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Mazda6 Sedan



  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    You can buy an extended warrenty any time during the factory warrenty period. Why hurry and have your money tied up for so long? Also more time to get information on warrenties.

  • My car got stolen, so I went and test drove the 3 and the 6.

    I know that the throttle lag issue on the Mazda 6 has been debated ad naseum, but I have to say that I noticed it right away during the test drive. I wish that Mazda would have been able to correct the issue by now. It takes away from the overall driving experience, which is a shame. Otherwise, I liked just about everything else.
  • That's when you put the manumatic gears into play and have fun. Make sure you listen to the agreesive growl as you redline your baby.

  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Wow. I'm in LA right now and I have a rental Focus with the 2.3L PZEV motor. It's pretty darn quick, even with an automatic. Overall, I'm very impressed with it. Drove it to Vegas this weekend and it handled the mountains without any problems. The power is good, the ride is good, and the handling is good. My friend had a Cavalier with the new 2.2L ecotec for a rental and it's a little quicker, but overall the Focus is ten times better.

    The 2.3L makes the Focus a very desirable vehicle IMO, especially if it had a manual.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    I have driven the Mazda3 and Mazda6 each several times and have not noticed any lag, and I'm picky about such things.
  • zorzor Posts: 24

    Were you driving the 4-cylinder 6i or the 6-cylinder 6s?

  • I drove the 6s auto. (after driving the 3s auto)
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    I drove both and didn't notice any lag. And I was looking for it. Maybe it's any issue with some early computer code.
  • Hmm, I have a friend that owns the 6s manual, and he told me that he and his wife didn't notice it. He heard about it, looked for it, and said it was ok. So who knows?
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    I am very picky when it comes to lag, so much so that I don't even like the so-called "almost no turbo lag" of most late model turbo engines.
    If I had noticed any lag on any of the many Mazda6 samples that I have driven, this would have been a deal-killer for me.
    I suspect a computer code problem on some early units, or maybe some totally different problem that people are attributing to the electronic throttle.
    Or maybe people expect the Mazda6 to have the launch of a GM 3.8L V6, which it aint ever gonna have.
  • Although it may seem a small problem, it is very troublesome for me. As some of you might be aware, I am only sixteen years old. The problem I am experiencing is that I am worried that the Mazda will attract the wrong attention (aka cops) I cant get one ticket or I dont have insurance anymore, its a long story. I was considering getting the hatchback which will premier later this year. My other option and one I am not too fond of is spending it all and getting an Acura TSX. Dont start the argument of Im only 16, Ive gone there, but if u want to start it up again start it later. Do u think that the 6s hatch is really sporty enough to catch the attention of the law? Thanks
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    The only thing sporty enough to catch the attention of cops is your big, right foot! Keep that under control and you will be fine.

  • kmaurerkmaurer Posts: 48
    As someone who works in local law enforcement (not as a police officer, however), it's your driving style and speed that will attract attention. You will also attract attention by putting illegal modifications on your car.

    Young people who receive tickets in our city (16-20) get tickets because they are driving TOO FAST or recklessly for the conditions.
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    No, and if you don't break any laws it wouldn't matter if it did, would it? If you wanna know what car you should you buy so you can speed and run red lights without getting ticket, good luck cause there are none.
  • Im not a speeder. Sure I have a tendency to go 2 or 3 over, but I just want a car thats fun to drive and has a sporty attraction to it. No Im not putting mods on and no Im not racing or running red lights. Im just worried cuz there gonna see a sixteen year old kid driving a 25k sports sedan. Easy money for the munincipality. How bad is it to go two or 3 over?
  • mazda6smazda6s Posts: 1,901
    It's only easy money for the municipality if you're speeding, and that's more than 2 or 3 over. You must be joking though, nobody goes only 2 or 3 over.
  • hboydhboyd Posts: 98
    I've driven three Mazdas since I was 16 and can honestly say they weren't cop magnets. Mazda's don't stick out too much from the crowd. Stick with earth tones that blend into the environment and/or road.

    The Mazda 6 blends in well. This is actually a complement. Its design is not earth-shattering; however it is a slight cut above other conservative mid-size cars in NA.

    Mazdas truly shine beneath their skins;

  • buggywhipbuggywhip Posts: 188
    Let's be honest. It's not the car that attracts cops, it's the age of the driver. A cop is just itching to whack you with a ticket, regardless of what you're driving. But were you to choose, the Acura is a bigger cop target than the 6.
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Sweetsixteen, keep it down and you will make it to sweetseventeen and older. Two or three over, I don't believe it!

    It's darting in and out of lanes, weaving through traffic at high speeds, cutting across lanes from far right to left turns, and other dangerous manuvers that get you in trouble.

    I'm an old geezer, you know why? Because I never drive like a teenager and if you drive sensibly too, some day, if you are lucky, you will be an old geezer, too. Here's another thing to think about, if you want to be a suicide bomber on wheels go out into the countryside where you can't hurt other people.

  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,329
    Hey, I've owned two bright-red cars and never got a ticket in either! The only ticket I've ever gotten was in a light-blue metallic Thunderbird, a long, long time ago, when I was trying to keep up with a friend going up to Tahoe.

    It's mostly how you drive, as others have already pointed out. Going too slowly will get attention almost as much as going too quickly. Wandering (as if drunk) will also get attention. Just try not to stick out from the crowd.

    In some states, not wearing seat belts (including your passengers) is a reason for cops to pull you over. In some neighborhoods, loud stereos or exhausts are allowable reasons.

    Go ahead and laugh, but I rarely go more then 2-3 mph over the limit on local roads too (often I'm below or at it, especially in areas where children or animals may suddenly enter the road). I seek my thrills in the curves (you can have a heck of a time and still be well-below the speed limit...just don't go off the road or cross into opposing traffic), not in outright speed (straights are awful boring on any road, unless the road has nice scenery). Even on curves, I go no faster than I feel confident I can brake/avoid an unexpected obstacle like a stopped vehicle, pedestrian or deer (going only as fast as I can "see"). On more-heavily trafficked roads, like freeways, I tend to follow the 80/20 rule: I pass or keep up with 80% of the traffic and let about 20% pass me. Unless the vehicle I'm passing is going awfully slowly (like a heavy truck on an incline), I usually keep my speed differential to about 10mph or less, in case a careless or inattentive driver gets startled by my approach or decides to move over into my lane.

    Driving like this, you should be able to drive practically anything and not get undue attention from the police (and a 6 hatch isn't conceivably out of a 16-year-old's league...police do make judgement calls about whether they think a driver matches the vehicle...however, dress and personal grooming are bigger if not larger factors than age).
  • cop414cop414 Posts: 68
    All kinds of things being posted from all kinds of drivers who think they know how cops think... take it from a street cop of 18+ years, mazdafun's post 16403, and fowler3's post 16402 are all you need to know about and are the ones that are correct. I've run traffic my whole career, and you know the thing that attracts me to speeders-SPEED, d'uh!!
    An experienced cop will "hear" the vehicle comimg long before he sees it, engine racing, or even the sound of tires rolling at 85 instead of 65 is very distinct. Trust me on this one, don't drive like and idiot, and you won't have a problem. It's that simple. To say that certain colors attract the attention of an officer may be correct, but we don't give out tickets to cars that attract our attention. I've never gone out and run speed and said to myself, hmmm today I'll only time red cars. I time them all and cite the ones that are speeding. No mystery there.
    BTW-my "fastest" ticket was issued to a sixteen year old going 121 mph on a Sunday morning driving... his grandmother's POWDER BLUE Dodge Diplomat. The fact that he was going 66 mph over the speed limit attracted my attention, not the color. (135+ mph sport bike in heavy traffic was the fastest that "got away")
    Here in PA we can't even begin to cite unless you are 5 over, and all officers that I know, and I know a lot don't even begin to write until someone is 12 over. I generally don't until someone is 15 over. On the interstates this margin is usually higher still. Many times while on I-80 going to pick my daughter up from college I've winced as I've passed a trooper at 75+ and have yet to be pulled over. For the record-redfire 6, generally waxed to the deepest mirror finish I can attain!!
    The last time that I received a traffic ticket (Yes, we get them too) I was in NYC trying to go around the block to find a parking garage and I was cited for an illegal turn. I got the ticket for a traffic violation, not because of what I was driving, which happened to be a blue Dodge Caravan ;-P at the time.

    Sorry PAT I know that this is off the subject, but as an officer I couldn't resist...
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Thank you!

    Saving Sweetsixteen from starting out on the wrong foot -- the right one -- I don't think Pat_HOST will mind. ;) After all, he IS, or will be, driving a Mazda6.

    As you said, hearing the engines and tires, may be part of the problem. New Mazda owners may be coming from older cars that are noisey and speed in their much quieter 6's trying to hear their engines. You know how quiet your Redfire is.

    When I took a 6 for a test drive that's what happened to me, I kept increasing speed unconsciously expecting engine noise to be 65mph, as it is in my Protegé -- I was going 85mph, still didn't hear the engine. Slowed to 65 and enjoyed the ride. I think it would take a while to get use to that.

  • likaglovlikaglov Posts: 82
    Just bought my 6s-AT last week and I have my first question as an owner... The AT seems to shift-up pretty quickly, it's in fifth gear by about 45 MPH. Watching the tach, it shifts at about 2500 RPM and only drops to about 2250 RPM in the new gear, then repeats this process up to fifth gear.

    Does this AT have a learning function or sport mode? I didn't really notice this in my test drives. I've been driving MT for the past 12 years and prefer to shift with higher RPM. I do appreciate the manual-matic function. Can't wait to get out of "break in".
  • barich1barich1 Posts: 143
    Press the accelerator down farther, and it will wait to shift until it's at a higher RPM. If you floor it, the car should nearly redline before it shifts. Of course, you don't want to do that until it's broken in.

    It does "learn" your driving style, but if you don't step on the gas more it will be learning the wrong way!
  • I have an '03 6, and I would like to know what kind of wax to use on my car. When my boyfriend detailed it, he used Meguire, and it came out pretty well, but is there any better wax I can use on my car?
  • fowler3fowler3 Posts: 1,919
    Try Meguire's polish over the wax to get a bright shine. Wax protects the paint, polish makes it shine. ;)

  • jkstew1jkstew1 Posts: 12
    Does anyone know when the Mazda6 5 dr hatchback will be going on sell? Will it be a 2004 model?
  • meinradmeinrad Posts: 820
    Check the inventories, it's out there.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,229
    The hatches are on the lots and are absolutely amazing. They look almost identical to the sedans.

    Only problem is, they don't appear to be dealing on them at all yet.
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