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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-10-2019, 12:46 PM
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For the last 10 years my daily driver has been a Nissan Frontier pickup. It's been (and still is) a reliable vehicle. We pull a pop-up camper, I loaded it with gear and kids when our sons were in Boy Scouts, is handy when it snows, and it hauls my photography gear wherever I go.



I've always been a fan of Mazda from afar, but I've never owned one before. I wanted a mid-size sedan under $35k that was fun to drive, had solid performance, modern tech, and looked sharp. I also have a kind of strange requirement that one of my photography gear bags fits in the trunk. You should have seen some of the sales reps when I said the first thing I want to look at is the trunk and I stuck my gear bag in!



I drove Accord, Camry, Altima, Optima, a few CPO BMW 3-series, and the 6. The 2019 Altima was nice but CVT is a non-starter for me. Optima was also nice but by the time it was optioned where I wanted it, was too much money.



I struggled with the Camry, I just can't get over the hump with the new styling. To me it's like they're slapping a bunch of aftermarket pieces to make it look more aggressive. The black trim pieces outside of the taillights make me think a piece of trim is loose. I wasn't crazy with the interior.


The CPO BMWs were very nice cars, though to stay in my price range it was tough to find something in my price range that was recent enough without a ton of miles on it. Maintenance costs down the road were also a concern, and some of the tech I expected wasn't always present.


I drove the new Accord, which was solid but didn't blow me away. Honda makes nice vehicles but everywhere you turn there's another Accord. I drove the turbo with the 10 speed. Nice car, but it seemed like it was always shifting. The interior is nice, the exterior is ok. Funny, the more I looked at the Accord the less I like the exterior styling.


Which brings me to the 6, which I actually drove before the Accord. The first one I sat in was a Grand Touring Reserve. I was blown away by the quality, detail, and workmanship of the interior. I've always been a fan of the latest generation 6 and the tweaks for 2018 are incredible. On the test drive, performance was crisp, handling excellent, the heads-up blew me away. I felt like I was in a luxury vehicle. It had everything I wanted - performance, looks, current tech (nav, great stereo, CarPlay/AA), comfortable interior, and at a price I could afford. I also drove a Signature, again a very nice car.


Last Friday I decided to save a few thousand and came home a new Grand Touring Reserve in Soul Red Metallic. After driving a few hundred miles the first week I am thrilled with my choice. The car is beautiful inside and out. We pulled in the driveway yesterday and our neighbor's jaw literally dropped. I'm already looking forward to summertime cruises through the back roads of the Adirondacks.



This is my first Mazda. I know it's only been a week and I'm still in honeymoon mode, but I dig this car. I'm looking forward to driving this vehicle more than any new car I've owned and having a ride that everyone else is also driving. I'm also looking forward to participating in the forums. In the few days I've been a member it's obvious many Mazda owners are passionate about their cars, and about driving.
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So far loving it, but I do not know how it will hold up after 35K miles or after 3-4 years though.
I have found my 6 to be very reliable and low on the maintenance costs. After 5 1/2 years and over 213k km (132K miles) there have only been 3 none maintenance repairs my 6 has had is a valve cover gasket (under warranty) both rear calipers (warranty) and the Adaptive Cruise Module twice. Once under warranty (new model issues) and the second time at around 165K km cause unknown. My driving is primarily freeways and highways so the cruise is used around 90% of those KMs. Still happy with my purchase and still enjoying the comfort of the seats, the feel in the corners and the fun factor of the car. The great mileage is an added bonus although it was carefully considered in the total cost of ownership. Fully expecting to be over 330K km (200K miles) before handing it down to my daughter.


PS. Brakes (front/rear replaced once), Struts & shocks (replaced once), tires (both summers and winters replaced once) Spark plugs (replaced twice) are all maintenance items

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FWIW, as a general update our 2018 signature just turned 10K miles. Will be 1 year old in next month (April)

Other than having the CP/AA installed at the dealer it has never been to the dealer for anything as I change the oil myself. Oil was changed at 3K miles and just now at 10K. Using a full synthetic I am completely confident a 7K interval for oil changes is perfect.

The car is rock solid. Has never missed a beat. Averaging close to 28mpg. Everything is operating as advertised.

At this point I don't think we could be more satisfied in every way possible than we are.

Very easy for us to explain, "Why the 6"?

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The interior was the major selling feature for me. Also, here in Canada, we get an unlimited mile warranty, so it's the years that are the basis for coverage. That was also the major deciding factor. No one else does that, so it's great for people like myself who put so many miles on their cars.



I am just about to crest 55000 kms (33,000 or so miles). Car still works well but I am running into some issues which I am sure others are tired of hearing about. My car has been to dealer over 13 times to try and diagnosis a few things. I've had my sway bar replaced, clock spring in the steering column replaced (the new one is starting to do the same high pitched squeak noise the original was doing) and no one can identify a noise in the front strut (but everyone hears it, which is important to note). Strut has also been replaced.



Overall, I'm not 100% happy with my purchase as my previous '16 Mazda 3 GT didn't have any issues for the 2 years I owned it so I was a bit disappointed when this new car started giving me trouble the minute it left the lot. I am hoping it's just because I bought the car so early in production.



I agree with the same characteristics as idrive listed. The car does seem like very good value, has oodles of power, is very nice looking, dependable and is the most comfortable highway car I've ever owned. I can't wait for the nice weather to return so I can get her washed up and ready for summer.


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I am just about to crest 55000 kms (33,000 or so miles). Car still works well but I am running into some issues which I am sure others are tired of hearing about. My car has been to dealer over 13 times to try and diagnosis a few things. I've had my sway bar replaced, clock spring in the steering column replaced (the new one is starting to do the same high pitched squeak noise the original was doing) and no one can identify a noise in the front strut (but everyone hears it, which is important to note). Strut has also been replaced.

Overall, I'm not 100% happy with my purchase as my previous '16 Mazda 3 GT didn't have any issues for the 2 years I owned it so I was a bit disappointed when this new car started giving me trouble the minute it left the lot. I am hoping it's just because I bought the car so early in production.
Unfortunately, there is luck involved when it comes to cars. My parents both own 2017 Pacifica Minivans(Mother in California, Father in North Texas). My father bought one of the first vans to arrive at the dealer in May 2016, so he has a very early build. He hasn't had to take it to the dealer for any issues. My mother on the other hand, bought hers in September 2016 and had numerous issues. Most of which we found out were because of a defective/incorrectly installed fuse that caused all of the electronics to run at partial voltage and drain the battery. It runs great now that it's been fixed.

10,000 miles in with my 6 and no issues so far, even with horrible Texas roads. Not even a squeak or rattle.

Hopefully things get sorted out for you, because you may have gotten a "friday afternoon" car like my mother.

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Unfortunately, there is luck involved when it comes to cars. My parents both own 2017 Pacifica Minivans(Mother in California, Father in North Texas). My father bought one of the first vans to arrive at the dealer in May 2016, so he has a very early build. He hasn't had to take it to the dealer for any issues. My mother on the other hand, bought hers in September 2016 and had numerous issues. Most of which we found out were because of a defective/incorrectly installed fuse that caused all of the electronics to run at partial voltage and drain the battery. It runs great now that it's been fixed.

10,000 miles in with my 6 and no issues so far, even with horrible Texas roads. Not even a squeak or rattle.

Hopefully things get sorted out for you, because you may have gotten a "friday afternoon" car like my mother.

Unfortunately, I don't know if that will happen while I own the car. Mazda won't replace the strut again because it's a non-serviceable part (which I understand)...so unless they find out what it is exactly from someone else finding out what's wrong, they are not doing anything more to my car to fix or find the issue. I've tried some fixes myself and I am convinced it's inside the strut and a engineering issue. I guess that's a downside to buying a car that doesn't sell in great numbers..these issues are inherently rare because the cars are rare as well (I've seen two 2018 Mazda 6's over the last year). Mazda can't be bothered because they are concentrating on more important vehicles for them like CX-5s and the like.



As for the other parts they've replaced, sway bar has been silent since they replaced that...and the replacement clock spring is starting to squeak as well so that still isn't sorted out.


I don't want to hijack this thread, and to be honest I've pretty much just given up because these issues were consuming me for awhile. I am just driving it and paying it off, which is a really disappointing experience for the amount of money I spent on this car.
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Best looking,best interior ....for me best in classe btw
2019 Mazda 6 signature is 3580lbs Now(3560lbs for 2018 model) why?because of the New limited sleep DIFFERENTIAL.

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I have the 2016 6, am more than happy with it in nearly every respect (was really thrilled that shortly after buying after looking at the 6 for a couple years and being annoyed there was no Android Auto that a retrofit kit recently became available that I promptly installed). My only real complaint is that its pickup past 40 is a little weak compared to my previous V6 hyundai (its not bad in sport mode, but then worse mileage), though imagine the turbo and now the possible straight 6 cyl. would solve that problem. I was in the market for lightly used cars so the 18 wasn't an option for me anyway but I'm glad to hear that there might be a real nice option for me when I need a replacment eventually.

I don't care to have bragging rights either and I'm not expecting anything close to the pickup of a 6 figures car, but just prefer to have something with a bit more kick.
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This is my first Mazda. I know it's only been a week and I'm still in honeymoon mode, but I dig this car. I'm looking forward to driving this vehicle more than any new car I've owned and having a ride that everyone else is also driving. I'm also looking forward to participating in the forums. In the few days I've been a member it's obvious many Mazda owners are passionate about their cars, and about driving.
I'm going on 7mos with my 17' GT. The honeymoon hasn't stopped yet. It only has 6k miles on it, 4K were mine and I love my car! Plenty of those miles were just driving around for fun. I can't walk away without a look back to admire it. Sometimes I'll just go sit in it because it's so f'ing comfortable, I'll open up the moonroof, turn on some music and just relax.
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