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#1156 of 1367 Re: 2005 gas mileage [suydam]
Aug 29, 2005 (5:45 am)
The negative ... is gas mileage. I have gotten 25 mpg on highway drives ... in mixed driving, I'm lucky to average 20 mpg and in the winter, 17-18 mpg. I'm very disappointed
If you don't mind me asking what mpg were you expecting? According to Consumer Reports you seem to be getting predicted fuel economy from your Mazda6 wagon. Here is a table from page 37 for "Wagons and hatchbacks" in the CR Annual Auto Issue (April 2005). They are in order of overall score; the cars in bold are recommended by CR.
VW Passat GLX 4motion : 18 mpg overall
VW Passat GLS 4 cyl. : 21 mpg overall
Ford Focus ZXW SE : 23 mpg overall
Subaru Outback 2.5i Ltd : 21 mpg overall
Mazda 6 s : 19 mpg overall
Volvo XC70 : 18 mpg overall
Pontiac Vibe FWD : 26 mpg overall
Toyota Matrix XR AWD : 24 mpg overall
Ford Focus ZX5 : 24 mpg overall
Chev Malibu Maxx LS V6 : 21 mpg overall
Volvo V50 : 20 mpg overall
Chrysler PT Cruiser Ltd. : 18 mpg overall
Subaru Impreza Outback Sport : 22 mpg overall
Dodge Magnum SXT: 19 mpg overall
Scion XB : 30 mpg overall
Not surprisingly smaller, lighter vehicles (like the ScionXB, Ford Focus and Toyota Matrix/Pontiac Vibe) tend to get better mpg in this class. The Mazda3 Sport hatchback, which was not included in the listing, I would venture to guess gets comparable mpg.
#1157 of 1367 Re: What's with the Big Tires?? [gt40]
Aug 29, 2005 (6:05 am)
This wagon should have 15"s or 16"s, not the 17" monsters it comes with ... purchased some 17" Blizzacks and wheels last year for the snow
Several tire shops advised me to downsize for better control in winter driving; I use 16" summer tires+rims and 14" winter tires+rims; not only have the 14's handled three winters masterfully, but they are less costly. You may want to check your drivers manual for recommended sizes and with tire experts (like the local experts from TireRack here in Edmunds) for options.
#1158 of 1367 Re: What's with the Big Tires?? [gt40]
Aug 29, 2005 (6:56 am)
I went out and purchased some 17" Blizzacks and wheels last year for the snow - I am in Syracuse, NY. OUCH! Car does run very well, but it is just a commuter.
Nice to see a fellow 6'er from CNY on the boards! I'm from Pennellville and I've got a 6S Sedan.
I bought 16" wheels and tires for winter. The 16" steel wheels (standard on 6i, BTW) and Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2's were from Tirerack. They give you about 95% traction of a regular snow tire (and MUCH BETTER traction than the 17" OEM Michelins), but they are H-speed rated, so they don't squirm at all in dry weather (unlike regular winter tires).
One word: Phenominal!
Great dry traction both on the highway and in tight corners. They don't feel like they're going to double-over off the wheel in high-speed cornering, unlike the last set of Blizzaks I owned. Wet traction is great. Slushy and snow-covered roads are no problem. I passed SUV's on I-481 with 3 inches of fresh snow, and my TCS light never came on, unless I provoked it, of course...
Hope to see you out there sometime...
#1159 of 1367 gas tank sloshing noise?
Sep 04, 2005 (4:20 pm)
For all you Mazda6 wagon (or 5-door) owners out there, have you noticed the gas tank sloshing noise? Both YES and NO answers would be appreciated.
#1160 of 1367 Overall Ride Comfort?
Sep 04, 2005 (5:29 pm)
Okay... I'm going from a Camry to the 2006 Mazda6 Wagon soon. [BTW, I 'm actually a long-time Mazda fan.] My question is simple: Are Wagon owners happy overall with the ride comfort? I know the ride is not as plush as a Camry, but firm and compliant -- as ascertained from my (2) 30 min testdrives.
You tell me! Can you take this car on long road trips... and not have a jiggly voice over Hwy transition strips?
Mazda6s... "gas tank sloshing" noise is normal and heard in all cars I 've ever owned or drived. Remember, it's 15+ gallons of liquid in a semi-rectangular, shallow tank.
Does anyone have the complete MY2006 Mazda6 Specs/Configurations line-up yet? These cars are already on trucks to the dealers so I 've heard. Thanks.
#1161 of 1367 Re: Overall Ride Comfort? [hboyd]
Sep 04, 2005 (8:18 pm)
I don't know what you've been driving, but I've never had a car that had that problem.
#1162 of 1367 Re: gas tank sloshing noise? [mazda6s]
Sep 05, 2005 (5:57 am)
Is this something that people hear only in the 5 dr. or wagon,because i don't hear the sloshing at all in my sedan.
#1163 of 1367 Re: Overall Ride Comfort? [hboyd]
Sep 05, 2005 (8:47 am)
I don't hear gasoline sloshing at all in my wagon.
Comfort is great - I've driven 800+ miles one way in a day. No problems, no fatigue, no lower back pain. Feel nicely cushioned in the driver's seat. The 2 passengers (both adult women) had no complaints either.
There are a few rattles that come and go - not annoying enough to bother me.
I used to drive a '94 Camry. The car was solid, quiet, and smooth. The 6 wagon doesn't quite equal it, but it comes close. Its sporty good looks and handling make up for that tiny deficit.
Bose stereo is awesome.
I've had only 1 problem in 16K miles in the past year: the fan stopped working right - it blows all the time. A "blower resistor" was ordered and is at the dealer awaiting installation tomorrow.
#1164 of 1367 Re: Overall Ride Comfort? [ccwinslow]
Sep 05, 2005 (11:45 am)
OK, thats one NO SLOSH vote for the wagon.
ercizoom - I've never seen it reported for the sedan, only the 5-door and wagon. This is kind of a mystery, since I believe the tank is under the back seat on all models.
#1165 of 1367 Re: Overall Ride Comfort? [mazda6s]
Sep 06, 2005 (5:47 am)
And one semi-yes sometimes vote. Once in a great while if I park on an incline and turn the engine off quickly I hear it.
But that is only twice in 7,000 miles.