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New From San Jose, CA! I purchased my 2006 MazdaSpeed6 with 16xxx miles and is very clean car! Only problem is that the inner taillight was damaged from previous owner but the dealer ship is going to fix it, but I got on the group by of CAR-LED taillights and can't wait for them. I orig. drove a Ford Ranger that I turned into a pre-runner but I was going through gas like crazy and have other goals I would like to accomplish like buying a house and I need a good commute car. So far it drives great and it is everything I want in a car without breaking my bank. My friend has a 08 Mazda 6 sport hatchback and he loves it, I rode in his and that's what made my decision too look for a Mazda 6 but then came across this beauty at a great price. I don't plan on modding to much out of it, just some simple things like Tint, i pod adapter, and some other small things. I took some pics after I washed my car and cleaned it up a little bit. I guess the paint is Moist silver Metallic(30s)? Anyways enjoy the few pics, I hope to learn more about my car from this forum!

Update 02/18/2013:

Instead of making a whole new post I might as well edit my original introduction. A lot has happened since I have bought my Mazdaspeed 6 three years ago. I am still driving her and she has recently reached 68xxx miles. I in late 2010 I purchased a new house and now commute to work 4 days a week, 66 miles one way! I am really putting the miles on but I am taking good care of her. I do my own oil changes every three months, as well as yearly brake pad replacements, fluid change and the regular tire rotation with alignment check every 10,xxx miles. Being a daily commuter I am not going go to crazy with mods, just ones that will keep the car running long term. My goal is to try to get at least 30mpg for my commute, my average now is 28 mpg utilizing the cruise control 80% of my commute. As of right now my priorities are on my education and maintaining my house, but I need my car to last since it is my main tool to get me to work. The only thing major that needs fixing is my power steering went out and need to replace the rack and pinion. I have been quoted $2,100 for the total job including rack and pinion, new power steering pump and alignment correction. I have learned a lot from this vehicle and enjoy driving it! I also enjoy working on it since it is so easy!
 

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Read my updated info above, thought I would provide an update instead of making a whole new post.



 

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Welcome to the forum!

Always nice to have another speed.

Looks great so far, keep up the good work :)
 

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Thanks @Byakuya! How do you like the new Mazda 6? Saw them at the local dealership when I went a few weeks ago. Have to say I like them better than the 2nd gen!

Going to be replacing the brakes on my days off. Replacing my rotors with OEs from summit and will be using Powerstop ceramic pads. I may upgrade my rotors to the Stoptechs next year with hawk pads.

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And my little helper Toby!
 

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Thanks @Byakuya! How do you like the new Mazda 6? Saw them at the local dealership when I went a few weeks ago. Have to say I like them better than the 2nd gen!
Love it so far. Have had it since Friday and she was in the garage all weekend (for the most part) because it was freezing out (below 20 and WINDY) :\

Rides like a more luxurious car than the previous models, but still has the Zoom Zoom spirit when it comes to handling.
 

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Thanks @Isnt and @dechaoz05!

@Byakuya thats great! They look amazing I am glad Mazda is still upping their game with the new models.

As I said earlier my power steering went out and I need to replace my rack and pinion setup and steering pump. The mechanic I went to who works on Mazda's said he can only get the parts from the dealer since I have a Speed6 in which will cost me $1,400 just for the parts! :huh::banghead:
Went to rockauto.com and found a complete replacement rack and pinion for $441.00 including core price and $140 for a new pump! Has anyone replaced a rack and pinion? I will search the forums. If it can be done with hand tools in one weekend and off to the tire shop to get the alignment I would save so much dough! :D
 

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Alright, another Bay Area addition! Welcome :D

This is scary, I just noticed I have a leak in my power steering line today too, hopefully I can replace it before anything else goes bad!
But anyways, you've got a sweet ms6 there and Toby looks like a boss haha
 

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I've not done the rack and pinion myself. :D

BTW which mechanic do you use? I heard from a friend that rotorsport in santa clara is supposed to be a pretty good independent mazda shop. I got my sienna's rack and pinion replaced at exact in milpitas in december. i remember it cost me $700 parts and labor together...
 

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Thanks @WeakSauce he is the boss too! Yea do not want to let it go any further it will be a pain in the arse later! My rack and pinion was the problem and wouldn't hold the fluid, which caused the pump to drain and fail.
@dechaoz05 I went to Mazda / Honda Specialists off of Winchester Blvd, he was the one that gave me the quotes. IMO I think it is too steep especially for the parts, I will call up rotorsport and exact to see what they say. Since having my own house now and trying to finish up school I am looking at all options to save as much money as possible! It is also hard to find a decent mechanic to do big jobs. I don't mind doing the small things! Thanks for the info too. :)
 

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Thanks @fallenambience!
I am working on my brakes but have learned the hard way not to trust Summit, Autozone, but that I should order my brake parts from StreetUnit or Corksport. Summit listed Powerstop front pads as Mazda 6 to also fit Mazdaspeed 6 :banghead:
I looked on Powerstop website and they are different part numbers than what Summit lists. I am going to order my new front pads from Corksport and get a refund from summit!
 

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Thanks @fallenambience!
I am working on my brakes but have learned the hard way not to trust Summit, Autozone, but that I should order my brake parts from StreetUnit or Corksport. Summit listed Powerstop front pads as Mazda 6 to also fit Mazdaspeed 6 :banghead:
I looked on Powerstop website and they are different part numbers than what Summit lists. I am going to order my new front pads from Corksport and get a refund from summit!
Good luck I am doing full brakes in March
 

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:huh:

and all this time I thought I was the only one...:ninja:
it's cool to finally have some company tho lol

Bay Area ftw!
 

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@mazdagirl77 I have had the taillights on for 3 years now and have had no problem with PD. They are slightly smoked but the led's are so bright its unnoticeable.
The last time I was stopped was for not having a front license plate and my front windows where too dark according to the officer (my front windows are tinted 35% and the rest is 22%)

@WeakSauce, @dechaoz05 @mazdagirl77 I used to live in San Jose but now in the central valley after buying my own place. I still commute to San Jose 4 days a week. If you see me on 680/880/ Mission Blvd just give me a honk! :)
 
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haha what a co-incidence, I just down by mission blvd the other day o_O

If I catch you, I'll be the guy in the black mazda lol
 
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