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#16984 of 17829 Focus vs. Mazda6
Aug 11, 2004 (4:46 am)
I test drove a 2003 Focus SVT 5-door, loaded with every option sans the Euro appearance pkg., and it was a pretty amazing car. It didn't have the power of my 6s but it was pretty close. The handling was much better though. Might have been a little harsh for everyday use though. I could have bought it for around $13k after X-Plan, rebates, and trade but just couldn't get past the small size. And the cheesy salesman who had to get approval from the manager for me to test drive an SVT product. Loser.
I also drove a run of the mill '03 ZX5 and was pretty impressed with the driving experience. It was much better than the ZX2 I used to own, although a little slower, and the Civic we were trying to replace. I just couldn't get used to the interior though. I've gone through the owning an economy car thing and really didn't want to do it again. Maybe an '04 with the 2.3L PZEV would have changed my mind but they were impossible to find with 5 doors and an MTX.
So I ended up getting the Mazda a few months, and a few changes of the mind, later and wouldn't change a thing. I felt that the Mazda gave me some muscle car acceleration with the handling of a sport box, AND has 4 doors to make dealing with an infant a more pleasant experience. It turned out to be a great choice because I can't wait to get in it and drive to work every day. Getting out and actually going to work is another story.
#16985 of 17829 Re: 2005 Config/Option Info? [hboyd]
Aug 11, 2004 (9:45 am)
From what I gather, the option packages will be different (again).
In addition to equipping the 6 cylinder AT models with a 6speed, the other major change I'm aware of is that some of the gear ratios in the 4 cylinder manual trans. models will be lowered. This will please many people, although the downside will be a loss of 1 mpg.
It looks as if the two features a lot of people have been clamoring for--NAV and Directional Stability Control--will come in 2006 or later. I'm indifferent to NAV, but if stability control is added in '07 it might convince me to trade my '04. On snow and ice it can save your A..
Aug 11, 2004 (2:02 pm)
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#16987 of 17829 New Mazda6 owner
Aug 14, 2004 (12:07 pm)
Bought my Mazda6s AT several days ago. It's a white non-sport with wing spoiler and sport grill added. I'll post my observations, both good and bad.
1) The ride and handling is great; it certainly lives up to the praise that it has received.
2) The build quality is very good, only one small rattle in the back.
3) Hot looking car, people stare and wave. That's just what a guy in a mid-life crisis needs!
4) Turning radius is a drawback. U-turns are not easily accomplished.
5) While the engine and transmission are good, the low speed acceleration isn't as good as the Chevy Malibu I rented a couple weeks ago. The throttle response with that GM transmission is matched perfectly. If the Malibu had better styling, it would be a huge seller.
6) The AT transmission has the gear number change on the dash, in both D and M mode. I like that.
7) The great thing about the 6 is it can serve whatever purpose you choose. If you want a quick, hot looking sport sedan, get the 6. If you want a family hauler that looks sporty, get the 6. If you want a luxury car with a firm ride and solid handling, get the 6. I find myself enjoying the sportiness on one trip, the relaxed comfort and quiet ride the next. A very well developed all-purpose car.
#16988 of 17829 Re: New Mazda6 owner [accord7]
Aug 16, 2004 (5:47 am)
"6) The AT transmission has the gear number change on the dash, in both D and M mode. I like that."
Are you saying that it shows what gear you're in while in automatic as well as manual-matic? That would be awesome! Mine only shows it during that latter. Is your's an 04 or 05? Is there a way to "turn that on", I wonder...
#16989 of 17829 Re: New Mazda6 owner [likaglov]
Aug 16, 2004 (9:55 am)
Yes, it shows the gear change in both auto and manumatic mode. My car was built in July (2004 ). I imagine your car could be programmed to do it as well, you may want to call your dealer.
#16990 of 17829 Re: New Mazda6 owner [accord7]
Aug 18, 2004 (9:18 am)
I have an '04 6s and it also shows the gear in both auto and manumatic mode. It was built in May. However, I've noticed that often when I start ascending a hill and I can feel the car downshift to 4th gear the display still shows 5th gear. Ever experience this?
#16991 of 17829 Re: New Mazda6 owner [carlh]
Aug 18, 2004 (7:08 pm)
Yes, in my '04 6s AT. If I accelerate again after reaching 4th or 5th gear in auto, I can feel the power come on like a mild downshift but without the gear-number changing.
Those numbers are really handy in the "manual" setting, because touching the self-centering paddle-shifter doesn't give the gear away as it does in an real manual.
#16992 of 17829 Re: New Mazda6 owner [carlh]
Aug 19, 2004 (5:43 am)
Yes, my 04 6sAT does it as well; though I have to "toggle" over to manual mode to see the gear number. I can tell that it is not still in 5th, because I hear and feel it downshift. If I manually drop to 4th, there is no shift (since it was really in 4th anyway). Occassionally happens with 4th/3rd as well, but mostly with 5th/4th.
#16993 of 17829 Re: New Mazda6 owner [carlh]
Aug 19, 2004 (12:31 pm)
Mine does the same thing. The display may not always correspond to the gear I'm in, like on a hill as you say. Overall I'm pleased with it.