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  #1705714 19-Jan-2017 11:50
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darylblake:

 

Thanks for the tips. Mines a 2014 wagon. 2.2L Diesel Turbo.

 

Its a very nice car, but yeh I have had a few problems with the DPF. You dont happen to know how hot it needs to be to get the burnoff cycle to work? 

I took this on the open road, driving 100kms all round the place but the RPM usually sits at about 2000 maybe 2200. When i took it into Mazda they said they rev it up to 2500 for about 10-15 minutes to do the burn off. Unless i stick it in drive manual 4th gear, there is no way I am gonna be doing 2500 RPM without going at least 120kms.

 

 

Yeah, mine's the same just a '13 not '14. The expensive tyres come with the 19" wheels on the Limited version of the 6, whereas I think the tyres on the smaller wheels on the GL and GLX (I think that's what they're called) are more conventional in availability and price.

 

The DPF is the only thing I truly hate about the car. I don't know the temperature it needs to get to for the DPF burn-off, but I understand the car needs to be travelling at 80km/hr or higher for it to complete properly. In reality, my experience is that'll never complete properly at city speeds, so it's lucky I live in a small city where it doesn't take long to get to a rural area. So whenever I notice the iStop light's gone out (and after confirming the fuel consumption is higher) I take the car out for a spin on the open road. It can vary quite significantly as to how quickly it completes, but usually it's between 10 and 15 minutes driving (same as you mention above). I've never bothered forcing the engine to rev higher by setting the gear manually, and it's always worked for me, but it's a huge hassle.

 

Again, this is something that reviews and dealers should be up-front about. When I talked to Mazda soon after purchasing my car, worrying about why the car's fuel consumption would go through the roof at various times, they didn't even know the reason for it!

 

 


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  #1705715 19-Jan-2017 11:55
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My tyre guy's eyes lit up when he saw our Mazda 3 SP25.  Based on the size of his grin, I shudder to think what they will cost to replace. 

 

 

I have the Mazda3 MPS, and had to get a couple of new tyres for it (18"). First quote was near $500 each. Shopped around (on the phone). Discount Tyres put a couple of Falkens on it for around $270 each I think.

 

Have to get brakes (pads) done next - they wont be standard either. Any recommendations (North Shore preferably)?

 

 


Genuine brakes, The one thing you keep genuine is brakes. Especially on a MPS.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1705736 19-Jan-2017 12:52
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Make sure you give your car absolute hell going onto the motorway a few times a month, You want to keep that DPF as particle free as possible. They clog up like you wouldn't believe. Especially on VW's.

Id be invoking CGA on these guys to be honest. The expected lifespan of a vehicle battery is minimum of 5 years. That has not met the expected lifespan. Especially for a $1200 product.

 

Can you? 

 

 

Car battery lifespan is 2-4 years, not "at least 5 years", according to a few google searches. One resource.


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  #1705756 19-Jan-2017 13:16
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This thread has made me worried - I have a 2014 Madza3 with iStop (but not iELoop) and now I do not want to think what the battery cost will be.
As its a 2014 model, it only has 3 years service and warranty (5 years started 1st Jan 2015) and ends in September 2017

 

I've already looked into replacement tyres - replacing with the same Toyo it currently wears will cost me $240 each + fitting


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  #1705764 19-Jan-2017 13:22
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I have the same car, you have just freaked the sh1t out of me.

 

I hate iStop. Its so annoying. Id do anything to get rid of it. And don't get me started on the DPF filter. I get Mazda to do all my work now. 

 

 

My F-in-Law has a Mazda CX5 with iStop and there is a switch on the dash to turn it off.





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  #1705767 19-Jan-2017 13:27
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darylblake:

 

Thanks for the tips. Mines a 2014 wagon. 2.2L Diesel Turbo.

 

Its a very nice car, but yeh I have had a few problems with the DPF. You dont happen to know how hot it needs to be to get the burnoff cycle to work? 

I took this on the open road, driving 100kms all round the place but the RPM usually sits at about 2000 maybe 2200. When i took it into Mazda they said they rev it up to 2500 for about 10-15 minutes to do the burn off. Unless i stick it in drive manual 4th gear, there is no way I am gonna be doing 2500 RPM without going at least 120kms.

 

 

Yeah, mine's the same just a '13 not '14. The expensive tyres come with the 19" wheels on the Limited version of the 6, whereas I think the tyres on the smaller wheels on the GL and GLX (I think that's what they're called) are more conventional in availability and price.

 

 

I have a '15 Mazda 6 GLX. It comes standard with 17" wheels. They come fitted with Toyo Proxies T1 Sport tyres which can be picked up for around $300ea.


 
 
 
 




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  #1705771 19-Jan-2017 13:35
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This thread has made me worried - I have a 2014 Madza3 with iStop (but not iELoop) and now I do not want to think what the battery cost will be.
As its a 2014 model, it only has 3 years service and warranty (5 years started 1st Jan 2015) and ends in September 2017

 

I've already looked into replacement tyres - replacing with the same Toyo it currently wears will cost me $240 each + fitting

 

 

My car's a diesel so I'm assuming there's a need straight away for a larger capacity battery; I'm sure that for a petrol car the battery will be a bit cheaper, if that's any consolation!

 

The manual for my car reports the battery for the 2.0 and 2.5 litre petrol engines (which are the same engines in the 3 and CX5) is a model called Q85. From the same site as linked to above (which had my battery for $740), they sell the Q85 for $630, so I'd imagine the equivalent in the cheapest brand I've been quoted would be about $280sh (given I've been quoted $335).




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  #1705772 19-Jan-2017 13:38
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darylblake:

 

I have the same car, you have just freaked the sh1t out of me.

 

I hate iStop. Its so annoying. Id do anything to get rid of it. And don't get me started on the DPF filter. I get Mazda to do all my work now. 

 

 

My F-in-Law has a Mazda CX5 with iStop and there is a switch on the dash to turn it off.

 

 

Yep, all the Mazdas have this, but as discussed earlier in the thread this only lasts as long as the engine is on, so needs to be turned off again at the start of the following trip.

 

Personally, I find that it doesn't take long to learn the amount of foot pressure needed to ensure iStop's not engaged; but I'd only do this when I know I'm not likely to stop for more than a couple of seconds, as otherwise I'm happy to engage iStop.


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  #1705780 19-Jan-2017 13:46
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fwiw if you are an AA member, you could check out the aa battery replacement service 


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  #1705783 19-Jan-2017 13:47
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The expected lifespan of a vehicle battery is minimum of 5 years.

 

 

Really?  Where did you dig up that "fact" from. If you get 5 years out of a battery then you are doing well. Anything over 4 is a bonus.  The OP's battery lasted 3.5 years...  that's not too bad.  He could be doing lots of short trips.

 

 





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  #1705787 19-Jan-2017 13:53
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fwiw if you are an AA member, you could check out the aa battery replacement service 

 

 

Thanks, hadn't thought to try them given I've usually found them more expensive than Repco for a standard battery anyway. I tried out their website search tool in the link you gave above, and that quotes $697 with the $25 AA member discount (a set dollar discount's of not much use when you're talking about a $700 item!). I'm assuming that it's a relatively rare battery, so few options available; at this point, I'm planning on going for the $336 "Ultra" battery from DC Power. While I've been given cheaper prices, my concern is that they've not necessarily understood the specific requirements of the car.


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  #1705794 19-Jan-2017 14:19
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TimA:

 

The expected lifespan of a vehicle battery is minimum of 5 years.

 

 

Really?  Where did you dig up that "fact" from. If you get 5 years out of a battery then you are doing well. Anything over 4 is a bonus.  The OP's battery lasted 3.5 years...  that's not too bad.  He could be doing lots of short trips.

 

 

 

 

Century batteries offer a 3 year warranty on all new batteries. That means they expect that battery to operate with in its manufactured specifications for at least 3 years. With reasonable use one would expect to gain a further 2 years use out of a battery. Thats what i was told at VW where i sold 5 batteries a day.  Am i asking too much? 


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TimA:

 

kharris:

 

TimA:

 

The expected lifespan of a vehicle battery is minimum of 5 years.

 

 

Really?  Where did you dig up that "fact" from. If you get 5 years out of a battery then you are doing well. Anything over 4 is a bonus.  The OP's battery lasted 3.5 years...  that's not too bad.  He could be doing lots of short trips.

 

 

 

 

Century batteries offer a 3 year warranty on all new batteries. That means they expect that battery to operate with in its manufactured specifications for at least 3 years. With reasonable use one would expect to gain a further 2 years use out of a battery.  Am i asking too much? 

 

 

Yep.  I would expect to get 4 years.  5 years is doing well.  If you only get 3.5 then that's within the acceptable range, but you might well be a little disappointed.  There are environmental factors (heat/cold) and usage factors (length of drive/dirty conditions) that will also limit the lifespan of a battery.  Not to mention that modern cars come with lots of gadgets and space to plug in other gadgets.





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  #1705804 19-Jan-2017 14:38
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Yikes good education for me next car





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