Last post on Oct 01, 2011 at 7:33 PM
You are in the Mazda6
What is this discussion about?
Mazda MAZDA6, Sedan
Feb 13, 2004 (11:33 am)
Finally, Mazda has stepped up to the plate on the rust/staining issue. Not only is Mazda notifying all owners of 2003 Mazda6's, but they are also expanding the VIN range to include all 2003s. Good job, Mazda! The following was released today:
Subject: MAZDA6 Door Sash Surface Staining - Special Service Program (SSP) 57
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 08:36:25 -0800
Mazda Motor Corporation has decided to conduct a Special Service Program to remove surface staining on the door sashes of 2003 model year MAZDA6 vehicles produced from October 2, 2002 to July 22, 2003.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by first class mail beginning February 13, 2004.
CONDITION OF CONCERN
During assembly of some 2003 MAZDA6 vehicles, a lubricant used to ease the installation of the door weather-strip caused staining over the clear coat on the door sashes.
1YV *P80****M00348 - M57057
October 2, 2002 to July 22, 2003
The asterisk symbol "*" can be any letter or number.
#16141 of 17829 Good News...
Feb 13, 2004 (11:40 am)
Interesting how this broke right after the news of the rust problem hit the press. Thank you for your work on this jstandefer!
#16142 of 17829 Switching gears...
Feb 13, 2004 (1:39 pm)
I'll bite on this one. I've never had so much fun driving a car before getting my MT 6s. The handling characteristics and the power delivery are incredible. Second and Third gear are golden. Cruise in either one of those gears at around 3k RPM, and you have a ton of power with a quick stab of your foot. For mountain roads, it's all about third. Engine breaking in turns is perfect, and whenever you hit a straight, you know you could be doing 85 in a matter of seconds before having to shift to fourth if you dare to go faster.
I look forward to using freeway on-ramps. Driving along a road before the on-ramp, kick it down into 2nd to slow the car down slightly to around 30-35mph. Take the turn onto the on-ramp quick, stepping on the throttle coming out of the turn. 40..50, kick left and flick the shifter into third, 60..65..70 and you still have half the on-ramp to go. If you wanted to, you could be going 90 by the time you merge into traffic.
Freeway driving and acceleration is also impressive. It's amazing how smooth the car feels at higher speeds. Here in Arizona, the speed limit is 75 on freeways outside of town, and cruising with traffic is no sweat. Want to pass another car? Done. Need to get around a big truck (keep them rocks away from your paint job and windshield), no problem. The wind that gathers at the front of a big-rig doesn't even phase the Mazda 6 like other cars I've been in, where you can feel the car veering away from the truck because of wind pressure.
In short, I couldn't be happier. The Mazda 6 is an amazing vehicle. Certainly, there are other cars that perform as well as the 6, but not at the same price point and not with the level of practicality that driving a sedan gives you.
Feb 13, 2004 (1:57 pm)
"The wind that gathers at the front of a big-rig doesn't even phase the Mazda 6 like other cars I've been in"
I can vouche for this, on a recent trip borrowing a friends Mazda6 I was doing 110MPH on rain slick turnpike passing 18 wheeler's and the car felt very planted when doing so.
Feb 13, 2004 (2:44 pm)
"I was doing 110MPH on rain slick turnpike passing 18 wheeler's and the car felt very planted when doing so."
Wonder how well the 6's brakes will work on that wet pavement at 110 mph if something goes wrong.
Feb 13, 2004 (2:48 pm)
"Anybody have some raves about their 6's?? Does the car satisfy you? Let's put the negatives aside for a second."
I'm pretty happy, too. The car is a lot of fun to drive when your in the mood to play. It goes down rural back roads at speeds that would have other cars feeling pretty unsafe. It handles these situations with aplomb and keeps a smile on my face. Can't ask for much more than that.
It is also comfortable when your just stuck behind slow moving traffic.
Saw the hatchback at the auto show last week and *really* like it. Wish it was available a year ago...
#16146 of 17829 Great car... greater discussion
Feb 13, 2004 (4:24 pm)
Glad to see this board showing positive feelings about the 6. I have the same feelings toward my '01 Protege ES... three years ago and now! This why I am waiting for the debut of the 6 sport wagon [sigh]. Looks like a lot of R&D went into this vehicle.
Good to see a company standing behind their product and making things right. Sadly, mistakes were made by humans in the assembly stage and possibly some R&D.
Feb 13, 2004 (5:00 pm)
I had 01 Protege ES 5sp before my 03 6i. That was a really nice car. I really like my 6, but I should've waited a little longer before I bought one.
#16148 of 17829 Mazda6 S is King...
Feb 13, 2004 (5:39 pm)
of country roads! Know what you mean, that's what i found out in a test drive. Wish I was ready to trade.
Feb 13, 2004 (8:24 pm)
I love my 6s MT. It's not quite a 330i -- my friend's car -- but IMO it's about as close as you can get with FWD under $30K . . . and rides better. It's been trouble-free, is a blast to drive, and still gets admiring glances over a year after the car debuted.