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Dec 16, 2004 (1:48 am)
I have a few questions for you:
1. I am thinking about installing an aftermarket remote starter on my car (2003 Mazda6 2.3 automatic). Any good, cheap, reliable brand that you recommmend? Currently, I already have a good aftermarket alarm installed in my car, and I have no wish to get rid of it. Is it possible to add another moodule on top of an existing alarm system? I don't mind having to have two remotes with me.
2. I am also thinking about trying to change the mazda6 oil myself. I was told by the service manager at Don Miller Mazda (in Madison, WI) that the process is a lot more complicated than any other Japanese car (e.g. Toyota Camry). Is it ture?
3. How many quarts of oil do you put in?
4. What is the grade of oil do you use? I am planning on either using a Mobil One Synthetic oil 0W20 or a Valvoline Durablend 5W30.
5.What is your interval between oil changes? Does using a synthetic or semi-synthetic oil warrant you not to change your oil as often as conventional oil? I have seen BMW and Benz being required to change their synthetic oil every 12,000 miles.
6. Does anyone know the extra advantage on buying a K&N air filter? I am unable to decide whether to buy a $60 dollars K&N air filter or a $15 Fram Air Filter.
7. Last of all, What is exactly a brake moan? My car's brakes are always making noises whenever I try to make an ordinary complete stop.
Please number your responses according to the questions. I would like to thank you guys in advance and wish everyone a merry christmas and a happy new year! Cheers!!!
#1412 of 2862 Does anyone install a Pioneer GPS AVEC-N1
Dec 16, 2004 (2:03 am)
Does anyone ever install a Pioneer GPS AVEC-N1 or similar kind of built in motorized navigation system with touch screen? A local shop is asking for $2200 to custom installed a Pioneer AVEC-N1 on my car. Basically, they are going to take out the curent face plate on my mazda6 and get rid of the existing radio system. Then, they will cover all the holes from the radio/CD button and repaint the whole face plate, while making sure that the opening on the center console is just big enough for the pioneer system. Does anybody else have a better suggestion/recommendation?
#1413 of 2862 space between rear passenger tire and wheel well
Dec 16, 2004 (10:17 am)
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.
#1414 of 2862 Re: space between rear passenger tire and wheel well [hus28]
Dec 16, 2004 (10:32 am)
I have an '04 wagon, and I noticed the same thing with my rear passenger side tire. I haven't asked for it to be checked out, as I haven't had a problem yet in the 12,000 miles I've put on the car. I'll try to remember to check the ones on the dealer lot the next time I'm there for service.
#1415 of 2862 Re: space between rear passenger tire and wheel well [pj23]
Dec 16, 2004 (10:38 am)
Thanks for the reply. I checked the other 04 and 05 models on the lot and they were pretty much the same.
Can you check the inside of the rear passenger tire and see if there is any wear on the tire.
I live in NH and am concerned with the snow that gets stuck in the wheel well after it snows. Usually the snow hardens and this can also wear the tire down.
#1416 of 2862 brake squeal
Dec 16, 2004 (2:45 pm)
Is brake squeal common at low temperatures (~20-35F)? I've been hearing it on my 6i for the past few days, even though dealer inspection says brake status is "Green".
I also hear the squealing while turning into a parking spot and applying the brake. This happens under hot and cold conditions.
#1417 of 2862 Re: Does anyone install a Pioneer GPS AVEC-N1 [karyakarta]
Dec 17, 2004 (5:26 am)
While that installation would make the avic-n1 work, it would disable the LCD screen in the 6 that displays the time and climate control information...this may or may not be a big deal to you, probably depends on if you have the automatic climate control, or the manual.
This happens because the main circuit board for the lcd is integrated as part of the head unit. The only really successful install that i've seen involved relocating the mazda head unit to the trunk, and running the proper wires from it to the LCD.
Installer probably does not know about this, so it may wind up being more expensive, or just done incorrectly.
There is a kit in the works that will make all of this easier, but it's release date keeps getting pushed back. It was supposed to come out this week, but was pushed back to early next year.
#1418 of 2862 Re: 2003 Mazda 6 [karyakarta]
Dec 17, 2004 (7:53 am)
1. Don't have much to say about remote starters, I'm not really interested in them.
2. I wouldn't say changing the oil is a lot more complicated, just different. The Mazda6 engines have a cartridge type oil filter, instead of a self contained spin-on type filter. Apparently Mazda has a special tool for removing the filter housing, but I see mention on other Mazda6 forums of using socket or strap filter wrenches successfully. It looks like there is also a cover on the underside of the engine compartment which needs to be removed to gain access to the filter and drain plug. No big deal, just an extra step. Some other makes have this as well.
3. You can find this in the back of your owner's manual, you need 4.5Q when you replace the oil and filter in a 2.3L engine.
4. Haven't changed my oil yet, but I'll probably stick with the Motorcraft 5W20 for now, and perhaps go to the Mobil1 synthetic in the future if I feel like spending the extra $$$. The Motorcraft (apparently what Mazda uses) seems to be highly regarded by users on other Mazda6 forums, and of course there are always a lot of Mobil1 fans about.
5. Both my cars get their oil changed at about 6K miles, which works out to twice a year, spring and fall. Depending on the conditions you operate your vehicle in, Mazda specifies either a 5K or 7.5K oil change interval. Personally, I'm not comfortable straying outside of that range no matter what type of oil I use, but others may feel differently.
6. Many who use K&N filters swear by them, but I have never invested in one. I'm not convinced the horsepower and acceleration they supposedly add would be all that noticeable, but they do have the advantage of being reusable for something like 10 years.
7. I haven't experienced brake moan on my car, but others seem to be having problems with it. I don't recall if anyone has posted the diagnosis or cure for their brake moan problem here.
#1419 of 2862 Re: brake squeal [rattler]
Dec 20, 2004 (1:46 pm)
Rattler, I am having the same exact problems on my 03 6i, 16K miles. I'm bringing it in to the dealer on Dec 28 for service, leaving it overnight so they can road test in morning when it's the worst. I think there is a TSB for the moan you get when turning into a parking spot. Will let you know what happens.