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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,700 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace subframe (1 reports)
2009 Mazda MAZDA6 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 212018

MAZDA6 I Sport 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 141,500 miles


I drove this car at 70 MPH on the highway the day before the frame cracked; my husband was driving it when the wheel went sideways at 20 MPH. We were told the frame was too damaged to tow without signing a hold harmless document. When the car was at the mechanic and up on the rack we saw that the frame was extremely rusted and cracked in several places.

When we called Mazda we were told it was probably due to "weather conditions" and salt on the roads!!!! They said they did not have a recall on the frame but that they were on back order for 6 months. Curious !!!!

We had to buy a used frame from the south which took 6 weeks to arrive. MAJOR inconvenience.

It cost us $1100.00 to have the car fixed. MAJOR upset !!!!

Don't know how they can deny that the quality of the steel was not up to standard and could be destroyed so easily. The car has 141K and in almost perfect condition. There is no rust anywhere else on the car but the frame. Guess the rust was only attracted to the frame.

- Sue P., Pittsburgh, US

problem #3

Jun 122018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,177 miles

Purchased the car used, took it to be safetied, was told then shown the subframe was rusted through and needs to be replaced. I don't understand how an integral part of a car can rust out faster than the body.

- Trevor C., Everett, ON, Canada

problem #2

Jul 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Purchased this car in 2014 used. I didn't notice it until I drove it off the lot. Well used vehicles come with no warranty as is. Yay me.

- Misty G., Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 252015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

This is of great concern and could be very expensive to repair. May have to sell the car which, otherwise, is in very good condition.

- gerrynj, Sea Isle City, NJ, USA

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