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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:28 am    Post subject: With my MPV totalled out, I present to you: The replacement! Reply with quote

I had always been a member of the no car payment club. I vowed never to have a car payment, ever.
Looks like I failed at that one.

Without further ado, here is my new family hauler, a 2018 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD, purchased with 2 miles on the clock.

Every bum that has sat in the driver's seat other than mine has been an official Mazda employee. I was there for its unloading off the truck from Baltimore Harbor. I was there when the plastic wrap was pulled. Nobody test drove this car on the dealer's lot. The battery never ran down while being stored on the dealer's lot.
I am really loving the Soul Red Crystal - Paint Code 46V. More pics of it here.

Look at the room in the engine bay! You can drop tools and s**t and have them hit the ground. Alternator and starter are easy to get at. Turbo should wiggle out between the firewall and engine block. Water pump might be a little tight, but still manageable. It's a 2.5L I4, so all four spark plugs and coils are up top and easy to get at. That's one of my MAIN requirements in a vehicle, easy repair. (So hopefully this one makes it to 15+ years and 200+ K miles)

Test drove several others including the Toyota Highlander and Sienna, the Hyundai SantaFe, and the Honda Pilot and Odyssey.The Hyundai was okay except for the cramped 3rd row. As a 6 footer, I can sit comfortably in the CX-9's 3rd row. Other than that, the others were complete automotive boredom.

Purchased the new car after some non-insurance having jackwagon totalled out my previous family hauler, a 2003 Mazda MPV that just celebrated 200K miles on the clock. The ONLY times I had the MPV on a tow truck were after it got hit and after insurance cut me the total loss check.

But to tell ya the truth, it shoulda been totalled after the first wreck almost a year ago to the day:

So to recap:

    It's practical... A 6 foot tall adult can fit in the 3rd row and the 3rd row can be folded for cargo hauling. It'll also tow 3500 lbs.

    Mazda builds safe vehicles. Sideswiped by a Chevy 3500 dually and rear ended by a Ford Windstar at 58 MPH and no deformation of the passenger compartment.

    It's fun and engaging to drive.

Driving it gently during the break-in period is killing me though. I can't wait to see how 17.4 psi of boost into a 10.5:1 compression ratio engine, and then pumped to four 255/50R20 tires feels.[/list]

2003 ES - Coastal Blue Metallic - Side Airbags - Power Sliding Doors - Leather - Rear A/C (Original Options)

Self installed rear heat; heated mirrors, fog lights, large wiper bottle, Heavy duty wiper motor. Working on the whole 4-Seasons Package; Just need a transmission cooler.
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