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#830 of 1387 Re: Stability / Traction Control on 2007 Mazda5 [wa98strat]
Apr 22, 2006 (6:19 pm)
Ah, I've just read in Car & Driver that Mazda3 Mazdaspeed (Mazdaspeed3 - who comes up with those designation???) will have limited slip differential from the factory.
I asked the dealer yesterday about plans for '07 Mazda5 TC and stability control and he said that recently Mazda was doing dealer survey "what would make Mazda5 more sellable" - he put down stability control as #1 issue. He said half of potential buyers inquire about it.
Lower on his list were interior amenities ... armrest for front and middle passengers, iPod interface and so on. Interesting.
I love how the thing drives with a stick shift, but now I'm thinking Mazda6 station wagon (manual, of course).
#832 of 1387 Re: just reading up [odie6l]
Apr 23, 2006 (9:24 am)
So the Mazda 6 is almost for free LOL.
#833 of 1387 Re: 2007 model [d_hyper]
Apr 23, 2006 (10:08 am)
If by "completely Japanese" you mean:
Uses a Volvo/Mazda/Ford cooperative-designed platform known in Ford and Mazda circles as a C1 and in Volvo as a P1, used for the Euro Focus, C-Max, Mazda3, and sharing significant chassis components with the 2005+ Mustang, then yes, it is Completely Japanese.
The engine, which was designed by Mazda with input from Ford, is the 2.3L version of the MZR global engine, known in Ford applications as Duratec engines (though this label is not exclusive to Mazda collaborated products.
#834 of 1387 Re: Mazda Added Protection [riproy]
Apr 23, 2006 (12:19 pm)
Hi, I am from canada and I am actually same situation as you are now. I saw so many messeges about the problem of the rear sliding doors. I am still scratching my head to decide between a Mazda5 or a Toyota Matrix. Does anyone have any additional opinion for me to think about it?
#835 of 1387 Re: just reading up [odie6l]
Apr 23, 2006 (12:50 pm)
For what it's worth. I was in the same boat last year, with a toddler and a baby. The Scion, while cool and a great use of space, has a very small trunk space with the rear seats up. Not ideal for toting a stroller and other baby gear, especially on long trips in my opinion. I'm still looking and am down to the new RAV4 (with 4 cyl), the Mazda 5, and possibly the Ford Five Hundred AWD (decent mileage with the CVT and has a huge trunk). These options seem to offer the good mileage, decent trunk space and overall comfort. My wife has yet to chime in, so who knows.
#836 of 1387 Re: Mazda Added Protection [benleu]
Apr 23, 2006 (1:04 pm)
I'm not from Canada but I used to own a Toyota Matrix. I traded it in for the Mazda 5. I want to call it an "upgrade". It really is. Mazda 5 is not only bigger than the Matrix but it is more fun to drive, more nimble, more powerful, more precise, more quiet and it is made in Japan which I believe is more reliable. I had so many problems with the Matrix and so far my Mazda 5 is trouble-free. I already have put 10,250 miles on it. I was so excited when I bought the car and that excitement never went away.
#837 of 1387 Re: just reading up [carquery]
Apr 23, 2006 (1:05 pm)
I had the Ford Freestyle on my list, and may actually replace the Pontiac Torrent with it if Ford gets rid of the CVT. I have seen too many in my dealers service dept. with CVT issues.
#839 of 1387 Re: Mazda Added Protection [benleu]
Apr 23, 2006 (2:14 pm)
Have you actually driven a Matrix?? It's awful The base engine is buzzy and powerless, Actually in my opinion unsafe. What I mean is acceleration. It;s just too slow to use on the highway! It's the only car I've ever test driven that actually scared me enough to think about abandoning an attempt to get onto the highway. There's a reason most of the Matrix's I've seen around are the Xrs version, It comes with a more powerful engine.
The MAzda5 by comparison is a much more refined vehicle The power is there at lower RPMs there is more space, the fit and finish is better, and the driving position (for me) is better. Handling is very crisp and Sport sedan like.
I forgot to mention that during my test drive of the Matrix I couldn't get over the odd driving position. The angle of the wheel is just strange. Reminded me of my grandfathers tractor!
In my mind, the Matrix and Mazda5 are different classes of vehicles.