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Mazda turbo or no turbo


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I’m looking at the Mazda CX-50 and want to know if it’s worth spending the extra money to go for the GT with turbo or not. Do I lose out on any major features beside having more power and towing capabilities.

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How long do you intend to keep it? The turbocharged engine will have more service headaches and a shorter lifespan.

I intend for my next car to last me a decade or more. @chucktobias

In that case I'd stay away from the turbocharger.


AVOID the turbo like wildfire!

Their turbo engines are not built right.


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Are not the exception, extreme oil consumption and blown turbos are the "norm" - crap engines.

This is an overly general statement. The Turbo issue is well documented and limited to a very specific VIN range. Mazda had a bad track record with Turbos during the Ford years. I would not be as concerned now.

So, as you said old Mazda turbos were crappy,
a lot of the new Mazda turbos are crap - just don’t buy them.
Also, Ford’s 2.0 ecoboost was based on a Mazda engine (the L-series) that was also “great”.
Imo OP should wait at least 3-4 years to see if the turbo models hold up - too much of a risk, no reason to believe that this time they got it right.

The fact they supposedly won’t grenade immediately doesn’t mean it’ll last.


Stay away from turbo engines as they don't have the longevity of a non-turbo engine.