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#68 of 81 Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved?
Aug 08, 2010 (11:59 am)
2010 Mazda 6 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 400 miles
I just bought a 2010 Mazda6 Touring. The ride is very, very rough. Yes, I know it has a sport tuned suspension, but the car I purchased seems to ride very differently from those I test-drove. Every little thing in the road feels like I'm slamming into the ground. The seats also seem loose (just tapping the back of them with my hand shows a lot of play in the entire seat). The result is a very uncomfortable ride. The headrest hits the back of my head after each slight bump in the road, not just once, but it actually bounces off it a few times. Ten minutes in this car gives me a headache! I passed up the car I really love, the Mazda3 (fabulous car!), in order have a smoother ride for myself and my passengers. Now I don't have the fun of the M3 or the smoother ride of the larger sedan. What can I do to improve the ride? Any tips on how to get the dealer to address this issue?
#69 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [zoomz10]
Aug 08, 2010 (5:00 pm)
What size wheels does it have, did you test drive one with the same size?
#70 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [zoomz10]
Aug 09, 2010 (3:16 am)
When vehicles are shipped, they frequently overinflate the tires to prevent flatspotting. The pressure is supposed to be lowered to spec before delivery - but sometimes this doesn't happen.
So check your tire pressure. If you don't know how, not only would this be a good time to learn, but it ought to be part of your routine maintenance checks - like checking and changing the oil.
BTW, the proper tire pressure can be found on the vehicle tire placard - and starting in 2008, it should be on the driver's door!
#71 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [jeffyscott]
Aug 09, 2010 (4:36 am)
The tires on the car are P215/55 R17. I did not look at the tires on any of the test drives, but I did wander back to the dealer's lot on Sunday, to take a look at the car I had test driven. Couldn't find it or any Tourings on the lot. I test-drove the Touring specifically, as I had knew I should drive the same trim line that I planned on buying.
I have heard that getting a "taller" tire may help. But by how much? And what will I be giving up?
I think a lot of my problem also stems from the seats being 'loose'. Anyone else have that problem with the M6?
#72 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [capriracer]
Aug 09, 2010 (4:43 am)
I checked the tires - they had 36 psi, and are rated for 32. Is that enough to make a difference? I set them all to 32, so I'll see how that changes my ride home from work.
#73 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [zoomz10]
Aug 09, 2010 (7:51 am)
The i Touring comes with 17 inchers, so they should have been the same on your test drive.
Have you had the dealer check out the seat to see if they agree that it is loose?
#74 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [jeffyscott]
Aug 09, 2010 (9:15 am)
I wanted to see if anyone else had the same problems before I took it back to the dealer. I thought it would help if I could see what other people were experiencing, and what they, or their repair shop, did as a fix. I've compared the seats to my old Toyota, and to other vehicles of friends and family. Mine are definitely the wobbliest. I hope that's not just the way the Mazda6 was made...
#75 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [zoomz10]
Aug 12, 2010 (9:28 am)
I'm from Croatia (Europe), and I have exactly the same problem.
I bought new Mazda 6 on march 2010, and been very unhappy whith ride
quality. So I changed the tires from 17 inch to 16 inch, (cost me additional
1200 Euro), and now ride quality seems little bit better, but I'm not
satisfied enough. It is hard to believe, that type of car "family sedan" have
stiff suspension like Mazda 6.
Please, let me know about your's future actions and experience.
#76 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [zly]
Aug 26, 2010 (2:04 pm)
I think you should have a much better ride after lowering the tire pressure. I would keep the tire pressure on the front a little higher (say 34 psi front and 32 rear, see sticker on inside of the driver door), just because the car is heavier on the front, and using the same tire pressure all round would lift up the rear, making every pothole feel deeper.
The downside is that the lower tire pressures typically wear out tires faster and hurt fuel economy.
Exchanging the 17s for a set of 16s would probably yield even better results..
#77 of 81 Re: Brand new Mazda6 - rough ride - can it be improved? [zoomz10]
Sep 14, 2012 (3:36 pm)