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Old 06-30-2014, 07:57 AM   #1
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2015 Mazda6

I never think to look at Mazdas. Well, I just looked on line, and I like!

I can get a 6 speed manual with pleather for about $25K.

A friend has had a Mazda6 for a few years now, and reports no issues.

So, anyone here have one? Any experience with Mazda?
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:20 AM   #2
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Mmmm... the new Mazda3 is damn good looking!
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:20 AM   #3
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I've got a Mazda2. I don't love it.
It was a decent city car, but not great for my, now rural, lifestyle.

My brother-in-law has a previous generation Mazda6 and has had no significant issues to my knowledge. I too, looked at a new generation pearl white Mazda6 with a stick and thought it was the cat's ass....but I need a truck. And my experience with the 2 has slightly soured me on the brand...brake issues and a serious dislike for cold weather.

Having said that, I think the 6 is a quality car and is generally well sorted.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:24 AM   #4
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I drove a Mazda2 for 3 months in Israel. It was a basic, basic car.

Having said that, my whole company over there had Mazda rentals. I don't recall any issues with any of them.

I test drove a 6 about 7 years ago and thought the steering was awfully vague.

I guess I'll have to add the 6 to my list of cars to check out.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:29 AM   #5
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Against its competition, it got dissed in a magazine comparo last month.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:23 AM   #6
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has optional diesel engine
in canada diesel is a few cents cheaper per litre, so about 20 cents per gallon cheaper here
not sure how much more it is than the gas engine if it will make it worthwhile

my mazda3 is at 200km and still going strong with only some suspension components being replaced and the odd small issue as it was the first year of production, had a few parts fail sooner than they should have

it eats brakes though, especially calipers, not sure if mazda 6 use same style or not

6 looks nice, handles well, low on power though
and less creature comforts for the money
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:41 AM   #7
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Never owned one, but a friend had a Mazda van. Porous oil pan, coil packs kept failing resulting in poisoned cat, transmission failed about 5000 miles out of warranty, Mazda was no help.

Other than those issues he liked it pretty well.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:50 AM   #8
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I have a 2009 Mazda 3 that is now the primary driver for my teenage son and it has been a flawless ride for 60,000 miles. A completely enjoyable commuter and big enough to take a family of 4 comfortably on a 1200 mile vacation. Converted to a teen car with many mods from 45 series tires to a 1000 watt kick ass stereo and still dead reliable. Handles like on rails, but not too much power for a young driver, all the while delivering 36 mpg. After owning a wide variety of Japanese cars and trucks over the years, I would say that the Mazda is of equal quality while providing a bit more value.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:16 AM   #9
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has optional diesel engine
in canada diesel is a few cents cheaper per litre, so about 20 cents per gallon cheaper here
not sure how much more it is than the gas engine if it will make it worthwhile

my mazda3 is at 200km and still going strong with only some suspension components being replaced and the odd small issue as it was the first year of production, had a few parts fail sooner than they should have

it eats brakes though, especially calipers, not sure if mazda 6 use same style or not

6 looks nice, handles well, low on power though
and less creature comforts for the money
Diesel doesn't appear to be available in US.
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Against its competition, it got dissed in a magazine comparo last month.
Most reviews and comparo's I've seen it always gets good marks or finishes near the top. C & D, 06\13 issue, First place. R & T, 01\14 issue, 1st place. Motor Trend, 07\14 issue First place. Automobile, 03\13 issue, First or Second place (could not find the last page).

Do you recall the magazine?

OP. I've owned many, (five) Mazda midsize sedans. Always an enjoyable experience....
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:25 AM   #11
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Most reviews and comparo's I've seen it always gets good marks or finishes near the top. Do you recall the magazine?

OP. I've owned many, (five) Mazda midsize sedans. Always an enjoyable experience....
Thanks. I'll probably test drive tomorrow night. I miss the vinyl interior my 2012 TDI had. It would be nice to have it again.

Oh, and backseats. Backseats would be nice.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:48 AM   #12
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Most reviews and comparo's I've seen it always gets good marks or finishes near the top. C & D, 06\13 issue, First place. R & T, 01\14 issue, 1st place. Motor Trend, 07\14 issue First place. Automobile, 03\13 issue, First or Second place (could not find the last page).

Do you recall the magazine?
I'm not finding it now. I don't even remember what it was pitted against but what they said about the Mazda 6 stuck out because it went against last year's reviews. Something about the 6 was cheaper in some ways, interior I think, not much power and living off the Mazda reputation, style and hype.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:35 PM   #13
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looks like the diesel is delayed because they could meet the epa/cali emissions without DEF, but it was too slow for customers, so they are holding off while they look into a more powerful but DEF requiring setup, according to latest news on the googlez
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:44 PM   #14
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I'm not finding it now. I don't even remember what it was pitted against but what they said about the Mazda 6 stuck out because it went against last year's reviews. Something about the 6 was cheaper in some ways, interior I think, not much power and living off the Mazda reputation, style and hype.
Sounds like the biggest crock of shit heard in a while.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:01 PM   #15
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Based on a 2009 Mazda 3, they're great cars, within their price point.

After 5 years you start noticing things that are cheaper, the plastics under the hood are getting brittle, things break when you go to replace them, metal fasteners are getting rusted. Compared to similar aged VW's the Mazda's are......disposable. Which is probably why they are so much cheaper.

But, against that, fun to drive, all the basic conveniences seem to be standard, and ours has been absolutely reliable with nothing but regular fluid changes. We put on the European/Mexico market oil cooler and a roof rack and that was that, no problems for 100,000 kms so far. Manual trans, 2.3l 4 banger.
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