2011 Mazda6 150k miles - List of Repairs

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For those interested in what parts/maintenance I've put into a 2011 Mazda6 with MT. Bought the car new in March '11. Will update if it makes it to 200k.

21k miles: Air Filter, Cabin Filter and half a can of 3M car undercoating to repair a scrape to the frame.
24k miles: New headlight bulb
30k miles: New tires and alignment
32k miles: New grommet which fell out and caused underbody shield rattle ($3.99 dealer part)
40k miles: Cabin Filter
48k miles: New rear brake pads and rotors
51k miles: New headlight bulb
54k miles: New Air Filter and Cabin Filter
57k miles: Alignment
58k miles: Replaced manual trans-axle gear oil and refilled with Redline MT-90 75W90.
60k miles: New headlight bulb (see a trend?)
70k miles: Cabin Air Filter and (4) new Motorcraft spark plugs
72k miles: Multiple recalls addressed by dealer (including one for spider webs!)
73k miles: Exhaust leak - repaired exhaust gasket and weld job (Meineke did a great job for ~$95)
75k miles: Replaced OEM battery (pre-emptive replacement as battery was 5yrs old).
100k miles: 4 new tires
101k miles: 2 new front struts, 2 new rear shocks, new front sway bar links
113k miles: Coolant flush
116k miles: Replaced Takata shrapnel airbag under recall
116k miles: New rear brake pads and rotors (Still on original fronts!)
116k miles: Left axle failure. New left front CV Axle
116k miles: Brake fluid replacements
116k miles: Replaced manual trans-axle gear oil, 75W90.
125k miles: Front engine cradle/suframe rusted out. Replaced by dealer under recall.
125k miles: New front brake pads and rotors. (originals lasted this long!)
136k miles: New Spark plugs
137k miles: New Air Filter
141k miles: Rear sub-frame rusted out near shocks and multiple holes. Junkyard sub frame installed. Cost to me: $600. Dealer wanted $4,500!
145k miles: Replaced Bank 1 O2 sensor.
148k miles: New battery
148k miles: Replaced Mass Airflow Sensor

Car still runs good. Clutch shudders when the car sits overnight for first few minutes. 2nd gear grinds unless I baby it - likely old syncros. Will need 4 new tires soon. Let me know what you think.
 
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A good friend of mine just bought a 2010 6i Grand Touring. We will be covering many of the general maintenance task in the coming months. This list is helpful, and came at a very convenient time. Thanks for posting.
 
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Other than the subframes rotting out, that's about what I would expect. The next 50k I'd expect a repair or two.
 
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my previous DD was 08 Mazda6i; we are still keeping it in our family; I bought ti used with 50K miles back in 2010; import from NY, it was a fleet car; currently the car is on 248K I needed to replace a few things while in my possesion: catalytic converter, o2 sensor, 1 fuel injector, 1 engine mount, then most recently starter and knock sensor; moreover, it was involved in small accident to the rear on the parking lot; also I included preventive maintenance along the way such as fuel pump, engine mounts all 3, another 2 o2 sensors, another catalytic converter - the car is specified for CA so it has 2 catalytics, PCV valve and other everyday wear and tear items

Yet, the car drives like a charm and is very smooth and still good looking; for the money that is worth it, we decide it is worth to keep it and repair it as long the way as its is reasonable cost; the car is capable well over 300K as is and I don't see may problems ahead because all the parts we put it.

so yes, to answer to your question, id keep it
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141k miles: Rear sub-frame rusted out near shocks and multiple holes. Junkyard sub frame installed. Cost to me: $600. Dealer wanted $4,500!

Yikes, talk about a stealership! Just keep going basic maintenance and keep it going. Do you guys put salt on the roads in NC or was the car from the rust belt originally?
 
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Why would you replace a battery with age? We have a battery in our 1994 Ford Econoline from 2007 it’s an Interstate battery and hasn’t failed yet. I only do that on like suspension parts and stuff and I replace the axles in pairs but that’s just me.
 

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Why would you replace a battery with age? We have a battery in our 1994 Ford Econoline from 2007 it’s an Interstate battery and hasn’t failed yet. I only do that on like suspension parts and stuff and I replace the axles in pairs but that’s just me.
I was noticing hard starts. I let them die now since I carry a jumper pack in my trunk. In fact my last one I waited until it died, jumped it and then drove to Autozone for a new battery. The old one was leaking and had corrosion all over. It was just under 5yrs old which is about average here in the south.
 
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I was noticing hard starts. I let them die now since I carry a jumper pack in my trunk. In fact my last one I waited until it died, jumped it and then drove to Autozone for a new battery. The old one was leaking and had corrosion all over. It was just under 5yrs old which is about average here in the south.
Nice I am in the south as well. I just replaced the 3 year old battery in my Camry today had the Everstart Maxx in it got a Duralast to put in it since we have read bad things about the new Walmart batteries. I think the cold killed the Everstart though. Still I’m surprised that Interstate battery in my van has lasted as long as it has 13 years and still going strong.
 
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Try some AC Delco Friction Modified mtf for the 2nd gear grind. Works on Honda/Acura manuals and they have a tsb to use it instead of replacing expensive parts and labor.
 
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My son has an 09 purchased at 112k. Now at close to 200k and we've done almost nothing to it in that time. Serpentine belt broke is only required repair I remember. Still original tranny fluid even. Every time I get in it I'm amazed at how well it still drives, especially given the fact it's been rather neglected by my two sons. I get ahold of it every once and a while and check everything or else they likely would have grenaded it by now.

Reading this I need to look for rust underneath.
 
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IMO, that subframe did not appear to be in need of replacement based on the photos, but that is me. I do commend the op on doing a replacement for approximately a 1/7th of the cost asked by the dealership. Good job!
 
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Aside from the subrame/subframes, not bad at all...but let’s face it, subframes are a big deal. Very very labor intensive job...done a few...and you usually have to repair more than just the subframe but the time you’re done.
 
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