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p.s. FYI to the Mazda fans
GT trim levels were MazdaSpeed version sold for an additional $1k prior to year 2000.
I.E. Our 1990 Protege GT includes the upgraded supercharged 16v DOHC larger and robust engine with inter-cooler and suspension used in the sporty MIATA.
Mazda also kept us educated by providing a 1000 page workshop manual detailing the 1990 Protege GT exotics, no extra charge.
:P MazdaSpeed is zoom-ZOOM in its true drive feeling.
I am holding out for 2007 to find the light duty diesel car that I will sit on for a while. I really hope it will be the Mazda5, as it has all the right ingredients.
I noticed CR just tested the 5 and liked it quite a bit. It is now their highest rated wagon.
It's funny to see the HHR and the Mazda5 next to each other, the Mazda is soooooo much more space efficient. In about the same space they have 3 rows and a much bigger green house for visibility.
Thanks for all the replies!
We paid $23k for our 2002 LX.
$17.5 k is well below invoice, at least $4,000.
I'm in the process of finalizing a deal on an odyssey but the 5 appeals to me bcos of its look and certainly better handling.
Just wanted to know how the 5 performs on highway, during merging, passing, etc. Does it struggle ? I know its a 4-cyl but is it really bad ? I'm not looking for sports car like performnace but something thats not too bad.
appreciate any comments from owners.
Take an extended drive with both and try the highway merge etc. Us members here can only offer an opinion, you have to live with the decision you make!
Just want to make sure the 5 doesn't huff & puff to get on the highway when we have 4 adults and a kid in there.
Anyways, will be test driving it this evening
I looked at all the vans. Like the honda but it was to much and road hard. The toyota was nice but hated the transmission. It didn't shift smoothly. Like the 5 allot but worried about the room also. Not much room behind the 3rd row. Ended up getting one of the last MPV. So far so good. Can't say its the best van out there but for the price i went for it. IT was bigger inside then the 5 and had more power. Its not nearly as sporty as the 5 but price won out. So far i have to say the mazda really is nice for what it is.
We bought the 5 instead of the Ody/Sienna because it fits how we drive - 2 adults, 2 small kids, and the occasional grandparents visit. We had the same questions, and they have all been happily answered.
Plus you can use the slapshifter to downshift if you really needed to. Will be interested to see what you get. Oh, and look around mazdausa.com for a 2006 model. You should be able to get one far below invoice.
It's smaller but a lot more fun to drive than the MPV. Probably a better city car, though the MPV would probably be better suited for trips and long distances, humming along at low revs with that V6.