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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!
I put a couple photos below plus one of my P5 from the week I bought it just for fun.