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#17264 of 17829 IPOD for 2004 Mazda6
Apr 02, 2005 (3:21 pm)
At this point I have read many posts about hooking an iPod up to the exisiting HU in a Mazda 6.
Here is my problem ..
1) I really do not want to use the FM transmitter because the sound quality is horrible
2) I dont have a tape deck, so this isnt an option
I have the tape/md buton on the radio, but no tape or md player ... is there a way to hook the iPod up directly through this input in the back of the radio? I have been to both private car aduio stores as well as best Buy and they both laughed. I am not mechanically inclined so a "do it yourself" soldering job is out of the question.
Does anyone have a valid alternative ?? I would really like to figure out a good way to listen to the ipod in the car.
#17265 of 17829 Re: Dirt Roads [jjb39]
Apr 04, 2005 (9:19 am)
There's a relatively smooth dirt road near my home that I use occasionally, but I don't like to take my 6s on it. Lots of dust gets into the brake calipers pretty easily with the low profile tires. Plus, you've got very little ground clearance. Stick with the SUV.
#17266 of 17829 Re: Dirt Roads [jjb39] [ramped]
Apr 04, 2005 (10:39 am)
Yeah, I was gonna say that it doesn't sound like a very good idea to me. I love my 6s, but it's got pretty low ground clearance. My mom lives on an unpaved, state-maintained road, and I'd certainly not hesitate to visit her, but I don't think I'd try to travel on a rutted unpaved private road, a logging road, or anything like that. The 6 is definitely a roads-only car as far as I am concerned.
#17267 of 17829 Re: Paint chipping [moose54]
Apr 05, 2005 (3:54 pm)
I just got a 2004 6s Wagon (steel grey) and the front of my car has dozens upon dozens of little paint flakes that came off. This is really really pissing me off as I've had the car only 3 months. Add to that the horrible gas mileage and I *hope* I can sell this mistake that I bought.
#17269 of 17829 Re: IPOD for 2004 Mazda6 [espumoso]
Apr 05, 2005 (5:01 pm)
I am definitely interested ... keep me posted.
How complicated do you imagine this install to be? I am definitely not savy enough to attempt this by myself ... but I am VERY interested in this option as I would really like to get the ipod working in my car.
Thanks for the response
#17270 of 17829 Gas Mileage Expectations
Apr 05, 2005 (7:20 pm)
Espumoso said : I just got a 2004 6s Wagon ... had the car only 3 months ... horrible gas mileage
Is your 2004 Mazda6 manual or automatic?
What are you averaging in mpg?
What is your ratio (%) of city to highway driving?
What were you expecting to get in mpg?
#17271 of 17829 Re: IPOD for 2004 Mazda6 [wheels33]
Apr 05, 2005 (9:26 pm)
Wheels33, looks like the forum rules state that I can't help you out regarding the iPod and Mazda's iditotic decision to make it nearly impossible to hook up an Aux input to your car. Hope you got the info you were looking for!
#17272 of 17829 Re: Gas Mileage Expectations [autonomous]
Apr 05, 2005 (9:33 pm)
Mine is a 2004 6s Wagon, 5s-manual. My driving is 95+% highway at speeds averaging about 70MPH. In the city I drive as "grandma" as is humanly possible.
The best I have gotten was 23.4 and the average is about 22. I was really hoping to get 25, which is pretty pathetic, but I could live with.
I think the EPA must test cars going downhill with a tailwind and doing only 55MPH!
#17273 of 17829 Re: Gas Mileage Expectations [espumoso]
Apr 06, 2005 (3:59 am)
This has been discussed in the "Problems and solutions" board a few times, but I can give you a few highlights.
Since you've had the wagon for a few months, I'm assuming that your mileage is low. The duratec V6 is famous (at least on this board) for getting poor gas mileage, at least during intial break-in. I was averaging only 20-22 MPG with a 5-speed manual, 80% highway when I first bought my car (6S Sedan). Now, 8 months later and over 10k miles, the mileage is up to 25-27 MPG.
A lot of states use different gas during the winter months to cut down on emissions, but it also kills fuel economy as well.
My suggestion is to allow the car to "break in," continuing to drive as "grandma", until you get a few miles on her. I'm sure that the mileage will go up.
The EPA has been criticized for it's over 25 year-old system to measure fuel economy, and there's talk now that it will soon change. They also test without the AC compressor running as well!