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  • With the new heat shield installed. just slap it in manual. Put it in second and leave it there. It should do great to about 65 mph or so I've heard. Your ear muffs should drone out the engine noise. :)

    Seriously, I'd like an answer to that question too. I suspect with a full load you'd have zero acceleration but it'll make it up in one piece.

    I do believe that the manual shifter is nice to have to help hold whatever gear avoids hunting. OF course you could do that on any automatic too.
  • What wattage output is the Touring 6 speaker stereo???? Are there any upgrades available thru Mazda??? If I wanted to upgrade it.... does anyone have any advise? I saw someone put a 300 watt subwoofer in theirs, but I could not find their email.

  • What is it's wattage??? Can it be upgraded???? By Mazda???

  • ajpendoajpendo Posts: 19
    When I get my recalled Mazda5 back (hopefully soon) the dealer should have installed the roof rails I bought on line (link courtesy of this BB). The ultimate goal is to install a roof cargo box such as from Thule or Yakima. Does anyone have any idea on availability of cargo boxes??

    Further does anyone have recommendations regarding the different makes?

  • nola1nola1 Posts: 18
    Does anyone know when or if the Sirius Radio will be available for the Mazda5? I live in New Orleans and have my 5 back, but we are still very limited in the number of commercial radio stations available.
  • afticaaftica Posts: 14
    Roof Rails! are these the ones that come on the european version. If so please point me in the direction to where I can order them. I have even called a Mazda dealer in the UK and they don't have access to them yet as they normally come on the vehicle and they are not yet available for parts. Would very much appreciate if you could post all info you have on these rails. :)
  • ajpendoajpendo Posts: 19
    google search rosenthal mazda...
  • afticaaftica Posts: 14
    If this is the item you are refering to, this is the optional Mazda 5 North America rack. The european Mazda 5s have a rail system stock see picture.
    Personally I am hoping to get the Euro rack as it looks better and gives more choices for which brand of accessory mounts you can buy.
  • wmiiiwmiii Posts: 10
    I have just finished building a custom 10" 300 watt sub for behind the 3rd row passenger seat. I will be offering it to someone here in a couple of weeks when the design and building of a 10" transmission line 300 watt sub is finished. The new design will fit in the space occupied by the tray above the spare tire. The new design will not sacrifice any of the interior room behind the 3rd row seats. The current system made a tremendous difference in the overall sound of the radio and I anticipate the new design to be even better. I do not like to feel the bass in my kidney's but I do like to be able to when wanted. If you would like to see photo's you can email me.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
    Why don't you post the pictures here. That way all can admire your handiwork.
  • ajpendoajpendo Posts: 19
    I was referring to the cargo boxes that go on the rails/racks whatever...
  • are you talking about something like this: 000012231186302498

    I think some of the better ones are made by Thule, I gave a link for the one from walmart, they are about $100-150
    hope this helps
  • bwatersbwaters Posts: 52
    Personally I am hoping to get the Euro rack as it looks better and gives more choices for which brand of accessory mounts you can buy."

    Same here! I'd consider the Euro rack but am not interested in the US version. It should be standard next year!
  • afticaaftica Posts: 14
    Standard next year? Spill the beans dude, what do you know. I had been speaking with a fellow in the parts dept (Paul) at Elite Motors Mazda in London UK. He thought the rails would be available as a separate part and requested that I e-mail him some details about my vehicle, VIN, model etc. Unfortunately he has yet to respond. I have sent another e-mail today and will call again to see if he can get these Euro Rails. Does anyone out there have connections to European Mazda dealers?
  • Thule does make good quality cargo boxes, though the one you linked to is on the lower end of their spectrum. I personally prefer their lower, longer boxes, as they would look better with the MZ5 and be more aerodynamic (and therefore more fuel efficient). The Evolution and Spirit models are particularly nice. They also might just be low enough to actually park in your garage while still attached. Check out">link title

    The accessory rack in the catalog looks to be of decent quality; it actually looks like it was made for Mazda by Thule. I have two concerns--I don't necessarily want to mount the rack in the position dictated by the holes in the rubber rainstripping (get in the way of the sunroof?), and I want to be able to carry wider loads/more stuff on wider crossbars, which the rack design does not seem to accomodate (as the sides of the upright mounts seem to be closed, rather than open to allow for wider crossbars). Anyone have any experience with this? Obviously, using a different upright system attached to existing roof rails (as on the Euro-spec version) would be ideal as far as moving the mount sites forward or rearwards, as you could use any part of the bar. Plus, those mounts are made to accept any width crossbars. Check out the Crossroad and Rapid Railing kits:

    Hope this has been somewhat heplful. I would prefer the Euro roof rails as option, but haven't heard anything about that yet.
  • ajpendoajpendo Posts: 19
    Is there an advantage to the european style beyond esthetics?
    If so will they be available in the usa?
    I am still am keen to know if thule or yakima are close to making the equipment needed to attach the cargo boxes available. does anyone know?
    I would also value input of yakima vs thule vs sears whatever in terms of the qualties of the boxes/attachment equipment.

    My ultimate goal is to have a wind efficient, light weight, secure box so i can take stuff with us on a road (given the limitations of cargo space in the cabin...)

  • afticaaftica Posts: 14
    I saw the Mazda 5 roof rack yesterday, first impression is that it is really small. I don't think it was any more than 40 " wide, you would be lucky to get 3 bikes on it. It also sits inboard quite a bit so a ski box would have to be mounted past center interfering with the antenna. The box indicated that it was made in Japan, square bars, looked a bit like Thule, but Thule does not yet have a rack for the 5 so its probably an unknown manufacturer. The benefits of having the Euro style rails are two fold. Firstly they are clearly more aesthetically pleasing, secondly they offer more options in which company you buy your rack accessories from. All the major rack manufacturers have a rack which will attach to an existing rail system. I personally like the Saris stuff from Graber, in my opinion better build quality and heft than Thule or Yakima. By attaching a rack like shown in this link you will also gain some rack width as the entire roof width becomes available rather than just between the towers. I have posted here and on other forums about trying to get the european rails, and continue to await confirmation. If I can get them would anyone be interested in a group purchase to defer shipping and custom costs.
  • Does Graber make any cargo boxes? I have yet to see one, though to be honest I don't often see Graber racks. I can second the build quality, though--very strong, and they come preassembled in the box. If you've ever tried to put together a Yakima setup from scratch, you know preassembled pieces are a major improvement. :)
  • afticaaftica Posts: 14
    Graber used to make boxes but they no longer do. I have a Thule box which I was using the Thule mount to attach to my Saris rack. I spoke with one of their tech support guys and he was able to provide me free, some of the wing nut assemblies which they used to use to mount their Graber boxes. These work really well, I think the real beauty of the Saris rack is how easy the accessories slide onto the rack, no tools, easy on and off. I have used Saris racks for the past ten years on three separate vehicles with zero complaints. My last rack was being transitioned from a 1995 Odyssey to a 2003 Protege5, it was way too wide so when I spoke with the tech he said he would send me a new one to fit my Protege5 for $100 plus I pay to ship the old rack back. I was real impressed with this, not sure if Thule or Yakima offer this. :shades:
  • 5thave5thave Posts: 13
    The rack is made by Thule, rebadged with the Mazda logo. To my knowledge, it is similar, or perhaps identical to the Thule rack that has been offered for the previous-generation (EU/Japan-only) Mazda Premacy. At least one Mazda5 owner has ordered Thule racks for the previous-gen Premacy and they bolted on without modification. Clearance for the sunroof was adequate by his account. Now that the racks are finally becoming available through Mazda accessory channels, it is probably not necessary to order from overseas. Try phoning Thule directly, maybe they just haven't updated their catalog yet.
  • afticaaftica Posts: 14
    I actually did call Thule at their head office in Connecticut and they do not have anything yet for the Mazda5. I also found out that they are looking for Mazda5 owners in the CT area to come to their facility to trial racks with their technicians. I Posted this on the MazdaV site, they need a test bed for the proposed rack. I agree that the rack looks like a Thule but Thule NA knows nothing of it. The rack now available still poses a problem with its limited width. Do you have any details on the Mazda owner who installed the prev gen Premacy rack, where did he order it from / any details.
  • ajpendoajpendo Posts: 19
    Did the Thule USA folks have any predictions about availability date?
  • Have you really thought this through? Painfull experiences have taught me that a hitch with tray style mounts work much better. You don't scratch your car up trying to put bike in the mounts, you don't tear up your car, the house and the bikes when trying to pull into a garage with bikes still on top and lastly bikes on top make a lot of noise and I predict will drop your mileage 5-7 mpg. No you won't look like Lance's support team but they don't go far or very fast.
  • Does anyone know if there is a way to buy or add the seventh seat. I know they have it in europe, is there a way to order it from over there and install it here. I would love the 7th seat.
  • To order it you would need to completely replace both of the middle seats. I'm not sure about where the seat belt lives in the 6+1 seat as well.
  • buy a caravan :)
  • If you do find a source in Europe who is responsive about the middle second row seat, please post here. I spent some time looking for a source for the European taillights, which are red rather than the clear "Altezza" style we get here, and couldn't find anyone who could provide.

    I can imagine there is a size of passenger for whom the 7th seat would be just the ticket. For me, the space between the seats is precious: that's where all the stuff goes when I am trying to "clear the decks" for a flat load floor.

  • Got my 5 tinted this afternoon, paid $240 (with tax)
    looking good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    couldn't do the front windows, they told me it wasn't legal to do it even a little bit :(
  • It seems that many Dodge Caravans come with tinted windows.
  • very true,
    they also come with a badge that says "dodge"
    how unfortunate.
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