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Mazda MAZDA5, Car Buying, Wagon
Oct 22, 2011 (1:49 pm)
We have a luggage bubble on our 2010 Mazda 5 and love it. When you need extra stuff it holds about another 15 cu feet--the same amount of space in a mid-size sedan. That way you can hold 4 people and huge amounts of luggage or even 6 people and moderate luggage on a trip.
Plus we now have a hitch in back installed so that we can put two bikes in back.
Overall enjoying our Mazda5 a lot. It's a lot of car for the money. Love the smooth shifting manual and the sporty handling.
#242 of 260 Re: Snowbirds [davicho]
Oct 26, 2011 (8:05 am)
Just got back from a 410 mile trip (now 534 miles on the car) and got 26.9 mpg running 68 to 72 mph and some city mixed in. SO I am happy, but will be checking again. Just got a scangauge e and we are off to Florida in two weeks, 1700 miles and it will be loaded, we will see how that comes out.
So far really like the car, we moved down from a Town and Country.
Nice to see Mazda #4 in reliability ahead of Honda and Toyota, M3 best small car which I’m guessing has the same engine and transmission as the 5?
#243 of 260 MZ5 at hospital...
Oct 26, 2011 (9:05 am)
So last Monday (10-17-11) went home for lunch to enjoy a nice hot meal and the prosperity of my house. Headed back this lady on my left side was not paying attention because she was yapping her mouth away on her cell phone try to avoid a rear end collision ahead of her and instead veers to her right and hits me...
Front bumper cover, left fender, left mirror, left front and rear wheels, and left rear quarter panel, rear bumper cover...
$4300 in total labor and parts. I am still so pissed off!!! I had just bought my new to me 2006 MZ5 that I looked for a long time to find...a clean white manual touring and not even a month of ownership this happens.
#244 of 260 Re: MZ5 at hospital... [davicho]
Oct 30, 2011 (3:09 pm)
Hang in there. What about getting a new 2012? Mazda loyalty bonus of $500. 1.9 apr. And sometimes you can get steep discounts on the manuals.
My local dealer had a screamer ad for a 2012 Mazda5 manual at $4000 off list. That would put it at about $16300. Freaking lotta car for the money.
#245 of 260 Re: MZ5 at hospital... [davicho]
Oct 31, 2011 (7:57 am)
Well, I got my girl back on Friday (10-28-11) and she looks better then before. Unless you are a body repair man, you cant even tell anything happened. So it looks way better since it got a full outside detail (polished and waxed) and an alignment that I was planning on doing anyway. So it is as good as new and I am happy she is back...Thanks Caliber Collision San Bernardino
#246 of 260 Re: Snowbirds [leewan]
Nov 01, 2011 (2:52 am)
Yes, the Mazda 5 has the same 4 cylinder engine as the Mazda 3s models (except for the new Skyactiv G engine on the Mazda 3 only in 2012) and the Mazda 6i models. The 2.5 liter engine is new to the Mazda 2012 Mazda 5 but has been on the Mazda 3 since 2010 and the Mazda 6 since 2009. Prior to that all three cars used a 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine .................the new Skyactiv G engine has a much higher compression rate and will get 40mpg highway on the sedan and 39 mpg highway on the hatchback (Mazda 3 in 2012 only) so hopefully this engine migrates soon to the Mazda 5, Mazda 6 and possibly even the Mazda Miata. The Skyactiv G engine also debuts on the new Mazda CX-5 crossover CUV in 2012 likely as a 2013 model ..................
#247 of 260 Skyactiv
Nov 04, 2011 (6:10 am)
Anyone hear about the Skyactiv coming to the Mazda5?
#248 of 260 Re: Skyactiv[bobw3] - Mazda 5 not until '13/'14
Nov 04, 2011 (8:56 pm)
Bob: Keep in mind that the Mazda 5 was just introduced as a new model. Since it was released in the spring of 2011 it is a 2012 model and thus this model year will last 1.5 years. Mazda is not going to introduce a new engine in the middle of the initial model year so you can be assured it will not occur until at least the 2013 model year. Also, the Mazda 5 is a niche vehicle (20K-25K/year sale volume through the past several years but supposedly increasing this year) and they don't spend much of any marketing dollars on it (the Mazda 5 has no direct competition since the Kia Rondo was discontinued, Ford elected not to bring a gas version of the C-Maxx on the same platform as the 5 and GM is not bringing the Orlando (hinged doors) to the US either.
Thus, with the upgrade to the 2.5 liter engine not occurring until this year I think it would be at least 2014 before Skyactiv would come to the Mazda 5. It would be strange to have the 2.5 liter engine for only 1 model year on the Mazda 5 (2.3 liter 4 until this new model -- Mazda 6 had this engine through 2008, the Mazda 3 had the 2.3 through 2009). Also, the long-term goals for Mazda are to make the SkyActiv the mainstream 4 cylinder engine on all its cars. As the Mazda 3 makes up more than 50% of total sales in the US it is likely they will discontinue one of the two engines (likely the Mazda 3 base 2.0 liter engine -- the 2.5 liter is on the higher models) and ramp up SkyActiv production. The Mazda 6 will also get the SkyActiv engine and has had the 2.5 liter engine since 2009 (for 3 model years). It is confirmed in Car and Driver December 2011 issue that the Mazda 6 will get the DIESEL Skyactiv engine option in about 18 months (turbo diesel but same skyactiv technology) and the new 2013 will get the SkyActive engine standard first (gas) and the diesel engine (later) ..............note that the Mazda 5 is also the last new model introduction to use the Nagare styling (smiley face) -- all new models will have the new styling that comes out first on the CX-5 next spring (2013 model) ....
#249 of 260 Re: Snowbirds [leewan]
Nov 07, 2011 (5:57 am)
Some thoughts on the new M5 after 1700 mile trip, Minneapolis to Englewood Fl, One 6 hour day, one 13 hours, and one 7 hour day.
First the seats which felt so form fitting and firm, took a bit of adjusting and still need something to make them really good, my wife in the passenger seat was really uncomfortable half way though the first day. Second the area from where the windshield meets the hood back to the outside of the driver side mirror is a bit of a blind spot for me even with the little window, especially at night, it might be where I am sitting and should get better as I get used to it. Third the brake peddle has too much “play”, when coming off cruise control, the cruise cuts out immediately but the peddle feels like it has too far to travel to get to serious braking. I am going to talk to the dealer about that. Also when I floor the gas sometime the transmission takes a bit of time to find the go gear, sometimes has to search for the right gear, a bit disconcerting when trying to hit a closing window of opportunity. The cruise control works great, the speedo is a little off relative to the gps, at 70 gps 71, at 75 gps 77, you might want to check yours.
Sounds like I had a lot of problems with the car, not so , we really like the car. It drives like it is on rails, you have to pay attention all the time (a good thing) we felt safe and made adjustments to the above which I am sure will get better with time.
Now for the really good stuff. We got all our “go to Florida for the winter” stuff into the car without blocking the rear window. The car had about 900 miles when we left. The trip was 1688 (odometer) and we used 57.5 gallons for 29.3 mpg. I am really happy with that. Mileage was taken off the trip meter, each tank filled until the first click turned off the pump. Speeds were 72 for first part of trip, 77 for second half, air was on for only the last 4 hours.
One note about the Scangage e, going up hill under hard acceleration pushed the gauge to read 9999 mpg, like we were coasting, shortly after it read abnormally high mpg on a flat road, it did readjust after a while.
A happy M5 owner
Would have posted a picture of it loaded but too lazy to figure out how
#250 of 260 Re: Skyactiv[bobw3] - Mazda 5 not until '13/'14 [kensanramon]
Nov 09, 2011 (1:19 pm)
That's too bad if you're right, because MPG was one of the main reasons I never ended up buying a Mazda5. I had a Freestyle that would get in the mid 20s MPG and upper 20s MPG on the highway, as will an Odyssey or Sienna, so with the Mazda5 being so much smaller, I'd expect more like mid-30s highway MPG at least, which is what I was hoping the Skyactiv would bring.