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Discussion in 'Automotive' started by Peter Renfro, Mar 21, 2021.
Nice! Mazda builds a quality vehicle.
Exact same model and color as the Mazda I bought in 2019. My first Mazda and I love it. Such a nice handling car.
Which trim did she get, Peter? (Touring, Sport, Reserve etc.) I got the turbo...2019 was the first year they put it in the CX-5.
Is it made in the USA?
I do believe the Japanese cars like Toyota, Mazda are assembled in the west with imported parts. They were previously imported but not anymore. Cost factor!
Toyota and Mazda were all set to open up an assembly plant in Georgia last year under a joint venture (which includes some technology sharing), but COVID screwed up those plans. The Mazdas sold in America are still made in Japan until that Georgia plant opens. @Yvonne Smith could add to this...I believe it was in her part of the state. I'm sure it has been big news there.
Of course, there are all those rabbit holes of what "Made in USA" really means. These days it's "Final Assembly in USA from parts manufactured elsewhere."
No made in Japan.
I had a Ford made in Canada and now a Ram made in Mexico.
Used to have a Toyota built in California.
I don't worry about nation of origin when it comes to cars. It is truly a global market.
Best of all Buick manufactures a model for export in China!
I bought a new Mazda3 Hatchback in January, 2012. It's a very economical and practical automobile.
It has a 6-speed transmission that can be shifted either manually or by computer. It can be held in a lower gear when ascending or descending long grades.
It was built in Hiroshima, Japan, but my Geiger Counter registers no trace of radioactivity from the incident on August 6, 1945.
It now has 27,000 miles on the odometer.
It's my 27th car and may be the last I'll ever own! (I turn 85 in July)
The above post shows my new 2005 Mazda, not my new 2012 Mazda3.
It had a 5-speed stick, not a 6-speed auto.
I bought a 2019 CX-5 2.5L turbo. I would kill to have stick shift on these back country roads. The Manual Shift automatic is less than a placebo.
The last Mazda I've owned was a 1990 626 with a six speed. It was zippy, and had those "automatic" seat belts that fastened the chest strap thing when you closed the door. (How many times did I get my head caught by that thing??? )
We also owned a silver RX7 in the late 80s, with the rotary engine. It was snazzy.
I just bought my first Mazda. I wish I had discovered the brand before...I would have been brand loyal forever. I really like these cars.
My CX-5 has a Heads-Up Display with traffic sign recognition. It shows my speed, the current speed limit, the Navigation route and a bunch of other stuff, all projected onto the windshield. I never look at the dash.
Okay, smarty pants. But mostly when I start out, not really as I'm driving...I've not taken any significant trips.
Actually, the gauge I do read as I drive that's missing from the Heads Up Display is the Water Temp. And I bought a wireless ODB2 Reader and software package only to discover that there's no Oil Pressure Sending Unit on these things...just a High/Low sensor. So I can't access an oil pressure reading, which is why I bought the Reader in the first place. I can monitor the temp of the transmission fluid, but not the oil pressure.
Man, I miss the days of cars with a full instrument cluster.
I guess it was too hard for many folks to understand a full complement of gauges. I think that's actually a class thing.