@Wrong-Wheel-Drive I ended up jacking the car up and spinning a wheel, definitely something near the diff for sure. Car is at the shop now so hopefully get some info soon.
Also, oofta at getting an open diff when you pay for an lsd.
@amoore100 That's a fair comment, though I reckon the Passport/Pilot and the Subaru Ascent would sell pretty well down here (ignoring that Honda Australia is an absolute dumpster fire). The Acadia didn't sell too well, as it was a bit mediocre and at that point, everyone with an ounce of sense knew that Holden was on its last legs.
@dipodomysdeserti Okay? I still don't understand what a ZF rear wheel drive transmission has to do with a conversation about a fwd Mazda, but I'm happy for your smooth shifting.
The ZF8 has been getting lots of praise for the last nine years or so. I think people were assuming you thought the fwd eight speeds were the same transmission. The Mazda would be getting the shittier eight speed. You’ll get better fuel economy with the eight speed Aisin vs the six speed, but it’s not in the same league as the ZF8 as far as driving dynamics. That’s all.