• Aug 27, 2006
The latest news regarding the cargo of Mazdas aboard the now-righted M/V Cougar Ace is that preparations are underway to tow the ship to Portland, Oregon, where it can undergo repairs and there are facilities able to take on its entire load of cars.

The cars will be inspected thoroughly to determine if any are still saleable, a possibility that exists despite the fact that they spent the last two weeks hanging on their sides. According to the Coast Guard, "there was minimal damage to the cars." This flies in the face of other reports that state that vehicle damage has been sustained on all decks, so the upshot of it all is that no one really knows anything definitive yet.

Mazda spokesman Jeremy Barnes told the ADN, "We don't have a car count as to what is salable and what condition they are in. It all depends on what we find when we get in." There's a lot of wiggle room in that statement. While it allows for the possibility of saleable vehicles, Mazda could just as easily write the whole lot off.

Frankly, we don't understand why Mazda would even broach the topic of vehicle saleability before having their own people inspect the offloaded cargo firsthand. This is sure to be a very delicate topic, as potential customers are going to be asking hard questions about the origins of the vehicles they're considering. Reasonable or not, we wouldn't exactly be thrilled to learn that the new Mazda we're about to drive home of spent the better part of a month hanging on its side in a crippled cargo ship.

In fact, it'd probably be a dealbreaker. We're betting we aren't alone in that sentiment. We'll keep following the story closely.

Thanks M steele for the tip!

[Source: Anchorage Daily News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      VincentP, these cars are ultimately headed for Canada, so unless you live there, you couldn't get one anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mazda will collect the insurance, the insurance company will total the cars and take them. Whatever happens to them will be up to the insurance company unless Mazda wants to forgo coverage in exchange for control.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They might just end up parting out the cars too. The salvage market would love to have 5000 motors, transmissions, and whatever else they could pull off these cars. After all, almost all of them have zero miles, and any dammage done by water, could easily be found while pulling appart the cars for parts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hell yeah! "RX-8 Cougar Ace Edition"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Almost guaranteed they will distroy the cars even if they are in good shape. They would not be allowed to even brake them down for parts as I understand -- probably the parts would be considered used.

      Too bad they couldn't sell a bunch with, say a extended warranty, at a great price -- being subsidized by the insurance company.

      It will be a large insurance claim; and Mazda will get the equivalent of a free boat of car sales.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They could sell 'em to Toyota buyers. After all, they're used to soggy suspensions, washed-out colors, loose-steering and squishy brakes.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The damage isn't as bad as one my think. here is a video that has exclusive images of inside the Cougar Ace. Most of the cars stayed strapped down, only a few lost their straps and went crashing into other cars beside them.

      http://www.cartv.com/content/research/channels/index.cfm/channel/cartv_video/action/showvideo/vid/n_0146/vcat/News/

      Now I'm not sure about engines and transmission - the floors of the cougar ace were covered in fluids from the cars.

      Jim
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fact is, 99 & 44/100ths of potential Mazda owners probably will never know that the Cougar Ace ever existed, nor that any Mazdas spent a month on their sides. If the cars are sellable, they may end up being sold as something other than retail (a rental bulk purchase, or sold as "program" vehicles or somesuch). There is a lot of value left even in damaged cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesn't lean any more than my driveway!
      • 8 Years Ago
      RX8 Cougar Ace edition?

      What would that be, even slower, more sluggish and soggy than the original?

      That thing is so bogus to begin with. What an insult to the RX7's history.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm in the market for a new car & have done a lot of research. At this point, I have full intentions of buying a 2007 Mazda3.

      If they release these cars for sale, without giving customers the identifing VINs of those vehicles, I will NOT be buying a Mazda, and will be forced to look elsewhere.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I got my CX 7 just before....And like it so much I want Cougar Ace version. I think brake fluid would probably not leak out as it has a sealed cap, oh well if it did, just have the fender repainted, oil would leak up thru the rings-just take plugs out and turn engine over to get it out. Antifreeze-put more in.
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