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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. https://imgur.com/a/7T5OPND

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. https://imgur.com/a/WFDJyBG

But to tell ya the truth, it shoulda been totalled after the first wreck almost a year ago to the day: https://imgur.com/a/M3ZIF

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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