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Noob's 2nd mazda, but first 6 and a wagon to boot!

Hello to the forum. I was bit by the mazda bug a long time ago when I saw the P5 for the first time. I finally bought one in 2010. It was silver with tinted windows and a 5 speed manual transmission. I loved how it drove and how it was just felt a bit like a gocart with room for passengers. I absolutely loved the styling and how it looked from every angle. The wagon styling made it great for carrying stuff when you needed to.

I was still very much in love with it until I got a family. There's three of us now and when we go for a weekend or on a trip, the P5 just could not carry all of our stuff (my gal friend and her 14yr old daughter don't understand packing light!). I didn't want to give up the wagon, nor the five speed and started to look for suitable alternatives.

I really considered a used Audi Allroad with a manual, and still absolutely love them, but a good friend of mine is an audi mechanic and he talked to me about all the regular... just regular maintenance required to keep one. I went and drove one and I really did like it, but I just couldn't get over the maintenance issue and the cost to pick up one that had unknown maintenance history. Thus I kept searching.

I then found that Mazda made the 6 in a wagon and that they even made them with a manual transmission. I had always liked the styling of the 6 wagon and started to hunt one down. I wanted a low mileage car which there weren't a lot available. One day after about 6 months of looking on and off, I decided after looking only at autotrader, to look on my local craigslist. There, I found a smoke silver 2004 6s Wagon with a 5 speed that had only 88K miles. It was loaded to the gills with heated seats and the whole lot so I scheduled a day to go look at it.

I drove it and thought, this is the one! The lot wanted way too much for it so I started the dreaded negotiation process and managed to get it down to the suggested retail price that I found in searching edmonds, and KBB. I'm very happy with the car and love seeing it in my driveway. I still have my P5 that I will be selling, but I'm happy to have stayed in the Mazda family and kept a sporty wagon which makes the school run so much more fun!

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Welcome to the forum, Alex!

Congrats on your purchase. Looks nice and clean. Won't be long before the mod bug bites

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Yes... the car is SUPER clean and from what I can tell, it has been well cared for. I been reading a lot about mods, and was already looking at a CAI that was for sale on Ebay, but decided I needed to clear up the ignition first with a valve cover gasket and plug seals followed by a new set of plugs and cop coils before I could justify any mods.

That said, my dogbone motor mount had failed in a big way and was called out in my pre purchase inspection. I decided to go with the CPE dogbone mount. I can feel the difference in cabin vibration from the stock unit, but the motor is DEFINITELY stuck better to the car. I'm already able to ignore the slight increase in vibration. Plus it gives me engine rev info with out having to look at the tach. Which is quite handy as the car is pretty quiet in the cabin.

I'm really enjoying the car and am looking forward to getting into it.

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Welcome aboard and congrats on the find!

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