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Sandisk 01-05-2013 03:48 AM

Test Driving a 06 Manual Gt
Hi Im new here,

I am looking into buying my second car, and I have been looking for a lgt in manual since I was 15 :spin: , but I finally found my luck.
I was very close to buying a 06 speed6 a couple weeks ago in super good condition (with all service records) but I am still waiting on the owner to call me back and see if he will change his mind on my offer. What are your thoughts on a speed6 (oddly insurance is around 140 bucks 6/mo off from a lgt)?

Link to car:

My main questions are:

When looking at it tomorrow what should I mainly look for? (I have heard clutches usually go out at 60k (I know it depends on how you drive it) and is it just me or this price is a little steep?

root_galaxy 01-05-2013 12:44 PM

Are you talking about a Mazda speed 6? Or a 6 speed Spec-b?

Ozzy 01-05-2013 01:22 PM

He's asking about a Mazdaspeed 6.

Ozzy 01-05-2013 01:27 PM

I think the price is steep.. I paid 17k for a 2006 LGT in 2010 with 43k miles on it.

Drogos 01-05-2013 01:29 PM

Don't listen to experts telling you how long a specific clutch will hold in a car. Mazda's clutches supposidly go at 30k and I have 140k on mine and it holds strong like a MF. 80k on spec b, not a hint of slip at stage 1 power levels. By the way, that's the least of you problems. It's a ware item, just like brakes are, only with little bit better life expectancy least for some people :). Make sure to start car when it's cold and was sitting overnight. Call dealer and tell him not to touch it before you arrive. When cold all sorts of shit comes out. Listen for wierd sounds, excessive vibrations at idle, whine from the alternator. Smoke from the it pure vapor or is it thick white smoke. Is tranny grinding at any gear? It would be more pronounced when cold. You know regular staff but I really advise on getting/paying someone who works on those cars to check it. Take is for a test drive to a shop that knows subaru. Compression test is a must IMO

Sandisk 01-05-2013 07:31 PM

ok great thanks guys i drove it today, and it was super clean and drove great (clutch felt great).

I just need to get it inspected now!

seanbru 01-08-2013 08:32 PM

clutch question
I have an 06 Spec B. It has 115k on it and have not had to replace the clutch. I too was choosing between the Speed3 and Spec B. Spec B much more expensive, but the dealership went down to my bottom line.

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