Last post on Sep 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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Mazda MAZDA6, Hatchback
#767 of 770 Re: ageed on the audi A3 [ccd1]
May 02, 2008 (4:31 am)
Don't disagree with any of that.
With regard to: The question should not be: "I have a truck/CUV/crossover, so why do I need a HB." Rather, it should be I have a HB, so why would I want a CUV/crossover/SUV. I do not think most Americans are thinking that way (yet).
Also while that might work for us now because our 3 kids are grown, back when they were younger, we did want the minivan (at least we never got sucked into the over-priced SUV mania, though). We were fine with a hatch (Horizon) when there were only 2.
#768 of 770 Re: ageed on the audi A3 [jeffyscott]
May 02, 2008 (5:27 am)
Congrats on being realistic enough to realize that you (like most Americans) needed a minivan and got one instead of getting a SUV and using it like a minivan! I also agree that most of us are not at the point of preferring a HB to a CUV/SUV, but with gas rapidly approaching $4/gallon, I expect people to re-think this. SUV sales are already WAY down and I expect that trend to continue. The Mazda6 HB may end up being a case of a car that was just too far ahead of its time.
I'm still on the honeymoon period with the Mazda 6 HB, but I continue to be impressed with the car. I was going to replace my SUV with a sedan, but I'm beginning to think a sports car would be more like it. The Mazda6 seems fully capable of performing the necessary SUV and sedan duties. In fact, while I was at the dealership getting sat radio installed, I was looking at the RX-8!
#769 of 770 Anyone replaced the hatchback struts?
Sep 15, 2013 (4:00 pm)
I have a 2005 hatch, and the struts no longer hold up the liftgate. It appears replacing them should be pretty simple. Has anyone done that?
#770 of 770 Re: Anyone replaced the hatchback struts? [backy]
Sep 29, 2013 (4:46 pm)
OK, I answered my own question. Searched on the Internet for struts for my 2005 Mazda6i hatch. One thing I found out is, you have to be very careful to select the struts for the hatchback; some sites make it hard to tell if the struts are for the hatchback or wagon or sedan. I learned through my research that the "best" replacements are the Stabilus struts, which are apparently OEM quality and a perfect match. And I found that is in the case, indeed the old struts were Stabilus. I ordered part SG227008 (2 of them), and noticed there was no indication of Left or Right, although on the struts in my car they say L and R on them. There was a buyer comment on another site about the same part fitting both sides, and I hoped that was the case. Both struts including shipping was only $41.50, and they were delivered in 3 days.
Replacing them turned out to be a snap, requiring only a small screwdriver and a few minutes. There were detailed instructions with the struts. And the struts were in fact made for either side, you just twist them to fit one side or the other (as is, they fit the Left side). The instructions said to NOT prop open the hatch, but I was alone and found that a heavy, wide snow shovel was the perfect prop rod.
Now the hatch opens by itself after releasing the latch, just like new!