One of my cars is a '97 Corolla that has 73,000 miles on it. I took at look at it tonight and counted 6 stone chips. I can hardly believe someone would have 25-30 after 3,000 miles, unless they follow gravel trucks in to work at 65mph.
These are very high chip incident rates. Makes me begin to believe that Mazda's paint is more susceptible to chips. Or perhaps it is the aerodynamics of the design that pull chips into the car rather than push them away. I've been hit by many small stones over the years that left no mark at all. My 12 year old, beatup MX-6 has only a handful of chips after 165K miles.
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