Hatchback + Engine Upgrade + Manual Yields Zoom-Zoom

Many may never have realized that the first generation "GG" Mazda6 offered three body styles at launch: sedan, wagon and hatchback.  Today's example is the rare hatch with V6 and manual.  The Mazdaspeed 6 will always be the performance leader, but these Duratec V6-powered examples are no slouches and the Speed 6 was only offered as a sedan.


This example has 141K miles and appears to be in good shape.  That's not a lot of mileage per year, but the seller says the engine was recently replaced.  The biggest question here is WHY?  One would hope a ten-year-old Mazda would have a lot of life left and the Ford-based Duratec engine should go a long time,too. This engine was truly one of Ford's gems, as Contique enthusiasts (including SVT!) know, and it also powered the much-maligned (not for its engine) Jaguar X-Type.

Will you snap this up, or wait for a V6, manual wagon?  Further, is the price remotely realistic?  KBB.com says it's about double what it should be, but that doesn't consider the recent work.

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Corona, CA, USA
$12,500


Looks like a regular Mazda6 sedan, right?


Still looks like a sedan...hmm.  We here at Oddimotive love this "hidden hatch" body type.  Others have done this, but the Mazda is among the best executed. Look to the first-gen Mondeo for a car that doesn't wear its hatch so well...


Here's the hatchback money shot!


We can't tell much from this pic, but the interior looks nice from a distance.

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I am selling my 2005 Mazda 6s. This is a rare car and have not seen one like it on the road. It is a hatchback with a v6 manual transmission with black leather seats!!! It also has a sunroof, led interior lights, tinted windows including the front visor area, aftermarket exhaust with deep tone but not too loud, blacked out reflectors and emblems, keyless entry, bose sound system with an aftermarket chip so you can connect your phone via Bluetooth and play music or make calls. The vehicle also has an aftermarket alarm system. I recently had alot of maintenance done to the vehicle where I had the engine, clutch and battery replaced and have all the paperwork to prove it. The cons about the vehicle are the compartment on the dashboard is broken (was like that when I purchased the vehicle and have never used it) and the body has minor dents and scratches that can be pulled out at a shop but other then that the car runs great!!! I am not in a rush to sell and this is my daily driver so please do not contact me with ridiculous offers, thank you.

2 comments:

  1. This car iss one of my favorites as a hatchback fan, but I had a V-6 manual sedan around the same time. I think my left leg is still larger than my right, but that was a fun car with plenty of GO.

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  2. This car iss one of my favorites as a hatchback fan, but I had a V-6 manual sedan around the same time. I think my left leg is still larger than my right, but that was a fun car with plenty of GO.

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