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    52,300 miles on my 13' 2.0L.Dont do too much highway driving and when I do its for short intervals, so I'm not expecting the best fuel economy. In some instances I am getting 16mpg in city driving (under 10mph) and a lot of stop and go traffic. I live in NYC and I haven't really taken this car out for a really long trip because I bought it with 50,000 miles on it. Overall no problems what so ever, the drive quality correlates with what many people are saying, a little wind noise and exhaust note. Just make sure once you get to these mileage intervals that you inspect the battery's voltage. The cheap Japanese stock didn't last too long, no problem with the alternator, just a cheap battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnolj25 View Post
    Just make sure once you get to these mileage intervals that you inspect the battery's voltage. The cheap Japanese stock didn't last too long, no problem with the alternator, just a cheap battery.
    Cheap Japanese battery? Japanese manufacturers make some of the best batteries in the world. If yours died prematurely it's likely due to the previous owner having let it drain to zero too many times, not a poor quality battery.

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    Cheap Japanese battery? The Japanese battery in my Lexus IS is nearly 8 years old, no prob.

    The battery in my previous Ford Explorer (which was same model year as Lexus) lasted 4 years, pos.

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    I wonder if Mazda will move away from traditional lead/acid batteries to drop weight on future Skyactiv vehicles. New battery technology makes it possible to reduce battery weight by at least 75% while maintaining the same performance. But this requires a charging system designed to suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM. View Post
    I wonder if Mazda will move away from traditional lead/acid batteries to drop weight on future Skyactiv vehicles. New battery technology makes it possible to reduce battery weight by at least 75% while maintaining the same performance. But this requires a charging system designed to suit.
    Can you tell us why the charging system would need to be different? I'd like to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by V8toilet View Post
    Can you tell us why the charging system would need to be different? I'd like to know!

    Thanks

    Because different battery chemistries require different charging profiles for optimum life and performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CX-SV View Post
    Cheap Japanese battery? The Japanese battery in my Lexus IS is nearly 8 years old, no prob.

    The battery in my previous Ford Explorer (which was same model year as Lexus) lasted 4 years, pos.

    I change mine every 3 years. Battery life has a lot to do with environmental conditions. Hot weather is punishing and mine spend their days outdoors in long Texas summers. I know folks who have had batteries last 7 years in these conditions, but thats the exception instead of the norm. Better to change it early rather than be suddenly stranded.

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    I've been using a dash cam recorder to keep recording during parked until certain voltage is reached. After a year, I disabled that standby feature because I think it's killing the battery. I measured about 12.15V (no load) after a day sitting in a 60F garage while my brand new MINI Hardtop with AGM battery measures 12.35V after couple days.

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    Look at the instructions for the first 3 charge cycles for the iPhone 6 in the users guide on the Verizon site. To condition the new battery you should run it completely dead the first 3 times and then recharge it fully. Completely discharging a lead acid is the fastest way to kill it.

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    Purchased 2013 Touring in May of 2012. 52,000 miles now. Original Panasonic battery died and replaced a couple of months ago. The TSB for the driver mirror shake was done and TSB for front seat snaps done. Replaced OE tires at 45,000 with Michelin Energy Saver A/S. Oil changed every 6,000 miles. 3 engine and cabin air filters replaced. Added several bottles of washer fluid. So far so good.
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    I suppose battery life will also be affected by the lenght and regularity of drives.

    Short /less frequent driving should result in shorter battery life, as opposed to frequent long drives that charge the battery everytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedbegone View Post
    I suppose battery life will also be affected by the lenght and regularity of drives.

    Short /less frequent driving should result in shorter battery life, as opposed to frequent long drives that charge the battery everytime.
    Not necessarily. Most of the 51,000 of mine are highway and the OE battery only lasted 2.5 years. Cells go bad regardless of frequent charges. You are right though in most cases.
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    2013 Certified Pre Owned with 40k miles (I have put on about 10k miles)

    1 oil change (local mechanic with mobil 1 syn)
    New tires came with purchase - Yokohama tires. Wear / winter - wet traction has been tremendous. Very comfortable ride with low noise.
    Door locking mechanism was making clunk sound and replaced under warranty
    Brakes felt spongy at time of purchase so dealer resurfaced them free of charge
    P0302 cylinder misfire - turned out to be a bad ignition coil. Dealer replaced free of charge.

    Other than bad ignition coil - everything has been tight. Not so much concerned about coil as I could understand that part becoming faulty based on a number of factors. Just luck of the draw in terms of the manufacturing processes these days.

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    I'm at 49,300 miles now with no problems but of course this is not considered high mileage by any means. I still have the original Yokohama tires, which I plan to change before the winter. I now drive a company pickup truck (new 2014 F-150) with the new job so I wont be piling on the mileage on my Mazda anymore. The tires are getting noisy, the fuel mileage is the same, and everything is still tight. I sat in a 2016 GT and noticed the greatly improved updated interior over mine. After spending some time in that GT my 2014 Touring's interior felt worn and cheap by comparison. Driving my 2014 Mazda Touring home though made me forget the basic 2014 interior rather quickly because the engine felt strong and the handling was still tight, just like a well behaved sporty sedan.
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    I own the 2014 Grand Touring with the 2.5l engine and have approximately 43000 miles on the odometer. I had to change the factory tires at 20000 miles. I drive 95% highway miles and the premature wear of the tires could be because of the gravel based roads in east Texas. I currently have the "BSM off" warning light flashing on the dash board. The vehicle is out of warranty and I understand that it is an expensive fix for the "BSM" problem. I am going to disconnect the battery, if this fixes the problem I plan on trading it in for another brand vehicle. This is my first Mazda and I haven't been happy with it. Good luck everyone.

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