No, thats not what I said at all. I said if you cant work around a prop rod you are a terrible mechanic. Which is true. Hopefully your hood isnt open that often to begin with. If you have serious work to do and need serious access, remove the hood, takes 5 minutes tops. My point is you have a greater chance of a hood falling on you with struts than a prop rod, which if properly secured, will not fail. Ever.
You implied your car should have hood struts because it was a $31K car. Was it really? Did anyone actually pay that much for it, ever? Probably not. Just thought that was a poor example. And I dont believe the price of any vehicle to be the determining factor if hood struts should be expected. They add weight and fail eventually. The slight inconvenience is a small trade off and I give mazda credit for being smart about it. But people love to tinker and throw money at their cars, so adding hood struts via aftermarket is an easy way to fill that need. But is it really a smart choice? I think not. And quality hood struts don't cost $10. Garbage ones do. Guess you wouldn't know since you never replaced yours. GM finally uses a quality part, and its the hood struts. Good to know.
You are assuming that I am referring to my 14GT with the hood falling and I am not. Inwas referring to my 1993 Mazda Protege that I owned for 12 years and when I sold it has 299,980 miles on it, 160,000 of those miles were put on by me. So yes, I spent a bit of time working under, inside and on the car. The hood fell once early in ownership and I retrofitted hood struts on it and guess what, it never fell again. Same story on a 94 Mazda 626. Out of all the work I did on my protege, the only time the hood came off was to remove the motor. I'm always a one man squad, so removing and replacing the hood with decent alignment is a tad bit more hassle that 5 minutes for this terrible mechanic.
And I'm sure it's more 300,000+ mile LT/LS motors on the road than 200,000+ mile Mazdas combined.
Also, the orginal sales paperwork was in the glove box when I purchased my car, so yes, the actual financed price for my particular Mazda 6 was $31k and some change out the door. So yes, someone actually paid that much for a 2014 Mazda 6 GT will all the bells and whistles, instead of buying a sport or touring and trying to add all the crap after the fact.
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