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#1873 of 2226 Delivery schedule
Dec 17, 2008 (3:44 pm)
Hi, this message is for aviboy97. Would you be able to provide any insight into when the next delivery of Mazda6's might take place? There's 69 vehicles accross 3 dealers in my area but I'm interested in a 6s Touring of which there are only 9. I'm also considering the 2010 Mazda3 which I understand may be arriving in Feb? Also, any insight into whether Mazda will continue the S-Plan pricing should Ford drop out of the picture? Thx.
Dec 17, 2008 (10:20 pm)
My 2009 Mazda6 s GT saw the first snow and the car wouldn't climb up my driveway (I have a short but steep driveway). I thought I could get away at least this winter with the new tires and all but clearly I need snow tires - what we got today is just 2 inches of snow!
Thinking of either going with the original size tires (18") or smaller tires+wheel package (16"). If I go with the smaller wheel+tire package do I need to buy TPMS sensors or can I just use the original ones that I have?
#1875 of 2226 Re: Snow tires [sedmund]
Dec 18, 2008 (5:40 am)
Go with the small wheel+tire package and save some $$$. As for TPMS, if you don't mind the light on the dash, you can get away WITHOUT the sensors and save some $$$ there as well. If you check tire pressure once per week, like I do, you'll do fine without the sensors.
If you go with TPMS, I'm not sure if they're interchangeable between certain types of wheels, and it may cost extra to swap them twice per year. Even if you get a different set for your winter wheels, prepare to pay extra to calibrate the sensors to the car twice per year as well.
#1876 of 2226 Re: Snow tires [sedmund]
Dec 18, 2008 (8:53 am)
clearly I need snow tires
...or a snow shovel and some salt
#1877 of 2226 Re: Snow tires [jeffyscott]
Dec 18, 2008 (3:16 pm)
since you have the mazda s check the tires and see if you have all seasons on it. you might just have summer tires. they will go nowhere . the all seasons should be fine with it being front wheel drive.
#1878 of 2226 Re: Snow tires [rik4]
Dec 18, 2008 (4:22 pm)
I disagree. All seasons are junk. Nothing like a set of grippy, confidence inspiring Blizzak WS-60's.
#1879 of 2226 Re: Snow tires [qddave]
Dec 18, 2008 (5:39 pm)
"I disagree. All seasons are junk"
I disagree with you....they are not junk. I don't disagree that snow or winter tires will give you better traction in snow, etc but I've found all season tires to be adequate in the Midwest area and that includes rear wheel drive only pickups. The hassle, expense and handling on dry roads(90% of the time in winter in the midwest) of snow tires are just not worth it in my opinion. If someone lives way out in the country and is constantly driving on unplowed or seldom plowed roads I can understand the need. Otherwise they are more trouble than they are worth.
And yes I've lived in the Midwest my entire life including 20 years in Michigan and have never been in a ditch or became stuck in snow. I do tend to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary when the weather is really bad though.
#1880 of 2226 Re: Delivery schedule [1stmzda]
Dec 18, 2008 (6:28 pm)
Would you be able to provide any insight into when the next delivery of Mazda6's might take place?
Job 1 is just finishing up production for the 09 Mazda6. Inventory is pretty heavy with the 09 Mazda6 because total 09 inventory was mainly ordered during Job1. Job 2 does not begin until after the new year. I had the opportunity to tour the AAI plant in Flat Rock, MI, where they build the Mazda6, earlier this month and the factory will be dark for most of the holiday season from what they told me.
I'm also considering the 2010 Mazda3 which I understand may be arriving in Feb?
With the struggling world economy, I believe Mazda is going to hold off on 2010 Mazda3 production until 2009 inventory slims out a bit more. I expect the 2010's to be here in late March / early April.
Also, any insight into whether Mazda will continue the S-Plan pricing should Ford drop out of the picture?
That is a great question! One I have asked myself, and for now, there is no plans to discontinue that partnership. Now, Ford still owns a bit of stake, only 14% I believe. Technology sharing will continue, however, many of MNAO exec's who were placed in the company by Ford will be phased out, and Mazda will replace them with people of their choosing. This translates into faster response time to issues, design and R & D will happen a a bit more swift, and Japan will have more influence of daily opperations. Ford also loses their seat on the board as a member of Mazda Motor Co.
#1881 of 2226 Re: Snow tires [sedmund]
Dec 19, 2008 (8:16 am)
Do you have traction control off or something? I have a very steep, very long driveway that would occasionally give my forrester problems, and it's been snowing pretty much every day this week, and I've had no issues. Granted, I think the all seasons they put on these cars are kind of crap in the snow (give me some triple tread all seasons any day) but I've been surprised at just how well the car has been doing in the snow and ice.
#1882 of 2226 Re: Delivery schedule [aviboy97]
Dec 19, 2008 (9:24 am)
Hey, thanks avi. I check out this site to research models and I appreciate your contributions. Last answer sounds great if it happens, sounds like it will allow Mazda to have more control over their products (for the better).