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#51 of 264 Navigation frustrating
Dec 10, 2006 (1:07 pm)
We have a new 2007 White Mazda5 Touring. I originally hesitated to make the jump because my wife can only drive automatic and I was concerned about having only the 4 speed in automatic. But its seems to do fine despite the high revs.
We were pretty disappointed in the navigation system though. We got it because of concerns about our small portable unit getting stolen because of it's visibility on the windshield, which was an illegal placement anyways in CA. The larger screen is much easier to see as well. But, unlike our old Garmin, the Mazda system, is really a pain to program. I have to go through multiple different windows to put in the desired destination, look for points of interest or put in memory points. It took forever to figure out how to put in the home location. It is much less intuitive and harder to find what you want than the garmin. And it doesn't have close to the number of points of interest you get with the Garmin. For Shopping, for example, you can only look for grocery stores, or shopping malls, not specific stores. Overall, even with the larger screen and integrated look, I would not recommend the expense and I wish we had stuck with the $280 garmin, instead of the $1800 to $2000 Navigation through Mazda.
Other than that issue, we are very happy with the car itself, which is very responsive and fun to drive. And we both love the way it looks. We can find our car very easily in any parking lot, it really stands out.
#52 of 264 Re: A New Mazda 5 Owner [high5er]
Dec 18, 2006 (8:41 pm)
Congratulations on your fine choice and purchase! We have a Phantom Blue '06 Touring manual and couldn't be more pleased with it. As for options, one more that you should consider, both for appearance and practicality, is to have the rear passenger and cargo windows tinted. We had ours done at Tint-King (national aftermarket), and not only does it look really sharp, but also keeps the sun off the rear passengers and dog, and helps keep out prying eyes.
#53 of 264 Mazda 5 OR MPV
Dec 23, 2006 (3:52 pm)
Been looking for the past two months at getting a larger car. Keep coming back to the Mazda brand. Have a dealer offering me a new 2006 MPV LX-SV with a MSRP of 23,710 out the door for 17,500. The MPV has a few options like rear air, Cargo net and roof rack and floor mates but i would have to add privacy tint to the rear glass. Also have another Mazda Dealer offering me a 2007 Mazda 5 touring with a sticker of 20,695 on the road for 20,880. The 5 has a sunroof and automatic air, rear bumper guard and floor mates also. I cant decided which car will be the best one over the long haul. Should I save the money and go with the MPV and hope its a good van, but fear taking a loss on the resale value due to it being an older model, or should I pay more and get a newer style Mazda 5. Each car has its pros and cons just trying to figure out which one will be best for the next 5 or so years. I'm worry the MPV may not be as reliable due to having a ford engine but not sure if the 5 is any better with it being a new model. Any words of wisdom would greatly be apprecaited. Also please tell me your thought on the prices I have been offered. Thanks everyone for your help!
#54 of 264 Re: Mazda 5 OR MPV [d5a]
Dec 24, 2006 (9:38 am)
You should know that the MPV has been discontinued as of 2007. So the MPV would be an orphan vehicle, which may or may not be important to you. Plus the MPV has a Ford engine (may not be the same raspy one we test drove a couple of years ago.
We bought a 5 ourselves.
#55 of 264 Mazda 5 or MPV
Dec 25, 2006 (2:04 pm)
Thanks for you response. I'm worried about it being the last year for the MPV. Will resale be horrible? Also very worried about the ford engine. We need a reliable car it will be our only one. Dealer offering the MPV for $17,500 on the road which is a great price for our budget and a Mazda 5 for $20,880 on the road which is also a good price. Looking at car payment the MPV wins but want to make sure it fits our needs and is worth it in the first place. Also found a new 06 Toyota Sennia for $22,000 plus taxes and tags but it has nothing on it but know the resales value down the road will be much better. Cant figure out what is best. Save money up front or be strapped each month to have some money in the end.
#56 of 264 Goofy Rain Sensor
Jan 15, 2007 (1:38 pm)
I've owned our 2006 Mazda5 GT for a few months and it was a great buy. It's fun to drive, has great space flexibility for 2 young kids, and is nice and quiet. I highly recommend the car, but
I have a few issues that I'm not sure others are experiencing. Any help would be great:
1 - the rain sensor adjustment doesn't seem to do much. I usually keep it cranked at supposedly the most responsive setting, but it still doesn't wipe often enough. Cleaning the windshield over the sensor frequently helps a little. I drove an Opel last summer and the rain sensor adjustment had a much wider range.
2 - can't lock the doors using the key fob unless I close the door first. Also, can I disable the "feature" that locks my doors if I don't sprint to my car (with baby in arms) and open the door after I unlock it?
3 - how the heck do I remove my roof antenna now that it's broken off (actually, the FM reception in the city is still fine, so I'm kinda glad it is gone as it was a very dorky placement anyways).
#57 of 264 Engine tempereature gauge,rain sensor and backlights
Jan 28, 2007 (10:10 am)
I bought my Mazda5 GT..it's nice and I think it's a great buy although the gap between the body and both backlights are not even when you compare the left from right.I'm also concern with the engine temperature gauge it's always on half (is it normal?).Rain sensor is also frustrating it does'nt seem to do too much.
#58 of 264 06 Sport
Jan 28, 2007 (12:49 pm)
I'm very pleased with my Mazda5 Sport. I now have 25,000 miles on it as I have a fairly long commute every day. I have had no problems at all to this point and don't expect any. I have the automatic transmission, 6 disk changer and sunroof. I average about 27 mpg in mostly highway driving. Love the maneuverability, comfort, and smooth-free revving engine. I keep hearing magazind reviews complaining about lack of "reserve" power in the 5, but I've never noticed a lack of necessary power under any circumstances. If anything it is very quick in the stoplight grand prix and plenty adequate on the highway. I do have some weird rear tire wear but that is probably my fault for not rotating them. Great car for space and utility, very flexible load carrying options.
#59 of 264 Re: Engine tempereature gauge,rain sensor and backlights [erielle]
Jan 29, 2007 (9:42 am)
The engine temperature gauge should pretty much always be on half once the car's warmed up...that means the engine's at its normal operating temperature. On warm days, it might get up to that "half" position pretty quickly after you start the car, but on cold days it should stay on "Cold" for a while and then rise up to the halfway position. If your gauge is always on half even when you first start the car on cold days, it may be broken.
#60 of 264 Re: Engine tempereature gauge,rain sensor and backlights [smaria]
Jan 29, 2007 (7:07 pm)
I bought my mazda5 last week and it only has 300 miles on it..so I don't think the guage is broken.However, it stays on cold for a while and then rise up to the halfway position.It was only a surprised for me that it's on half position because my previous cars were not...most if not all of my previous cars temperature gauge were on a quarter position.Anyways,thanks for the reply!