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Mazda6 Sedan



  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Cannot be compared to the U.S. There are many difference forces at work there. Taxes, fuel, insurance, parking, and expendable income are totally different in other countries.

    Considering the highest number of this type of car (four door family sedan) sold is the 4 cyl. auto mid equipment level, it doesn't make sense to create a "custom order" program. Not even the mid-lux are totally a-la-carte on the options form.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Are there any comparable cars that can be had with leather but no moonroof? I checked Accord (no), Altima (no), Passat (no), and camry (yes). Any others?
  • Anyone in the Baltimore area, if you are looking for a Mazda, Russel Mazda is it. The people were friendly and my parents and I just loved the experience.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    I checked the Taurus/Sable, Galant, and Sonata.

    The Taurus/Sable can be had with leather minus the moonroof. Although Ford requires you to opt for the 60/40 folding rear seat to get the leather and Merc requires a couple of small options as well. Pretty much everything else is a la carte though. Including SAB/SAC.

    The Galant requires a moonroof with the leather too.

    The Sonata can be had with leather minus the moonroof on the LX trim. Hyundai's packaging is actually quite nice. I never noticed that before.

    Let's not forget about the Mazda3 which can be bought with leather and no moonroof.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    And I've heard you can actually get leather that's better than the factory stuff.
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    that I have been looking at offer leather and SAB/SAC without requiring a moonroof; the Maxima and the new Chrysler 300. They both are just a few dollars more comparably equipped and offer more space and more headroom.

    Requiring purchase of convenience or luxury items in order to get safety options may not be "idiotic", but it certainly makes no logical sense: and it is greedy!
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    I guess you're going to have to start a new comparo thread then....

    Maxima vs. Chrysler 300 vs. Ford Taurus....

    but the Chrysler and Ford don't offer manuals and the Maxima costs more and looks like a hippopotumus.

    See? We can't all win.
  • likaglovlikaglov Posts: 82
    I'm still adjusting to the AT in my Madza6s, it's been a couple of weeks, and I've been driving a MT for 12 years. It seems odd to me that the AT always goes to 5th gear, even if I'm only going 35-40 MPH. Once I stop accelerating (or push lightly on the pedal) it goes to 5th, with fairly low RPMs. Is this common for ATs? If I floor the accelerator, it downshifts for me, but I keep grabbing the manualmatic and doing it myself. If I'm driving in a 35 MPH zone, I'd rather be in 4th (or 3rd) so that I get instant response instead of waiting for it to decide to downshift. Is this just the "proactive" driving of a MT as described above?

    Thanks for your responses. I do LOVE the car. Can't wait to get through break-in :-)
  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    the 300 is RWD
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    forgot the new 300 was RWD. IMO, none of those cars are appealing. The Taurus looks OK, but it's a Taurus, and the new 300 and Maxima are just plain goofy.

    Goofy or gorgeous? Obviously, I chose gorgeous with no SAB or leather.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    "forgot the new 300 was RWD"

    I thought you were talking about the 300M. I guess you mean the 300C. Talk about confusing!

    I wonder how the folks at the Chrysler assembly line keep them straight?! Oh, the possibilities. ;)

    "but the Chrysler and Ford don't offer manuals"

    That's exactly why I stayed away from the Taurus. If it and the Malibu offered manuals. and hopefully some kind of sport suspension, I might have taken them for a drive because you can't beat the price. Especially when you qualify for both manufacturer partner discount plans like I do.

    Thank God for Mazda! I was't waitin' for the Futura either.
  • mrblonde49mrblonde49 Posts: 626
    "I thought you were talking about the 300M. I guess you mean the 300C. Talk about confusing!

    I wonder how the folks at the Chrysler assembly line keep them straight?! Oh, the possibilities. ;)"

    They don't have to. There is no more 300M. :)

    BTW, I like the 300C. Very unique
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,210
    "They don't have to. There is no more 300M."

    That's because the C ate it! :)

    I thought the M and C overlapped a little? Not that it matters.

    I like the idea of the C but I think they could have done a better job on the design. It's a little too cartoonish for me. I never did like the M very much. Too busy and too much chrome.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,426
    You can get the Passat with leather and no moonroof. You can actually get it just about anyway you want by placing a custom order.
  • ebeneben Posts: 26
    My best guess is that to add SAB/SAC the headliner has to be lowered to the point that putting in the moonroof just makes sense, i.e., there would still be a nearly equivalent loss of head room even without the moonroof.
  • buggywhipbuggywhip Posts: 188
    I went to my local Mazda dealer to buy a 6 today. Price quoted was $15k, for a stripped model (that still had all the 6 goodness). But a strange thing happened as I was walking thru the lot--I spied a leftover 2004 Olds Alero 5-speed coupe. My rational side took over (as always) and I landed the Alero for $12k, $3k less than the Mazda6. The Alero is NOT equal to the 6. But I also got a 5yr/50k mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, which will be useful when the Alero (inevitably) goes bad on me. Query to Mazda6 fans and owners: Did I do the right thing?? I've been heartsick all day thinking it over.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    Aleros with the 5-speed are hard to find, as they didn't make too many and they aren't used in rental fleets. Incidently, I have a 2000 Alero 3.4L automatic and it's served me well over the last 4 years. Unfortunately your new car will depreciate faster than you can say "oldsmobile is history", and it doesn't have anywhere near the handling or road manners of the Mazda6. On the other hand, all new cars depreciate rapidly in the first years anyway. I am probably going to keep my Alero as a second car, for bad weather and for my job which takes me to some nasty remote locations on gravel roads and such.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    And why Mazda should make them standard equipment:
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    CR rating the Alero . . .
    What engine, 2.2L 4-cyc? It is a Saturn L-series engine. Interior has cheap feel. The front seats are low and not especially comfortable, and the rear is cramped for adults. Reliability has improved to average. Depreciation is very steep and crash-test results are not impressive. This is the last year for the Alero, so hefty discounts are the rule and a longer warranty has been in effect. Owner satisfaction is poor.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,744
    Mazda to Olds: sounds like you were wandering the back 40 acres at
    128 Ford/Mazda/Olds/Isuzu/Saab/Volvo!!
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