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Mazda5

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  • Yeah, it looks really nice in pics for the European spec (and sliding doors!), I hope they don't get rid of many goodies to make it price attractive in the US and I hope they bring the manual transmission (I really doubt it though)

    How long it took to Ford to realize that the Mini MPV is good? 5 years? :D

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  • riproyriproy Posts: 57
    Hello,
    We have to replace the windshield on our 5, The OEM replacement would be 600$ CDN installed, the high price owing to the rain sensor. The non-rain sensing equivalent would be about half that cost. My question is, if we opt to go the non rain sensing route, would we lose the intermittent wipers setting?
  • Hello, considering purchase of a new Mazda5. Would love to get a stick shift. Can anyone tell me, who owns such a beast, what your indicated RPM is in 5th gear at a steady 60mph cruise, and at 70mph? Can't find one to test drive in a manual. Thanks!
  • pi_manpi_man Posts: 9
    The gearing is somewhat high, although it feels smooth to me (sometimes I forget to shift up to 5th) on the highway and then notice it when I look at the RPMs). I only saw your question now, so I can give an inexact answer. When I drive around 65, the RPMs are in the low 3000's (3100 - 3200). Doing the math would get you a bit under 3000 for 60 MPH and a bit under 3500 for 70 MPH. I sure wish it had a 6-speed manual so highway driving could be down around 2500 RPM. My 2000 MPV automatic did around 2700-2800 at 65 MPH and my 2005 MPV with the 3.0 engine was around 2200-2300 at the same speed. Did C4C with the 2000 MPV to get the M5 Sport Manual.
  • Better late than never! The 2010 Mazda 5 finally has available stability control. I was always surprised that was missing in this class of car.
  • dona83dona83 Posts: 67
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnkHCJ4JBTw

    A Mazda 5 ad that's been airing in Canada. :)
  • Was in Montreal a couple of weeks back, you Canadians love Mazda5s :)

    Having kids is never been cooler? Wait a minute :P
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,680
    Got a great price on a Sport with the manual. Cool car so far.

    But this thread seems pretty dead. Any owners out there still looking and posting?

    I'm thinking of getting a roof rack. Any suggestions?

    Best, Ben
  • katbugkatbug Posts: 2
    I have a 2009 Mazda5 GT and I'm still in love with it. I thought about getting a roof rack, but decided not to ... I did have the windows professionally tinted. And that worked out VERY well.
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,680
    katbug:

    Ours came tinted and it looks pretty nice. But I wonder if it will cut down on vision at night. What's your thought on that?

    Why did you decide against the roof rack? My thought was that in the rare time we'd be carrying six on the trip we'd need more room for a bit of luggage...
  • riproyriproy Posts: 57
    I've thought about it too but i am concerned about wind noise. And i can't remember if you can take the bars off when you don't need them? Or are they on there permanently?
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    edited April 2010
    Not a 2 minute thing, but the roof rack can be taken on and off (just make sure you keep the screws' protection tabs in a safe place). For wind noise, a fairing does the job very well
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,680
    First tank of gas got 24.8 mpg in a mix of about 60% city and 40% hwy. So, my numbers are just right in between the epa of 22 city and 28 hwy for my Mazda5 with the manual. I'm happy...

    Has anyone ever taken a Mazda 5 with the luggage rack through a car wash? I know I can remove it, but if I don't need to...
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    In July I'm due for a new company car and have a choice between a new Toyota Rav4 and the Mazda5.

    I'm leaning towards the Mazda5 because it has a lift gate(to get out of the rain while gathering tools) opposed to Toyotas swing gate. The Mazda5 appears to have a little more cargo room. The Mazda5 looks cooler and has Zoom-Zoom.

    I am a little concerned about the engine(toyota has 25 or so more hp) and of course the tire wear/noise/suspension issues that are all over the net on the Mazda5.

    Do the 2010's still have the same tire/suspension issues?
    Which of the above mentioned vehicles would you select?

    Craig
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    I'd say get a Mazda5, it is a company car so you should be a little bit less worried about resale value and known issues, which I'm sure they are mostly addressed after 5 years in the market.

    All this is compensated by the flexibility and fun to drive factors. I've rented a RAV4 once and it is sooo boring, although it has some good features
  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    Cool,

    I tend to agree with you. The Rav4 looks dated and generic. While I'm sure it has decent driving dynamics it just screams low-end small SUV to me when I see them on the road. In addition I think the swing to the side door is stupid. It also seems to have a slightly smaller cargo carrying capacity than the 5 which is important to me.

    I drove a 5 yesterday and enjoyed the test. I did notice however that the tires seemed like they had a flat spot for the first 5 miles or so. The car had 11 miles on it and was built 1/2010 so i'm assuming because it sat a while the tires developed a flat spot that took some run-out to work loose??

    Craig
  • dona83dona83 Posts: 67
    edited May 2010
    The tire wear problems were common in the 06s and still linger on in rare 07+ models. My 07 is flawless. The only thing is that the suspension system which is identical to the one for the 3 is a bit undersized, you will need to check the wheel alignment once a year.

    What the 5 lacks in the power department, it makes up for it in the handling department. Driving on twisty mountain roads always leaves me with a smile, it's got a bit more body roll than a 3 but the 5 still takes curves confidently. I have a 5 speed manual so it helps make the most of what engine power I have, but the 5 speed automatic is not bad so I heard.

    Noise is above average compared to other compact cars, and the cargo space is phenomenal. The RAV4 is good vehicle but I love my 5, you'll love it too!
  • I finally got to drive my new Mazda 5 and I was checking it all out, and I noticed the third row, when flat has just a thin piece of plywood covered with the carpeting to protect it. The rear area, where the tools and extra tire are was lifted and you can see the thin pice of plywood sticking out. I started pressing down on it and was suprised how soft it was. Now, I dont ususally put heavy stuff in there, but I now have the fear that it may crack or not last a long time. Anyone else notice this or have problems with it. I noticed on my CRV, with the 2nd row down, its a hard plastic shell that is firm to the touch and I have handled heavy tile and wood flooring for my house, but I cant imagine the Mazda being to handle much more then pillows and light luggage without it getting damaged. Well, that was the only negative I found it the car, its been good so far.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,148
    I never noticed an issue. I've carried quite heavy stuff in there. As a matter of fact, just last weekend, I ran to the recycle place with, among other things, a box of scrap car parts that weighed over 100 lbs. I actually lifted it into the car using a 1/16" flat of aluminum and the aluminum bent under the strain. No problems once in the car.

    I haven't really taken note, but if its anything like my G35, the board is supported by what is underneath, so it does not need to support a load on its own. It really is just a cover.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • I can't find the info, but does anyone know when the 5 had the auto tranny switched from 4 speed to 5 speed?
    I decided to start looking for a used one to replace my Protege 5, however I just found that the TCS and Stability system are new in 2010 so maybe it would be wiser to go with new. Especially that the super fugly redesign is coming in spring next year.
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