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    Dude, crank up the tunes! Life is too short to...

    Dude, crank up the tunes! Life is too short to obsess over every buzz, whirr, click, rattle and hum that a modern vehicle exhibits.

    If it werenít for the NVH improvements in Gen 2, you might not...
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    Oops, youíre right. Here is the correct link: ...

    Oops, youíre right. Here is the correct link:

    https://www.mazdausawarranty.com/
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    I got 9 year, 100k miles, $0 deductible (at any...

    I got 9 year, 100k miles, $0 deductible (at any Mazda dealer) for $1,920. That added up to 6 years and 64k miles to the factory coverage. The finance guy started out at $3,200 IIRC. He matched the...
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    Mazda DOES offer extended warranties:...

    Mazda DOES offer extended warranties:
    https://www.mazdausa.com/mazda-extended-confidence

    Some dealers instead sell 3rd party warranties that often are more profitable to them. I*d avoid them and...
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    Sticky: Think reverse auction until all but one passes on...

    Think reverse auction until all but one passes on beating best bid.

    Make sure you know the value of your trade if you have one (CarMax is usually fair with their offers.) Be ready sell to CarMax...
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    Mazda contracts with a mapping company to provide...

    Mazda contracts with a mapping company to provide the roads and other features on the Nav map. They used to use Tom Tom, but switched to another company in the new infotainment system starting in...
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    IIRC, portions of I25 in central Wyoming have a...

    IIRC, portions of I25 in central Wyoming have a speed limit of 85, as does much of I90 in South Dakota. My CX-5 handled like a dream there. Great high speed cruiser!
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    Sticky: DO NOT go into the dealer to discuss pricing in...

    DO NOT go into the dealer to discuss pricing in person! You*ll be playing their game in their house. They will tie you up and waste your time with staged *negotiations* until they wear you down.
    ...
  9. Thread: Max mpg?

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    I keep a spreadsheet with gas consumption and...

    I keep a spreadsheet with gas consumption and mileage.

    In 36 months, Iíve used 1397.160 gallons, driven 38619 miles, yielding 27.64 mph.

    16.5 GT, 2.5 L NA engine. I have a lead foot on...
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    If you download all areas you travel to/through...

    If you download all areas you travel to/through before leaving home, the data are stored on your phone and youíre unaffected by dead zones, regardless of carrier. (Use *Offline Maps* on the menu.) I...
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    With Google Maps you can download the roads, etc....

    With Google Maps you can download the roads, etc. for the area you are traveling to/through. Waze doesnít offer this functionality.
  12. I agree that nuclear is a potentially important...

    I agree that nuclear is a potentially important contributor to the energy production mix.

    Itís not sustainable and should not be expanded until the problem of long term high-level nuclear waste...
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    Correct! I always get a few appraisals from...

    Correct! I always get a few appraisals from CarMax and other dealers before the final visit. If they try to steal your trade, show them the other quotes and see if theyíll match or come close. If...
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    Ive done winter test drives with tires at spec...

    Ive done winter test drives with tires at spec pressure that had been sitting for weeks that had very noticeable flat-spotting. Better to overinflate on the lot than scare a customer away. Failure to...
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    This! Think reverse auction via email. Keep going...

    This! Think reverse auction via email. Keep going round until all but one drop out. Then give your preferred/closest dealer one last chance to match. Iíve bought a dozen cars the last 10 years s this...
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    Sticky: 100!

    100!
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    Sticky: Get an email quote from Quirk before you go in to...

    Get an email quote from Quirk before you go in to your local dealer. Nothing like competition to keep him honest.
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    They donít actually swivel - different banks of...

    They donít actually swivel - different banks of lights are illuminated as the steering wheel is turned to light in the direction of travel. No moving parts to break.
  19. Thread: Smooth Ride

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    Comparable to the OEM tires wear-wise. (Damning...

    Comparable to the OEM tires wear-wise. (Damning with faint praise.)
  20. Thread: Smooth Ride

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    With the reduced tread life and the higher price...

    With the reduced tread life and the higher price on the LTX, selecting the True Contacts was a no-brainer. The ratings are very close on Tire Rack.

    My wife has had 17Ē True Contacts on her RAV4...
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    In Colorado, 4/32 is the legal minimum for snow...

    In Colorado, 4/32 is the legal minimum for snow driving in the mountains, leaving you in limbo unless you run winter snows.
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    Extended warranty cost?

    When I bought my 16.5 2.75 years ago, I got a Mazda Extended Confidence (MEC) extended warranty. It added 6 years and 54k miles to to the 3/36 it came with. ($0 deductible)

    Many dealers sell more...
  23. A tad? Surely you jest. On my Crosstrek test...

    A tad? Surely you jest.

    On my Crosstrek test drive, I was sitting in the inside lane of a double left turn onto a down sloping freeway entrance ramp. Next to me was a fully loaded cement truck...
  24. New 19 CX5 owner - How do I disable auto door locking when parked ...

    Canít have it both ways. Itís either auto-locking or not.

    My wife keeps her key by the garage entry door. If I donít have my key when I go out to deposit or grab something from the car, I take...
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    Love the way the CX-5 launches. Feel the zoom...

    Love the way the CX-5 launches. Feel the zoom zoom!

    I have my transmission trained so that I donít even need Sport mode. Runs to the redline automatically for a few gears when I punch it off the...
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