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  • leo80leo80 Posts: 4
    2005.

    and it's me being picky about the color (i want black exterior) ... otherwise the dealer is ready to give me an in-stock grey with the same specs for 22.5K + taxes, title.
  • >>How does the shut-off for the seat warmers work? Is it a timer or a temperature sensor? Sometimes they are warm and toasty, other times I never seem to notice that they are even on. Leads me to believe it is a timer... This is my first car with leather, and I definitely like it! I leave the switch ON, as opposed to turning it on after I start the car, any issue there?<<

    My seat warmer gets uncomfortably hot sometimes, feels like my rear end is frying. My husband (who has a seat warmers in his Subaru) says you're supposed to turn it off after it warms up. I have no problem with that. :)

    C. C.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 931
    I have seat heaters in both my Maxima and the Mazda6 and in both cars they are so toasty I can only have them on about 5 minutes. I love them. When I bought our Maxima the dealer told me to turn them off when you're not using them, first to keep your butt from getting burned, and second to avoid drain on the battery. So that leads me to think they're just like a portable heater -- you turn them on, they're on until you turn them off. They do have 2 settings -- high and low, so maybe when you don't feel it as much you have them on the low setting.
  • Anybody has a with thte CD changer? Some time back, while unloading/loading CDs, one got stuck in the disc4 slot, with a blinking light. The changer would not play, and I could not eject any disc. Now I haven't listened to a CD for a month, and my dealer who took down my service request hasn't called me to inform a new unit has come in (they would call me in when it does, and swap the units; send the stuck unit back somewhere, retrieve my discs, and send them back). I don't know where to turn to. TO make matters worse, one of the CDs I borrowed from the library! Anyone with stuck CDs in your changer?

    Vudini
  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    Someone on the "Mazda6 Owners: Problems & Solutions" discussion reported that problem quite a while back, but I didn't see a follow-up post.

    Unfortunately you're probably at the dealer's mercy. Removing the discs yourself would likely be a significant challenge.
  • No problem. I have the 4 door Sedan and put my Delphi Skyfi radio antenna in the back window and it works fine (as it did in my Taurus). However, you are correct; there aren't many places to mount the receiver.

    Looks like it will be on the dash.
  • I turn my seat warmers on for about 2 - 3 minutes, and my seat stays warm for quite some time. My body temp keeps the seat warm after that period.
  • I have the CD changer, and I have never had that problem. A lot of times, when things like that happens, it takes a while for them to get the part. My friend has an '04 Solara, and shortly after she got her car last year, a CD got stuck in her single disc player that was connected to her navigation system. It took Toyota like three months to contact her and let her know her new navigation system was there. Before I got my 6, I had a Kia Sephia, and within three months, the motor in my window died, and it took at least a month for them to get the part, so I had to drive around with the window stuck open like 3 inches.
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  • The Automobile Journalists of Canada have named the Mazda6 Sport as the best new family vehicle in Canada for 2005.

    The Mazda6 wagon was named best in the station wagon category.

    Last year mazda won every category they entered and the Mazda3 was ultimately named the best new car in Canada by the AJAC. They will name the best car for 2005 at the Canadian International Autoshow held in Toronto in February.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    Not much happening around here lately. Everybody doing their holiday shopping?

     

    I turned 2,000 miles on my 04 6s sport the other day. I've had it two months and it's been flawless.

     

    Hope your experiences are the same.
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  • My holiday shopping is done, including a gift for my 6S!

     

    As an early Christmas gift, I bought a set of 4 Michelin Pilot Alpin PA2's on steel wheels (205/60-R16). As everyone else probably knows, the 17" OEM Michelins are worthless in the snow. After 3 weeks with the PA2's, I'm having just as much fun driving in 4" of lake-effect snow as I do clipping the apexes in summer!

     

    I always thought all-season's were fine for winter... not anymore. If you live anywhere where you get a lot of snow, get snow tires and enjoy driving your 6 year-round!

     

    I've just hit 5,000 miles on my '04 6S. Four months, all smiles, and NO problems. For once, I'll actually ENJOY going to my in-laws for the holidays. They're 2 1/2 hours away, and I get to take my car...
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 931
    Have you really noticed a difference? Living in central Ohio, sometimes we get very little snow, sometimes a lot. I'm a little nervous about my new 6 this first winter especially since it replaced a Subaru that was terrific in snow. How expensive are snow tires, and does it matter if most of the time you have very little snow to drive them on? For several years we had a rear wheel drive Toyota Previa that could not be driven at all if it snowed a lot, and we got by, so I'm thinking maybe we don't need to go to the expense of snow tires if the regular ones are at least ok.
  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    If you're a careful driver, the OEM Michelin's may be tolerable, especially if you don't get a lot of heavy snowfall. Depends on your comfort level, I suppose.

     

    The first test of my new Mazda6 wagon in winter conditions was this week, on a combination of unpacked snow, hard packed snow and ice during a heavy snowfall. Ice was a significant challenge, but the snow wasn't unbearable as long as I stayed on top of things. Traction was worst accelerating from a complete stop, as I really had to feather the clutch and accelerator to get going. I've never had traction assist before so I don't know if this is normal, but there seemed to be too much of a lag for it to really be useful most of the time. I really had to intentionally stomp on the accelerator and spin the tires rapidly before it would even kick in, and the delay was significant. Stopping was ok when I was careful, the ABS only kicked in a couple times. It was fairly easy to wag the tail on the hard packed snow, but the car didn't feel unstable as long as my speed was reasonably low. Traction in turns was so-so, as long as I didn't accelerate or brake excessively through them.

     

    I'd say the Michelins were just below average overall, and the car probably would have tolerated a lot more carelessness during the drive with some higher profile snows. However, bear in mind that it's no Subaru. I doubt that my Mazda6 WITH snow tires could ever compete with my wife's Outback in winter handling, even though she still runs on the OEM all-season Bridgestones. That car tackles some of the worst road conditions with ease.

     

    I nearly ordered snow tires on steel wheels from tirerack.com for my car, but decided to wait since brand new all-seasons aren't usually too bad in winter for the first couple years or so. I also wanted to keep my Mazda alloys nice by storing them for winter, but decided to just keep on top of the frozen brake dust this year by cleaning them frequently with warm water.

     

    The snows I priced in the beginning of Nov. on tirerack.com were $87-$88 per tire for either Michelin X-Ice or Bridgestone Blizzak 205/60R16, plus $44 per steel wheel, and about $89 shipping from their closest warehouse (just over $600 total). You'd probably pay more than that locally. My local Mazda dealer wanted about $730 for the same package, and I don't think the tire shops would have been much cheaper.
  • In all honesty, I'm sure that the OEM Michelins may be tolerable, but based on other reviews, and my firsthand experience during the first snowfall of the season, they weren't going to cut it, especially since I live in upstate NY, where we AVERAGE 150" of snow per year. I also drive 50+ miles per day, on highways, city streets, and rural roads, and since conditions can change from one minute to the next, I decided not to take any chances.

     

    In terms of price, slickdog's estimates are pretty much on target. I picked up my tires and wheels at tirerack.com for about $650 (including shipping). Fortunately, I was able to get the LAST set of Michelin Pilot Alpins PA2's in that size. Tirerack should consider doubling their inventory for next year, because they sold out QUICK! The lowest estimate from a Tire Shop was $750 for the Blizzaks and wheels. IMHO, stick with tirerack. Not only are they much cheaper, but their customer service is second to none.

     

    To me, snow tires are well worth the money. If snowfall is sporadic in your area, and you are very cautious when driving in it, or don't have to drive at all, then snow tires are not worth it. If snow and ice is a daily occurance in your area for 4-5 months a year, or if you travel through ever-changing conditions all the time, then don't wait any longer.

     

    BTW, the debate of 2 versus 4 snow tires, ALWAYS use 4, no matter what you drive. I've driven all kinds of cars and trucks with both 2 and 4 snow tires, front, rear, and AWD. NOTHING beats the peace-of-mind and confidence you get from having 4 snow tires.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    Now that was definitely some useful information. Thanks slickdog *edit* and mz6greyghost, I needed that info.

     

    I too got my first taste of snow driving the other day. Just a dusting on the roads with some ice in spots. All in all I was surprised at how well it handled the light snow. Definitely handled better than the '96 Civic it replaced but not as well as our Escape. If we have another winter like last year I think I'm going to have to give in and get the snows though. Snow was everywhere all the time which is actually unusual for this area. We usually see sporadic snow and as mz6grehghost said, snow tires aren't necessarily worth it in those conditions if you're careful.
  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    I agree, snow tires are well worth the money and definitely provide peace of mind. Besides, you can always just look at it as investing in your next set of tires, because your all-season or summer tires will last significantly longer by spending the harsh winter months in the garage.

     

    It's funny you mention the tirerack.com inventory, because the biggest reason I didn't get the snows this year is that I wanted to order the Michelin X-Ice (I'm not a big fan of Blizzaks), and by the time I decided to do it they were out of stock and won't get more until next year! The Pilot Alpins must have been completely gone by the time I first went to the site, because I didn't even see those as an option.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    The good thing about living in Florida is that after you survive the hurricanes, you don't have to worry about snow tires.

     

    I was flipping through the owner's manual and was surprised that I can't find any information about when (if?) to change the automatic transmission fluid. Did I just miss it?
  • ericzoomericzoom Posts: 213
    I hear ya. There doesn't seem to be anything listed in the manual about trans. changes,and i find that pretty weird.Judging from what i've been reading on this and other sites a good idea for change intervals is every 15 to 20k.
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    I think there are manufacturers, and I'm going on recollection only, that do not recommend trans changes for 100K. But, it's strange that Mazda isn't specific. Common sense says to change it at least every 30K or three years, but on the other hand, if the unit is sealed and it's not supposed to be changed, maybe it's best just to leave it alone.
  • ericzoomericzoom Posts: 213
    But the thing is,the unit isn't sealed. There is a drain plug under the car for the trans.and from what i have read the Jatco auto. on the 6 seems to run on the hot side, which in turn can degrade the fluid faster.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Check with the dealer or write to Mazda directly. I find it hard to believe the owners manual doesn't list this kind of information in the mileage service chart. Or even go and ask your trusty mechanic if you have one. Why do unnecessary maintenance if it's not called for. I really think more homework is involved here.

    Just my $.02...but I really think you need to do more research here.

     

    The Sandman :-0
  • rampedramped Posts: 358
    I have sent an email to Mazda asking for a recommendation about when to change the auto trans fluid.

     

    I'll let you know when I hear something.
  • I'm hoping someone with a 2004 Mazda 6 and the side/curtain airbag option can answer this for me. I am getting conflicting info from different sources.

     

    My question is whether this option provides a 'torso bag' in the REAR seat. This would be the one that is stored in the outboard edge of the seat and deploys forward along the door at torso level. I know that there is the curtain in the rear and I know that there is both curtain and torso bag in the front.

     

    Apparently the torso bag in the rear is now not recommended by some safety experts (including the NHTSA I think) because a child who sits or lies out of normal seating position may be injured by a deploying airbag coming out of the seat.

     

    I want to buy a 2004 but I want to make sure about this point.
  • slickdogslickdog Posts: 225
    The only airbag for the rear passengers in my '04 is the side curtain bag. Only the front seats have side "torso" bags which deploy from the seats. The owners manual makes no mention of airbags which deploy from the rear seats, so they're probably not even available.
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  • I'm Very Confused about this.

    My main question is this: The Mazda 6 V6

    Gets rated as being very smooth, refined, reliable and fun to drive. First of all, this car has a Ford Taurus V6 Engine in it. If the engine is so great then why do they Rate the V6

    Engine in the Taurus as being unrefined, not smooth, and not so reliable ? I need an unbiased answer. I don't like FORD, I prefer the imports

    but I am unbiased. I don't think all their cars are bad. SO how is the Taurus engine different in the Mazda 6 that makes it get such great reviews and the Ford Taurus Recieves bad reviews ? I mean I believe Ford should get credit in the Taurus but they don't so please tell me the difference in the Mazda 6 Taurus Duratech Engine and the Taurus Duratech V6 Engine.

     

    Also:

    #1. Is it true that the Mazda Proteges after 1995

    and just Mazdas built in Japan with Ford Engines?

    #2. Which Mazdas have Ford engines and Parts to this day ?
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    The Mazda6 V6 is NOT a Taurus engine! Mazda buys the BLOCKS from Ford, but installs all it's own parts which have been better machined than the Durtech engines. It is quieter and smoother than the Duratech and should be more reliable, too.

     

    fowler3
  • Are you sure , how do u know this ?

    I could have sworn it says that it's

    a Modified Duratec V6 Engine.
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