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I know it's a weird question to ask on this forum, but i wanted to know the good and bad points about it.

I live in Melbourne Australia and I've got around $10000 to spend. The MX6 is the only decent looking ride at that price range. I can get a 92-93 MX6 with about 170,000 km on the odometer for that price range (stock of course).

I was totally set on the car until i started doing more in depth research the net. I found that there was problem with the factory paint chipping off (i've seen two for sale so far and both had chips on the front bonnet, likely from stones on the road but that doesn't happen much with other cars i think).

Also heard a lot of posts about people with constant problems with the car. I'm upgrading from a 929 1984 coupe and love mazdas but cos that's all my savings i'm real worried about getting a problematic vehicle.

Plus should i get a manual or auto? Are any particular colours exempt from the paint problems??

anyway that can help i will be greatly appreciated...
 

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I've had a white ATX and a green ATX. the white one had no chipping or fading or any paint problems at all but the green one was very faded when i got it. no chips tho. just stay away from the ATX. it has problems out the wazoo. plus, MTX is more fun anyway right? :p
 

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Hey,
My Silver '93 had some minor chipping and fading by not too bad for its age. A lot of cars had problems in the early 90s with fading due to changes in the paint. I just went for the re-paint and it was worth [email protected]
 

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My white 94 (2nd gen) looks great for 10 yrs old. No chips at all.
I have an MTX and would not have it any other way.
Two things I like about the 2nd gen.
1) they have a distinctive shape and look. You dont see 8 more MX6's when you drive to the local store or whatever. You cant say that about most other imports. Hell, I bet I dont see one each week.
2) the V6 has a distinctive sound. I think I read it on this website and it has stuck with me ever since because it is true: The V6 sounds exotic. No tinny fart can sound, but a true tune, which at the right RPM is music to my ears (sorry for the cliche).
3) did I mention they are easy on the eyes, especially with the right body kit? Oh yeah, I guess I sorta did.

Things that I dislike?

1) the V6 needs high octane gas
2) they are tinny with respect to the body. Close the door and you will see.
3) the stock suspension leaves a large wheel gap. OK, so I'm nitpicking, but to lower these babies, prepare to shell out about $600 on struts, springs, bearings/mounts, etc.:eek:
 

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Why does the V6 need high octane gas??? whats the compression ratio on the 2nd gen V6's? because unless the compression ratio is as high as 10.1-1 then I can't see the need for high octane gas.

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Hmm, Im running 89 now maybe next time I fill up I'll try 91 and see if I can notice any difference. I am pretty sure though that the car is probably tuned to run on regular unleaded. I wouldn't reccomend using 87 but as a precaution I am sure Mazda made it possible to run on it without pinging simply because not all car owners are intelligent owners.

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The 2nd gen LS with the MTX are quite stout.

The things that always go bad are the struts and CV shafts. Those two are almost guaranteed to be bad unless they've been changed in the last 50k miles. The control arms also develop play in the bushing so you might want to check that our. The wheel bearing also go bad on some cars and the rear calipers might seize. But those are all very minor problems since you must consider that it will be a 10 years old car.

The paint should be a plus if it is bad since it will generally sell for much less than if it had good paint. I'd rather get a low priced good running Mx6 with crappy paint since I would like to repaint 10 years old paint anyways.

Oh and the KL are definately tuned for at least 91 Octane gas. It will run on 87 unleaded but that is pushing it really hard. It does not knock harshly like my GS300 when I use cheapo gas, but you can definately feel it. The HLA's will hurt you for using cheap gas. I believe most of the HLA problems arise from owner using cheap oil and gas in the engine. KL's are very stout engines that can take alot of abuse but it needs to be well taken care of. Parts are somewhat more expensive but than again your coming from 929 so it won't be that much shock to the wallet. It shares the majority of engine parts with the 626 so should be relatively easy to find and good prices.
 
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