2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda6 i Grand Touring: Ghost in the Machine

December 17, 2008

It's only been a short time we've had the Mazda6, and we did our initial track test yesterday (results soon), but we already have a glitchy nav screen.


Look in the upper-left right corner for the reddish pattern that's displayed on every type of screen (audio, navi, setup, etc.). The width of the pattern never changes, but the top-to-bottom length of it acts as if it's a sound-level meter. Yet the varying length of the stripe doesn't seem to correlate to anything in particular (e.g. volume, static, station).


It's really hard to get a photo of it because it's constantly moving -- I snapped at least 10 photos before I managed to capture it. Here's another one showing a bit more of its potential length. It looks like our first scheduled maintenance visit will include some sort of screen diagnostic, as well. Anybody else know what this might mean? Faulty connector? Bad screen?

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 2,540 miles

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