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#17612 of 17829 Re: Possible Buyer, looking for feedback on Mazda 6 Grand Sport/Touring i [
May 05, 2006 (7:55 am)
Any opinion on the 2005 Mazda 6's? Are these just as good as the 2006 models?
The reason I ask is because I've found a 2005 with 5,500 miles on it. The specs are listed below:
Vehicle 2005 Mazda MAZDA6 S
Bodystyle 4 Dr Sedan
Exterior Color Onyx Black
Interior Color Beige
Mileage 5,424 Miles
Engine 3.0 liter 6 Cyl. Fuel Injected
With these options:
Side Impact Airbag(s)
Power Door Locks
Front Bucket Seats
Fold Down Rear Seat
Anti-lock Braking System
AM/FM Stereo Radio
Heated Outside Mirrors
Compact Disc Player
Dual Electric Mirrors
Stereo Control In Steering
Power Driver's Seat
Elec. Rear View Mirror
Dual Air Bags
Bose Sound System
Beverage Holder (s)
#17613 of 17829 New Mazda 6i Owner
May 05, 2006 (9:10 am)
Well, I did it. After weeks of comparing the Mazda 6 to the Subaru Impreza, I went for the slightly larger Mazda, which gets slightly better gas mileage (thanks to no AWD). The decisive factor was price. The two cars priced a mere $400 apart, in the mid $17Ks, but while pondering the matter, I saw an add for a baseline Mazda 6 at the same dealer I'd been visiting, priced nearly $3K below the vehicle I'd been eyeing. That car had two options -- automatic transmission and side-and-curtain airbags -- which cost $1,400. I told the salesman I'd buy the car if he worked off the advertised price for the baseline model, plus $1,400 of equipment. With freight, the total came to $16,953 before taxes. Outstanding!
My wife drove the car for a day before I got behind the wheel for a weekend trip out of town. The car drives like a dream. The AC doesn't appear to sap the engine of power, as it did in my 1993 Geo Prizm (1.6 liter). I love the 2.3-liter engine, which is a huge step up for me.
And, I confess, I love seeing marketing materials, and now TV ads, that suggest Mazda is marketing the 6 to MEN. The Mazda 3 is a cute car, but I thought that if I went with a 3, or even with the Impreza, I'd have some small stigma about driving a "woman's car" again. That stigma hasn't really bothered me for the 12 years I've driven my Prizm, but I figured that if I could get a reliable car with room to accommodate my growing family, without trading off much in the area of mileage -- a RESPONSIBLE, SENSIBLE car aimed at men, I would. So I did.
So far, no regrets. I've got 600-plus miles on it. The transmission grabbed once when I was moving slowly through a light, in heavy traffic, and I accelerated after braking. I guess it was an upshift from 1st to 2nd, although I wasn't monitoring. Anyway, I haven't had that experience since. I'm sensitive to it, though, because I've been reading that Mazda transmissions are known trouble spots, and my 4-cylinder, I'm told, has the "Mazda engine," rather than the "Ford engine" in the 6-cylinder.
Bottom line so far: I'm delighted.
May 10, 2006 (11:13 am)
I'm in the market for a new car and seriously looking at the Mazda 6 Grand Sport edition. I was wondering how these cars handle in the snow? Since the Grand Sport has 18" wheels, I'm looking at swapping out the 18" wheels in the winter for 16" or 17".
#17615 of 17829 Re: Mazda 6 and the Snow [cschneider3]
May 10, 2006 (11:58 am)
If the 18" tires are any sportier than the 17" OEMs (which I'm sure they are), I'd get snow tires. My '04 with 17" wheels is worthless in the snow. Yeah, it'll get you there, but I'm white-knuckling it the whole trip. With a 20-mile one-way commute, on highways that aren't exactly the best (I live in the snowbelt of upstate NY), I needed snow tires.
I'd suggest buying 16" wheels and snow tires. The 16" wheels are base equipment for the 6, so they'll fit just fine. The size you'll need (205/60-16) is narrower and has more sidewall, which is an advantage in deeper snow and slush (compared to the 215/50-17 on 17" wheels).
I have this combination, with a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2s, and they work great! Outstanding control in the snow and slush, without sacrificing too much handling in dry weather. I can pass SUVs with confidence on the highway, and even through 6-8" of fresh snow, I've never been stuck or stranded.
May 12, 2006 (10:48 pm)
I know people have posted such a question before, i'm thinking to get either 6i or 3s (auto) in the next few months, any one know if mazda's going to change the incentive for 6? any dealer recommendation in the bay area?
#17617 of 17829 Re: Possible Buyer, looking for feedback on Mazda 6 Grand Sport/Touring i [ [cschneider3]
May 18, 2006 (12:27 pm)
"It is nice to know that I'm not the only one that has encountered major problems from an American made car. I feel bad buying Foreign but it seems to me that their cars last longer and they take better care of their customers... but that could be because I'm mad about the shape mine is in after 15 months, nothing "
Even though the Equinox has an american emblem on it(Chevy) I think its(the Equinox)is build overseas somewhere so its not american assembled.
#17619 of 17829 Re: 2008 Mazda6 [vinceburlapp]
May 25, 2006 (1:43 pm)
I like it.
#17620 of 17829 Re: 2008 Mazda6 [vinceburlapp]
May 25, 2006 (3:41 pm)
Getting right to the point...
#17621 of 17829 Re: 2008 Mazda6 [mz6greyghost]
May 25, 2006 (6:09 pm)
Now THAT is sweet. If the '08 looks like that, my '04 is a goner. Timing will be just about right, too. Any word on power options?