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    It would very nearly constitute a miracle if a...

    It would very nearly constitute a miracle if a battery lasted 4 years where I live.
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    Nope, not having that problem. If the knock is...

    Nope, not having that problem. If the knock is knock, and if that*s being caused by carbon buildup, then a product like Red Line SI-1, Chevron Techron, or a CRC product whose name escapes me would be...
  3. How long do you think a 6 will last without significant repairs?

    Current-gen Mazda6. Nothing more expensive than an alternator, and maybe not even an alternator. Highway miles, hot weather, very little city traffic.

    250k miles?
    300k?
    400k?
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    I'm also considering a current-gen 6, with...

    I'm also considering a current-gen 6, with I-eLOOP. It has very high miles (140k-ish), but drives great.

    What's the deal with the I-eloop system? The capacitor is internal to the 12V battery? I...
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    I agree with Robotaz on this. Change any fluid...

    I agree with Robotaz on this. Change any fluid in gear cases (whether a transmission or differential, but especially a hypoid differential) relatively soon. I change my diffs by or before 10k...
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    A bit of an update: I gave up on the local...

    A bit of an update:

    I gave up on the local Mazda autocrosser's alignment spec some time last year. We also bought new tires last year. I've gone to a zero toe rear alignment, and that's helped...
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    One of the metal bolts on the right (American...

    One of the metal bolts on the right (American passenger) side was rusted/graveled/something-ed so much on ours that it broke the plastic out around the 'nut' a couple years ago. I'm not going to...
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    The M1 0W40 may well have remained a good fluid...

    The M1 0W40 may well have remained a good fluid despite the 5W30 (and, IMO, likely other grades) being a dog with fleas. The data that's publicly available is specifically to do with the 5W30, and...
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of rear toe-in,...

    Welcome to the wonderful world of rear toe-in, combined with camber other than zero. It's the toe, not the camber, that eats the tires. The 2 combined make it worse (and more obvious), though.

    I...
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    This may be a silly question: Does it smell...

    This may be a silly question:

    Does it smell like clutch lining, or something else?

    We've not experienced such a smell from our '06 MT, but then again the wife mainly drives the car, and she...
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    I see. I think it would be interesting to make a...

    I see. I think it would be interesting to make a comparison of actual failure rates between:

    The metal spin-on filters used on the new 5s in the manner you describe
    vs.
    The plastic cartridge...
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    Curious: How does making the housing out of...

    Curious: How does making the housing out of plastic (cartridge filter system on the 5) make these issues less likely than using a steel can (spin-on filter system on the 5)?
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    I know this post is old, but the issue here is a...

    I know this post is old, but the issue here is a tire, not suspension. The cyclic sound is more or less a separating belt inside the tire(s). Lots of the Toyos on the 2006 models had the issue; not...
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    Opus, I have Red Line MT-90 in mine. That's a...

    Opus, I have Red Line MT-90 in mine. That's a 75W90, GL-4 fluid, which is what Mazda specifies (so no way for the dealer to cry foul in the unlikely event of a warranty claim). One could also run...
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    Farewell, antlind.

    Farewell, antlind.
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    As you discovered through your search, there is...

    As you discovered through your search, there is no scheduled replacement interval for the manual transmission fluid. I'm personally not a very big 'lifetime fluid' proponent, so I replace mine...
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    I'm sorry, I made a mistake in my earlier post. ...

    I'm sorry, I made a mistake in my earlier post. I've fixed it, but the original text is below. I originally wrote "VDC" when I meant to write "VTD." VTD is the planetary center diff system Subaru...
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    Be advised that most current engines' need for...

    Be advised that most current engines' need for shorter OCIs stems from damage to the oil from fuel dilution. If you're not monitoring your oil through analysis, you're a blind person making a WAG...
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    Here's a Jobber's World link:...

    Here's a Jobber's World link:
    http://www.jobbersworld.com/March%2020,%202009.htm

    This article is not specifically about the original challenge to Mobil, but it includes a bar graph down a bit...
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    I agree with you. The older Subies get, the more...

    I agree with you. The older Subies get, the more prone the viscous center power divider is to locking up. Part-time AWD, or one of their other power divider systems like the planetary system in the...
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    We have an '06 5, and live in a pretty cold part...

    We have an '06 5, and live in a pretty cold part of the lower 48 (which is nothing at all like Fairbanks). We love the vehicle. I find its traction, handling, and dynamics on the snow and ice, even...
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    Text redacted What I have is information from...

    Text redacted

    What I have is information from text redacted thousands of engines and used oil analyses over the course of years. And numerous publicly posted UOAs on various free-access websites...
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    Check the road crown possibility. I don't recall...

    Check the road crown possibility. I don't recall off-hand whether Mazda specs some cross caster to counteract road crown or not.

    If that's not it, try rotating the tires. You may have to do this...
  24. Thread: gas discovery

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    Exactly. That's why I said I'm glad we get C-P...

    Exactly. That's why I said I'm glad we get C-P fuel for most of our fuel here.
  25. Thread: gas discovery

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    Wrong again. Flame temps are lower with ethanol...

    Wrong again. Flame temps are lower with ethanol than gasoline. Flame propagation rate is higher with alcohol than gasoline, though, as is expansion ratio. This is part of the reason that the lower...
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