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No Deal After Wind Noise & Crappy Nav
Hello everyone...Great forum. I have been looking in the midsize arena and have found my search very frustrating. I looked at the VW Passat (great back seat, terrible front seats, scary dual-clutch transmission, underpowered engines).
Then I drove the 2014 Accord 4-cylinder and V6. The 4 was a CVT so I waived goodbye. I love the V6 but it vibrated terribly between 1600 and 1800 rpm. Did it on the three I tested. Bye, bye.
The Ford Fusion was just total junk.
Then I went to my local Mazda dealership to drive the new Mazda6. I have a soft spot for Mazdas, and still own a 1985 RX7 GSL, Gray with red interior and it still runs well.
First I told the salesman that I want the Touring with a sunroof. He said it's not available, and that I have to jump up to the Grand Touring to get the roof. I don't need the Rear lip spoiler, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, Auto on/off headlights, Auto-dimming driver's side mirror, silly Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Advanced Keyless Entry with push-button start, their slow Navigation system with real-time traffic updates, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound Audio System with 11 speakers, they beyond awful SiriusXM Satellite Radio. That stuff is pretty much useless to me.
I would love Nav, but not the box of crap they designed for the Mazda6. There was no need for me to pay an extra $4,000 for stuff I don't want.
So I went for a test drive. What a joy to drive this car! What a beautiful machine...until I got it on the highway. The wind noise was terrible. The salesman told me that the car needs to be broken in and the wind noise would go away. Yeah right! I asked if I could drive another one and he complied.
The second Mazda6 had the same terrible wind noise. I do a lot of long highway trips for business and really require a quiet cabin. It doesn't have to be tomb-quiet, but at least moderate. This Mazda6 sounds like the window is open.
What a shame. When I first sat in the car, I fully expected to take my checkbook out and start writing. Loved everything about the car until I hit the highway. I was even going to bite the bullet and bump to the Grand Touring. But the wind noise killed the deal.
The salesman told me that this was the first complaint that he ever heard of the wind noise issue. I just glared at him. Then I found this forum and saw how many complaints there are.
It's amazing how many reviews there are on YouTube. What they basically are is a video brochure. Forums are the only place to get real feedback about cars.
So I'm still on my search for my midsize. What a shame that Mazda dropped the ball on the Mazda6. Thanks to all for bringing this issue to light. Great forum!