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#1908 of 2226 Design Flaw???
Jan 09, 2009 (9:05 am)
I purchased a 2009 Mazda6 i-touring three days ago. This morning I noticed a dark spot on the upper front bumper. Thought it was probably a leaf or piece of debris. Much to my amazement, the paint is chipped!!! Called the dealership immediately and brought it over. The body shop guy looked at it and said it was a rock peck and there was nothing they could do about it because it's not a "design flaw". I have friends and co-workers who drive Hondas, Nissan, GM products, etc. None of their cars have paint flaking off because of a rock peck. Called Mazda and was told basically the same thing. "Get with your insurance company". What's going to happen the next time a rock pecks it?? Pretty soon the entire bumper will be black. I'm so angry right now. You cannot make me believe that paint flaking on a three-day-old car is not a factory defect or design flaw. Does anyone have any words of wisdom for me???
#1909 of 2226 Re: Design Flaw??? [pamn]
Jan 09, 2009 (1:52 pm)
Nothing much you can do (your opinion doesn't matter to them).
Flaking does sound odd..a chip can happen at any time...but flaking
If a 3rd party paint shop agrees with you this may sway Mazda...good clear coat...clear nose mask (aka car bra).
#1910 of 2226 Re: Design Flaw??? [pamn]
Jan 09, 2009 (7:18 pm)
Without seeing it myself, I cannot be of any help or give advise. Sorry
#1911 of 2226 Re: Design Flaw??? [pamn]
Jan 10, 2009 (3:04 pm)
Aw, jeez. That sounds like a problem that would frustrate me, too. Unfortunately, I can't see it for myself so I can't diagnose a problem. Does sound suspicious, though...
Jan 10, 2009 (3:06 pm)
Sorry to crash your thread, but what's the top speed on the 09 6? It looks like it would go pretty fast with the new styling, but I've only been in one once, so I'm pretty clueless .
#1913 of 2226 Re: Speedy 6 [mustangman911]
Jan 11, 2009 (12:58 am)
It looks like it would go pretty fast with the new styling,
Not sure what you mean.
Do you mean the styling has a low drag coefficient...therefore it will have a high top speed?
I'm not certain that drag coefficient has a large role in these vehicles top speed...most are electronically limited.
#1914 of 2226 Re: Design Flaw??? [pamn]
Jan 12, 2009 (9:14 am)
I feel for you, I got a rock chip in my windshield not a week after I got my car.
still, depending on how the rock hit the bumper, I'm not sure what mazda could do about it. Sucks that it happened so soon after you bought the car, but that doesn't mean there is a flaw in the car itself.
#1915 of 2226 Re: Design Flaw??? [pamn]
Jan 12, 2009 (8:20 pm)
I am sorry to hear about your new car's paint issue. I also own a new Mazda6 and noticed just a couple weeks after driving that a small paint chip was on the hood. I am told it is more likely to happen during cold weather. It is not down all the way to the metal thankfully.
How big is your chip? Or is it more of a flake (larger than a chip)?
#1916 of 2226 Slid sideways into curb this morning 2K+ damage my 6
Jan 15, 2009 (6:43 pm)
So pissed off! Snowed here in Central Jersey this morning. Had choice of picking up my co-worker or getting picked up. My wrong choice is costing 2K+ worth of Rim and suspension damage to my new 6. I turned onto his street which was not plowed yet and could not make the sharp left. Ended up side swiping the curb with both right rims. At first I thought I just needed a alignment and could find rims on ebay to replace the scratched ones. I went straight to the dealer driving at 20mph and my steering wheel turned all way to left. Dealer calls me back $2300 worth of damage. Tie Rod, strut, Rim, etc. I am so pissed. I have to file an insurance claim for that kind of $ .
#1917 of 2226 Re: Slid sideways into curb this morning 2K+ damage my 6 [drosa]
Jan 16, 2009 (7:07 am)
Aw that's terrible. Just another reason to fully support global warming.