Enjoying 2017 and A 2nd Year Anniversary

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Happy Easter! After a nearly 8 month hiatus, I wanted to check in. Apologies my blog efforts have slowly died down the past year. Things have been good with life, though. Career in full swing, on track and home renovations still coming along. These have been consuming most of my time and therefore I have not put any priority to this blog. I’ve missed sharing many milestones and adventures with you. I certainly needed a holiday weekend like this to keep me away from work, traveling or hammering dry wall so I could sit down and shoot out a much needed post. I’ll get right to it:

Recently, (rather, November 7th, 2016) the 6’s second year anniversary passed by. That means, it’s now the car that I’ve owned for the longest since my 2002 RSX Type-S. Here’s how things have been holding up with the 6 since the last anniversary:

  • Total miles covered in 2016: 37,458 miles
  • Miles on the ODO on the anniversary date: 214,057
  • Total states driven in: 11
  • Provences visited: 3
  • 8 oil changes
  • 0 Breakdowns (in 2016)
  • Longest road trip: Las Cruces, NM to Arctic Circle, AK (~8,900 miles)
  • Maintenance cost: ~1,000

The 6 is running great, but there are a few issues I will be addressing in the coming months. The suspension is feeling a little tired, and the passenger lower control arm is occasionally making some obnoxious moaning noises when cold. Now that it’s getting warmer, I might be able to avoid any pricey repairs until this Fall. My DIY headliner fix didn’t hold that well, and the fabric is starting to sag again. That will need a professional job. During my home renovating escapades, I managed to break one of the back seat fold-down handles while loading stuff and a careless bump with a 2×4 broke a chunk off of my tail light. Also, a careless motorist lightly scuffed my driver’s door after the New Year, but that will be addressed soon with a good exterior detail…which is due this Spring. Currently, the 6 is sitting at 225,804 miles and continues to be my daily driver.

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I don’t plan to retire this car anytime soon. Despite being MIA for so long here, I’ve still been on the open road racking up the miles. Here are a few adventures to share:

Ouray, Colorado trip with Dad:

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Wilcox, AZ with Tyson and James. We had a blast sliding around the Wilcox Playa (Dry Lake Bed)!

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Yup, I’m the idiot who decided to tryout a “figure eight” with the window open. I’m still cleaning sand out!

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Another trip with Dad to California. We captured the “terrific twos” along the way!

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Serious Dad with the hands at “10 and 2”

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Kingston, CA

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Grand Canyon, AZ:

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Occasionally, I will have an urge to go explore around the Organ Mountains Monument here in Las Cruces after work. It’s a good place to clear the mind.

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I replaced the passenger headlight for the THIRD time. Bouncing around the roads to Alaska last summer did a number on the internal wiring harness. I hope this third time ends up being the charm.

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Sadly, in February this year, the 6 left me stranded for the first time due to a failed alternator. About a week in the shop for parts and $1,000 later, the OEM replacement got me back on the road. It didn’t take me long to learn Mazda OEM parts are quite expensive and take a while to get here in New Mexico. For this particular job, and the labor (which was the majority of the final bill) involved removing part of the front suspension to access the dang alternator.

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That pretty much catches you all up! I don’t have any solid plans for this summer yet, but don’t worry, I will be sharing the journey’s with you. Thanks for stopping by!

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8 thoughts on “Enjoying 2017 and A 2nd Year Anniversary

  1. tysonhugie says:

    Joyous day! As it turns out the Easter Bunny DID find me this year, and he brought me a D4D post so catch up on the latest in Jason’s world! Hard to believe the 6 has already covered 25,000 miles since the big 200k. Sounds like aside from that alternator replacement it’s been pretty bulletproof. I have to ask – and maybe this will stay top secret on here – but when will you be sharing the story of your ‘other’ 6 acquisition? Hope the weekend is going well!

    • pawela says:

      Haha! Easter Bunny was generous this year. It’s been a pretty good car and I have no problem driving it to New York and back at this stage. The ‘other 6’ might be going to Dad, so I’ve held off the big reveal until a final decision is made. 😀

  2. Adam says:

    Your trip to Colorado looked pretty cool! 37,000 miles is a pretty considerable sum to cover over a two year period, but I guess that was boosted by the Alaska trip last year. Pleased to see the 6 going well, look forward to hearing about your future adventures!

    • pawela says:

      Thanks, Adam! You certainly can’t beat Colorado scenery. 37,000 miles actually was a sum of just the last year with Alaska. I don’t see myself putting that much this year, but who knows where my adventure bug will take me.

  3. Brad Heffran says:

    Some absolutely beautiful pics here! It’s hard to go wrong with photo shoots in CO. I remember watching an Eric the Car Guy episode of “Fixing it Forward” on YouTube a while back where he was doing an alternator replacement on the same engine, but in a Ford car. Not a fun job by the looks of it. Happy Spring!

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