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Mar 23, 2009 (9:41 pm)
I have a 2006 Mazda5 GT, 5 speed manual. I have two major issues that the dealership cannot fix. The first is the headlights turn on and off on their own. It usually happens when the vehicle is warm but I drove thru the mountains and on my last trip the lights turned on and off 34 times. I have had this reported to the dealership for the last 70 000km, and they have looked at it 5-6 times.
The second problem is the e-brake does not work every time. At first the e-brake worked great then when winter hit the brake would only catch 4 out of 5 times. When it did not catch the lever would go right up to the top, so it was easy to recognize that the brakes were not engaged, but not the dealership has adjusted them 7 times and I have found that only one wheel is locked 80% of the time.
Mazda Canada told me I don't really need an e-brake! and to just park the van against the curb or sidewalk and crank the wheels.
I live outside the city and I don't have a sidewalk, but I do have a long steep driveway, and three boys under 6 years of age... and no street lights.
I have left the vehicle at the dealership until it is road worthy and safe to drive again, I will also be starting an arbitration process against Mazda...
Any comments or helpful hints
#10 of 37 Re: neil [nslimm]
Mar 24, 2009 (1:33 pm)
My only suggestion is to look for another Mazda dealer or, if it's out of warranty (3yrs in Canada for 06 models I believe, right?), to investigate for a good import workshop in your area. Mazda5s are relatively "straight forward" cars mechanically and electrically (adding that they are based on the Mazda3, widely popular in Canada)
I know this might not be the answer you are looking for, but I think you may not have been lucky with your existing dealer and with the Mazda Canada contacts.
Or another final idea, if you have very good evidence of course, is trying to drop and e-mail or give a call to Mazda North American Operations MNAO (they take care of CAN, US and Mexico, based in Irvine California and Detroit Michigan) or Mazda Global, who knows!
#11 of 37 Re: neil [nslimm]
Apr 01, 2009 (3:02 pm)
The GT has both daytime running lights and auto lights. As the hand break when applied, normal lights not the day time fronts only lights, will turn off the main beam. I would do this myself, as the dealers for the most part a) do not really care and b) tend to just be kids (not saying kids are not smart but you get what you pay for) supervised by someone, I would open up the area where the hand break is to see if the switch or the connection to the hand break switched has an issue ie not connected properly and or misaligned. If you are not comfortable with this maybe try parking on different inclines and with wife outside tap with various impacts on the cover for the hand break area and see if they turn off. That is my first thing I would try. if it does not seem to be that let us know.
#12 of 37 Radio, Bluetooth and Beeping Sound stopped working...
Apr 21, 2009 (9:42 am)
Had the weirdest thing happen in my 08 GT on Sunday morning. I was going out for a morning coffee run. Had the radio on all the while, parked the car DD's and when I got back and turned my 5 back on, the radio didn't work! Bluetooth didn't work, even though it had the little phone sign on display. It didn't greet me with the customary "Hello", either. And the beeping sound we hear when pressing buttons for radio or climate control was gone, too! I was so upset.
I figured if I just park the car and leave it alone for a while in my driveway, then, maybe, when I use it again it'll be back to working order. Lo and behold, when I turned it back on again a little later, everything was fine. Everything worked perfectly: radio, bluetooth, beeping sound, "Hello!" greeting and all. Strange!
The worst part of it all - the most traumatizing - was that the last song I heard on the radio before the radio stopped working was "Circus" by Britney Spears! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The agony! It was TORTURE having that song stuck in my head!
So, anyway, has this happened to anyone before? (The whole radio thing, not the Britney Spears song thing - lol) What do you think it could be?
#13 of 37 Re: Radio, Bluetooth and Beeping Sound stopped working... [nissmazlover]
Apr 21, 2009 (2:52 pm)
I have an 08 Touring and my radio stopped once when the car was only a few weeks old. Same thing happened, It worked when I started the car the next time. I never found out what it was, but it never happened again.
#14 of 37 Re: Radio, Bluetooth and Beeping Sound stopped working... [kivo]
Apr 23, 2009 (6:06 pm)
Four times in the last six months, my radio has lost track of the fact that there are CDs in the changer, and for that matter playing before the engine was shut off. Each time, the CD's are recognized only after two on-off cycles of the ignition.
The dealer is uninterested in working on the problem.
#15 of 37 Re: Radio, Bluetooth and Beeping Sound stopped working... [kivo]
Apr 24, 2009 (6:06 am)
Tinuninu tinuninu tinuninu (twilight zone music). Strange. Well, if it doesn't happen again, then I'll be fine. But, if it does, then I will be taking it to the dealer.
#17 of 37 Re: Radio, Bluetooth and Beeping Sound stopped working... [nissmazlover]
by vg33e power
Jun 11, 2009 (9:41 am)
Hey nissmazlover my radio stopped working as well this morning. I got into my MZ5 to go to work turned it on and the radio greet it me like always...HELLO, then my iPod was playing because I can see on the display the timer going on track #85 but no sound was coming out the speakers, I then tried to switch to AM/FM and it would not do anything, so the last move was to turn it off and It did turn off. Only problem was that the radio would not turn on again, nothing, nada, zilch! So I quickly remembered your post and I turned off the vehicle completely, let it sit for 30 seconds or so and turned the vehicle back on, but.....nothing still, dead. Needless to say I commuted to work with no stereo... that SUCKED! I got to work parked and went into work. I just came out after two hours of my MZ5 being parked and turned off to check again and what do you know...VOILA! the radio works. Weird, but I guess that makes two of us. BTW mine is a 2006 MZ5 Touring Auto with the 6CD in dash and auto temp A/C.
#18 of 37 Same here!
Sep 28, 2009 (4:08 pm)
I've got a 2009 Mazda5 GT, about 3 months old. Radio stopped working a couple of weeks ago. I had to shutdown the engine to make it work again. Today, happened to me again. Tried to shut it down for more than 5min, but this time, nothing. I tried about 4 times.
I'm hoping it's gonna come back cause I can't live with no music at all. At least give me the radio!
I'll take it to the dealer if it still doesnt work tomorrow.
Anyone who had this issue got it fixed? By the way, any of you guys having any mods? I've got HIDs and I was worried if it could cause an electrical issue of some sort...