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Alright, its starting to get to me now. Why does everyone say the 6, and sedans in general, are for families. Its almost like some kind of unwritten rule that single, child free people are supposed to be coupe owners. I travel with a lot of people from time to time and I know one thing I definitely wouldn't want them to do is to try to squeeze into the back seats from a folded up seat in the front. I just hate the stereotypes that sedan owners must be family people. I have considered numerous vehicles before pretty much settling on the 6, including the Hyundai Elantra GT, Corolla, Focus, Camry, Accord, Civic, Saturns etc. I have yet to test drive all of the above mentioned cars as I want to get enough money for the down payment before I test drive so that I am not sitting there in wait because I lack the financial resources in order to get the car that I want. Obviously all of the above mentioned cars are under $30K and that's how I like it. :) So basically what I'm saying is am I really looking in the wrong market here? I've never been one to conform to society's "unwritten rules"/stereotypes but I don't want to get something that doesn't suit me well stereotypically. Then again, who am I to want to follow society's stereotypes? Anyway, just my little rant but I'm sure I'm not the only single person without children who likes sedans and the 6. Right?
 

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Hey, don't worry, you're not the only one. I'm a 22 year old single guy, and I love the 6 - I think it looks great. I'd never consider buying a Camry, Accord, or Altima, but I think the fact that the 6 is so much sportier than the other cars in its class makes it that much more attractive to me. I'm likely to be buying a car in May/June, and along with the 6 (4 cylinder manual, fully loaded with GFX [Sport Package in the US] package) I am considering a Protege5, Honda Civic SiR (Si in the US); Hyundai Elantra GT, Toyota Matrix, and VW Golf. I don't really care if I'm in the target market for a given car - if I like the way it looks and the way it drives, and IF I can afford it, I will buy it. Period.
 

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Yeah, that is sort of the way I feel about it. I really like the GT but I wonder if the Mazda6's driving experience is of much higher quality. I stand by the idea that you get what you pay for and that's my only concern with going with something like the Elantra.
 

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another 4door lover here....i think Mazda6 is the best car for $22k....i love the look, option it offers, and power.....i wish that i have more money for TLS or 330i or even TSX, but for $5k - $10k less, i'm happy with my 6.
 

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I'm a single, 32yo guy. I've owned VW's and Mazda's my whole life. I got the 6 because it was finally a reason to move up. I don't have a family, I don't even have a car load of people--for crying out loud, I don't even have a dog.

I can't tell you how frustrating being a GenXer is. Work like a dog all day and night, pimpin' for the man and then you have to come out to a crappy little box for a car that (insert company name here) said was hot, hot hot! And you bought one only to realize it's not, not, not.

Somwhere along the line the idea of owning a car got wrapped up in labels and genre. Everyone has been making "safe" choices for fear of being different or "patriotic" choices for love of "Korean parts in a Canadian Built American Labled car." Looking at the automotive landscape would suggest that GenX is B-O-R-I-N-G! (To all the unwed, teen Mom's producing sufficent quantities of GenY--thank you!)

At least now it looks like some genre busting vehicles are being made to satisfy tastes other than the ultra-conservative 50+ age group. Even Toyota is trying to sell it's dowdy Camry as a hot-rod--at least since the introduction of the Mazda.

I love the Mazda 6 because it articulates design, style, packaging and function into one hell of a hot-rod. They've touched on every detail they could without being anything but Mazda. Could this be the rebirth of the muscle-car era with front-wheel-drive and power windows? I hope so.
 

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Good rant...but I agree...who are you/we to follow society's standards? If you like it...hell..drive it! Personally I'm coming from a driving SUV's all my life...I had an '94 Isuzu Rodeo, and am now driving my father's Tahoe for the moment (I'm happy b/c of this recent blizzard in NY)...but hey..whatever. I looked at everything...Honda, Suzuki, Lex, Mitsu, blah blah...in the end...I didn't want to be one of those Accords, Passats, Jettas, and Camry's that we see everyday on the roads. After test driving the 6...I ordered it. I'm not a family man but choose a sedan. I'll admit...it's gonna take a bit getting use to...but more fun for me - ie...less turn speed b/c an SUV ---> now to my future 6 w/ excellent handling...I can't wait....w00

Cheers fellas... :cheers

-NY Mazda6
 

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I'm 25, single and I love the car. I think the coupe thing is more a American invention, for example, most of Europe is more into sport sedans(correct me if I'm wrong here). Four doors doesn't mean jack to me, its how the car drives.
 

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I'm just the opposite as you, NY. I drove coupes for most of my later driving experience. I went from an '88 taurus (ugh); to an '88 Tempo (ugh); to an '88 Taurus again (UGH); to a 375 HP '89 Firebird formula, to a '98 200sx SE-R.
I was so dead set on getting a truck after the Nissan, and I was looking at the Escape/Tribute, an Explorer Sportrac, a Lexus RX300, even a Toyota Tundra. Then I got into VWs, and I was thisclose to ordering a Jetta wagon. The only reason I didn't was because the dealership fucked me AS I was signing the contract. I figured, I don't NEED a truck (although today it would have been nice); and I'm sure I'd be tired of it quickly. I want a car that can HANDLE. When I got my 6, the other car I was looking at was a '01 Saab 9-5 Aero that I found for $24,000. Just came off a lease, low mileage, triple black, gorgeous. But in NYC traffic, I didn't want to be burdened with a 5 speed. And then came the 6..... :)

I wouldn't mind having a truck as a second car, but I couldn't see having it as my sole mode of transportation. When I'm older, yeah, I'll have a truck as a main car to transport the (future) family, and a roadster for myself on weekends, but until then.... I'll stick with sport sedans.
 

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heh...future family right Entro...heh. Hey...how's the stereo install goin?
 

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I'm a 19 year old and I hate coupes. The car I have now is a coupe (a 1995 Saturn SC2) and it's terrible. It's too small, the backseats are worthless (they have cup holders in the middle backseat for crying out loud); and they're BUCKET BACKSEATS!!! What were they thinking?

I mean seriously, when I just drive myself or my girlfriend and myself it's fine. But when I give friends of mine a ride or I'm carrying a car full of fellow college students, all I hear is *****ing and moaning about how they're eating their knees in the back. Getting out of the car is no picnic either if you're in the back. It's like a damn clown car! I can't even carry my tennis hopper in the back without having to push the passenger's seat forward all the way. It's simply horrible.

I'm only interested in 4-door cars now, whether it's a sedan or a hatchback. The best looking 4-door car out there right now IMO is the Mazda6, although I'm going to wait for the hatchback.
 

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Look its really very simple, just get what you bloody well like.

Stuff the soothsayers, stylemeisters and stereotypical rubbish sold to society by mega slick PR & ad departments.
Get the sedan now, wait for the hatch, for crisakes even get the AWD wagon when it appears, just do yourself a huge favour, GET A 6
 

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I can relate...the stereotype of a 4-door is out there. Heck, I used to hate 4-door sedans (well, at least those under $30k). All I ever owned was a Mustang. Then a friend got the Contour SVT and that pretty much erased all my prejudice against 4-doors. Maybe it's also that one's priorities change with age...

I'm 28 and single and basically, I got sick of the impracticality of my Mustang. My first choice for a sedan was actually Audi A4 but then the 6 came along... It blew the Audi away as far as value goes. I just couldn't justify spending thousands more for an Audi. The 6 is the best 4-door sedan for the money, hands down. Mazda got this one right and that is why I am now a proud Mazda owner.

Like everyone said...screw the stereotype, get what you like. After all, it's your car and YOUR money!
 

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Dude, I totally agree. My cousin had the same concern when he had his M3 coupe. Actually, I think he was kind of anal about it. He wouldn't let anyone sit in the back seat because he was afraid they would mess up the interior in the back and scuff up the leather seats from getting in and out. I like 4-doors because it doesn't inconvenience me or any of the passengers to get out of the car.
 

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The only car I've ever owned is a 4 door (87 Accord) and I dont think I would get any thing else that have less than 4 doors. However, if I already have a car and the other is just for fun than all bets are off. But since I dont have extra cash, the 6 is the best bang for the buck.
 

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To answer your question: No, you're not a typical customer. Most M6 owners don't worry about stupid and out-of-date "sterotypes" like that.

W/ that said, I'd love to see MX-6 become a reality.
 

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Look its really very simple, just get what you bloody well like...[/b]
Hear, hear! :cheers

If folks had to actually justify their vehicle purchases based on a pre-defined user profile, there'd be a lot fewer SUVs on the road now, wouldn't there? ;)

As I see it, there's a wonderful array of great vehicles out there to choose from. Don't worry about what society thinks an individual of your age/gender/lifestyle/marital status should drive! Sure, the marketers try to pigeonhole prospective clients, but there are always exceptions.
 

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            To answer your question: No, you're not a typical customer. Most M6 owners don't worry about stupid and out-of-date "sterotypes" like that.

W/ that said, I'd love to see MX-6 become a reality.[/b]
Out-of-date stereotype? :sarc Hardly. That's why magazines like Car and Driver place it in the family-sedan category and say things like, "It's priced right on top of the family-sedan sales leaders", right? Most people still have a preconceived notion that sedans are for people with families or people who are ready to start a family.

That being said, of course you should buy whatever the hell you feel like. It's your own money after all and if you're going to plop down nearly $30K, you should get what you feel comfortable with. However, that stereotype is still VERY MUCH alive and up-to-date.
 

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In Holland, try buying a wagon. This immediately raises questions if your girlfriend is pregnant. Buying my Ford Escort wagon she wasn't. Now four years later she is. Still loving the space we bought a
6 Sportbreak. We paddle in Dragonboats and often ride with 4 people and equipment, so it is nice to have space and comfort.
 

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            heh...future family right Entro...heh. Hey...how's the stereo install goin?[/b]
Slowly... Very slowly. I just switched jobs, and the money I was making just isn't there right now. Potentially, I can make even more at this job, but for now... Things are strictly need to buy only. I can't justify the $750 (minimum) to $5000 (What my final vision entails) the stereo would cost me, let alone travel costs for competition. I'm looking at April at the soonest, with August a distinct possibility. :(

And hey, as for the future family... I'd have no problem finding the right girl & settling down, but hell, you know NY girls... Hard to find a good one around here. As for kids, well.... I haven't gotten served with papers yet, so so far, so good. :D
 
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