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  • I finally talked to somebody at the dealership who knew what to do about the recall. They told me to come straight in and they would take care of me. The dealership was very nice about the recall. The guy told me they would keep it in a protected pa…
  • Ummm, this appears to be a voluntary recall on Mazda's part, not one that has gotten so bad that the NHTSA orders the manufacturer to issue one. So Mazda is doing the smart thing here. Also, lemon laws wouldn't apply here. I think Mazda gives you a …
  • I hope so. Mine does that all the time.
  • Yeah but the siping only disperses wet material. Snow packs into the tread fairly quickly and creates a slick. I would think you'd still want to dig down because it would give you better traction. The concentrated weight will also probably create mo…
  • The way I've always understood it, narrower tires will concentrate the weight over a smaller area and dig down, providing better contact with the road surface. Wider tires would act like a snow shoe and spread your weight so you would ride on top. B…
  • I might have been one of the first to post about this. The only place I ever saw it mentioned was in the brochure and on a sticker stuck to the side of a Touring model on the showroom floor. Navigation package includes GPS Navigation system and TPMS.
  • On long stretches of unplowed or deep snow, yes, that makes sense. Like using a snow shoe to stay on top. But over asphalt or concrete when the snow starts to melt, wider tires become more dangerous over wet material for the same reason. In those si…
  • Thanks for adding some science to this discussion. It does seem to matter what kind of surface you are most likely to encounter. I guess I was picturing Chicago-style slushy roads and occasional heavy snow and ice as opposed to unplowed roads and so…
  • I haven't noticed any difference in heat between this material and my old Civic's velour-type cloth. In fact, I see this kind of material as a definite step up. More hip and I would guess, more durable. The A/C issue has been brought up numerous tim…
  • The power seems more than adequate. The light weight of the vehicle compared to most other minivans on the market (600-1200 lbs.) means you will have a better power to weight ratio in the MZ5 with it's 157 hp 4-cylinder. It's not a sports car, but i…
  • I would call it a coral or salmon red. It shifts alittle from a more coppery color to that slightly pinker version depending on the light. And the best advice on the color I can give you is to look at it yourself. You're not going to buy it sight un…
  • Just my own two cents about the art of leasing. Unless they actually allow you to sit down and view the lease computer, chances are the price you spend time negotiating will be meaningless. Having worked in a dealership I know that the finance guys …
  • For all intents and purposes, the 600 IS the new Testarossa. I think with the performance they get from the mid-engined V-8s, Ferrari realized a 12-cylinder model would be redundant considering they have an Enzo in that niche, albeit way more expens…
  • I participated in Mazda's performance and precision test-drive event at Pomona last Sunday. Aside from being a fun, free way to try out the RX-8, new MX-5, 3, 6, and 5, you get some driving instruction and at least a free t-shirt out of it. There ar…
    in Mazda5 Comment by frank4cars August 2005
  • Not a very good choice IMHO. Three rows of two seats and little space behind the third row would mean the stroller goes on the roof if it doesn't fit with one third row seat folded, and I doubt it would.
    in Mazda5 Comment by frank4cars August 2005
  • Might be tight in back for two of them. Check the rear opening height and compare that to the dogs' heights to get an idea. This 5 is really an economy car wagon so don't expect it to be even close to the Oddy dimensions. And although the two rear r…
    in Mazda5 Comment by frank4cars May 2006
  • That is something I didn't understand when the 2 + 2 + 2 seating was introduced on the Chrysler Pacifica. That thing is huge and seemed to be able to accommodate a second-row third passenger even more easily than the 5 would, but no center seat. IIR…
    in Mazda5 Comment by frank4cars March 2006
  • You're comparing a minivan to a wagon that has an emphasis on sporty handling (to keep buyers from associating it with that dreaded "m" word). And probably using 1991 dollars for your comparison to boot. Even the Caravan of this century probably ha…
  • I hope this works better than last time. I just uploaded 55 pics of my Mazda5 to imagestation. The people in the picture are my cousins and range in height from just under 5 foot to 5' 11" so you can see the scale. I included a bunch of shots of the…
    in Mazda5 Comment by frank4cars August 2005
  • Drove mine from LA to Vegas and back with no problems. In fact, the gearing seemed perfect for the 70 mph climbs, compared to my '97 Civic. I averaged 25 mpg for the trip with some triple digit stretches mixed in. Could have probably seen 30 if I ha…
  • This has been mentioned before. The 5 has a more upright seating configuration to accommodate three rows. Try raising the seat so your legs dangle a little more.
  • TPMS is part of the navigation package. Silver valve stems on the tires instead of black show that you have it.
  • Worth waiting for. No trip computer yet. A few aftermarket leathers are detailed in the modifications thread.
  • Typically, a wider tire rides on top of the snow (the reason people wear snow shoes is to spread their weight over a bigger area so they don't sink in as much) and a narrower one digs through. So the 17 inch tires aren't inherently going to be worse…
  • Check out the Problems and Solutions thread for more info on the recall. I picked my MZ5 up today and will bring it back when they have the fix ready. As far as I'm concerned, if Mazda is being honest about this being a case of driver misuse and abu…
  • The 5 is a little bigger and I would assume there are slight variations due to the different packaging requirements for the spare tire, gas tank, etc. so it is probably a similar, but different, exhaust and different hangers. Technically, the engine…
  • Are you in a non-North American market? All of them are supposed to be locked up and off limits here until a fix is implemented.
  • Just until you get below 80% throttle. Light foot=cold foot. Lead foot=hot foot.
  • A lot of the fear with third row seats is that the passengers' heads are very close to the glass. It creates the illusion that if somebody smashed into the back of the vehicle, the passengers wouldn't have much of a buffer area. As you pointed out, …
  • I would have to disagree that it isn't as big of a hit when the vario kicks in. Especially at full throttle in 2nd and 3rd, there is a very distinct kick. Just like the RSX-S I recently test drove. Not a scary kind of burst, but definitely noticeabl…
  • There's a whole thread about mileage: rideyourbike, "Mazda5 Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers" #38, 1 Sep 2005 9:35 pm!make=Mazda&model=MAZDA5&ed_makeindex=.ef90f62
  • Maybe it's a clever marketing ploy to get you to splurge for the navigation/TPMS package. Seriously though, the map pocket on the back of the driver's seat is plenty big for such items and easy to reach from either front seat.
  • The start date is just the day you receive or print out the response. The program has been in place for almost a year, IIRC. Just call your dealer and ask them if they can help you out. They should, as this is not coming out of their pocket and only…
  • Calling Gerber instead of registering was probably the better way to do it. Quicker anyway. It took Mazda about 4 weeks to e-mail me my confirmation though. When I finally got that I took it and the original Gerber ad I had received via snail mail t…
  • Sorry I don't know any more about it than what I already posted. Search through the old posts for Gerber. Registering at Gerber would have given you access to the ad, but if you already have it, then it doesn't matter. The part that took the longest…
  • The Gerber rebate offer has been discussed earlier in this thread and in some of the other Mazda threads. You register at Gerber.com, e-mail them saying you would like a copy of the Mazda rebate ad, then register at Mazdausa.com/gerber and when you …
  • Update: Rec'd $500 check in the mail today. Woo hoo!
  • I was wondering the same thing. My Gerber ad came in the mail yesterday and I immediately went to the MazdaUSA website listed in the ad, to register. I purchased my MZ5 on 7/16 but didn't find out about the gerber rebate until 7/22 so I will let you…
  • Congratulations. Your 5 was probably either a dealer trade driven over in exchange for a different model, or used for test drives or by sales staff. I wouldn't be too concerned about it.
  • $2,000-$3,000 below invoice sounds really fishy unless they are katrina cars or there is some secret dealer incentive on.