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As of May 18th, I'm now the proud owner of a 2018 GT Reserve. Deep Crystal Blue with Black interior. :)

It turns out that it's currently the only 6 in upstate NY with the model/color combo, it had to be transplanted to me from Buffalo. 3 days and over 200 miles later, the smile has gone nowhere, and I feel it won't be leaving anytime soon either!

I'm still learning all the new (to me) features, but a few things stand out already:

The turbo continues to impress me. Despite the abundance of torque that it generates at low revs, there's absolutely NO turbo lag, nor any torque steer from a standstill. I'm getting used to the more linear throttle (compared to my '10 S GT), but I've never felt the need for more power, whether it's off the line, or passing on a two-lane open road.

Despite the less-than-optimum tires, the handling/ride is typical Mazda. In other words, precise, aggressive, and so damn fun! It definitely feels much lighter compared to my 2nd-gen, which makes it more nimble and willing to take curves at higher speeds.

Inside, the quality and fit-and-finish is still surprising as to how good it really is! Every surface I see and touch looks as if it's straight out of an Audi. The seats are getting more comfortable every day, and the cooling function is IMO just fantastic! As I mentioned, I'm slowly acclimating to the radar cruise and the other newer functions, but the LED adaptive lighting and high-beam control is just about perfect, both in looks, and how well it lights up the road at night.

I do have one gripe: if Mazda decided to go LEDs for all the outside lighting, as well as the turn-signals and puddle lamps on the door, then why cheap out and go with filament bulbs in the interior ceiling and in the trunk? This will be addressed in a future mod, but still...

I'm also looking into getting a few other items in the near future. Stay tuned!



















 

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As of May 18th, I'm now the proud owner of a 2018 GT Reserve. Deep Crystal Blue with Black interior. :)

It turns out that it's currently the only 6 in upstate NY with the model/color combo, it had to be transplanted to me from Buffalo. 3 days and over 200 miles later, the smile has gone nowhere, and I feel it won't be leaving anytime soon either!

I'm still learning all the new (to me) features, but a few things stand out already:

The turbo continues to impress me. Despite the abundance of torque that it generates at low revs, there's absolutely NO turbo lag, nor any torque steer from a standstill. I'm getting used to the more linear throttle (compared to my '10 S GT), but I've never felt the need for more power, whether it's off the line, or passing on a two-lane open road.

Despite the less-than-optimum tires, the handling/ride is typical Mazda. In other words, precise, aggressive, and so damn fun! It definitely feels much lighter compared to my 2nd-gen, which makes it more nimble and willing to take curves at higher speeds.

Inside, the quality and fit-and-finish is still surprising as to how good it really is! Every surface I see and touch looks as if it's straight out of an Audi. The seats are getting more comfortable every day, and the cooling function is IMO just fantastic! As I mentioned, I'm slowly acclimating to the radar cruise and the other newer functions, but the LED adaptive lighting and high-beam control is just about perfect, both in looks, and how well it lights up the road at night.

I do have one gripe: if Mazda decided to go LEDs for all the outside lighting, as well as the turn-signals and puddle lamps on the door, then why cheap out and go with filament bulbs in the interior ceiling and in the trunk? This will be addressed in a future mod, but still...

I'm also looking into getting a few other items in the near future. Stay tuned!

And yes, pics are coming! As soon as I get them loaded onto my new pic-hosting site...
Congratulations. You had your 2010 for quite a while. Nice to see you found a worthy replacement.

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Congrats!

I do have one gripe: if Mazda decided to go LEDs for all the outside lighting, as well as the turn-signals and puddle lamps on the door, then why cheap out and go with filament bulbs in the interior ceiling and in the trunk? This will be addressed in a future mod, but still...
Totally agree. You can swap out all 4 ceiling lights literally in less than 10 minutes. I got the bulbs at Advance Auto. Sylvania DE3175 festoon bulbs. Prolly could have gotten them cheaper online but I was impatient. :grin2:

FYI The trunk bulb is a tiny little thing. Less than the size of my thumbnail. There was no local replacement for it (LED) or the festoon visor lights tha I could find. I’ll have to look online. The glove box light looks similar to the trunk light but I could not figure out for the life of me how to get the #$&*@! thing out to check.

Enjoy! Looking forward to hearing more impressions.
 

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Yaaaayyyy!! Been waiting for you to make this thread.

Congrats again sir, absolutely well deserved!
 

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Congrats sir! Very excited for you. Glad you're loving it. Not sure if it's a direct swap, but the signature trim does have the LEDs in the interior. So not sure if it's as simple as grabbing those part numbers, but I'm certain it's definitely cheaper to go the aftermarket route. Just an option I was thinking

Again, congrats! Very happy for you!
 

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Finally got pics up in post #1 , and also in my garage.


Totally agree. You can swap out all 4 ceiling lights literally in less than 10 minutes. I got the bulbs at Advance Auto. Sylvania DE3175 festoon bulbs. Prolly could have gotten them cheaper online but I was impatient. :grin2:

FYI The trunk bulb is a tiny little thing. Less than the size of my thumbnail. There was no local replacement for it (LED) or the festoon visor lights tha I could find. I’ll have to look online. The glove box light looks similar to the trunk light but I could not figure out for the life of me how to get the #$&*@! thing out to check.

If my research is correct, the trunk bulb is 194. The LED swap will happen, probably in a month or so when things calm down a little at my end.

Congrats sir! Very excited for you. Glad you're loving it. Not sure if it's a direct swap, but the signature trim does have the LEDs in the interior. So not sure if it's as simple as grabbing those part numbers, but I'm certain it's definitely cheaper to go the aftermarket route. Just an option I was thinking

Again, congrats! Very happy for you!
I've got a couple of vendors in mind, but yeah, buying then through Mazda may be a little pricey (like everything else lol).

And thank you for a mod inspiration. I'm planning on doing that front plate mod as soon as this weekend. :)
 

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How do you feel the Deep Crystal Blue compares to previous years? I saw one on an overcast day and it seemed a tad lighter and not as dark as previous years.
 

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How do you feel the Deep Crystal Blue compares to previous years? I saw one on an overcast day and it seemed a tad lighter and not as dark as previous years.
I can't compare it well with previous years, since I never owned a blue 6, but to me, the color is fantastic! The metal flake varies the brightness of the blue, and in certain light there's a purple/black hue to it. It also makes the 6 look more upscale and sophisticated.

A couple of gripes:
- I miss my CD player. Yeah, it's more of a reflection on me than the 6, but I still do.
- The Lane Departure Warning can get annoying, especially in construction zones, where the road striping isn't always accurate. Luckily there's a way to defeat it.
- My 2nd-gen had two hooks in the trunk, which I used to hold my hardhat and safety vest. No hooks on the '18.

Other than that, still a dream on wheels.

I placed an order for LEDs for the interior lights and trunk, they should be arriving soon. Still need to do the front plate mod, and I'm planning on getting mud flaps, pedal covers, side window deflectors, and Mazda Canada OEM floor liners in the near-future.
 

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- My 2nd-gen had two hooks in the trunk, which I used to hold my hardhat and safety vest. No hooks on the '18.
You should install the cargo net. Versatile and very easy to install. The hardest part was to figure out that the sill trim piece pulled straight up. It was a pain to have to drill out the metal holes and sweep up the shavings but it wasn't that big of a deal.


... and Mazda Canada OEM floor liners in the near-future.
If I had to do it again, I wouldn't get the Mazda OEM rubber mats. The rubber mats for my 2016 fit the 2018 so I've had them for a few years. It didn't take them long to loose their color. They're a faded, light gray from their original dark gray. My brother purchased the Weather Tech mats for his 2016 at the same time. His mats are still jet black today. You can get them in black as opposed to the gray rubber OEM accessory mats and they fit perfectly.
 

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If I had to do it again, I wouldn't get the Mazda OEM rubber mats. The rubber mats for my 2016 fit the 2018 so I've had them for a few years. It didn't take them long to loose their color.
Take them out, give them a good cleaning with a brush and Dawn Liquid Dishwashing soap. Let them dry and then use this.

[ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VSATBI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]

It has no smell. Won't attract dirt and is not slippery. Great stuff. Will make your mats look like new again. I use it on anything and everything rubber on/in the car/truck.


Wiper blades, door gaskets, even the tires as it makes them look new. If you like shiny/wet looking tires then no, just makes them look natural like they did when they were new.

Sorry for the thread jack. Back to your regular programming. :laugh2:
 

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Take them out, give them a good cleaning with a brush and Dawn Liquid Dishwashing soap. Let them dry and then use this.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VSATBI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It has no smell. Won't attract dirt and is not slippery. Great stuff. Will make your mats look like new again. I use it on anything and everything rubber on/in the car/truck.


Wiper blades, door gaskets, even the tires as it makes them look new. If you like shiny/wet looking tires then no, just makes them look natural like they did when they were new.

Sorry for the thread jack. Back to your regular programming. :laugh2:
Just order it.

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First mod!

I ordered 4 of these VLED bulbs for the door/map lights, trying out the new 5500K that was recently introduced. With the help of this thread (thanks again Byakuya), I was able to pop them in with no issue (no blown fuse, no scratches on the trim, etc.), and the results speak for themselves:





The bulbs are pure white, without a hint of blue, which is exactly what I wanted, and they're also MUCH brighter than the stock filaments.

I also went with this bulb for the trunk. Now before anyone else calls me on it, yes, I went with a 194 instead of a 74 bulb. This is totally and completely my fault, because I didn't double-check this thread for confirmation. However, I was able to actually use the 194 bulb after all. All I needed to do was to trim the plastic ends of the base inward all the way to the contact edges, and with a little force, I was able to pop it into the housing, and it works perfectly!




I'll add more pics at night as soon as I can, but even in daylight, they're quite bright. And of course, the quality and materials of these bulbs are second to none IMO. Worth every penny...
 

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I also went with this bulb for the trunk. Now before anyone else calls me on it, yes, I went with a 194 instead of a 74 bulb. This is totally and completely my fault, because I didn't double-check this thread for confirmation. However, I was able to actually use the 194 bulb after all. All I needed to do was to trim the plastic ends of the base inward all the way to the contact edges, and with a little force, I was able to pop it into the housing, and it works perfectly!




I'll add more pics at night as soon as I can, but even in daylight, they're quite bright. And of course, the quality and materials of these bulbs are second to none IMO. Worth every penny...
Oh my, I am glad you did this because I don't think any of the #74 bulb options are nearly bright enough to light up the large trunk in a functional manner. I have to wonder why Mazda decided to go with bulbs meant for gauges and speedometers in such a big area like the trunk. Will definitely go with the 194 and modify to fit.
 

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Oh my, I am glad you did this because I don't think any of the #74 bulb options are nearly bright enough to light up the large trunk in a functional manner. I have to wonder why Mazda decided to go with bulbs meant for gauges and speedometers in such a big area like the trunk. Will definitely go with the 194 and modify to fit.

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This!


Beyond me why such a dim light for the trunk, though most of my cars have been this way.

I’ll have to try to mod a 194.

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I took a few cell phone pics when I got back from seeing some friends last night:






When I shut off the ignition and the lights went on, I literally jumped at how abruptly bright the LEDs were. Almost TOO bright!

Then I went to the back...


Pardon the mess, I've got some of my work equipment.

I don't think I'll ever have any issue finding anything in the trunk anymore, especially at night... lol
 

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I took a few cell phone pics when I got back from seeing some friends last night:






When I shut off the ignition and the lights went on, I literally jumped at how abruptly bright the LEDs were. Almost TOO bright!

Then I went to the back...


Pardon the mess, I've got some of my work equipment.

I don't think I'll ever have any issue finding anything in the trunk anymore, especially at night... lol
I'll def have to mod a 194 for the trunk light. Looks so good!

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That is really bright! Does it fade out like the incandescent bulbs did or is it just on/off now?
They still fade, but not as full or long.

Say the incandescent bulbs fade by counting down from 5,4,3,2,1,0.

I'd say the LEDs are 5,4,3,2.5,0. :)
 
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