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#15443 of 17829 Mazda Sales 11/2003
Dec 03, 2003 (6:43 am)
"IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported sales of 19,306 units in November -- a 21.9 percent increase versus the same period last year. The increase was the best November year-over-year jump for Mazda in the past decade.
The company's strong month was led by its sporty Miata roadster, which posted a 32.6 percent increase in November sales. In addition, Mazda reported sales of 6,180 units for its MAZDA6 flagship sedan. Sales of the MAZDA6, which celebrated it one-year anniversary in November, continue to build momentum."
#15444 of 17829 Need rear alignment info
Dec 03, 2003 (10:09 am)
A young lady hit my rear passenger side wheel last night and now it's out of alignment. I was wondering if anyone knows what the alignment limitations are on the rear wheels. The problem feels like the toe in is off. I wonder if the toe in is even adjustable on the rear of the mz6. There may be some bent suspension parts in there and I just want to make sure any repair gets the alignment and suspension back to a new state. Thanks for any comments
Dec 03, 2003 (11:15 am)
I was compiling some data for my website and decided to share Mazda6 U.S. sales results since the beginning:
461 Nov '02
1,581 Dec '02
2,254 Jan '03
2,720 Feb '03
4,014 Mar '03
4,480 Apr '03
4,930 May '03
7,645 Jun '03
6,254 Jul '03
7,328 Aug '03
5,341 Sep '03
6,194 Oct '03
6,180 Nov '03
#15446 of 17829 alignment
Dec 03, 2003 (12:52 pm)
If someone hit your wheel, you're probably looking at a bigger repair than just alignment. The suspension linkages may have got bent,... etc.
#15447 of 17829 Mazdamarla......Copper 6 spotted
Dec 03, 2003 (2:16 pm)
As I was walking through the parking lot into work today I spotted an very boldly copper-colored 6 today w/ sport pckg and gray cloth interior. It was pretty overcast today, but it was a deep burnt-orange. I liked it, but I tend to like the bold colors, like the speed yellow too. I think it could be a polarizing color for some though.
This is only the 2nd 6 I've seen in this parking lot of nearly 1,000 cars. Very few sightings in Atlanta in general for me. Was back in my old home turf of west Michigan during Labor day and saw quite a few 6's on the road there (more than metro-Atlanta).
#15448 of 17829 Took my car in today...
Dec 03, 2003 (3:35 pm)
... to the local Mazda dealer for an oil change. Just for kicks I asked the service rep what their stance was on the "rust" issue. I then talked to one of the techs there who said they had only found rust on a couple of their '03s on the lot. He said they performed the fix (as prescribed in the TSB) because there "wasn't much to do that day."
I wonder if all those '03s sitting on lots out there are getting this "fix"?
Dec 03, 2003 (3:55 pm)
Ok, today I drove the Acura TSX, thus now I have driven both the 6s and the TSX. The TSX's performance was a bit subpar in acceleration, but its handling was great. Its looks were better both in and out too. But it didnt seem to take bumps in the road as good. When you hit the gas, it took a good second for the TSX to kick in. Honestly, I forgot how the 6s performs in relation to acceleration. There is one thing that is bugging me about getting a mazda, ITS AN AMERICAN CAR! You can argue that statement all you want, but face it. Japanese cars are far superior in engineering, etc then american cars. Ok, some people may have had problems with their honda, but still, in general, Japanese engineering greatly exceeds american engineering. Right now I am on the fence between the two cars. What should I do?
Dec 03, 2003 (4:04 pm)
"There is one thing that is bugging me about getting a mazda, ITS AN AMERICAN CAR! You can argue that statement all you want, but face it. Japanese cars are far superior in engineering, etc then american cars. Ok, some people may have had problems with their honda, but still, in general, Japanese engineering greatly exceeds american engineering. Right now I am on the fence between the two cars. What should I do?"
Well, first of all, you should read up a little more on the Mazda6. It was engineered in Germany and Japan. Yeah, the North American Mazda6 is made in Michigan, but the rest of them are made in Japan. Most Honda Civics and Accords are made in the US, and they're considered to be reliable cars, right? Same with the Corolla, Camry, Tundra, and more that I can't remember. The majority of "Japanese" cars sold in the US are made in the US.
If you want Japanese made car, your pickings are slim and usually expensive. Is the TSX made in Japan? I dunno. Have you checked out the Mazda3? That's made in Japan.
Dec 03, 2003 (5:47 pm)
Well, that "American car" beats the Accord handily in overall reliability according to Consumer Reports.
#15452 of 17829 RE: A very big question
Dec 03, 2003 (6:07 pm)
Engineering is multi-national, I'm right down the street from the Nissan design center in La Jolla. As newcar31 pointed out, it's not even assembly:
Toyota Camry--Georgetown, Kentucky
Honda Accord--Maryville, Ohio
Subaru Legacy/Outback--Lafayette, Indiana
Mazda 6--Flat Rock, Michigan
IMHO, I reject the notion that American car companies have inferior engineers or engineering. The Japanese companies (whatever that means) have just done a better job of building cars, while the Big 3 have focussed (pioneered really) minivans, SUVs, and trucks. If the Big 3 don't start building some exciting cars, though, they'll be sitting ducks waiting for Japanese to get the message on these more profitable vehicles. They're already starting to get the message, the Tundra was a good effort and Nissan's Armada looks like its a force to be reckoned with.
Build stylish, reliable, exciting, well engineered vehicles that address the needs of your consumers. Like Mazda, minus the rust.