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#1 of 1124 Mazda5 Owners: Problems & Solutions
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Jul 22, 2005 (7:41 am)
Share Mazda5 problems and solutions with other owners here!
#2 of 1124 Concerns
Jul 22, 2005 (11:16 am)
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
Jul 22, 2005 (11:40 am)
I was trying to reproduce some of your stuff last night, including the speed bumps, and didn't hear anything at all... Sorry!
#4 of 1124 Re: Concerns [isda65]
Jul 22, 2005 (12:21 pm)
I haven't had any of those problems either.
Jul 22, 2005 (3:24 pm)
I will, however, say that I agree that the air conditioning is not as "cold" as I would like.
Jul 23, 2005 (5:25 am)
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.
#7 of 1124 Interior color
Jul 23, 2005 (5:52 am)
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.
#8 of 1124 Re: Interior color [mrgary]
Jul 23, 2005 (12:52 pm)
>but they are not really closed tight.
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: http://www.finishlineperformance.com/mazda3/bulletins_index.html
#9 of 1124 Just bought mine the other day
Jul 24, 2005 (6:42 am)
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.
#10 of 1124 Tip for "Boosting" the A/C
Jul 26, 2005 (2:51 pm)
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!