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Mazda MAZDA6, Hatchback
Dec 07, 2004 (2:07 pm)
The Automobile Journalists of Canada have named the Mazda6 Sport as the best new family vehicle in Canada for 2005.
The Mazda6 wagon was named best in the station wagon category.
Last year mazda won every category they entered and the Mazda3 was ultimately named the best new car in Canada by the AJAC. They will name the best car for 2005 at the Canadian International Autoshow held in Toronto in February.
#474 of 770 Zeroing in on a Mazda6 5 door
Dec 11, 2004 (12:52 pm)
I have been shopping for a car for about 2 months now and have pretty much decided on the Mazda6 5 door (V6). I like the way it looks and handles. The Hatchback is a big plus for me as well. I have two questions/concerns. First, the low ground clearance compared to other cars in the Mazda 6 class; do I need to worry about hitting bottom or having a tough time going through snow. Second, am I going overboard with a 6 cylinder when a 4 cylinder might work just fine? Does anyone have any advice or experience they can share with me on both these issues? Thanks in advance for any input!
#476 of 770 Watch the Curbs!
Dec 14, 2004 (9:56 am)
I've had my 6S for about two months, the front air dam hangs very low, I'm ultra-careful and have almost scraped it 3 times, you need to be very aware of where the front end is anywhere near curbs/curbstones. Ditto for the 50 series tires- there is almost no sidewall to protect the wheel spokes from encounters of the curb kind. We haven't had much snow (yet) in the Northeast, but based on what I'm hearing about the lack of grip from those Michelins you wouldn't want to drive the car in snow deep enough to come over the air dam anyway, unless you put on snow tires. I have an auto V-6 and was willing to sacrifice some on the gas mileage to have the V-6; if you are considering a stick you might be happy with the four. With an auto the four is barely adequate. The V-6 does run perfectly fine on 87 octane, I've been averaging about 22 mixed but this should improve as the engine continues to loosen (2200 mi as of now). Overall, I'm extremely happy with this car, and yes, you will love the hatchback- it was the deciding factor for me. Happy Zooming!
#477 of 770 Re: Zeroing in on a Mazda6 5 door [jmk3]
Dec 16, 2004 (7:13 pm)
I just bought my Mazda6 5-door approx 1 month ago- I love it! My last car was an '01 Saab 9-3...though I like the looks of the car, I think the most impressive part of the car is the interior.
Regarding your 2 questions:
1) I haven't had a problem w/ ground clearance, nor do I expect it to be a problem
2) V6 vs V4...I can't answer that because I did not test drive the 4 cyl
By the way...I bought mine in silver with all the bells and whistles- leather, auto trans, moonroof, bose upgrade (worth the money)
#479 of 770 Re: First Mazda [samurai]
Dec 27, 2004 (9:53 am)
I purchased my Mazda 6s five door, 5spd man. last August, just recently broke 4k miles( I have a 94 Accord I drive daily to work). I too am expercing trouble with the clutch,(Shudder, Judder).Please, if anyone knows of any TSB's - please post!
#480 of 770 lack of space between tire and wheel well
Jan 03, 2005 (2:41 pm)
I just purchased an 04 Mazda 6 5-door with the V6 engine up in New Hampshire. After driving the car home I noticed that the space behind the rear passenger tire and the wheel well was very tight. I could barely get my finger around the tire. I just took the car into the dealership (Talarico) and they said that there was no problem with the car and that the 3/8" +/- spacing was adequate. I guess this is where the gas tank is located. My big concern is that if I run over something and it gets stuck in that area it can cause hazardous damage to the gas tank and the tires will not last. If I decide to throw a large oven (for example) in the trunk the entire frame will go down and the gas tank will hit the tire. I think this is a real hazard and wanted to know how I could find out what the federal regulations are for spacing between the tire and the wheel well.
Also, if you guys can check your cars and tell me if you are concerned with this as well. The dealer told me that no one else has mentioned this problem.
Also my gas mileage is horrible. I am getting about 17 mpg. Will this improve?
#481 of 770 Re: lack of space between tire and wheel well [hus28]
Jan 07, 2005 (7:05 pm)
I recently purchased my '04 Mazda6 5-door in November....prior to that, I was driving an '01 Saab 9-3...to help answer your question, yes- the space btw the tires and the wheel well is tight (I have to measure it, and will post shortly)....but w/ 17" wheels, I wouldn't expect it to be less...when I owned my Saab, it only had 15" wheels, and the space btw the tire and the car was very noticeable ... usually cars w/ 17" tires have little room in btw themselves and the body of the car...take a close look at most Corvettes, BMW's,etc....
That said- I know nothing about Federal regulations regarding space allocation btw tires/ car body....I personally am not concerned about this, nor have I ever heard of anyone mention this sort of thing.
Regarding gas mileage....I drive approx. 30k annually, and compared to my Saab 9-3, I do find myself filling up more often...I cannot quote you the mpg, but (without knowing what you used to drive)...I would guess that you are experiencing less mpg than you are use to getting...that said- from my point of view- I am very pleased with the quiteness and performance of the engine...and I think the extra couple of bucks/per week for this in gas expense is worth it....another point to consider- most (if not all) cars with this type of performance normally require Premium fuel- so though you may not be getting the mpg you expected...feel good about the fact that you are saving approx $0.20/ gallon by needing not to put Premium fuel into your 6.
All that said- how do you like your car overall?....I don't miss my Saab for a minute- the leather is much better, along w/ my auto climate control, and BOSE stereo...love to hear you thoughts too.
#482 of 770 Re: lack of space between tire and wheel well [sstrz1]
Jan 09, 2005 (6:59 am)
I've had my 6S out in the snow a few times now; no problems with smaller tire clearance and snow buildup (I kick off the clumps behind the tires just the same as on our Expedition). Handles snowy roads suprisingly well for performance tires, too. Gas mileage another issue- I have 3K miles and am still averaging 22 mpg mixed, no straight higway measurement yet. Most of the other sport sedans I tested were turbo's (and more expensive) and need premium (also the Acura TSX which requires premium and is a very nice car, BTW). The .20/gal difference helps compensate for the mileage, and hopefully the long-term durability of the V-6 (with its timing chain vs. belt on most I-4 turbo's) will be another benefit. I am still hoping to get up to 24-25 mixed as it loosens further but questioning now whether that's realistic. Love the car otherwise and 0 problems so far, also tight as a drum, no squeaks/rattles/etc.