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2009 Mazda 6 2.2D TS2

Nov 2010 - Second Report (38,000 miles)

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Can’t believe it’s a year since my last report. Time flies. And so does the Mazda. As the miles have piled on the engine has loosened up nicely. I thought this was a speedy car to begin with, but now it’s positively flying. In fact, fellow DA’er Nick followed me in his Seven on one occasion and he commented on the Mazda’s mid-range punch – which is big and instant – third gear from about 2,000 rpm is just stunning.

Otherwise the 6 is turning out to be a great companion, with just the right compromise between ride and handling for me – firm, confidence inspiring but not uncomfortable. The huge boot has come into its own on several occasions from family holidays to trips to the local recycling centre or DIY store. Here, the simple one touch split folding rear seats are a real help – just press the button and the backrest flops down creating a flat surface – no need to lift the seat base or remove the headrest.

As for the impressive spec list? To be honest some of the kit I thought I needed is really just a bit gimmicky. Auto lights? I know when it’s dark. Auto wipers? Sounds good in theory – leave them on auto and I’ll never have to touch them (I thought). Truth is though, they never come on quite soon enough, even on the most sensitive setting so I’m constantly having to activate them manually. More than I would with normal intermittent setting. Either that or they come on too often, or work at max speed in light rain, or even when it’s not raining. Maybe I drive in the wrong type of rain? And the auto dimming rear view mirror – I like to see what’s behind me but at night it goes so dim that all you can see are the faint white dots of the following headlights – even if they weren’t dazzling you. OK, you can switch it off, which I do most of the time, but it defaults back to the "on" setting when you restart the car. Oh yes, and if you’re driving at dusk or dawn with the sun directly behind you, it doesn’t dim at all so you get dazzled. Useful. But I’m nitpicking. I can honestly say that having spent 30+ thousand miles inside so far, it’s a great place to be.

The main disappointment has been the replacement front tyres. The original Bridgestone Potenzas lasted just under 20,000 miles on the front (the rears are still going). When I contacted the lease company I specified that I wanted exact replacements. However, when the man turned up he’d brought Goodyear Eagles – the Bridgestones were out of stock and wouldn’t be available for at least two weeks. As I’d left it a bit late my originals were down to the legal limit so had no choice but to accept the Goodyears. Oh Dear!. What a Mistake. I allowed for a few hundred miles of bedding in but even then the grip in the dry was light years away from the Bridgestone. Now, after 18,000 miles, things have improved but not enough. As a result, understeer is more present and the traction control light flickers far more often than with the Bridgestones. However, grip in the wet is stunning. But that’s no consolation – I can adjust my driving style to account for rain but the Goodyears are dampening the fun in the dry. Roll on the next change.

So, tyres aside, I’m loving the 6. It’s everything I need and most things I want in my daily driver.


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