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Thread: Car and Driver doesn’t seem to think the RAV4 beats the CX-5

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    Paint imo is up there with windshields as a complaint I see with pretty much every car. I had a Ford also with some definite paint defects. Mazda seems better to me vs the Ford. So what car has Rolls Royce paint that doesn’t cost as much as a house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jthj View Post
    Paint imo is up there with windshields as a complaint I see with pretty much every car. I had a Ford also with some definite paint defects. Mazda seems better to me vs the Ford. So what car has Rolls Royce paint that doesn’t cost as much as a house?
    The German cars seem to have decent paint in comparison. Most still need some paint correction if you want it to really pop. This one the owner took to a pro to have it corrected and detailed so it is not as if they are perfect either. My friend's that does his own detailing on a modded GTI has a lot better stock paint than my CX-5. I detail and coat mine and have done a little paint correction, but it is thin paint so I try to be careful. Thankfully I have film on the front and the CX-5 still looks pretty good. My gripe is not as much about the orange peel, but I just think the paint is too thin. It is okay paint for an economy car and for the price I paid. I just hope Mazda improves it some or has improved it some.


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    Ok so I think we’re on the same page. If you look close you’re going to find flaws with any mass produced car.

    Yea the GTI I now own definitely has better paint than my previous Fords did. I haven’t noticed any major defects (bad enough to warranty) in the Mazda but it definitely has swirls and what not since the wife has taken it through some car washes I recommended against.

    On my ST there were some pretty big flaws that I made them fix.

    I don’t think I have seen any factory paint without orange peel. And honestly it doesn’t bother me either.

    As for the German luxury cars having better paint I would expect it.

    I guess imo the Mazda paint is appropriate for its price point.

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    I don't have a good picture of my wife's new Civic and I think compared to previous Hondas that we have owned it seems like Honda has improved the paint. It also has orange peel as one would expect, but it definitely seems to be a little thicker and has been a breeze to detail so far. Just to say I believe (not sure) that Honda did improve paint quality and this is a $20K car. I am pleased with it for what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jthj View Post
    Paint imo is up there with windshields as a complaint I see with pretty much every car. I had a Ford also with some definite paint defects. Mazda seems better to me vs the Ford. So what car has Rolls Royce paint that doesn*t cost as much as a house?
    Japanese cars I have owned have all had weak paint and windshields. Infiniti, Nissan, Mazda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unobtanium View Post
    Japanese cars I have owned have all had weak paint and windshields. Infiniti, Nissan, Mazda.
    You can add Lexus to that list.

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