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It's been a good 6 years - but time to move on
Well it's finally time. I've played around with the idea of moving on for the last couple of years but couldn't pull the trigger. I've loved my 2006 speed6 and it has never really treated me wrong. I had intake, exhaust, test pipe, short throw, and cobb stage 2. It got up and moved very well and I loved the all wheel drive.
However, I've had it for 6 years, and had the itch for a while for something new and potentially a bit more grown up/up scale. I had looked at the 335, g37, ATS, wrx, etc... Really wanted around 300 horse, 6-spd manual, some luxury, and preferably all wheel or rear wheel drive. wrx was too low rent, but a hoot. g37 (in the sedan version) doesn't do a lot for me stylistically, is due for a refresh, and I see too many. 335 was too pricey, too unreliable, and you see to many of them. ATS is what I really thought I was going to be driving, but it was a bit too small and was pricey by the time I optioned it to how I would really like.
Up until a week or two ago I had not even had this car on my radar at all in my search for a new vehicle until I was reading the Cadillac ATS forum and a member was looking for insight in the ATS vs. Buick Regal GS decision. I started looking into the vehicle, went to test drive a new one locally, and was very impressed. Sharp vehicle, very comfortable, handled quite well for a front driver, etc... I went to check on the used market before making a deal on the new one and found a used 2012 with ~6,000 miles for a substantial discount off msrp and drove down to look at that one. That evening my mazda was traded in and I was driving home in a White Diamond Tricoat 2012 Buick Regal GS.
These vehicles are actually pretty similar in their rarity and in how little people know about them. It's got a 2.0L turbo charged engine putting out 270 hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque mounted to a 6-spd manual. It's fully loaded, nav, xm, bluetooth, heated seats, moon roof, etc... Electronically adjustable suspension settings as well and very well bolstered seats.
So on to the pictures. Attached is a picture of my Mazdaspeed6 before trading her in and the new GS the day after I brought her home. I'll have to post up a few more later, but it won't be much different than pics you can find from google. I LOVE the rims on this car and I think the paint is stunning as well. The stereo system crushes what is in the speed6 as it comes with a 9 speaker harmon kardon system.
I never thought I'd be driving a buick, but I am very impressed with this ride. Still getting acquainted with the new ride, but so far I really enjoy it. Feels more put together as a total package than the Mazda. Not as fast as the mazda and doesn't have the same driving dynamics afforded by the all wheel drive of the mazda, but I am very impressed with the way it drives for a front driver. While definitely not as quick from a dig, it feels plenty powerful from a roll.
I've yet to see the mileage, but it looks like through the city I am not getting the mileage I got out of the mazda, but on the highway I'm getting better mileage. Time will tell on that front.
I'll still probably creep this forum for a while, but have moved on for now. Hopefully the Buick treats me as well as the speed6 had. I'll always have a soft spot for her.