2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test


2009 Mazda 6: Automatic Headlights Possibly on the Fritz

September 21, 2009

Mazda 6 Headlight

This weekend featured beautiful, sunny weather in Los Angeles. I know, what a surprise. Yet, for some reason our Mazda 6 thought that it was dark and gloomy, because the automatic headlights stubbornly refused to shut off. Even after multiple starts and stops (ignition wise), the headlights continued to remain on despite it being bright and sunny.

This morning was indeed overcast and gloomy, so it was tough to tell if the headlights were still acting up or if they were just doing their job. However, in the brief drive between the gas station and the office, I'm pretty certain the lights came on only after I entered the garage. Therefore, it would seem that the auto headlights are acting up, but not always.

We'll have to add this to the imminent dealer fix-it list along with the manual lumbar control knob (we forgot about that one) and the wonky navigation system, which now places the car about 114 miles off the coast of Santa Cruz. It doesn't even have a reliable compass, as it points south when you're really going north.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 17,789 miles

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