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Mazda MAZDA5, Tires, Wheels, Wagon
#151 of 196 Re: Vibrations and uneven wear on tires. [speddy]
Jun 30, 2010 (10:04 am)
The only smaller rims that would fit are 16". I am with you on the low profile subject, see one of my first posts back in 2008
nahag1, "Mazda5 Owners MPG-Real World Numbers" #241, 6 Mar 2008 2:11 pm
The vibrations I was experiencing were at low speed (about 15000 RPM) and at around 65 MPH. When I took it back to the dealer, the mechanic test drove it, got it on the lift than called me to show me that the inner rim of 2 of the wheels was bent ever so slightly, you almost couldn't see it. He said " that is your problem ". Of course I didn't believe him, I was convinced that it was something with the engine or at least the mounts, but having seen the bent rims, I could only prove him wrong when I come back with perfect circular rims. It costs a lot of money to fix the OME rims and even more to buy new ones. Since I do not mind the look of the steelees, ( I actually think that they give the car some character ) I decided that the cost of the rims plus the tires would still keep me under $700, I would not have to deal with the Mazda rims, and the bonus, the new tire size would always be cheaper than the OME size.
The new wheels have been on the car for 5000 miles now. I couldn't go back to the dealer and prove him wrong because the vibrations disappeared, the pavement noise disappeared and the car became a pleasure to drive in the suburbs, on the highway and in town. It made a huge difference.
Mazda should wake up an realize that low profile tires are a curse on this car.
#152 of 196 Re: Steering vibration/shake at 55 mph [athenasius]
Jul 02, 2010 (8:21 am)
If its the engine mounts. What is the solution to get rid of them.
#153 of 196 Recommended Tires for M5
Jul 02, 2010 (8:22 am)
What is the recommended tires for M5 with the default rims. Has anyone tried Dunlop signature ? It has 60k miles rating.
Appreciate your help.
#154 of 196 Re: Steering vibration/shake at 55 mph [samac]
Aug 25, 2010 (8:53 pm)
Had the same problem with my 07 after they rotated and balanced my tires. Went back couple of times where they balanced them again but this never fixed the problem. Uneven wear was mentioned but I only had 14000 miles on the car. Went to a private shop, they said there was nothing wrong with the tires. They found a bulletin that suggested engine mounts was the solution for the vibration. Went to the dealership with it and they said they never have seen one or have anyone had that problem. They put in the engine mounts which didn't take care of the vibration only changed it up a little bit after they played with the tires - again! The master technician said if I keep on being unhappy with the fix he'll be in trouble as of not being able to fix it. That was a surprising comment. I've lived with the vibration since cause I got tired of running to the dealership for nothing. Now my warranty has expired and issues w suspension are climbing up so I guess my only rescue is to try to get rid of my car eventually. Too bad...without all these challenges it would be a nice car.
#155 of 196 Mazda 5 Tires & Rims
Aug 29, 2010 (7:52 pm)
As so many people have pointed out already, the original Mazda 5 tires are garbage. Our fronts were done in just over 18k miles on our '06. I've been replacing the Toyos with Kuohmos without any real improvement. There is no way any vehicle should be using tires that fast. In terms of the eco-system, this is a horrible design. Not to mention that we've got to pay for new tires every 20k.
I've been trying to find a solution ever since I paid for the first replacement tires. The dealership told me that there were no smaller rim options to be had. I can't wait to correct him on that.
My question is does tire wear improve with the smaller rims? If so, how much?
Thanks in advance.
#156 of 196 Re: Vibrations and uneven wear on tires. [nahag1]
Aug 29, 2010 (9:19 pm)
Guess what, I did throw away the original rims and all the crappy tires and brought a whole new set of rims and tires from Tiredirect.com. After drove about 10K the same problem happening again. So I wrote a complaint letter to MazdaUSA and they did responded my letter in 3 days...and they told me they will sent me to the local dealership and they should taking care of me....they sounds pretty promising. Even this was my 5th times to look into the same problem since the 1st year I brought it in 07. But I thought they got enough complaints and know how to fix me this time. When I did shown up at the dealership but they made me to paid $100 for disgnosis fee but I told the service guy this was my 5th time to look at the same problem and I was send by MazdaUSA . I end it up agree to pay for the fee and hope for the best this time. Guess what, it took them almost a whole day and end up told me the stories that they couldn't find anything wrong. I felt so stupid why I would trust MazdaUSA and even paid $100 to the stupid dealership. Trust me I'm looking to get rid of it and will tell all my friends not to BUY MAZDA 'coz it SUCK!!!
#157 of 196 Re: Vibrations and uneven wear on tires. [hatemazda5]
Aug 30, 2010 (8:13 am)
We are sorry to hear about your experience with your Dealer not being able to help you. We do have a Dealer Ratings and Reviews section if you would like to post a review of this dealer. I have provided a link for you. http://www.edmunds.com/dealerships/drr/jump.html
#158 of 196 New tires!
Feb 17, 2011 (10:42 am)
Well we bought new tires about two weeks ago for our 08 mazda 5. We got Goodyear comfort tred touring tires. $$$$$ almost $800! But all of our vibration and tire noise is gone!!!! I hope it stays that way! Very happy with the new tires so far except for the price, but I guess that's the price I pay for low profile tires. (which I don't really want)
#159 of 196 DISAPPOINTED OWNER of Mazda 5
Mar 21, 2011 (4:52 pm)
I own a Mazda 5 for 6 months and I have had to replace shocks twice now. The car also has a noise in the back. After inspecting the shocks I found one was leaking. When I took it to the dealer they told me the shocks looks good. After I insisted that they look with me they agreed to replace the shock under warranty. I was made to feel like they were doing me a favor. The noise stiil exists and they are blaming the tires. The tires are worn off unevenly. 35000 miles on the car
#160 of 196 Re: DISAPPOINTED OWNER of Mazda 5 [jarek67]
Mar 22, 2011 (8:51 am)
WOW! How do you get 35k in 6 mo? Anyway,
I've been saying for some time that the shocks the factory puts on the 5 are up to the challenge. I would recommend anybody that likes the car and intends to keep it to go and get some top of the line shocks. I bought the car fully aware of the issue.
The tires quality has been blamed many times on this forum for a lot of things and there are reports that new tires from a different manufacturer took care of the problems. At 35k it's time for new rubber. It is irrelevant now if the shocks killed your tires, or the tires were cheap to begin with.
I have my 5 for 16 mo now and it has 15k. The tires are at 50%. We drive it hard (when we do), loaded up and fast, so I'm not complaining, again, I anticipated the problem.
Sorry for the dealer experience. I've found the same attitude with other brands, too. It's a systemic problem.