The driver and car

Lenny M. from Queens, N.Y. drives a 2005 Mazda 6 s. It’s part of the first generation Mazda 6 family, which arrived in the U.S. for the 2003 model year. Its 3.0-liter V-6 engine produces 220 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. Lenny has put 110,000 miles on his Mazda 6.

Factory options/packages

This Lapis Blue Metallic Mazda 6 has a black leather interior. Bose surround sound is paired with a six-CD changer — a big deal back then. Automatic climate control, sunroof, 17-inch wheels, and a sport grille and body kit (side skirts) round out the OEM features.

The mods

Window tints all around.

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From an Oldie to a goodie

“I learned to drive on my Dad’s old car. He generously gave me his ‘96 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. The thing was cherry red with a beige faux velvet interior. It had bench seats, four cylinders with 120 horsepower, hubcaps, and a hankering for shaking once you got up to 60 mph. That said, after three good years with my old buddy, it was time to move on.”

Lenny’s Mazda 6 story

2005 Mazda6 on NewYorKars
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“One glossy, beautifully printed Mazda 6 catalog was all I needed to fall in love. My eyes locked onto a car that sported a blue exterior and black leather interior. It had two more cylinders than I was used to, along with 100 more horses.

“The CD changer meant I no longer had to drive with my knees to change the music! What more did I need? The Bose seven-speaker audio system and massive hatch space in the rear were the cherries on top.”

Blue streak

“I’ll never forget the first time I felt my car’s acceleration when the transmission downshifted. I didn’t think it was possible to pass other cars with such ease until I drove that car! 14 years later I’m still getting excited as I write about my blue buddy.

“One glossy, beautifully printed Mazda 6 catalog was all I needed to fall in love”

“This Mazda 6 has always been much more than a simple car to me. It’s been the friend that’s always up for anything; a pal who listens to you when you need to vent. Now it’s also the champion that transports my family and I. Thank you, Mazda, for creating something that’s been wonderful to me for all these years!”

2005 Mazda6 on NewYorKars
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Lenny’s previous vehicles:

1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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