I don't think the noise will be a big deal. Most people will not be able to tell the difference, between the Accord, etc. (Even the author of the article said that it wasn't much of a problem...he just couldn't find anything bad to say)Originally posted by hieppo
I mean the Honda was quiet and it did get noisy on the highway but that noise is road noise that I am sure is in all cars. Now how is it compared to other car. Hopefully, the M6 is not way more noisier.[/b]
I've lived in Toronto...why do you need a V6 to do 10km/h in rush hour traffic!Duratec V6 is relatively reliable but I have not seen anyone raving its power. And I have to consider the V6 only now since I found out that the I4 version only comes with a 4-speed automatic.
With a 4-speed, Mazda has to gear it to give you the acceleration needed for inner city driving and giving a tall final gear for highway driving. With this setup of so little gear, the shifting will be not as smooth and you will have to give up on some acceleration power for engine smoothness.
I did read, I think it was gasjs, that mentioned the gearing being a bit more for inner city driving. Therefore, you have to drive with a higher reving engine on the highway. I have enough of 3000rpm while on the highway. This is what I been driving with my 4-speed Accord at 120km/h. The new 2003 Accord when I tested it at at 120km/h ran with only 2500rpm. That is a whole 1000rpm lower. You know how much quieter that is? Never mind the better fuel consumption.
I hope the V6 is available the same time when the car comes out to the showroom. Because that is the only alternative for me. Mazda 6 GT - V6 is the only alternative with the big road we have. I know we have lots of traffic congestion but when it is congested, there is noise everywhere so M6 fits right in. However, when I do get a chance to cruise on the highway, I would only accept the utmost comfort.[/b]