With the 12,500-mile mark rapidly approaching, it was time for our Mazda6 Tourer to visit a dealership for its first service. This is due at the aforementioned mileage or after a year – whichever comes first. I booked it in at my local Mazda dealer, Holdcroft in Stoke-on-Trent, and a few days later VA18 CXL was up on the ramps having its fluids and filters renewed at the same local dealership that repaired its puncture a few months earlier.
This brings me on to another tick in the box for the Mazda – its AdBlue tank was still showing 10 per cent remaining, with the refill warning reminder chiming into life just a few days before heading in for the appointment. According to the service technician, this was pretty good going, but means it’s theoretically possible to drive for around a year before having to top-up with the emissions-reducing fluid. When it does need filling, however, you’ll find the cap under the boot floor, so it’s not quite as handy as models with the AdBlue reservoir next to the diesel filler cap. It might be something that you’d leave for a dealer to do, providing the cost is reasonable. Find a friendly one, and it’s not worth getting your hands dirty. And don’t forget that as all AdBlue is the same, any garage can take care of it for you, in between services.
Along with its service items, the Mazda was given a thorough check over, and while the car was treated to a wash and vacuum, I was handed a comprehensive vehicle health check report to take home. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a car serviced at a main dealer, and it’s fair to say the experience has ‘gone digital’. Instead of a stamp in a book, Mazda has a computer service history that documents every visit to a franchised dealership in forensic detail. As you’d expect with a car less than a year old, everything was marked ‘Green’, with the service advisor only pointing out that the front brake pads are 50 per cent worn, with a recheck advised in another 8,000 miles time. Initially I was a bit surprised by this, but on reflection, a projected 20,000 miles or more wouldn’t be too bad for a set of pads in a large, powerful estate that gets driven fairly hard.
As a general point, I also can’t help but wonder if modern diesels will be harder on their pads than older models because there’s so little engine braking or rolling resistance. Take your foot off the accelerator at 60mph in the Mazda6, and it feels like it would travel for a couple of miles under its own momentum, whereas my old Fabia 1.9 TDI PD runabout quickly starts to shed speed as soon as you ease off.
Date arrived 6th September 2018
Fuel economy 58.6mpg (NDEC combined) 43.9mpg (on test)
A full AdBlue tank can last around a year, or 12,500 miles.
The realisation that after 12,500 miles the front pads are 50 per cent worn.