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1. What is your driving style? Are you defensive, aggressive, spirited? Or perhaps a mix of all three, depending on your mood?
I am mostly a spirited, sometimes aggressive driver. I love the involvement that driving a manual transmissioned car brings. All my primary cars have been manuals since I strated driving 40 years ago. I have toned down the aggressiveness with age. I am a safe driver, once past the inital inexperienced aggresive driving stage of a newly licensed male teenager driver stage, I only had a couple of fender benders, and only one was my fault. A lot of my driving is related to my work. If I am early on my timing to a an scheduled appointment, I take it easy. But still, I feel the urge to step on it. I wish I had more time to autocross, as I did in my earlier years. When I am driving the family in the SUV I take it easy.
2. Why did you buy your Mazda? Was it a more attractive option over it's competition, or were you drawn toward it purely from a driving enjoyment point of view?
There really wasn't any other option for me, the 6 was the car that I wanted for my need of having a MTX, good driving dynamics. I like Mazda's design approach. I had a 1991 Mazda RX-7 Turbo that I used to autocross, very fun car, although not very reliable, sold it at 200,000+ miles when I didn't have time for auto-crossing. At that time I also had a Ford Taurus SHO, great car, untilit dies at about 220,000 miles. Before that I had Mitsubishi Eclipse Turbo, Honda Civic Si. ALl fun cars. I drove them all hard, shifting at redline practically everyday. They all lasted at least 200,000 miles. Even with my hard driving, the clutches lasted at least 140,000. Always double clutching while downshifting.
3. What type of driving do you do? City? Highway? What sort of MPG are you achieving?
I drive a mix. Mostly a driving in the congested SoCal freeways and streets. Sometimes I go on long trips on the road. My lifetime mileage is 25.5 MPG. Best I got was about 30-32 PMG on the highway
4. How often do you rev the engine past 3500RPM?
Pretty much every time I shift from 1-2 gear! Because of the wide gear space between 1-2 gear. I usually shift between 3-4K rpm in the lower gears, unless traffic is really slow. A few times a week I redline the car. I have been trying to be more deliberate with the throttle with shiftitng. I have always have had a "lead foot". My prior car was a Hyundai Elantra that I drove for almost 300,000 miles, I drove the hell out of that car. Even such a lowly car was fun to drive once I added a stiffer rear sway bar, and negative camber to the front.