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Old 08-02-2006, 03:01 PM   #1
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Exclamation Something Every RX-8 owner should hear/watch(New Info)


thanks to forum member alnielsen for the link to the bittorretnt

http://tracker02.azureusplatform.com:10000/announce

This video link came to me a couple of weeks ago. I shared it with a few people to guage initial reaction and to se wht they thought about it. All agreed of course that everyone should see it.

I held back on it for one reason, I wanted to inform people at Mazda that it was out so we could get a response from them that would better explain this decision. I have sent 3 emails and phoned once to Jeremy Barnes at MNAO over the last week and a half without response. I am appalled that he would choose not to respond in some way. At least even a "no comment"

The important part of the video for 8 owners is between 2 and 3 minutes. RX-8 owners sales and service surveys are no longer counted in the dealers CARE score. the CARE score is a rating sytem that effects the dealers botom line.

Now i do understand a reason for this. The delaers that are having to deal with the failing engines in Las Vegas and else where or the squeaky brake thing etc are probably getting hit with unreasonably bad scores. Its not their fault the engine/car has an engineering flaw but they get hit with the feedback.

But this totally disregarding the RX-8 owner's opinion of his service or sales experience is not the solution. There are people who have to deal with incompetent and rude Service personnel. How does this help that RX-8 owner. These Dealers who already give poor service to the RX-8 owners are now completly off the hook and have no reason to improve. This may not be a problem for those of us with good dealers or with a bunch to choose from. But there are a great many owners who only have one dealership in their area.

I suggest everyone who has a dealer service issue to start writing their complaints to Mazda via regular mail

Mazda North American Operations
P.O. Box 19734
Irvine, CA 92623-9734
ATTN: Jim O'Sullivan

http://media.ford.com/mazda/people/b...m?make_id=227#

You can also direct them to Attn: Brian Colliani since he is the one responsible for trying to improve your Dealership experince. Also im sure Jim OSullivan would like to hear from you.

His boss is the VP Jay Amestoy in the link above. i had a link with his phone number on a press release but they edited the press release today http://www.mazda.com/publicity/relea...607/0727a.html . I guess that was Jeremy's response to my call since his number was listed there too

Also you can email mazdavisitors@mazdausa.com anmd they will forward your comments to teh appropriate people.

I would have rather had a Mazda Response to give to you all about this situation but i feel i hav eheld this back long enough. You have a right to know.

edit: Mazda did respond after a few days more publicly on this thread

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Following is the official response from Mazda North American Operations regarding the discussion on RX-8 CARE scores:

August 4, 2006

To all RX-8 Forum members:

Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns regarding Mazda’s customer satisfaction process. I appreciate how deeply you care about Mazda and about our vehicles.

As I understand, you learned of a change to Mazda’s CARE survey process as it relates to RX-8 through a video posted – without Mazda’s permission – on the Internet. Unfortunately, the video, which is only one of many ongoing and privileged communications between Mazda, our dealer council and our dealers, does not begin to explain our CARE process or the fact that customer satisfaction is our number one priority. In addition, that video is only one portion of the story behind our CARE survey, and represents only one part of the internal discussions that have surrounded the survey recently.

Because we consider this situation to be proprietary and confidential between us and our dealer body, all I can do is assure you that we are unwavering in our commitment to make owning a Mazda the best possible experience. To that end, we have not stopped surveying RX-8 owners. There will be no change in emphasis on the level of service customers receive at dealers or the frequency of CARE surveys sent out by Mazda, and we retain our ability to take action if our dealerships do not deliver the service or satisfaction we expect and demand.

Our philosophy has been, and continues to be, that we will hold our dealers accountable for situations that are within their control. As such, Mazda’s goal is to ensure that our dealers provide all customers, regardless of the vehicle they own, with the highest level of service and customer satisfaction.

To assume after viewing a video posted on the Internet that Mazda would do anything to compromise this is simply and unequivocally wrong.

Again, I thank you for bringing your concerns to us and giving us a chance to respond.

All the best,

Jeremy Barnes
Product Communications Manager
Mazda North American Operations
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:12 PM   #2
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Oh, good.... more abandonment of the 8 and it's owners.

Thanks Mazda.
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oh and i should say- i fully expect Mazda's response to the video link being posted will be to have the video removed. Thats okay. its not like its the only copy. but grab a copy if you have time so you can share it around.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:17 PM   #4
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wow... i smell lots of trouble for 8 owners in the near future :[
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:17 PM   #5
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So, what they are saying is that since so many RX-8 owners are reporting "bad" service that they no longer count toward their scores?!! That's a little dumb in my opinion. They should be part of overall satisfaction, too. Aren't we still customers? To me this whole thing sounds extremely shady.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:20 PM   #6
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As if other cars don't have design flaws. Even *gasp* other Mazdas have had recalls and things of that nature.

In my experience, dealers are less well equipped to service the 8.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:20 PM   #7
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Well, I'm ecstatic for the dealers that the RX-8 being removed from the CARE score is a "Big Win" since they are now allowed to ignore us. What a #@$% Joke. As if sales of the car already weren't great, how the heck is this going to help that?

The answer, Mazda, is to actually try and educate your dealer network instead of playing dumb.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:21 PM   #8
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what i don't understand is, what's the point of even including the 8 in CARE if the scores aren't going to be affected? I hope Mazda reads this thread.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:23 PM   #9
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oh and i should say- i fully expect Mazda's response to the video link being posted will be to have the video removed. Thats okay. its not like its the only copy. but grab a copy if you have time so you can share it around.
damn....i can't watch it at work....I hope it's still there when I get home
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:26 PM   #10
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damn....i can't watch it at work....I hope it's still there when I get home
It's on my HD anyway if they take it off. I'll host it somewhere if need be.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:27 PM   #11
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Good stuff.

Time to remove those Mazda badges on my 8!
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:35 PM   #12
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I'll have to watch it at home as well.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:40 PM   #13
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I thought it was just me that Mazda didn't care about. I guess it's all RX8 owners.

As much as I like this car I will never buy another Mazda.
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:45 PM   #14
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Old 08-02-2006, 03:47 PM   #15
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I was thinking the same thing. The 8 is an amazing car but there's more to the experience than the car itself.

This will probably be my last Mazda.
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Just curious Zoom, was this video leaked, or is it supposed to be availble to the public?
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its a leak
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:02 PM   #18
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Its a shame that so many of you have had such bad experiences with the Mazda dealers. I have had nothing but good experiences with my dealer. They haven't even asked one question regarding the waranty work I wanted done, and have even done work for free that they really didn't need to. They actually filed and painted my rusty brake rotors for free! I also have the supposed 4th ranked mazda master tech in the country and he's great to work with.
What's the deal with this? Are these other dealerships really that crappy the deal with? What have they done that's so bad?
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Old 08-02-2006, 04:04 PM   #19
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Instead of making the RX8 owners MORE satisfied, they are simply Ignoring the problem

Fock Mazda - Fock the RX8....it's not 'that' good. Definately my LAST new Mazda.

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Wow. Just wow.

I'm amazed that Mazda would choose to do that. As a business owner myself, I could understand them putting the 8 in a different category and applying some sort of special attention to the negative surveys (maybe a little follow-up to make sure it's not just bitching, but an actual issue) but to completely ignore us means that dealerships will no longer care if our problems are taken care of.

Thanks for the info zoom...it will definitely impact my decision on buying another mazda.
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exacly RSD- if the problem is the cars with failing engines in the surveys then just remove those from the sample.
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just watched the video

I will be emailing those individuals listed above to voice my concern
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Damn that's sad...
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Did you catch the part where he said they'd just throw out a bunch of the lowest scores, with no appeals process?

"It's like getting a whole bunch of mulligans in golf!"

Unbelievable. Thank you very much for the info, zoom.
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