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Old June 9th, 2004, 11:34 AM   #1
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2005 Model Year Changes

See below for 2005 model year changes. Biggest of note is that the 5 speed auto is dumped for a 6 speed auto.

http://members.aol.com/djsciascia/mazda6.pdf
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Old June 9th, 2004, 01:36 PM   #2
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How about the Manual? We get a 6-speed as well?
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No. They are staying with a 5 speed manual.
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Old June 9th, 2004, 02:51 PM   #4
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I don't see the point of it having a 6th gear for the automatic on this V6 engine. It would help with acceleration a bit and maybe MPG but would it be that big of difference? If they wanted to give it better MPG and acceleration then they should have given the V6 more low end TQ so they could run taller gears on the old 5 speed automatic.

But the other features added to this car for 2005 are very good ones .



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Well the word on the street is the new tranny is going to be a Toyota unit that is being tested in Europe. Apparantly the strenth of this new tranny is impressive. What Ford could be trying to do is source a tranny to be used in its future vehicles which will be using the new Duratec 35 block. Also, I know where you are coming from Plum with the addition of low end torque, but the Duratec 30 is limited by its low bore and stroke configuration in terms of how much low end torque can be squeezed out of it. Also, the Duratec 30 may or may not be in the 6s long term, thus the tranny change to get ready for a different engine in 2006.
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Old June 14th, 2004, 05:38 AM   #7
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I was also reading this weekend that in 2007 Mazda is releasing a stretched out car based on the 6 platform that was being referred to in the magazine as the 6.5. The article seemed to indicate that this car will be larger than the likes of the Accord, Camry and Altima, and that Mazda would continue to make the slightly down size 6. This is good news for those of us who don't need a larger car. There were no indications of engine or powertrain configurations in the article.
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