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#1244 of 2226 LOVE MY NEW 6!!
Sep 19, 2008 (6:24 am)
Before I got into my new Mazda6 I had been trolling around on these boards reading everyone's comments and opinions, and it helped me a lot! So I thought after having the car for about three weeks now I would give something back to the people and give you a little report.
First off, I LOVE the 2009 Mazda6. I have a iTouring w/Conv. pkg. and Moonroof/Bose pkg. in Comet Grey with black interior. A few of my favorite things about the car:
1 - The overall drive. The car is smooth, handles very nicely and has a much quieter cabin then previous models (I came out of a 2004 Mazda6 sport). The iModels do not have the punch of the sModels, but it is more than efficient. I went for better MPGs, but as the engine breaks in I am finding that it has more than enough juice to pass cars on the HWY and get off the line if need be. They tightened up the turning radius and it is appreciated. I live in a high-rise building and park in a garage beneath it with some tight corners, the turning radius makes a huge difference for me in this situation.
2 - All the little nuances. The bluetooth is excellent, some critics say they had a tough time getting the bluetooth to understand them, I have had NO such problems. I use it pretty much everyday to make phone calls and it works flawlessly. Depending on who I am calling, sometimes I have to turn the volume up a bunch to hear them well, but I think that is more their individual phones then the Mazda bluetooth integration, either way its a great feature! The sirius satelite radio is addictive, I will def be paying the monthly once the free 6 month trial expires. The sound system as a whole with the new Center Point surround sounds brings my CDs to a whole new level. I had the Bose in my previous mazda6 but the new one trumps it through and through, its sounds great. People get in my car and comment on the sound system unsolicited. The keyless entry is also convenient. There is a little rubber button on the handle that allows you to lock the door when exiting, so you never have to take the key out of your pocket. Its a nice feeling to walk up to your car, hear a little beep and the doors unlock, it gives you a feeling of "me and my car" - if that makes any sense?
3 - The overall interior look. With the convenience pkg. you get the cloth w/leather trim, and I think it looks sweet. Its very different from anything else I have seen, and in my eyes is the best of both worlds. You get the comfort and warmth of the cloth, with the easy maintenance and sleek look of the leather, goodtimes!
4 - The color. I have read on here that some do not like the Comet Gray, but I LOVE IT! It was originally my third choice, but after driving up to the dealership for the 25th time and viewing all my color options, it became my ONLY choice. It is a nice mid-tone grey from a distance, but as you approach it take on a carbon blue color..not purple at all where I live. Under fluroscent lighting, as in my garage, it has some silver tones and looks a bit more metallic, it really is fun and I am very happy with the choice.
5 - Blind Spot Monitoring, this is very nice, especially driving around the NYC area with all the traffic, it helps a lot when needing to switch lanes quickly, gives you a sense of security. My fiance is obsessed with this feature and is insanely jealous her LE Highlander does not have it..OH YEA!!
6 - Steering wheel rap, I just am totally hooked on the way it feels, its a mental thing that makes the ride more enjoyable.
1 - They got rid of the mute button on the steering wheel...I loved this on my old mazda, wish it would have stayed, especially with how loud I thump my music.
2 - Welcome lighting, I am not sure if mine is even working, if it is I cannot tell the difference. I am going back to the dealer to have them take a look at sometime next week.
3 - Storage. Although I do like the sliding armrest, at 6'3 it helps me a lot, I miss the duel console in the center for storing the little things, leaving the main compartment open for CDs and whatnot...oh well!
4 - Michelin Tires...I HATE michelin..thats right, I am using the word HATE about Michelin. I went through 4 tires, individually with bubbles and sidewall tears in my old mazda, I wish they would get away from these, but alas, they are still there. thank god for tirerack.com.
All in all, I am really enjoying this car. So far I am getting 23-24 mpgs with about 50/50 hwy to stop and go, but I am only on my second tank of gas and expect this to go up a bit as the engine settles in. In my mind you cannot beat this car for the money, with all the features, the drive, the smooth transmission that def compares to Nissan's CVT tranny, its a lock.
I checked out the Accord, Malibu, Legacy, TSX and Fusion. I had it down to the Mazda6 and the Fusion, since you get A LOT more for your money, but the Mazda just drove better. The legacy is a great car, but you would need a fully loaded one to get the options I have in my new 6, and the price gets up there even with their great lease programs. The Malibu lease programs SUCK, pretty sure they did away with them anyways. The TSX is great, but too expensive in relation to the Mazda, and to be honest, the Mazda has a smoother ride and better MPGs in the iModels. I am S-Plan, so with S-Plan, $1,000 loyalty rebate and $500 MAC new Lease incentive, I got the car for about $1,400 below invoice...it was an easy decision, and one I am extremely happy with.
Take it for what it is..cheers.
Sep 19, 2008 (7:00 am)
i know i can get x plan pricing, but what is S plan?
i know A plan is for emloyee/family
#1246 of 2226 Re: what is S plan? [minarets2]
Sep 19, 2008 (7:31 am)
X-plan and S-plan are the same thing: discounted fixed pricing.
X-plan is Ford employees/affiliates. S-plan is Mazda affiliates/dealer employees.
#1247 of 2226 Re: what is S plan? [maltb]
Sep 19, 2008 (8:45 am)
so i could get a loaded GTs w/o nav, say $30,500 MSRP for around what? anyone know?
#1248 of 2226 Re: what is S plan? [minarets2]
Sep 19, 2008 (10:13 am)
S-plan is dealer invoice, which equals edmunds invoice pricing + a regional "assessment" charge, which here in Ohio is $196 (others have posted between $200-$250).
So basically go to edmunds invoice pricing for that vehicle, add about $200 and that's the s-plan price. There is also a $400 s-plan rebate that the dealer should give you.
Hope this helps.
#1249 of 2226 Re: what is S plan? [maximusrtc]
Sep 19, 2008 (10:39 am)
To my knowledge, not all regions have the $400 S-Plan rebate.
Sep 19, 2008 (8:01 pm)
so how are the cloth/leather seats? that sounds nice actually. the lack of back and butt sweat (yummy) still with the look of leather.
i really do like this car. id like to see one at night, or inside at least. this may be my next company car...this or a pontiac G8 GT
Sep 20, 2008 (6:20 am)
Yes, three Mazda dealers within 15 miles. Yes one is Mazda/VW, one is Mazda/Hyundai, and one stand alone Mazda.
I also have 3 VW dealers within about 15 miles.
In comparision, Honda and Toyota seem to be really under-dealered considering the number of vehicles they sell.
#1252 of 2226 Re: [jeffyscott]
Sep 20, 2008 (7:19 am)
The nearest competition to me is a 35min drive!
I guess with 3 dealers that close, it's easy to get a low low price. I suppose that may be why the prices I see Mazda's being sold for over there are drastically lower then what they sell for over here.
#1253 of 2226 Negotiate with X-Plan
Sep 20, 2008 (7:46 am)
I've always understood that dealers would still negotiate an X-Plan/S-Plan price since X-plan/S-Plan is basically like another incentive from the manufacturer that the dealer is compensated for...so they're still making their profit and there is still "money on the table" to negotiate. I find plenty of people online say that X-plan/S-plan prices are non-negotiable. What have you found to be true?
I realize there may not be much room for negotiating anyway on a brand new vehicle, but wondering if I should try.