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West Springfield, VA
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Vehicle(s) that interest me
mid-size sedans/sport sedans
More about me
Network Engineer
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2012 Kia Optima EX
  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    @cski said:
    Oh I know man, Shack was just poured into that car. Now I want to see Shack in Peel P50. (smallest car in the world).

    Maybe they can use Gold Bond "car insertion powder".

  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    @m6user said:
    I'm glad I don't have to buy either one. I really don't like the Fusion look as it copies Aston way too much in the front and the rear just doesn't work. They aren't bad but the Mazda6 and Accord are best looking for now from the outside IMO. I like the Optima and new 200 for interiors. The Fusion and Sonata interiors are least liked by me. Looks are not dependent on resale value or reliability so that shouldn't enter the equation besides for the fact that looks are absolutely subjective. So it's kind of silly to try and say one is the best looking because of vastly different tastes. State what you like but don't try to say "mine is the best". Sounds too much like bragging to me.

    If you took a poll of auto writers and most consumers just based on seeing pictures I would guess the Mazda6 would come out on top. But as stated, that is a guess.

    Every review of the Mazda 6 goes on and on about its sublime handling, braking, powertrain responsiveness such as always selecting the right gear when it is needed. This plus a really nice body puts the 6 on top of most reviews.

    However, none of the conservative paint colors accentuate the curves of the body, the wheels are not attractive on all but the top end GT model which "rewards" its owner with a "race tuned" 186 HP.

    Really Mazda? $30 thousand with 186 HP? I swear I heard Mazda has this "Mazdaspeed" team that adds turbochargers to production engines., but maybe I'm imagining things?

    Next, the interior. The interior quality of the 6, with the Audi style MMI knob controlling center stack functions looks exactly the same as the 3. On the Mazda 6 however, the same Mazda 3 hard plastic abounds, LED center stack displays are tiny, look cheap, and the overall layout is not up to par with many competitors.

    All this for over $30,000.

    Listen up Mazda: Fix the interior, boost the 2.5 just 10 psi to 245 hp, and you have one heck of a great car. Until then, I am installing coilovers and a strut tower brace to experience the suspension improvements that come standard on the Mazda 6. The 6 is a great car. Just fix up the interior Mazda!

  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    @stickguy said:

    I remember one of the many Saturday morning car shows took a Malibu wagon (1970 something, pre downsized I think) and hit riddled it but kept it a sleeper. Very fast.

    And if course car and driver did a series of boss wagons.

    What does "hit riddled" mean? Anyway, I love cars but not so much working on them. If I tried to restore a wagon it would look like this:

    Note the steeply raked body, and my tasteful interpretation of the classic wood sided estate wagon executed in a rustic door applique'. Just gorgeous.

  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    @brian125 said:
    Are you aware that if you can make 80k posts Edmunds will let you redeem them for a Edmunds Casket, or you could cash in for a 1972 ......Ford Pinto.. The choice is yours......

    My mom had a 73 wagon. Blue. 4 speed. I learned to drive stick on it. It had....a radio.......


  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    Thanks...I don't know why I didn't see the "edit profile" box...but I didn't This is why I build machines and not web sites! Thanks!

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