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#1565 of 2861 Check Engine Light / Smell / Wind Noise
Mar 21, 2005 (6:37 am)
My 2004 Mazda6 Sportwagon with auto trans. has 9,000 miles. This morning it wouldn't start initially, once it did start after a few miles the CHECK ENGINE light came on. After several restarts it did go out. I smell sulfar every evening after I shut the car off in my garage after my 44 mile commute. I also hear a noise like a body part is loose. Apparently I have a normal Mazda. What is next?
#1566 of 2861 Re: Poor gas mileage [suydam]
Mar 21, 2005 (6:38 am)
I bought my 6s wagon last December, first couple of weeks I got 24 mpg. My driving is 75% hwy, have put on 3750 miles so far and I live in MN. When the high temp was below 30, I got only 21-22 mpg. Now the temp is in the mid 30's, I am again getting 24 mpg. I have always got 1-2 mpg more than the estimated high from my previous cars, hope to get the same from this one with few more miles and with warmer temperature. Had few initial problems with the car but now enjoy driving this car.
#1567 of 2861 Gas mileage variables
Mar 21, 2005 (9:15 am)
I agree with mz6greyghost, there are many variables affecting gas mileage. He listed several of what are often touted as the most critical (heaviness of your right foot on the accelerator, speed that you drive, tire inflation pressure and how often you run the a/c compressor). Last week NPR had a report on how the EPA estimates vehicle mileage - basically it's a 30-year old test based on 30-year old technology. Several members of Congress are pressuring EPA to use more modern testing techniques to obtain more realistic mileage estimates (we'll see if that goes anywhere).
I've had my 5-door Mazda6 S (V6, 5-speed manual) for 3 months (4,000 miles) and it's been averaging about 27 mpg (60 percent highway, generally 65mph or less, 40 percent city). Early on the mileage was only about 25 mpg (before the engine was 'broken in'), but on one recent tankful (nearly all highway) I hit 30 mpg.
I keep track of each fill-up and mileage for each tankful in a small notebook, along with oil changes, tire rotation, etc. I realize I'm the exception rather than the rule on that, and most people won't go to that extreme. I tend to drive with a pretty light foot on the gas, I don't rev the engine to really high rpms unless necessary (merging onto the interstate, etc), haven't used the a/c much yet (live in Colorado), keep the tires inflated, and I tend to drive within 5-10 miles of the speed limit. No really big secrets.
But it is fun, once in awhile, to let loose and really use the car's handling and acceleration abilities to their fullest! I just don't do it every day.
#1568 of 2861 Re: Gas mileage variables [lefthandman]
Mar 21, 2005 (5:24 pm)
Well I agree with what everyone is saying, the problem is that I am the same way: I don't floor the gas pedal, I have rarely used the AC over the past 3 weeks that I've had the car, the tires are fully inflated, and I haven't even taken the car over 75 on the freeway yet. I know that there are many variables and that it's hard to estimate what any car "should" get, but 13.3 mpg is just ridiculously low (my friend's quad cab Dodge Ram gets 13 MPG), considering I drive it under normal conditions. The weather here (southern cali) is even perfect driving weather. It's been in the 60s lately. It's at 900 miles now. I'll give it another 1000, then I'm going back to Mazda and not leaving until they give me an answer. I had a 2000 Maxima GLE before this, and even with the heaviest AC usage and with all city rush-hour driving, I got more mileage on the Maxima than the highway mileage on my 6. Thank you so much for your input so far though, it's been really insightful!!
#1569 of 2861 Re: Gas mileage variables [kaliforniakid]
Mar 22, 2005 (5:15 am)
2000 miles may not be long enough, a lot of other posts (on this forum and others) have noticed an improvement at 4000-5000 miles. It might take that long for you to get better mileage.
Then again, the variables are endless...
#1571 of 2861 OBD codes during state inspection
Mar 23, 2005 (8:23 am)
I took my 2004 6s-AT to get a state inspection today and the 3rd party inspection place couldn't do it. When they hooked up their computer to the OBD at first it wouldn't connect, then when it did connect it fired the "check engine light" in the car and gave the following codes below (which their software didn't understand). They said I needed to take it to the dealer. Is this a common OBD software problem with the Mazda6 or somehow related to my sulfur smell/exhaust issue? The inspection place said they had seen it before and thought it was just software related.
Google did not reveal much on these codes, anyone have better info? Thanks!
#1572 of 2861 Powerloss and dash noise
Mar 23, 2005 (11:13 am)
On two occasions now my 6-i 2004 AT has completely stalled when pulling into my garage. On both occasions I noticed some hesitancy on acceleration prior to me pulling in. The car though is able to restart as soon as I put the automatic trans into park. I'm not sure it has to do with this, but previously on two occasions when I was driving on the freeway the car started "hiccuping" (please excuse the expression but I don't know how else to describe it). The dash panel would flicker a few times, and during this hiccuping, acceleration was virtually impossible. I took it in and nothing wrong could be found. Now this new stall problem is happening. Also I have something rattling under my dash toward the far end of the front windshield on the passenger side, the only time the rattling occurs is when the dash has been in the sun and is hot. Any ideas or suggestions before I take it in?
#1573 of 2861 Re: epster - Transmission Shift [cards_200]
Mar 23, 2005 (11:20 am)
My 2004 6-i AT does the same thing when cold. Very hard shifts from 1st to 2nd. Didn't know it was a common problem, I'll just have to add that to the growing list of problems to tell the service department.