX-6 LS came pretty fully optioned, so it's not like driving one will make you feel like an orderly at a sports car nursing home; they've got most of the stuff that cars today have.

Mazda knows chassis, and the MX-6 benefitted from cribbing the twin trapezoidal links from the RX-7's backside. The chassis stretch allowed the light and compact V6 to be placed further back to minimize understeer and keep turn-in sharp. The tricks worked, the MX-6 did not hopelessly push its way off the road when you wanted to get frisky. Contrary to what you might think, the moderate (yet more than adequate) power level allowed hustle without fighting from the helm or boiling the inside tire trying to power out of corners.

The second-generation MX-6 is a strange case. The fact that it's been out of production for a full ten years snuck up on us, and we miss seeing it. We're not sure where they all went, but they tended to be more adult-owned than their Probe cousins. That bodes well for finding an MX-6 that hasn't been abused, or had some god-awful body kit foisted upon it. The moderate when-new price ensures a bargain now for a car that still looks delicious, can deliver performance to back up its looks, yet doesn't beat your [email protected]@ or your wallet.

by Dan Roth

SOURCE: Autoblog.com
 

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What.... no 1st gen love?:mad:
 

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Thats why i hate 2nd gens :)
Haha, come on. Someone hasn't been on both sides of the fence. :p

*Wonders if there are any good articles on say, the 1gen GT...*

But, funny seeing the price tag of that, as I was just at the dealership last Monday, checking out a few newer cars on there lot. Shoot, even found some new Mazda's down as low as $14,000. Guess back in those years this was one of the cars the Jonses would have had, haha.
 

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first gens for the win!!!
 

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Meh, I think 1G's are too generic. You can't tell me they are unique in the sea of jap econoboxes. 2G isn't THAT much better, but definitely more unique

The 1G is still a damn cool car I think.
 

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Meh, I think 1G's are too generic. You can't tell me they are unique in the sea of jap econoboxes. 2G isn't THAT much better, but definitely more unique

The 1G is still a damn cool car I think.

ok i think you said it well. I like 1st gens because of the whole factory turbocharged ideal and they are way more rare. Plus it helps when you have the even more rare stock leather seats in the 1st gen.:jump:
 

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The only reason why ppl LOVE or LIKE the 2nd gen its because they have a shit load of parts like hondas....
 

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I agree regarding the 2nd Gen MX 6 looking like a Ferrari especially in Red.

When my friend John went visiting his young Godson, he used to say " John are you bringing the Ferrari today"......:)

If you removed the Mazda badges many people would take it for a Maranello product but our car is far better built and more reliable......;)

John's 1997 MTX


John's 1993 ATX


Here is a foto of a 1995 Ferrari 456.
I think the MX 6 is prettier.


Nitey nite

Paula
 

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I having had a 1st Gen 91 mx6 which died of severe transmission failure "automatics suck" owned it for about a year. Later I bought a 93 mx6LS which died of a bad tenchioner pully on the timing belt at 70mph which actualy cracked the cam. Both of them drove excellent even considering the bad suspention on the 91 and the leaking racknpinion on the 93. I wish I could have rebuilt them but this crappy city that I live in likes to dictate what you can do in your yard. Im looking for another one now and Id have to say Id take the 2nd gen over the 1st gen anyday eventhough the 1st gen had the oldschool skyline look.
 

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Having owned both a 1g GT and a 2nd Gen LS, I have to say I like the LS a lot better. The turbo was no faster in stock form and the LS had a LOT more balls in the low end, where you end up driving most of the time! Plus everyone commented how the 2nd gen was such a nice car, and not a lot of people had ANY idea what company made it, and were surprised when I said it was a Mazda and how old it was. The only comments about my 1g I got was how good shape it was in for it's age, people knew it was just another Japanese car from the 80s, although Ginette was and will always be beautiful to me :)
 

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Having owned both a 1g GT and a 2nd Gen LS, I have to say I like the LS a lot better. The turbo was no faster in stock form and the LS had a LOT more balls in the low end, where you end up driving most of the time! Plus everyone commented how the 2nd gen was such a nice car, and not a lot of people had ANY idea what company made it, and were surprised when I said it was a Mazda and how old it was. The only comments about my 1g I got was how good shape it was in for it's age.
I agree the LS I had had alot of balls even though it had the AT in it. Its hard to find a mx6 in the area I live in much less a 5 speed. The next one I get will be the car that sits in the yard and gets babied.
 

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The turbo was no faster in stock form and the LS had a LOT more balls in the low end, where you end up driving most of the time!

The LS had alot more balls in the lower end? Are you sure you? As i recall the 1st gen stock makes way more torque and is a lower revving engine. It makes all of its power down low. Maybe the 1st gen you had didnt have a turbo?:shrug:


plus i can make a 1st gen faster than a 2ng gen for like 15 bucks. Obviously if you turbo a 2nd gen it would run laps on a 1st gen but thats not the point. 1st gen had the stock turbo and to me turbos are more fun to play with.



p.s. im not trying to bash a 2nd gen because i do love all mazdas. Im just trying to state why i like the first gen better. Thats all.
 

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I've owned two 2G LS's, one RS, and currently a 1G GT. With that I am more fond with my GT since I have done much more than I had a chance to with the other mx6's. I do have to say that I have my pro's and con's about each generation. But to compare my 1G in its current state now to a 2G would not be fair since it eliminates alot of the cons on its side. But, stock for stock, I love the way both drive, but prefer the lunge of boost over smooth v6 power. :)
 
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