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#176 of 264 Re: How's the cargo space? [nealyw]
Jul 31, 2008 (8:00 am)
I'd go with the Mazda5. However, if you're planning to put a kindergartner in the back, encourage him/her to decorate the "big kid space" and make it a good-behavior honor to sit back there instead of in the middle with the little kids. Otherwise they feel exiled to the rear and fight over the middle seats as they grow up. Whatever you buy, go with captain chairs in the middle instead of a bench seat.
Our new car is a 2008 Mazda5 and it's great on space. I had three vans (2000 Toyota Sienna, 1998 Voyager, and 1994 Caravan) prior to this. All my vans were the sport/short model, not the extended model.
If you go with a full size van, I recommend the Toyota Sienna for quality. However, it drives like a tank. My 16-year old driver managed to scratch/dent every panel on the Sienna, and do a number on the garage door as well. Since she moved to a VW Jetta, her scraping problems are over.
On the down side: -We liked being able to roll our bikes right into the back of the Sienna without taking off the wheels. Very safe and convenient. The bikes are too tall for the Mazda 5, so we put a bike rack on top, and love it. It's a few extra loading minutes, but it's fine.
Yes, the Mazda5 is smaller, but it's so flexible. You can flatten one rear seat and leave the other up, to carry strollers, bikes, etc. and still have a child in back. We put the infant in the way back when he's likely to be napping anyway or for short trips. We load/unload his carry seat from the back.
On the plus side, the Mazda5 has a tight turning radius, gets much better gas mileage, has a great feel on the road and fits in the garage better. We love it.
#177 of 264 mazda5 traction control
Jul 31, 2008 (4:59 pm)
I am very interested in purchasing a Mazda5 (current lease is up in Nov.), but I understand that there is no traction control or antiskid. I live in NY and can get a good deal of snow. Is this something I should be concerned about? I'm wondering what people's experiences have been in snow/ice etc.
#178 of 264 Re: mazda5 traction control [bbq797]
Jul 31, 2008 (7:04 pm)
If you drive sanely, you shouldn't have a problem.
Given the stock tires, I was surprised how well it handled in the snow and ice.
Put a decent set of four snows on it, and you'll have a safer winter vehicle than you would have with all seasons and the features you mentioned.
You might want to compare the expected depth of snow that you'll be driving in. The 5 is a low vehicle. Snow tires or not, the air dam becomes a snow plow pretty quickly.
Aug 01, 2008 (4:27 am)
You might want to compare the expected depth of snow that you'll be driving in, to the 5's ground clearance.
#180 of 264 Re: My antenna hits the garage door [zoom500]
Oct 10, 2008 (3:45 pm)
"Others" are still having this issue 25months later. Someone should let Edmunds know that the height of this vehicle includes the antenna, so is not 64.2", but more like around 77" by my eyeball. My garage is circa 1950's. Apparently cars were smaller then?
#181 of 264 Re: Rattling sounds from the left rear passenger door [nahag1]
by vg33e power
Oct 11, 2008 (1:37 pm)
I ALSO HAVE THESE ANNOYING RATTLING SOUNDS COMING FROM THE LEFT REAR SLIDER DOOR (PERHAPS ON THE RIGHT SIDE AS WELL) AND I DONT KNOW WHAT IT CAN BE. DOES ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCE THIS AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT CAN BE? USUALLY ON ROUGHT TERRAIN.
#182 of 264 Re: Rattling sounds from the left rear passenger door [vg33e power]
Oct 11, 2008 (6:02 pm)
Are the middle seat belts in their clips -- on the pillars just behind their seat backs?
#184 of 264 Re: My antenna hits the garage door [5_more]
by vg33e power
Oct 13, 2008 (6:50 am)
I WORK FOR AN AUTO GROUP IN WHICH WE CARRY CHRYRLER PRODUCTS. WHEN I FIRST GOT MY MZ5 I ALSO THOUGHT THE OEM ANTENNA WAS A BIT LONG AND R/C, GOOFY LOOKING. SO I TESTED AN ANTENNA FROM A 2009 DODGE JOURNEY HERE IN OUR LOT, WHICH HAS A STUBBIE 6" LONG THING AND TO MY SURPRISE IT SCREWED IN PERFECTLY AND EVEN PERFECTLY ALIGNED AT THE BASE, IT SEEMED LIKE THIS DODGE ANTENNA WAS SPECIFICALLY MADE FOR OUR MZ5s. ANYWAY I PICKED ONE UP FROM OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT AND I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER. IT LOOKS WAY BETTER AND SPORTY, PLUS IT IS STILL AN RDS ANTENNA (ADDITIONAL WIRE THAT TWIST AROUND THE MAST) SO YOU WILL NOT LOOSE ANY RECEPTION QUALITY.TOTAL COST $5.94 INCLUDING TAX. YES YOU HEARD RIGHT $5.94 INCLUDING TAX. I WAS AWED WHEN I HEARD THE PRICE. BEST $6 EVER SPENT ON A MOD. FOR MY MZ5.
IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED THE PART NUMBER FOR THIS ANTENNA WHICH YOU CAN PICK UP AT ANY LOCAL CHRYSLER, JEEP, DODGE DEALERSHIP IS: 5064710-AA
DON'T LET THE STEALERSHIP GET YOU CHRYSLER'S MSRP IS ONLY $5.50
#185 of 264 Re: Rattling sounds from the left rear passenger door [5_more]
by vg33e power
Oct 13, 2008 (8:42 am)
ITS DEFINATELY NOT THE SEAT BELTS, BECAUSE I CAN HEAR IT RIGHT AT THE INSIDE DOOR HANDLE, SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING LOOSE BEHIND THE DOOR TRIM PANEL PERHAPS A LINK ROD??