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  • What's Mazda's track record for rebating new models? Any chance the 5 will see incentives anytime soon?
  • rdrrrdrr Posts: 20
    Mazda Canada's web site has no mention of safety on any of it's vehicles. Would be interesting to see what the results of the rear crash test will be. It might take the next 12 to 24 months to be officially tested if tested at all or the web site to be updated. If Mazda designed the car to protect the 3rd row they must have tested it?
  • wheelz4wheelz4 Posts: 569
    Any word on any running or next model year changes for the 5? Would like to see a front passenger armrest, 5 0r 6 speed automatic and an ipod jack. Some load-levelling shocks in the rear wouldn't be a bad idea as well, due to the reports of it riding low when fully loaded. Other than that, it's pretty much perfect (although I'd like a delete option on the useless side skirts). And I'm sure some people would like the 2.3 turbo from the upcoming CX7!
  • edf4edf4 Posts: 65
    AWD would be great too, or even a limited slip differential for the front drivetrain, as now it fair to poor in the snow and wet, and though better with snow tires, still leaves a lot to be desired. Can't wait for spring, summer, and fall when she'll really shine . . .
  • nym5nym5 Posts: 20
    Ditto on the fugly running boards.
    As far as additions, Mazda should put Stabilty Control, which is available in Europe & Asia, on the N American bound 5's, standard.
    I'm trying to retrofit something like the AirLift system for the rear springs. If I can find the right size I'll try them and report back.
    oh yeah, and an aux input!
  • dapontdapont Posts: 21
    Late January a home market special edition will be released. Read all about it at: http://www.japanesecarfans.com/news.cfm/NewsID/2060112.002/mazda/1.html

    The "highly popular power dual sliding doors" option is available for US$918. Suppose it's just a matter of time before we get that choice.
  • Mazda 5 shoppers should note recent complaints about the winter-weather effectiveness of the rain-sensing wipers, and about the cosmetics of the running boards. Happy Sport model buyers don't have these items, and didn't pay for them, and have the intermittent wiper setting, the ability to see at a glance how the heating/cooling is set, the ability to add front mudguards, and the choice of all the newest navigation handhelds if we want one.

    Sport and Touring are both good buys, don't get me wrong, but especially on a car where the base model is SO well-equipped, there is a lot to be said for it.

    pagetuner
    http://pagetuner.com/mazda5/
  • wusterwuster Posts: 153
    I think the rain sensing option is on Candian Mazda5's only. My Touring didn't come with rain sensing wipers...just plain old manual switch.

    :)
  • nym5nym5 Posts: 20
    I'm in some agreement with you. I have the Touring and I hate the running boards. But I have to say that climate control is really nice and was the only reason I chose the Touring over the Sport. Of course I figured I'ld just remove the running boards for better aesthetics but to my surprise the car's sheetmetal has about a dozen holes on the side for the attaching clips. I haven't seen a Sport so I'ld love to compare and see if anything is attached to the metal body. Since I know that the 'appearence package' for the Sport includes the running boards I'm wondering how the Sport covers the holes without that option.
    The other plus with the Sport is locating a manual trans version is much easier than a manual Touring. And as for the climate control (not to mention rainsensing wipers...); I know that in Germany, Mercedes and others make a batch of their top line cars (S class, 7 class) with no power anything: manual windows, manual locks etc etc, as there is a small but vocal contingent of German buyers who think that the driver should be in complete control of everything and that the cars only job should be in the engine compartment. This was 10 years ago, perhaps that minority has dwindled to nothing. Hence 'idrive' :sick:
  • Oops. Shows how little time I spent on the Touring option list. Sorry. How about the special tire pressure valves so you can't easily get a set of snow tires on aftermarket wheels. Is that all Tourings, or some, or Canada? It's another item on my list of wretched excess.

    Another item I could do without that even the Sport has, unfortunately, is The Key That Ate Chicago. When your carkey is bigger than your son's MP3 player, something is wrong. (On the other hand, it allows competition: How far can your switchblade fling a quarter?)

    pagetuner
    http://pagetuner.com/mazda5/
  • "there is a small but vocal contingent of German buyers who think that the driver should be in complete control of everything and that the cars only job should be in the engine compartment. This was 10 years ago, perhaps that minority has dwindled to nothing."

    My kind of folks. Cruise control is the best example. My accelerator foot knows how to keep a distance from the car ahead without any thought. Cruise control doesn't, so on the Eastern Seaboard highways I drive, it is more work with cruise on than off.

    And we haven't even started to discuss repair costs when your 5 is ten years old and the climate control dies.

    pagetuner
    http://pagetuner.com/mazda5/
  • nym5nym5 Posts: 20
    "And we haven't even started to discuss repair costs when your 5 is ten years old and the climate control dies"
    lol, so true! I had a Peugeot that had climate control. It was a complex bowl of spaghetti vacuum lines that, once disconnected for repair, could never be put right again.
    And don't forget that airbag systems supposedly (according to M Benz) have a 10 year lifespan....
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    "Cruise control is the best example. My accelerator foot knows how to keep a distance from the car ahead without any thought"

    That sounds nice unless you're doing a 12 hour road trip on open highways and you want to be able to stretch out your foot and move you legs!!
  • wheelz4wheelz4 Posts: 569
    nym5...not too happy to hear about the mounting holes. Figured if I sprung for a 5, the first thing I would do is remove the ugly sills. Could go for a GS (Canadian base version) over the GX but then would miss out on the flip out tray between the rear seats, amoung other things. Boo Mazda! Please get rid of the ugly sills or make them optional. & thanks, edf4....sounds like snows are the way to go.
  • :D It's interesting to read about how everyone has a completely different taste. I chose a MT Sport with the popular package just because I reckoned that without the side sills, fog lights and the back spoiler the M5 would just look like an egg on wheels. Yet, I agree with Pagetuner and the comments on the small German customer contingent. I love that yet manual A/C control and wipers are quite straightforward. Don't take me wrong, I love hight-tech gadgets (i.e. GPS) but rain sensors and auto-climate (which I do believe many are complaining about) are just too much on a smaller car...

    Hey! What's wrong with the key? It looks so different! Just today a friend asked me about it, he wanted know if I was driving an AUDI :P ...
  • I've read several articles that call the Mazda 5 a "MicroVan." Whenever I get asked, "What's a Mazda 5?" that's my answer.
  • I vote for "MicroVan."
    Although that could be confusing since VW may introduce a new MicroBus with Chrysler. Like the MicroVan, the new MicroBus will undoubtedly have sliding doors (like many original MicroBuses) because sliding doors are 'uber cool.' Unlike the MicroVan, the new MicroBus will undoubtedly be anything but micro.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    I'd vote for Mazda3 wagon, but then I'd vote for Ford 500 Wagon for my Freestyle, and Ford Fusion wagon for the new Ford Edge...but I'm sure I'm in the minority! But I think that any crossover, microvan, suv, etc...based on a specific car should be called the wagon version of that car. Or like the Highlander is a Camry wagon. That's the way they used to do it 20 years ago, but the marketers wanted to make the cars sound cooler.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    The Edge and the Highlander don't have a traditional wagon shape. Wagons are longer in back. The Highlander has an SUV shape and the Edge has the newer CUV shape. They sacrifice length in the rear to avoid the "wagon" title. The Freestyle would be the closest to a true wagon since it does have some length in the back.
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