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Picked up some winter shoes already...
I picked them up Thursday from a seller on Craigslist and spent a few minutes cleaning them up today.

Now... Time to sell my old set of 16"s...
Really liking your tasteful mods! I have a set of 205/55R16s from my Mazda 3, will probably sell them and get 17s for the winter as well. Although Vancouver winters aren't that tough... In the city we rarely get any snow but I'm planning to do some road trips.
 

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I got my floor liners in the mail yesterday, so I figured I'd pop them in and take a few pics, since they'll never be as clean and presentable as they will be when new, and they'll be put to good use this weekend, since we're expecting our first (of many, I'm sure) nor'easter of the year.




The fitment is excellent. They slip right into place and have an inch-high lip along the entire edge of the liner. They look to be of good quality and material, so I think they'll do just fine during the CNY winters and the mud/muck I track in from my work boots.

The one HUGE advantage I saw with these is that the drivers liner covers the dead pedal area, which is perfect, since my left foot is there about 90% of the time, and the carpeting tends to get quite dirty and discolored up in that corner. The other (purely aesthetic) thing is the "Mazda 6" plaque and the logo molded into the mat. It looks great to me anyway...

In case you are interested:
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Click me for the rear liner (1 piece)

They're pricey, I admit, but if they last through all the abuse that they'll get from me, they'll be worth it.
 

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Does the driver side mat stay clipped in? The factory mat on my car won't stay clipped on to the left peg. They even replaced my mat with a new one and the same thing happens. I've seen others post they have the same problem. I'm curious if the aftermarket ones do better or have the same issue.
 

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Does the driver side mat stay clipped in? The factory mat on my car won't stay clipped on to the left peg. They even replaced my mat with a new one and the same thing happens. I've seen others post they have the same problem. I'm curious if the aftermarket ones do better or have the same issue.
It's stayed in place so far, but I've only driven it twice since I installed them, so it's too early to tell. I'll update this as time goes on.

I too am having that same issue with the OEM drivers mat. I've discovered that if exit out of the car by twisting my feet a certain way, especially with my work boots, that's when it pops out of the clip. Since I've been more cognizant of it, I've been more... deliberate, you can say... when I get out, and the clip stays in place far more often. It's hard to describe, but it seemed to make a difference.
 

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Thanks for the response.

Yes, I've noticed that if I put too much pressure on the center of the mat or put/twist my foot a certain way is when it pops out. I've tried to adjust how I get in and out, but I shouldn't have to.

It seems that if the center of the mat was firmer then it wouldn't happen as much. The center of the mat depresses quite a bit and causes the corners to lift up and the left peg to unclip. I thought about putting something like a thin piece of wood under the mat to firm it up and see if that helps but haven't tried it yet.
 

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I got my floor liners in the mail yesterday, so I figured I'd pop them in and take a few pics, since they'll never be as clean and presentable as they will be when new, and they'll be put to good use this weekend, since we're expecting our first (of many, I'm sure) nor'easter of the year.
Yeah buddy! Just put mine in this week too. Such a good looking mat, crazy impossible to clean once they've been weathered though

I had these on my '16 3. If there's anyone who can get stuff clean, it's normally me. As much as I tried, as you said, they're only presentable when they're brand new. Regardless - they do the trick
 

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I got my floor liners in the mail yesterday, so I figured I'd pop them in and take a few pics, since they'll never be as clean and presentable as they will be when new, and they'll be put to good use this weekend, since we're expecting our first (of many, I'm sure) nor'easter of the year.




The fitment is excellent. They slip right into place and have an inch-high lip along the entire edge of the liner. They look to be of good quality and material, so I think they'll do just fine during the CNY winters and the mud/muck I track in from my work boots.

The one HUGE advantage I saw with these is that the drivers liner covers the dead pedal area, which is perfect, since my left foot is there about 90% of the time, and the carpeting tends to get quite dirty and discolored up in that corner. The other (purely aesthetic) thing is the "Mazda 6" plaque and the logo molded into the mat. It looks great to me anyway...

In case you are interested:
Click me for the front set
Click me for the rear liner (1 piece)

They're pricey, I admit, but if they last through all the abuse that they'll get from me, they'll be worth it.
Just order a set the other day. One thing I wonder is how much improved NVH on the 18 was via the high pile floor mats. I.e. wonder if replacing the original floor mat with these plastic mats will affect interior NVH.

But anxious to get them. They look nice.

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Ready for the CNY winter!

FINALLY got my winter wheels/tires installed this weekend (after the 1st Lake Effect snow and 1st Nor'easter of the season, of course... lol)






The install was Friday, and I've put some miles on them since then. A few observations:

- I'm SOOOO glad I decided to upgrade from 16" steelies to the 17" MSW rims for my new 3rd-gen. The wheels fill out the wheelwells pretty nicely, while still allowing room for getting any snow/ice build-up. The 16" rims were okay on my '10, but IMO they'd look like Cheerios on my '18.

- The verdict on the Blizzaks is still out. I did buy them used, so they already have 2 seasons on them. Traction on snowy roads and parking lots is very good, and as expected for a winter tire, but compared to my previous X-ices which had 4 seasons of use on my '10, they're quite loud, and feel a little more squirmy on dry pavement. I'll reserve my final judgement on them after this winter.

- And, just like on my 2nd-gen, I have no TPMS sensors installed, so the TPMS light flashes for the first 30-40 seconds, then stays lit. Also like the 2nd-gen, the light has no effect on the handling or function of any other systems on the 6 (ABS, traction control, etc.), and the light itself is dimmer and farther to the side of the instrument cluster, so it's not as noticeable and/or distracting.
 

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Just an update on the mats...
Thanks for the response.

Yes, I've noticed that if I put too much pressure on the center of the mat or put/twist my foot a certain way is when it pops out. I've tried to adjust how I get in and out, but I shouldn't have to.

It seems that if the center of the mat was firmer then it wouldn't happen as much. The center of the mat depresses quite a bit and causes the corners to lift up and the left peg to unclip. I thought about putting something like a thin piece of wood under the mat to firm it up and see if that helps but haven't tried it yet.
Since I installed the mats, the lower left peg has NOT popped out, not once. This includes driving with my work boots on, as well as them being exposed to freeze/thaw and snow/ice, as well as mud and rainwater.
Just order a set the other day. One thing I wonder is how much improved NVH on the 18 was via the high pile floor mats. I.e. wonder if replacing the original floor mat with these plastic mats will affect interior NVH.

But anxious to get them. They look nice.

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IMO they have no effect on the NVH of the '18 compared to the carpet mats. I only noticed a difference when I got my winter wheels/tires installed this past weekend, but I blame that on the Blizzaks. In fact, the Blizzaks showed me just how quiet and calm the "SUV" tires are on the '18s... lol
 

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Geez! I haven't touched this thread in a year? Bad, BAD Mazda owner!

Anyway, a quick update...

I planned on getting the CS intake for the turbo, since there's been a few other members here that got it and like it, but unfortunately, this past year has been FULL of surprises. Mainly, surprise expenses. Plus weeks when I've been putting over 250 miles per week just for my job. So I really haven't done anything this year, besides run up the miles.

I did have to take her in to replace the passenger-side seatback release, which was fixed under warranty. It's also been hand-waxed a couple times, and washed frequently.

My hood has a nice scratch in it (thanks to me, using a snowbrush that had, unbeknownst to me, worn down past it's useful life), but surprisingly has very few chips in it, unlike others on here. I wonder if it's the specific color I have? The winter wheels/tires are back on, and my driving for work has cut back as well.

I still want the CS intake, and I've got a couple other small "mods" I'd like to do next spring. Other than that, it's got 25K miles on it, and it still runs and feels brand-new to me. I still sometimes get a new-car-smell every so often...
 
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Geez! I haven't touched this thread in a year? Bad, BAD Mazda owner!

Anyway, a quick update...

I planned on getting the CS intake for the turbo, since there's been a few other members here that got it and like it, but unfortunately, this past year has been FULL of surprises. Mainly, surprise expenses. Plus weeks when I've been putting over 250 miles per week just for my job. So I really haven't done anything this year, besides run up the miles.

I did have to take her in to replace the passenger-side seatback release, which was fixed under warranty. It's also been hand-waxed a couple times, and washed frequently.

My hood has a nice scratch in it (thanks to me, using a snowbrush that had, unbeknownst to me, worn down past it's useful life), but surprisingly has very few chips in it, unlike others on here. I wonder if it's the specific color I have? The winter wheels/tires are back on, and my driving for work has cut back as well.

I still want the CS intake, and I've got a couple other small "mods" I'd like to do next spring. Other than that, it's got 25K miles on it, and it still runs and feels brand-new to me. I still sometimes get a new-car-smell every so often...
If you don't spend much time stopping or sitting in traffic the intake is fine, as long as there is some sort of heatshield around it. You want a constant supply of cool air going to the intake. Otherwise... I wouldn't really mess with the factory airbox.

What other mods are you interested in? I am thinking of getting sway bars front and rear, but I'm stuck in a bit of a dilmmna because if I am taking apart the suspension, I may as well do the springs and struts as well. Although I am at 100k miles, the suspension feels pretty tight to me, so I'm not sure.

I am just about to pull the trigger on OVT. I have been holding it off for too long.
 

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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!



















If you still looking to add LED lighting in the interior CorkSport has a LED kit for the the interior that I think is well worth it and easy to install.
 

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If you still looking to add LED lighting in the interior CorkSport has a LED kit for the the interior that I think is well worth it and easy to install.
Thanks, but I ended up going to VLEDs. Check out the pics in post #14 and $17.

And while I'm here... Update:

I'm knocking on 30K miles, but I'm not 100% sure what it is, since I haven't driven my 6 in a few days. Like everyone else, my day-to-day schedule has been thrown out the window, and I'm now working full-time from home. No more site visits, so the car stays parked for up to a few days at a time. Luckily, we're not locked in our homes here (for now), so I have taken it out on a drive or two, just so I can DRIVE!

Mods: Nothing lately, but I've got some $$$ set aside, and I'm planning on getting my back window tinted dark (since NYS is such a killjoy with window tinting on the side windows, and it's part of the yearly inspection, thanks to Adolf Cuomo!), as soon as things return to normal. I'm also most likely getting new 3-season tires, since the OEM Falkens are nearly gone (all at 4/32 tread, with regular rotation, and not even 20K miles on them!). I'm eyeing two replacements:

General G-MAX AS-05
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BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

So far, I'm leaning toward the Generals, but I like the price on both of them, and I've got a buddy with a garage that can beat the Tirerack pricing for either one. That purchase will probably take place later than sooner, since I'm not driving much right now.

I've got a couple other small mods planned, but I'm waiting for warmer weather to tackle them.

Otherwise, it's been smooth sailing. The car still makes me smile, and that's especially important with the current BS we're all going through.
 

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I'm also most likely getting new 3-season tires, since the OEM Falkens are nearly gone (all at 4/32 tread, with regular rotation, and not even 20K miles on them!). I'm eyeing two replacements:

General G-MAX AS-05
or
BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S

So far, I'm leaning toward the Generals, but I like the price on both of them, and I've got a buddy with a garage that can beat the Tirerack pricing for either one. That purchase will probably take place later than sooner, since I'm not driving much right now.

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I’ve had both tires actually on my 2014. I really liked the BFGoodrich tires. They were my first tire after the stock Dunlop’s and lasted me from about 36,000 miles to about 80,000. I replaced those with the Generals and those only lasted until I hit about 107,000, which was surprising.

From what I remember, the BFGoodrich tires were pretty quiet, and the Generals started quiet but got noticeably louder as they wore, I guess cuz they wore quickly.


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Thank you! I appreciate the feedback.

So you think the BFGoodrich tires were quieter? That's good to know. Despite the miserable handling and treadlife, I love how quiet they are, no matter what the pavement surface or speed, they're virtually silent!
 

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Have you considered the Conti Extreme Contact DWS06? I’m on my 4th set. ( 2 sets on my 2009, 1 set on my 2016, and currently have a set on my 2018.). They handle well on dry roads, tread water well in the rain, they’re comfortable, quiet, and not that expensive. On my 2009 6, I drove them in light snow twice and they were ok but I don’t go back to PA regularly so don’t drive in snow at all anymore.
 

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Thank you! I appreciate the feedback.

So you think the BFGoodrich tires were quieter? That's good to know. Despite the miserable handling and treadlife, I love how quiet they are, no matter what the pavement surface or speed, they're virtually silent!
Yea if I remember right I think they were. I also had a 2014 which was a bit louder than your 2018 so the difference to you may be smaller!
Have you considered the Conti Extreme Contact DWS06? I’m on my 4th set. ( 2 sets on my 2009, 1 set on my 2016, and currently have a set on my 2018.). They handle well on dry roads, tread water well in the rain, they’re comfortable, quiet, and not that expensive. On my 2009 6, I drove them in light snow twice and they were ok but I don’t go back to PA regularly so don’t drive in snow at all anymore.
I considered those tires also when getting the Generals. I was so torn but I think what topped the scales in the Generals favor was a rebate they were running at the time.


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Have you considered the Conti Extreme Contact DWS06? I’m on my 4th set. ( 2 sets on my 2009, 1 set on my 2016, and currently have a set on my 2018.). They handle well on dry roads, tread water well in the rain, they’re comfortable, quiet, and not that expensive. On my 2009 6, I drove them in light snow twice and they were ok but I don’t go back to PA regularly so don’t drive in snow at all anymore.
I've considered the Contis as well, but they are locally currently more expensive than either the BFGs or Generals, and despite their great ratings in winter driving, I've got winter wheels/tires, so I'm not too concerned about that. If the price gets better soon, I'll take another look.

Yea if I remember right I think they were. I also had a 2014 which was a bit louder than your 2018 so the difference to you may be smaller!
Mazda did add more sound deadening to the '18s, but IMO the tire choice played a huge role in lowering noise levels as well. I hope the replacements do the same thing.
 
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