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If thereâ€™s a successful automaker that marches to the beat of its own drummer, it is definitely Mazda. Everything about the Japanese automaker challenges the conventional wisdom of how to operate an auto manufacturer, and yet it has worked for them. They were founded in 1920, and, rather than being named after their founder like nearly every other automaker, they were named after a god in Persian culture. They are perhaps best known for innovating the Wankel engine, a rotary motor that powered many of their most popular vehicles. And the most beloved and popular car to ever come out of their gates is the Miata, a miniature bare bones sports car thought by most to be far too small to have modern success.
To say Mazda has done it their own way would be an understatement, but itâ€™s certainly worked for them. Despite trying things that most mainstream automakers wouldnâ€™t dream of, Mazda remains the 15th best-selling auto manufacturer in the world today.
Mazda has always been about having fun, stylish, innovative, and affordable vehicles, and their current lineup puts that all on display. Thereâ€™s the Mazda2, a subcompact five-door hatchback; the Mazda3, a sporty compact sedan and hatchback; the Mazda6, a mid-size sedan; the Mazda5, a minivan; the CX-5, a compact SUV; the CX-9, a mid-size SUV; and the MX-5 Miata, a word-class micro sports car. While every car in Mazdaâ€™s lineup is considered more fun than its competitors, none have a base price of more than $30,000; somehow, Mazda has been able to stick to their roots without it coming at a cost.
As innovative as Mazda may be, they keep it simple with their glass arrangements. The Mazda3 (both body styles) and Mazda6 both have front and rear windshields, front and rear side glass, and rear quarter glass that is a component of the door frame. The Mazda5, CX-5, and CX-9 all feature this same setup, except their rear quarter glass is behind the rear door, but in front of the final pillar. The Mazda2 has a very basic setup of front and rear windshield, and front and rear side glass only, and the MX-5 Miata has front a front windshield, rear windshield for the hardtop version, and front side glass.
When it comes to replacing the glass on your Mazda, there are a lot of ways you can go. Some Mazdas have tricky windshield installation, so whatever your choice, itâ€™s imperative that you find a reputable professional. Some Mazda dealerships charge fair prices to do replacements; if you can find one of these dealers, itâ€™s worth giving them your money, though it will still be a touch more expensive than a glass specialist. Other Mazda dealerships charge as much as three or four times what a glass specialist will charge; if thatâ€™s the case, shop around the specialists, and choose one of them. Finally, many Mazda dealers simply outsource glass replacements to specialists, so if you take a car to a Mazda dealer, ask if they do the work in-house. If not, you can go straight to the specialist and save some money.