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Mazda5 Owners: Problems & Solutions

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edited March 2014 in Mazda
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  • isda65isda65 Posts: 74
    Have some issues with my 5 right now. Wonder how others fare with theirs.

    1. Power steering whine
    According to Mazda 3 TSB caused by trapped air in power steering fluid.
    Recommended repair is to bleed it.

    2. Noise going over speed bumps
    A Mazda 3 TSB describes the noise being caused by the a protrusion of the
    wheel well hose cover on the right rear wheel hitting the tire when loaded.
    Mine is not the case.

    3. A/C not too impressive
    No big deal. Not a fan of A/C but the first time I tried my daughter at the
    back complained that it was still hot. I had the setting set to the lowest.
    Driver and front seat passenger can benefit from the cool air coming out but
    that's it. Just cool air. Not cold.

    4. Engine shaking on starting
    When I turn on the ignition it feels like there's way too much shaking of the
    engine which is transmitted into the cabin as it cranks up. I tried a demo at
    the dealer and it didn't shake that much. Wonder what it could be.

    5. Grinding noise at stops
    There's a Mazda 3 TSB for this describing the cause to be burrs on the brake
    pads. Recommended was to file the pad to remove the burrs.

    6. I have also noticed that when shifting from Park/Drive to Reverse it'll
    always be followed by a 1-2 second "zzzzzt" sound. You'll have to open the
    windows to hear it.

    I'd be interested to know hwo the others fare. I already know Perfecto's 5 is "flawless" so he wouldn't be of much help here :)
  • perfectofcperfectofc Posts: 155
    I was trying to reproduce some of your stuff last night, including the speed bumps, and didn't hear anything at all... Sorry! :-)
  • kaiankaian Posts: 36
    I haven't had any of those problems either.
  • perfectofcperfectofc Posts: 155
    I will, however, say that I agree that the air conditioning is not as "cold" as I would like.
  • momstoymomstoy Posts: 30
    yup - A/C is fine for the driver and front passenger - but the back doesn't seem to get cool - especially with the 90+ degree days we've been having recently.

    To add - I know that this happens on my other car also - but I feel the car loses some power when the a/c is on - especially when driving up hill or accelerating onto the highway so now I usually just hit the a/c off when in the situation then flip it back on again when I've passed that section.

    Personal peeve - black carpets show every bit of dirt/sand from the kids - may actually buy some clear plastic from the craft store to use as mats.
  • mrgarymrgary Posts: 33
    Yes the interior color should be tan or something else so it won't retain heat. they also should have made the front passenger seat have an arm rest and the two in the second row could have had an arm rest on both sides. The rear windows should all have been tinted this might help with hot weather.

    Also I have noticed that you can close the sliding doors, but they are not really closed tight.
    Other than that I have no real problems.
  • isda65isda65 Posts: 74
    >but they are not really closed tight.
    Please explain.

    Just want to mention re the A/C issue. There is a 2004 Mazda 3 TSB for that. I don't know whether ours is applicable here (maybe this is as cold as it can get) or not but here's the link to all the TSBs:
  • Touring automatic with nav. Drove it for 200 miles yesterday and as with perfectofc, it's flawless. But I only have 230 miles on it so it maybe too early to say that.
  • ocmazda5ocmazda5 Posts: 3
    I've had my Mazda5 for several weeks now. With the heat wave we've been having in Southern California lately, I've come up with a couple tricks that has helped cool down the 3rd row a little more effectively.

    1) set the fan to forward (not feet) and aim the 4 dashboard vents towards the roof, that seems to "deflect" the air to the back more quickly.

    2)Close the the left/right side vents completely, this creates more force down the middle through the two denter vents.

    Let me know if this helps! :shades:
  • vrmvrm Posts: 308
    Does the Mazda5 offer any Options:

    1) to get tinted rear windows
    2) an interior color other than black.

    If not, any idea if Mazda will offer these in the near future. Thanks!
  • mrgarymrgary Posts: 33
    The sliding door on the driver side was closed on a hill. When I hit a bump it rattled just a bit.
    I pulled over opened the door and closed it again it. rattle gone. It was closed enough to turn out the light and give no indication on the dash but it was not fully closed.

    Just for info I have 1010 Miles on it now and still getting 27.5 MPG mixed driving. :D
  • momstoymomstoy Posts: 30
    ocmazda5 - Thanks! I was just wondering about vent directions and you've answered my question - I'll give it a try tomorrow and see how it goes.
  • seamus53seamus53 Posts: 13
    yrm - Currently, factory tinted windows (2nd & 3rd row side & rear hatch privacy glass) is not available. I was told this is because Mazda chose to classify the "5" as a "car' and that, in USA and Canada, a "car" can't have the dark factory tinted windows. If this info is correct, this was a real oversight on Mazda's part. I do not know of anothervehicle with 3 rows of seats that doesn't offer the factory dark tint on side passanger and rear hatch glass. vehicles like the Dodge Magnum Wagon, the PT Cruiser, Scion xb and others are certainly not true "trucks or traditional SUV's, yet they all offer available factory tint. This oversight is a disappointment on the Mazda 5 as the tint can help keep the interior a bit coller and, to me, just makes a vehicle like this look better. I know the aftermarket can provide tinting, but window film is just not as nice as actual factory tinted windows.

    Currently, the dark interior is all that is available for North America. I wish there was another choice. However, the dark interior does not bother me as much as I would have thought at first. With the gray seat inserts, the gray fabric on the top of the door panels and the aluminum accents on the dash, it is not so bad after all.
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    1) set the fan to forward (not feet) and aim the 4 dashboard vents towards the roof, that seems to "deflect" the air to the back more quickly.

    In general, I think that it makes sense to aim A/C vents slightly upwards in a car, because the hottest air rises and tends to collect near the roof of the car. Aiming the A/C vents slightly upwards helps to circulate and cool down the hottest air that would otherwise stagnate near your head. I know that my Civic feels cooler faster if my A/C vents are aimed upwards. Not sure if this reasoning is "scientific", but it seems to work in practice.

    Using the same reasoning in the opposite situation, I also seem to get the best results in winter when I aim my heating vents slightly downwards and put out heat through the vents near my feet.
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    I found this in the Mazda3 threads:

    Third, have you noticed the maddening climate control issues that thwart good gas mileage? For example, the air conditioner comes on when the vents are directed to the floor, the floor and defroster, and the defroster only. In other words, if you want to run the fan and not have the air conditioner come on, you have to choose the dash vents or dash and floor vents.

    My 2002 Honda Civic has this same "feature", and I have to admit that it's always bothered me because I can't control when the A/C is on or off. Anyone know if the Mazda5 works this way too?
  • vrmvrm Posts: 308
    Currently, factory tinted windows (2nd & 3rd row side & rear hatch privacy glass) is not available. I was told this is because Mazda chose to classify the "5" as a "car' and that, in USA and Canada, a "car" can't have the dark factory tinted windows. If this info is correct, this was a real oversight on Mazda's part.

    I agree. This is a real disappointment. The tinted windows do a great job providing privacy along with keeping the sun rays out.

    This may even prevent me from buying this vehicle. I hope Mazda reconsiders this asap.
  • perfectofcperfectofc Posts: 155
    I don't believe Mazda has much choice in the matter.
  • momstoymomstoy Posts: 30
    How expensive is it to tint the windows aftermarket? I'm considering doing this, but I don't want to do it myself because I want it to be a seamless job.

    Actually, I just called a local place - to do the 2nd/3rd row sides and rear with 20% they gave me a quote of $225 plus tax.

    I looked at JC whitney and you could do the peel and stick stuff for probably $50.

    I'll probably search over at the 3 forum and see if people have done it themselves with good results.
  • ccweemsccweems Posts: 33
    Only safety issue is tint on the front windshield and front passenger door windows. Even there they can tint but just up to a federal spec. There is no requirement for other glass, they don't even have to have it. This is but another Mazda red herring. I bet that if Mazda starts having performance issues with the A/C then magically tinted windows will become standard.
  • coastercoaster Posts: 46
    When I look at the photos that I took of the Mazda 5 in the dealer's lot, it does look like all windows have a slight green tint. This is especially evident when looking at the sticker through the side window - it appears green. Furthermore, on the Mazda USA website where it lists all the specs for the M5, under the "exterior" listing is the following item:
    "Green tinted glass windshield with sunshade". During my test drive the windshield seemed very hot so perhaps the tint is not total UV blockage but I did not see a band of dark green at the top of the windshield so I am not sure how effective the tinting really is.
    Could someone who already is driving an M5 comment on the amount of tint that seems to be on the windows since it appears from the photos that the sides and back are all slightly tinted green.
  • seamus53seamus53 Posts: 13
    I believe all the windows have some degree of tint, as do the windows of nearly every vehicle sold these days.

    The question is whether the darker tinted "privacy glass" can be added by the factory. This darker factory tint is not permitted on the windshield or front -side glass, but is permitted on the 2nd and 3rd row side windows and the rear hatch, at least on "certain" classifications of vehicles. (trucks, SUV's, vans, mini-vans). So I think whether the "factory" can provide the privacy glass tint very much depends on how a particular vehicle is classified for regulatory purposes. I am not certain exactly "who" determines this classification.......... the manufacturer? the government? I would think that a manufacturer would submit one of its vehicles under whatever classification they believed it to qualify for and would only change the classification if the government disagreed.

    In the USA and Canada, I believe that "cars" (sedans, coupes) are not permitted to have factory privacy glass on rear side and hatch windows. Trucks, SUV's, vans, mini-vans, etc. are permitted to have the dark glass. Yet I see various other vehicles which straddle classification that do have factory dark tint, including the Dodge Magnum Wagons, the Scion xb, the PT Cruiser and others. So I would think Mazda did have some flexibility in how the "5" was classified. A salesman told me it was classified ss a "car" and thus could not have factory dark tint. I am not aware of any other vehicle with sliding doors and 3 rows of seating that does not offer (at least as option) the dark tinted privacy glass on rear side and hatch windows.
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that the "OK" to have privacy glass on the side rear seat area and behind has to do with a flat load floor. I know the PT has rear seats that flip up, but can also be removed, providing that flat load floor. Does the 5 provide a float load floor? If not, I doubt it is allowed to have the privacy glass. I bet the Magnum has rear seat backs that fold forward, providing a flat surface from the "way back" area.
  • jbolltjbollt Posts: 734
    Ok...well...seems that my reasoning for the lack of privacy glass on the 5 is flawed...the mazdausa website for future vehicles interactive interior views show the seats folding flat, except for the space between the 2 seats in the 2nd row....

    btw, why is it still shown as a future vehicle? cause it is a MY2006?
  • smariasmaria Posts: 279
    btw, why is it still shown as a future vehicle?

    I was wondering the same thing. Maybe they decided not to officially "launch" the Mazda5 until August?
  • pagetunerpagetuner Posts: 41

    This is the first place I have found that has the precut film sets for do-it-yourself tinting for the Mazda 5. $90 for the complete set including tools.

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  • momstoymomstoy Posts: 30
    I called the dealer to see if they would do the tinting there - they do not - but they had someone that they out source to - got a quote of $185 - thinking about doing it next week.

    I did think about but I was considering the time and the possibility that I'd mess it up - it would cost me more $$ to fix it! For $185 for 3M lifetime warrantied professionally installed tint - I'm thinking that it might be a good investment.
  • jc9799jc9799 Posts: 70
    Interesting thoughts on why the 5 can or cannot be tinted. If I'm not mistaken, the PT Cruiser is classified as a light truck. This was supposed to help Chrysler's average EPA ratings for their trucks, including pickups, SUV's, and minivans. Is the 5 classified as a car? I know Mazda seems to be avoiding calling the 5 a minivan. If it is classified as a car, perhaps that explains the lack of privacy glass. Or is it possible that Mazda is just trying to keep cost down as much as it can for this miniva..., er, car? ;)
  • ccweemsccweems Posts: 33
    The same standard is applied to cars and trucks. There is no difference. Mazda can tint if they want. Abstract below. URL for complete spec below that. Enough said?

    Standard No. 205 - Glazing Materials - Passenger Cars, Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles, Trucks, Buses, Motorcycles, Slide-In Campers, and Pickup Covers [designed to carry persons while in motion] (Effective 1-1-68)
    This standard specifies requirements for glazing materials for use in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment for the purpose of reducing injuries resulting from impact to glazing surfaces. The purpose of this standard is to ensure a necessary degree of transparency in motor vehicle windows for driver visibility, and to minimize the possibility of occupants being thrown through the vehicle windows in collisions.

    Complete spec: 1&TYPE=TEXT
  • ajpendoajpendo Posts: 19
    I am interested in adding a roof rack (I note may of the mazda photographs and online images feature this option). I was wondering if anyone had information on availability, future availability, price etc. Thanks
  • robyneilrobyneil Posts: 26
    I've been asking the same question. frank4cars has an explanation about the short supply of accessories this July in the "Mazda5 Owners: Accessories & Modifications" forum:!make=Mazda&model=MAZDA5&ed_makeindex- =.ef90f53

    We needed the extra cargo space in a pinch as well. You never know what you may need to carry with you on a trip. I've asked dealers about roof racks but they only said that they should arrive soon. When? They don't know.
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