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#202 of 264 Re: Rattling sounds from the left rear passenger door [nahag1]
Dec 15, 2008 (10:21 pm)
If it is 2007 Mazda5, the VIN can be checked against a Technical Service Bulletin for defective rear and (or) front bushings on the stabilizer bar as the rear might give the impression it is behind the passenger door on the left or right side. It is one of those things that dealerships should be checking before they sell vehicles, however most don't as occurred when we purchased the same model vehicle that has defective bushings, albeit in the front. Some less reputable dealerships will actually sign off on Mazda's 100-Point Inspection, well without doing the inspection as occurred with us.
#203 of 264 Mazda 5 Replacement Tires-Recommend?
Jan 09, 2009 (10:50 am)
I'm looking for replacement tires for my 5. So far I've found Yoko YK-520 and Cooper Zeon Sport AS. I don't need high performance, but all season with decent handling.
Anyone found something that works well? The OEM tires are terrible...25K and they are making strange sounds, not to mention the poor ride/handling.
Hopefully this will help with the cold weather clanky/crunchy suspension issues...the dealer replaced both the upper and lower control arm to fix this (under warranty) and it seemed to help some, but now it's back.
Any thoughts appreciated.
#204 of 264 Re: Mazda 5 Replacement Tires-Recommend? [Paprikash]
by vg33e power
Jan 09, 2009 (11:39 am)
I just replaced mine on Tuesday and I couldn't be happier with them, I should have done it sooner. I went with Michelin 225/50R17 MXM4 Pilot HX. Man these tires are sweet! Smooth, quiet, soft when traveling and awesome performance when cornering. I know these tires are expensive (around $150-$160 each) but I got an awesome deal on a set of new "take-offs" because I work at a dealership.
#205 of 264 Re: Mazda 5 Replacement Tires-Recommend? [Paprikash]
Jan 09, 2009 (12:08 pm)
A year ago I went with Michelin all season tires rated at about 60K miles I think (I couldn't find anything with much higher mileage as the 17" rims are "high performance"). I had Toyo OEM tires before (original from Mazda) and the vibration was terrible. Since putting on the Michelin's it finally feels like a new car and I would highly recommend this brand. They cost a little more than the cheaper ones but well worth it in my opinion.
Changing tires will do nothing for the cold weather clanky/crunchy suspension issues. I had the same issue for some time. There is a service bulletin for this issue as has been mentioned previously (see all bulletins at http://www.finishlineperformance.com/store/pages.php?pageid=17) requiring replacement of the bushings on the front lower arm and/or front/rear stabilizer bushing. I had mine in countless times for front and back. This is the first winter with no problems (so far anyway!).
#206 of 264 Re: My antenna hits the garage door [vg33e power]
Jan 15, 2009 (4:38 pm)
Add me to the list of new antenna owners.
Hmmm... maybe Cerberus should get out of the business of trying to make cars and just sell antenna masts?
#207 of 264 Re: My antenna hits the garage door [dan5678]
by vg33e power
Jan 15, 2009 (4:45 pm)
At this point in time your a truly correct my friend.....LOL!
#208 of 264 Re: Anyone having problems with their's yet? [wxcrawler]
by vg33e power
Jan 29, 2009 (12:27 pm)
Did anyone ever find out or resolve this ocassional coolant smell? I get it once in a while but nothing seems to be leaking, at least not enough to leak under the car. Has anyone experienced, smelled, or gotten this resolved?
#209 of 264 So far...
Feb 03, 2009 (4:49 pm)
2008 Mazda 5, 15k miles, <11 months old... -- lots of fun to drive -- vibrates at ~50 mph -- plastic creaking noises from base of windshield -- rear suspension creaking noises started yesterday Have any of these been successfully addressed by Mazda? My dealer, while polite, has been less than helpful.
#210 of 264 Re: Anyone having problems with their's yet? [vg33e power]
Feb 04, 2009 (8:08 am)
I have experienced that smell periodically. Would love to hear how others have acted on it and what resolution was offered.