hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,750 miles

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2006 Mazda MAZDA6 electrical problems

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2006 Mazda MAZDA6 Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 062016


  • 94,000 miles


After getting my airbag recall fixed on my 2006 Mazda6 on Tuesday 10- 3 today Thursday 10-6 I took it to work this morning half way down the block my dash showed a car with a key in it and the horn started going off and my signal lights worked like the hazard lights when I turned them on to turn right or left, I had to pull the horn relay to get the horn to stop going off it didn't matter if the car was in motion or not all of the above still happened so I could take it to the dealership to be told that if it wasn't a mistake on their end I would have to pay for it and I have to wait until Tuesday before they could get into it.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #7

Mar 042016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Mazda 6. the contact received notifications for NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V382000 (air bags), 15V345000 (air bags), and 15V869000 (air bags). The parts were not available within a reasonable time frame to receive the repairs. The contact noticed that the ceiling fabric was buckling near the front of the vehicle and the failure was progressing towards the rear. The electric control panel on the driver side door was used several times and the manual function for winding the windows up and down failed to work. The contact had to make several attempts to get the window to go up and down. The contact waited for months and was unable to determine when the recall repairs would be completed. The failure mileage was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Parts distribution disconnect. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 272015


  • 91,000 miles
Driving on freeway at about 65 mph, all of a sudden the ABS light came on, seconds later the check engine light came on. About 30 seconds later, my Mazda6 shut off and I lost power steering. I got stuck in the middle of the freeway. Smoke was coming out of the left side (if standing in front of car) under the hood and radiator fluid was pouring out the bottom. Car wouldn't start, click click click, had to have it towed home. Had a independent mechanic look at the car, he said the engine was blown. * car gave zero indications that it was overheating, no change in the temperature gauge.** I think there is a defect somewhere in this area, as it should've told me it was overheating. I bought this car brand new in June 2006 and have babied it. This is the first and only problem I have ever had with it. I did not replace the engine.

- Mililani, HI, USA

problem #5

Dec 012014

MAZDA6 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


I was sitting at a red light, my driver side door started to smoke. I was able to let it air out enough to drive home. As soon as I made it home, the smoke started pouring out of the window control and the whole door panel, rushed to get my kids out of the car. As the smoke thickened a fire started, I was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher before too much damage was caused.

- Edgewood , MD, USA

problem #4

May 052014

MAZDA6 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
I noticed the cooling fan coming on every time I turn the car on and it doesn't turn off for several minutes after the car is turned off. The engine is running in the normal temperature range, so I don't think the fan should be running constantly. I took the car to my mechanic, who notified me of a recall by Mazda for the fan control module for the same production year and the same make/model. I reached out to Mazda, but they notified me my VIN didn't fall in the range of the recall. It seems odd that the same product would have the same issue in the same car but not be covered by the recall. I wanted to notify the NHTSA of the issue in hopes that Mazda would resolve the issue. Thanks.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #3

Nov 302011

MAZDA6 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The transmission seems to lock up and rev at a high rate, then the cars bucks and either engages at a lower gear or you have to slow to a crawl before the transmission engages. This has happened at low speed and traveling on the interstate with traffic all around, including a semi-truck right behind my vehicle. This is a definite problem and safety hazard.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 202011


  • 81,000 miles
The contact wanted owns a 2006 Mazda Mazda6. The contact was driving 30 mph when the electrical components malfunctioned. The alarm sounded, the windows opened and closed, and the door locked on their own. The contact disconnected the battery and called the manufacturer. The manufacturer suggested the contact take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive because the vehicle could lock the occupants inside the vehicle in the event of an emergency. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Elizbethtown, KY, USA

problem #1

Feb 202009


  • miles
Car wouldn't start so we were going to have it jump started. The cables on the battery were burnt and there was evidence of battery acid on other parts of the engine. The car was under warranty and was repaired by the dealership after several phone calls. Now, I just recently noticed a funny odor and the vinyl on the left front door appeared to be melting and the buttons would not work the windows. I took it to a mechanic where he showed me that the wiring harness and switch was completely burned up. Fortunately this did not happen while driving and start a fire. Unfortunately the vehicle is no longer covered by the warranty so I will have to pay out of pocket for the repairs. My mechanic said that he has never seen this happen before and there probably no way of detecting this ahead of time.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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