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Hood

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We owned one from 2008-2015 and 90k miles


-- Reliable (*but see below)
-- Cavernous interior room
-- Handled like a much smaller car -- Mazda really has a knack for making big cars feel sporty
-- Plenty of power, but gas mileage maxed out at 23mpg highway

The asterisk is that, at around 90k miles, the car blew a water pump in the middle of Glenwood Canyon in Colorado (little or no shoulder), stranding me and family. The water pump replacement is a drop-the-engine exercise. It is also a known failure point for these cars (the engine was originally sourced from Ford and modified by Mazda). The water pumps usually give up the ghost without much warning and their being built into the engine block means pump failures toss coolant into the engine. Ours needed a new engine.

We sold it shortly after the repair in part because we wanted something new but also because our dealer screwed up the repair work and we lost confidence in the car itself.

I would still recommend it as I don't get the sense this is a frequent issue.

(In response to this post by WahooKnows)

Posted: 04/20/2017 at 1:57PM



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  We owned one from 2008-2015 and 90k miles -- Hood 04/20/2017 1:57PM
  We have an 08 with 100k miles - great car -- robmoz 04/20/2017 12:12PM
  We had a '10, was perfect. -- Wembley 04/20/2017 11:48AM
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