4yr Anniversary and Other News


Greetings! With all the Christmas rush going on, I haven’t been able to crank out a decent post. Playing catch-up, here’s what’s been going on for the past few months:

2004 6 S Anniversary:

November 7th, 2018 marks the fourth year with the 6 S. As I’ve mentioned in the three year post, this hasn’t been a cheap car to keep on the road. Luckily, the past year hasn’t been as bad. The only unscheduled repair was replacing a few broken wheel studs from being over tightened. The rest were regular maintenance and visual mods.

  • Full left side PDR – $325
  • Powdercoat Factory Wheels – $540
  • Alignment – $160
  • Replace Window Trim Vinyl – $212.29
  • Wiper Blade Inserts – $20.45
  • Oil Changes (5) – $190
  • Replace broken wheel studs – $180

Total cost from November, 2017 to November, 2018 (minus fuel) was $1,627.74. This past fall, I’ve gotten my act together and started entering all my service receipts into a spreadsheet to track costs. To put things into perspective, here are a few stats from day one:

  • Miles driven since purchase – 121,547
  • Total cost of ownership (not including fuel and purchase price, but including tires, maintenance, modifications and repair) – $16,100.76
  • Accidents – 1
  • Breakdowns – 1
  • Sets of tires – 2
  • Recalls -2 (Passenger and Driver Tekla airbags)
  • States Visited – 11
  • Countries Visited – 2
  • Longest distance traveled in one day: 920 miles (Las Cruces, NM to Organ Pipe National Monument)
  • Longest trip: 8,936 miles (Las Cruces, NM to Arctic Circle, AK)

My plans for the car are undetermined at this point. When I discovered how expensive this had become per mile, I decided to pull the S from daily duties. However, I’ve slowly gotten back into old habits and the miles are still climbing. As of today, I’m sitting at 260,500 miles. She’s running suspiciously good, so I think I’ll continue on.


November drive: Why, AZ and the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

I took a much needed adventure with my buddy Tyson (drivetofive) and James Lee (sixspeedblog) to southwest Arizona. It was a bit of a drive as I planned to do it in one day. A total of 920 miles!

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One of the more interesting parts of this trip was meeting up in a small unincorporated community called, Why, AZ.


It got its name from State Routes 85 and 86 originally intersecting in a “Y” intersection. Now, for safety reasons, that intersection was realigned to more of a “T”. So, “Why” did we travel to this desolate part of the state? To see the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument!


Nestled in the Yuma Desert along the Mexico border, the monument is 517 square miles of blissful preserved desert land with natural growing organ pipe cacti along with many other species. The park included an unpaved, rugged 21 mile loop trail called the Ajo Mountain Trail which we obviously had to take. The trail greeted us with some gorgeous panoramic views of the park in addition to enough dust to clog anyone’s air filters. Completely worth it though!


There were short sections of smooth paved road that mercifully gave our shocks and butts a little rest.


Group photo


The old 6 held its own compared to Tyson’s much newer 2013 ILX 6spd and James’ 2019 Corolla XSE 6spd hatch press car.


Breaking Bad Locations


Any Breaking Bad fans here? The AMC crime drama show, which filmed here in New Mexico (mostly Albuquerque), is one of my all time favorites. Rumor has it, they are currently filming a movie which is supposed to be a Breaking Bad successor story. I took the time one weekend scouting out some of the popular locations and seeing how they look today.

Walter White’s House


Hank and Marie’s house


Gus’ Los Pollos Hermanos location


I’ll try to be back with more locations in a future post. Cheers!


6 thoughts on “4yr Anniversary and Other News

  1. I approve all of this – even the exorbitant spending of maintenance dollars on an already high-mileage vehicle, lol. You know I love it! Great pics from Organ Pipe and those BB locations. Wow – < 125k miles of your own already logged on the 6-S! And more to come. Happy New Year.

    • Oh, it sickens me every time I see the total cost tally. However, I know a lot of that was on me for wanting OEM parts, a lot of dealer labor and wanting the car to be in tip top shape. Most sane people would just let the little things go. Let’s see how expensive this “new” Ford gets. Happy New Year to you too!

  2. The cost to run the 6 for the last year doesn’t seem too bad, but the cost over 4 years of ownership is waaaay higher than I think I ever expected – you do have the car looking pretty sharp, though! I reckon you should keep the car on “daily” duties through to 300,000 miles. Thanks for the update Jason and hope you have a great New Year!

    • Thanks, Adam. I originally had plans on getting this to 300,000 miles under daily duties and so far, that’s still the goal unless something big breaks. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. “I am the one who knocks.” Loved the Breaking Bad tour! Very cool to see those houses, especially with a Mazda 6 instead of a Pontiac Aztek. 😉

    Seems like the Mazda 6 is running well, overall. I’ve had a few more expenses this year as well with my Accord, but not nearly enough to make me consider getting rid of it. Congrats on passing the distance to the moon, too! What were the two breakdowns you suffered?

    • Thanks! Love Breaking Bad…maybe too much. I’ve actually found the Aztec to not be that bad after that show aired. The 6 is running well and believe me, I’ve come very close a few times just ditching it for the extreme costs in repair. A lot boils down to the very high cost in parts and it being very difficult to work on a 3.0L crammed into that tiny engine bay. I can see your Accord going 250k+ with not even half the cost I dealt with. For the breakdowns, that was typo…oops! I meant to enter just “1” and that was an alternator which gave out on me. Thanks for stopping by!

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