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#8972 of 9328 News about Cougar Ace Mazdas
Sep 12, 2006 (7:26 pm)
I posted this on the Mazda Canada forum, but it applies here too, so...
NO MAZDA VEHICLES ON CAR-CARRYING VESSEL COUGAR ACE WILL BE SOLD AS NEW
Irvine, California - Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has announced that Mazda vehicles aboard the Cougar Ace ship, which ran into trouble on July 23, 2006 off the Alaskan coast and listed over 60 degrees, will not be sold as new vehicles.
"While we do not, at this time, know the full extent of the damage to vehicles on board, none of the Mazdas will be sold as new," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of MNAO. "It is possible that those vehicles which are undamaged or repairable will be made available for sale as used cars through Mazda's dealer network in the U.S. and Canada. We will only be in a position to decide on any used car sales once the vessel has been unloaded and each unit comprehensively inspected. Those beyond repair will be immediately scrapped."
The company says that in the interest of transparency and customer peace of mind, it will post the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) of vehicles destined for sale on its consumer Web sites, at www.mazdaUSA.com and www.Mazda.ca, to avoid any confusion as to which vehicles were on the ship. Slightly more than half the cars involved are Mazda3s, and about one-quarter are CX-7s. The vehicles were headed to the ports of Vancouver, and to Tacoma and Hueneme in the U.S.
The Cougar Ace sailed from Japan to North America with just over 4,700 Mazda vehicles aboard; an issue during a routine ballast-water change caused her to list. All 23 crew members were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
#8973 of 9328 Re: News about Cougar Ace Mazdas [sir_timbit]
Sep 13, 2006 (7:09 am)
Sounds reasonable to me....
#8974 of 9328 Instrument visibility
Sep 21, 2006 (4:53 am)
I realize there's a separate thread for the hatchback, but the 4-door is probably the car I'll wind up buying, so please bear with me.
I drove an 07 hatchback yesterday, in the early evening when I would normally turn on the headlights for safety. I had trouble seeing the speedometer and tachometer, even with the instrument lighting all the way up. Turn the headlights off, and it was fine.
Is this something that can't be adjusted? Also, I didn't try just turning on the parking lights -- do the instrument lights stay brighter when you do that?
Also -- it appears from the Edmunds True Market Value page that the Mazda3 is selling with very little discount right now. Maybe $50 to $100. Has that been the experience of any of you who have purchashed one recently?
I'm looking at a manual transmission 3, and I'll have to say, the one I drove was very slick -- easy clutch and shifter, good pull from the 2.3 engine. But I think the 4-door will suit me better than the hatch. I'm going to drive one soon, when they have one in stock. Dealers in my area right now are very low on 3 models.
Thanks for any insights any of you can give me.
#8975 of 9328 Re: Instrument visibility [austinman7]
Sep 22, 2006 (6:44 am)
I've got a 06 GT sedan, and there's a button on the dash at the top of the instrument panel that turns on the instrument lights to full even when the headlights are on. There's also a roller dimmer on the left side of the steering wheel.
The only problems with the lights I've noted are:
1. there doesnt seem to be any way to adjust the sensitivity of the auto headlights.
2. It would be nice if the auto headlights would be tied to the wipers, and go on when the wipers are on.
3. when using the instrument-light-on-switch (dont know the proper name, but its the thing i described above) it would be nice if it was also tied to the day/night setting on the nav system.
Pretty nitpicky, isnt it? That goes to show you what a great car it is when the problems (tweaks really,) are such minor details.
#8976 of 9328 Re: Instrument visibility [davesbrew]
Sep 22, 2006 (8:26 am)
Does your state mandate daylight running lights? Here in Canada, the lights on vehicles are always "on" at low level until you switch them to full power when the instrument cluster also lights up. I believe this small feature has saved countless lives.
#8977 of 9328 Re: Instrument visibility [autonomous]
Sep 22, 2006 (10:23 am)
no daytime running lights mandated here in KS (or OK, MO, or TX for that matter). Vehicles with them tend to get insurance discounts though. I agree that it's not a bad idea to have them be required, but I havent heard any strong arguments ot the contrary yet either.
On the same subject, I say Ford announced all their vehicles will come with stability control standard in a few years. The article mentioned that it was in anticipation of expected pending legislation requiring it in all vehicles sold in the US. In fact, stability control (and the mp3 jack) are the sole reasons I wish I had waited to get an 07 MAZDA3 rather than an 06. Hopefully, it'll still do ok when the snow hits.
#8978 of 9328 Cheaper by the million [davesbrew]
Sep 22, 2006 (11:50 am)
...stability control standard ...
Some things, like safety items, make sense to be mandated. Not only do they get cheaper as they're applied to every vehicle, but they also save lives and prevent serious injuries.
#8979 of 9328 Re: Instrument visibility [davesbrew]
Sep 22, 2006 (12:54 pm)
Thanks for the info. I did roll the dimmer roller all the way on, but the lighting was still very dim. I wasn't aware of the button you mention, and neither was the salesperson. I'll have to try it again.
You sound pretty satisfied. That's good to hear. If you don't mind my asking, what are the things you like best about the car?
#8980 of 9328 Re: Instrument visibility [austinman7]
Sep 22, 2006 (3:33 pm)
Well, the level of luxury in a loaded gt is the biggest perk for me, as you don't find the same equipment on many cars until you get in the 30k range (rain sensing wipers, auto xenon headlights, bose, leather, seat warmers, nav.) It makes it feel like you have more car for the money. The handling is great for a small car, and the level of power is about as good as you'll find in this level of car. It's a good (but not great) commuter, as gas mileage is good, but not great. I wish the back seat was a little larger, but that's again more an issue with the class of car rather than the 3 in particular.
I drove the gamut of good-reviewed-cars before deciding on the 3. (subie impreza, cooper s and base, jetta in 2 varieties, civic, and even a dealer demo loaded mazda6 that was priced barely more than my 3, and a couple others that i'm forgetting). the 3 was the most balanced, highest feature content, and best performing of the bunch. I checked out the TCO, and consumer reports reliability rankings, and it was strong in both of those too. My #2 choice was the Civic because if it's incredible mpg, but it simply lacks power in comparison to the 3. not nearly as fun to drive.
So to summarize, the zoom-zoom beat the civic in my book.
#8981 of 9328 Stability control on the 07's?
Sep 22, 2006 (4:58 pm)
I see Mazda has updated their webpage for the 2007 Mazda 3s, but I can't find any info on either one (U.S. and Canada) that says if stability control is offered, even as an option. I was sure I read about it here before, but they don't list it on their safety features. Anyone know for sure? Anyone? Beuller?