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2015 Mazda6, Rust, Noise & Packages

I posted a thread titled No Deal After Wind Noise & Crappy Nav
and really got some great feedback. I've looked at so many midsize cars, loving the new Accord and Passat...well, liking many of their features. I love the room in the Passat, and the general goodness of the Accord. But then so many of their traits sent me packing.

A huge negative with the Accord is that I hate CVT transmissions...and am scared to death what will happen repair-wise five years down the road. The Accord has a sweet V6 with a six-speed slushbox, but when I drove it, there was a pronounced vibration between 1600 and 1800 RPM.

As for the VW Passat, the higher models have the DSG (Dual-Clutch transmission). Given VW's terrible reputation for reliability, I just don't want to buy into a technologically-advanced transmission.

Then I drove the 2014 Mazda6. I love the car. But the wind noise on the highway sent me running for the hills. But I'm going to wait until the 2015 comes out and see if Mazda addressed the wind noise. If they did, I'm all-in! Also, Mazda will be offering the moonroof (with Bose) on the 2015...instead of making you pay an extra $5000 for the Grand Touring.

I also considered getting an iSport and putting in a high-quality aftermarket moonroof. But I wanted heated seats and other Touring goodies.

One last concern is Mazda's terrible reputation for corrosion and rust. Is there any recon on the dreaded Mazda rust problem and the new Mazda6? I live in NY, and we do have some pretty bad weather...and lots of salt on the road. Any advice on the rust issue...and if I should be concerned? Has this finally been addressed by Mazda?
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Another "glass is always empty" kind of post. Do you think you'll be happy with any car? I doubt this will be your last concern about getting the 6...even though it's nearly the perfect car (or at least the least worst in a world full of bad options)...except for some random issue that you'll manage to dream up every week that's always blown way out of proportion.

This is the first time I'm hearing of Mazda's "dreaded" rust problem, but after some research...sonofagun! It looks like the problem's even worse in the 2015 model. If the 2015 6 looks this bad before it's even been released, I can't imagine what it would look like after a few NY winters. My advice: Run for the hills (again)! This time, keep running and don't look back.


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Yes Mazda's gets rust and spiders Mazda Recall Caused By Spiders

There is no perfect car.
Just get a Lexus and call it a day.
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This is the first time I'm hearing of Mazda's "dreaded" rust problem, but after some research...sonofagun! It looks like the problem's even worse in the 2015 model. If the 2015 6 looks this bad before it's even been released, I can't imagine what it would look like after a few NY winters.

Very NICE patina effect on that Shinari.

Very "Sci-Fi-ish"...Add some burn-out marks, and it looks just like it came through re-entry, from space.

Hmmm..I'm so befuddled by these numerous noise and creaking issue threads folks are complaining about (and now rust?). Cold or not, I have none of these, seriously (I must be "blessed" now with my M6 thank goodness, unlike my old Passat...near 13yrs of daily noise, like a perpetual, nagging wife )...
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Yes Mazda's gets rust and spiders Mazda Recall Caused By Spiders

There is no perfect car.
Just get a Lexus and call it a day.
And Toyota ( Lexus) do have spider and rust problems too.

I do own a 06 Mazda MPV, and no rust at all, earlier models had some issues with rear AC corrosion, which Mazda fixed.

Any car, even one with a good reputation can have rust problems, my dad had a 76 Saab 99, which had major rust issues after just 2 yrs, caused by them using cheap Russian steel.

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Since there is no such thing as a perfect car, maybe you should just not buy one... Can't really expect everything to be awesome on a midsized economy car. lol. Maybe you should consider looking at the luxury brands since your taste profile is a bit higher?

I too found wind noise on the new 6 to be louder than usual, but that didn't prevent me from buying the car. Positives outweighed the negative. I got bored of my 2006 FX35 and traded her in for the new Mazda 6. This is a great commuter car.
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like everyone said, there is no perfect car. Yes the mazda is a bit noisy and head unit can use improvements, but this car is designed to cater to the car enthusiast, so the focus is on drivetrain, handling, styling, simplicity, which mazda did great.

honda/toyota: volume seller, reliability, no nonsense, just build a car that works and will fit most demographics. The camry has nothing special at all about it, but since not many care how it drives, as long as it works, people will buy it (driving appliance). honda is about the same, but has more focus in driving dynamics and handling

Ford's focus lately seems to be technology, technology, technology, and styling. The car looks good, handling is alright. If you love all this electronic gizmos, this is your car. my ford touch, tons of LED screens (even the dashboard is mostly LCD), and of course the emphasis on ecoboost turbos, but as far as reliability last time i heard its not great

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