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#17167 of 17829 Mazda6 GS V6 + GFX Glacier White
Jan 09, 2005 (5:42 pm)
I have just ordered a Mazda6 GS V6 with GFX package. I picked Glacier White exterior in color and it seems like I have to wait 2 months to get it. What scares me is the concern about the V6-engine being a FORD. I don't want to put the FORD manufacture down but I am not confident in their products knowing alot of friends who have them. Not one has told me any good things. I should be getting my new MAZDA6 by March 2005. Q= Why is it so rare to get white and why does it take so long to get it??? I am worried about the engine being a FORD but I have been ensured that its only the BLOCK and the rest are all MAZDA parts. The V6 is mated to a standard 5-speed manual or an optional new 5-speed automatic transmission with manual 'Sport' shifting mode. Mazda's V6 engine is a modified version of Ford's Duratec powerplant. Q= Is that true ???? I have test driven both 4cyl and 6cyl 5 speed and its true about the 6cly. It is more smooth and less noisy compared with the 4cyl. I am also concerned about consumption being a Montreal Driver. Q= Will it cost me alot more???
#17168 of 17829 Re: Mazda6 GS V6 + GFX Glacier White [gaets]
Jan 09, 2005 (6:43 pm)
I'm not a fan of Ford either, but it seems to me that their influence on Mazda is limited enough that a Mazda6 does not look or feel at all like a Ford and that's good enough for me.
As for the Duratec, yes the Mazda 3.0 is based on it but modified significantly. If you have ever driven a Taurus equipped with a 3.0 Duratec, you would know that the two engines sound and feel completely different. Besides, the Ford Duratec really seems to have a decent reputation anyway.
#17169 of 17829 Re: Mazda6 GS V6 + GFX Glacier White [slickdog]
Jan 10, 2005 (5:10 am)
Check my post 17160. I hope it answers your V6 question. As I stated in that post, the motors from Ford and Mazda are night and day, with Mazda's V6 being the much better choice. I have the V6 with 5-speed manual, and I LOVE revving up that motor! What a rush! The Duratec in general is a good engine, and many auto testers give it good marks in terms of durability and reliability. With Mazda's tuning in a great-handling car, it rocks!
The V6 and 5-spd manual for your 6 is a great choice. Enjoy it.
#17170 of 17829 changes for 05 MZ 6:
Jan 11, 2005 (9:53 am)
Don't forget about ABS being standard all across the board for the 6 model line. Everybody was complaining about ABs being an option on the 6i model trim. Now the 6 has ABS standard all across the board for I and S models.
#17171 of 17829 Re: Anybody out there? [ramped]
Jan 11, 2005 (3:45 pm)
Finally got a response from Mazda about when to change the automatic transmission fluid. As some of us had guessed, Mazda recommends the change at 30,000 miles.
#17172 of 17829 Satellite Radio for '04's?
Jan 12, 2005 (4:57 pm)
I see that the the '05's offer Satellite radio as a dealer installed option....does anyone know if this can be installed in the '04's?
Yes- I know I can simply add on a "plug and play," but I do not want to add any exterior components to my car.
Thanks for any info.
#17173 of 17829 Re: Satellite Radio for '04's? [sstrz1]
Jan 13, 2005 (12:06 pm)
I sent an email to Mazda a while back with your question about satellite radio in an '04. They responded that the '04's cannot be modified to accept satellite radio. Bummer since I was hoping to get it too.
#17174 of 17829 climate control
Jan 13, 2005 (12:54 pm)
Sudyam: if you press the AC button to turn it off, then you have disabled the climate control system. That's when I just use the blower button and dial.
For the climate control to work the AC button must be on, but that doesn't mean the AC is actually working. That is determined by the temperature you have selected on the pre-set. If it is 60 degrees outside and you have your climate control set to 72, then the AC shouldn't turn on.
By the way, for those wondering where this post came from, we moved it over from the MZ6 buying experiences board.
#17175 of 17829 Re: climate control [ramped]
Jan 13, 2005 (1:35 pm)
A similar discussion has been going on in the MZ6 problems and solutions thread. Maybe we should all put our heads together on this one and figure out how this system really works.
#17176 of 17829 Re: climate control [ramped]
Jan 13, 2005 (6:58 pm)
This is the right info...I know that it is "tough" to accept the fact that the ACC is working properly (esp in the winter in the Northeast) with that darn A/C light on, but shutting off the A/C light does disengage the ACC.
We used to own a 2002 Subaru Forester, which had the same setup as the Mazda.