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#158 of 264 Re: Looking for Grand Touring Mazda5 Red
Apr 10, 2008 (2:07 pm)
Color is very subjective with these cars. Mazda seems to have screened for colors that evoke the most emotion, positive or negative, from the greatest number of individuals. Colors that look good in the brochure look completely different in person. The blue, red and golden sand colors change significantly under different lighting conditions.
After seeing what the Golden Sand Metallic looked like, I spent a week driving to different dealers just to looking at colors in different conditions. At least under the lighting conditions I saw it, Golden Sand Metallic could best be described as dilute cooked lima-bean green metallic . Some people love it, others think of things infants do -- although the interior color would have been my first choice.
A month ago, I bought a white 2008 sport. As there was only one white sport within 300 miles, and it came with a moon roof, I can now see the moon. I didn't like the added cost [moon roof], but will now think twice about buying a car without a moon roof.
I love the car. I arrived at white by eliminating the other colors. There is no question the white shows more dirt than some other colors might, but it is very sharp when it is clean -- which for me is often.
For what it's worth, I've been averaging 28+ mpg in mixed driving, biased towards the city side, with the 5-speed auto.
I bought the car as a commuter vehicle. It was the smallest car that I could comfortably seat my family in. The car has grown on me, and I'm tending towards interesting others in to buying one.
For me, the white paint unexpectedly added to my positive perception of the vehicle, while the other colors had the opposite effect. Then again, I get the what were you thinking buying a white car question from friends all the time. Take your time making a decision. It's one you'll live with for quite a while. Why not get what you really like? The cost to you is only time.
#159 of 264 Re: Looking for Grand Touring Mazda5 Red [5_more]
Apr 11, 2008 (4:26 am)
Interesting. Well, as said before, the white is clean and keeps the car cooler during Summer
For my 2 Mazda5s my priorities were: Manual Transmission and colors not being black nor golden sand (or the green silver that came for the 06). Luckily I found them and they were close from home. I stopped by the dealership the other day and the sales guy told me he has not received another Manual Tranny since I bought mine (December 2007). Luck I guess...
#160 of 264 Re: Looking for Grand Touring Mazda5 Red [5_more]
Apr 13, 2008 (10:53 am)
Thanks for all the input, I really do appreciate it. This forum is great.
#161 of 264 Crystal White Pearl 2008 Touring
Apr 17, 2008 (11:00 am)
Just purchased our 2008 Mazda5 Touring. Got the best deal by far from a dealer 180 mi. away here in WI. Picked it up 4/15/08 (tax day) drove back 150 mi. with a very strong cross wind the car handled beautifully, the final 30 mi. into direct headwind still got 31.02 MPG driving 70 mi. 65, 40 mi. 70, 40 mi. mixed between 65 & 70, the last 30 mi. 60, I feel on a brand new vehicle with those windy conditions it did very well. The car is really fun to drive handles well, quiet and looks sharp with the CWP paint, with a great price I couldn't be happier. I highly recommend the dealer, if anyone is interested let me know.
Thanks to this forum my buying decision went a lot faster. Thank you to all.
#162 of 264 850 mile report.
May 22, 2008 (5:19 pm)
I have just logged 850 on the odometer so I am a little over the engine break-in period of 600 miles according to the owners manual. Here is how things are going so far. The more I drive my M5 and the twistier the roads get, the more I love it. I am just amazed at how sporty this micro-van is. WOW! The a/c is the best of any car I have owned, and worlds better than my Pontiac Vibes system (the worst ever). My third fill up at the gas station only yielded 19.3 mpg and this concerns me because my first two fill ups were 22 - 24mpg. The car has developed a "rattle" sound coming from under the car during acceleration so I will be taking it into the dealer. The ride is so smooth on the highway and it cruises along just fine at 85mph. Around town is very comfortable and doing u-turns and tight parking situations are a breeze. The power windows go up and down faster than the Pathfinder I traded in for the M5. So far I am very happy with my purchase.
#163 of 264 Galaxy Gray Mica 2008 Grand Touring
Jun 04, 2008 (7:30 pm)
I've just gotten a new M5 GT. Love the leather, 5 speed automatic, steering, handling and design. Fuel economy better than expected (23MPG / 90% stop and go). This is a great car!!
#164 of 264 Warranty Repairs
Jun 04, 2008 (9:02 pm)
I am considering purchasing a 5. I live about half an hour from the closest dealer. I know that this may should like a minor inconvenience to some, but it's in the opposite direction of work and during rush hour the half hour turns into a full hour. Do the dealers have some sort of arrangement with local repair shops to perform warranty work? Anybody have any experience with this? I'm hoping that there will be no warranty work required, but I'm guessing that I would be very fortunate if that was the case.
#165 of 264 Re: Warranty Repairs [dougs3]
Jun 05, 2008 (5:12 am)
FWIW, be aware that M5 oil changes should really be done by the dealer because of the "environmentally-friendly" permanent plastic oil filter housing and because of the large panel that must be removed in order to access the underside of the engine.
#166 of 264 Re: Warranty Repairs [dclurker]
Jun 05, 2008 (9:58 am)
Why would the oil change be exclusive to a dealer?
Many people (and quick lube shops) have successfully changed their own Mazda3/Mazda5 oil or even converted to a standard, environmentally un-friendly cartridge.
Jun 05, 2008 (5:42 pm)
Question for dclurker, I own a 2008 Mazda5 with 3600 miles, I have always changed my own oil and planned to do so with this one but it sounds like it is not a easy as my cars in the past. I am sure that I can remove the plastic pan on the bottom but I was not aware that it had a filter other than a standard one, can you fill me in on the filter and how to deal with it and can one get and install a standard filter easily or does it take special tools ect.?