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  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    It's missing stability control though. That is a must have feature in this class of vehicles.
    The Mazda5 is the only one without it for 2008.
  • Maybe, but good question, What class do you consider this car to be on? ;)

    Anyway, yup, it would be nice, but not a deal breaker for me if you ask.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Any class you could consider it to be in. Minivan/CUV. They all have and usually even standard.
    Even a Toyota Matrix http://www.toyotausa.com/vehicles/2008/matrix/key_features/vsc.html

    The Mazda5 is mostly a minivan. It has sliding doors, it's shaped like a minivan and it's in the minivan category in these forums. All other minivans have stability control and have had it for a few years now.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    I saw some interior photos, and I like the added armrests and 2nd row AC. Although ceiling vents would be better, considering the small interior size and the fact that there's 2 seats in the 2nd row versus a single bench, it looks like the 3rd row will also get some cool air from those vents too. That's my biggest concern with a 3 row vehicle without out ceiling vents...cooling off the 3rd row.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    The really needed a bigger more powerful system. Just adding more vents to the existing weak system isn't going to be great on a hot day.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    True...something to think about if you're buying in the winter. It's easy enough to test on a hot summer day. But as long as the air is coming out cold, it's just a matter of some fans and vents to get that air to the rear of the car, but if it's only cool air then you're right, more vents and fans won't help.
  • Any class you could consider it to be in. Minivan/CUV

    ...or a Small Wagon, or a Large Wagon, or an MPV, or...


    The Mazda5 is mostly a minivan


    I'm not sure if the forum classification makes me feel more confident :P. And yup, the sliding door makes it look like a minivan, but then it is difficult to explain why from the 1st Gen Premacy to the 2nd one the model overnight jumped from a spacious wagon into a minivan class, or why the Mazda MPV and the Mazda5 were selling side by side competing with each other for almost 2 years :confuse:

    Again, not a deal breaker for this Mazda5 mini-minivan, mini people mover, baseball mom car, ... hmmm :D, It is still a very affordable, well designed and equipped automobile.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    One thing I noticed that hasn't changed is the wasted space on either side of the shifter. You'd think they could have put the shifter closer to the driver and have space on the right for some cubbies, like for an ipod or something. Right now you have the shifter with a lot of nothing on either side.
  • You are right, it seems that for the auto transmission model pictured there is a lot of unused space. At least a coin holder or similar would be nice :)

    Now, I have a Manual Transmission Mazda5 with no navigation, and the shifter space seems to be better distributed (sample pic below). As per the shifter position, my other car is also manual and I feel that the Mazda shifter ergonomically is located much better than the other one (height and reach distance. I'm almost 6', the driver's seat is in the last position and decently reclined back), so the shifter-driver distance may not be as critical as filling up the empty space.

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  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    Even in your photo, it seems as though they could have moved the shifter off-center, more towards the driver to free up some space on the right, but maybe with the manual it would have been more difficult. I'm just like lots of places to put small things: coins, phone, ipod, pens, etc... and when I see blank spots on the dash, I wonder how much more it would have cost just to mold the plastic inward to make a small bin and slap some rubber on the bottom. My little Honda Fit has lots of little places here and there for things like that, where-as my Ford Freestyle could use a few more, although the bin on top of the dash was a great innovation.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
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  • I did some quick checking and found that DSC is part of the standard equipment of the Mazda5 in Germany, but is not available either in the US or Canada. So this isn't an engineering question, but merely a content / price question. I don't consider safety to be optional, but it should at least be available. It's disappointing to see an auto-maker take this approach, particularly on a model update, given that the feature has already been engineered.
  • Forgive me if a similar question has been asked here or in other fora... my wife likes the Mazda5, but I would like to know how difficult it will be to access the 3rd row in order to strap 2 toddlers onto forward facing car seats WHILE there is a booster seat on one 2nd row seat AND a base for a rear-facing car seat on the other 2nd row seat. Thanks guys.
  • Hi pinoydoc, I'm from Cebu but living in Winnipeg. I had my Mazda5 for about 2 months now. What you're planning is doable but extremely tight, you'll have to be quite nimble to do it. I think you'd be better off with a larger Mini-van. You wouldn't have any space left for baggage more so for strollers.
  • mdchachimdchachi Posts: 275
    I suggest taking the car seats to a dealer and trying it. That sounds like a very tight fit to me. If you need to use the third row regularly, I'd lean towards a full size mini-van.
  • Thanks Andy and chachi. We already have a minivan, so this will be a second car to replace our wagon. Maybe we will use all seats only in a pinch. Or we'll end up just getting another minivan.
    p.s. mdchachi, by any chance were you ever a resident in Jax?
  • It should be OK. I've seen some Mazda5 pics with 3 baby seats. It is good for short errands, day trips and even grocery store trips (if you fold half of the 3rd row seat, you could fit 1 or 2 portable strollers).

    And yes, use the minivan for long trips or when traveling with full size strollers, no way around :D
  • kivokivo Posts: 64
    Does anyone have an accurate date when the new Mazda5s hit the dealers? I just found out I need a new catalytic converter which cost more than my car is worth!
  • The last time I went to the dealer for a tune-up, I asked them when they're getting any 2008 Mazda5 and they said they might have some before the year ends.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    I just received my first shipment of Mazda5 brochures today. We expect the actual vehicles to be here before years end.

    I must say, the improvements they made are just sensational. The car looks great, and the added features really show what a value the Mazda5 is.
  • eilroseilros Posts: 35
    Does anyone have invoice pricing for the 2008 Mz5?
  • day2day2 Posts: 2
    We got a 2008 Mazda5 (mt) yesterday. At the Wayne, NJ dealer.
    I think in voice on the Sport was around 17,500.
  • day2day2 Posts: 2
    in stock in NJ (Wayne Mazda) as of last week.
  • I went to the Smoky Mountains of NC and rented a Mazda 5 for my family. There were 6 of us and a Chihuahua. We loved this car! I didn't want to give it back and I drive a Lexus IS350. I have always liked the looks of the Mazda and my parents have always owned Mazda's but driving it made me a true fan. It was easy to drive, fun in the twisties of the Blue Ridge Parkway and so easy to get in and out of. I'm looking for a good used one just for a second car....thats how much I liked it. I think the 2008 looks awesome also.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    what company did you rent the Mazda5?
  • I've seen them as rentals in Hertz and Enterprise. Hertz now has Rondos as well, but if I ever rent a Mazda5 from Hertz and they try to get me a Rondo as a substitute (if the Mazda5s are gone at the time of pick-up), it would be a no-go :P
  • I like the changes that came with the 2008 model, but am wondering whether they're worth the savings I could earn by going the route of a 2007... A local dealer offered the 2007 at $5000 (CND) less than the 2008. The 5-speed automatic is very tempting.

    If I knew for certain that Mazda had cleaned up the issues with premature tire-wear as experienced by 2006 and 2007 owners, I'd jump to the 2008. Any inside scoops? Thoughts?

    Thanks!
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