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#282 of 359 Re: Suspension is HUGE problem for Mazda5 [kukareka]
Jan 06, 2011 (3:05 pm)
If you look at the new Consumer Reports buying guide for 2011,it shows the same all black circle for 2009 Mazda 5 "suspension problems".I assume it will be the same for the 2010 in next years edition,after more miles are put on people's 2010 model.All the preliminary tests I have seen for the "new" 2012 Mazda 5 indicate no changes were made to the underpinnings,so I must assume the problem will still exist in this "new" model as well.Too bad,as I really would like to buy one,if it were not for this problem.
#283 of 359 Re: Suspension is HUGE problem for Mazda5 [ford1953jimed]
Jan 06, 2011 (4:49 pm)
Tsk, tsk, tsk...
I wouldn't be holding your breath for too long that Mazda/Ford has any interest in building a better vehicle.
There was a time when manufacturers of goods took some pride in building things that actually worked and lasted a long time. That just isn't in the cards for this throw away society. It's build it cheap and fast, and damn the gullible consumer...
#284 of 359 Re: Suspension is HUGE problem for Mazda5 [ford1953jimed]
Jan 07, 2011 (9:26 am)
So far, everything is a cheap and easy fix. A couple hundred bucks and some elbow grease would certainly never scare me away from an otherwise great car that I want to own. But to each his own.
#285 of 359 Re: '09 shocks/caster [larry8061]
Jan 07, 2011 (10:55 am)
You are not alone in the brakes, vibration, shocks problems.
Here is a comment I sent to Mazda re our 09 mazda 5.
We (Ruth and I) have a 2009 Mazda 5. I am writing you to let you know how disappointed I am with the vehicle quality and lack of follow up on the part of Mazda and the dealership. The vehicle is a good fit for our needs and we both like it. The continual breakdown of a vehicle less than 2 years old is disappointing. We generally buy at least one new car every 4 years and at least one car every 3 years. The failure rate on this vehicle means we are not predisposed to buy another Mazda.
Issues, problems and concerns we have;
1.The tires failed prematurely (30,000k) due to suspension problems. A 4 wheel alignment and two tires was required to address the issue. This seems to have corrected the accelerated tire wear.
2. The brakes began to pulsate at 60,000 Km. According to the dealer, neither this or the alignment are their concern. Replacement rotors were required.
3. The power steering operation is erratic. I reported this to the dealer and was told they had never heard of a problem. No action was taken by them as far as I can tell. I now understand there is a recall on the vehicle for this or a problem that sounds like the one I am experiencing. The lackadaisical response from the dealership service department on a safety related item was the primary influence in my seeking another place to have the vehicle serviced.
4. The rear shocks have failed as well as the rear suspension links. I found 29 pages of failure reports and TSBs on this problem from as far back as 2007. This is an ongoing problem. The reports indicate that the replacement parts installed by the dealers under warranty tend to fail rapidly as well. I will be repairing the vehicle with aftermarket parts that have a warranty I have confidence in.
I will forward a copy of these comments as possible. In closing, I suggest the public would be much more likely to buy your vehicles if you had a reputation of standing behind the product.
#286 of 359 Re: Mazda5 - constant crunching [mbaril]
Jan 23, 2011 (8:19 pm)
Have your sway bars/links checked.
#287 of 359 Re: '09 shocks/caster [turbomurk]
Feb 18, 2011 (11:16 am)
Geez turbomurk, Looks like you're having exactly the same issues as I am with my 2007M5. I hate my dealer and when my Goodyear OEM tires wore out after about 30K (Kilometers...I'm in Canada eh) the dealer said I had to replace the tires with the same OEM units to retain my warranty. Those crappy tires were over $200 each plus install and wore out just as quickly, even after having an alignment. My car is way out of warranty now and every part I need to replace does NOT have Mazda or FoMoCo stamped on them (my rear bushings had FoMoCo on them) and the parts last much longer.
Good luck with your letter to Mazda, let us know how it works out.
I was going to look at the Ford Grand C-max but I heard it's a M5 underneath so don't know what to replace this M5 with.....SIGH!
#288 of 359 Suspension/Tire problems
Feb 18, 2011 (6:54 pm)
this is my first time posting to any forum. I own a 2009 Mazda5gs purchased Feb 2009 new with only 32000km on it now. First I must say that the original tires toyo proxy A05 model are about 30% tread left. how disappointed I am. funny they only have about 23000km on them as i do switch with winter tires.I was told by a mazda service rep that they are a crapy tire( wish they told me when i bought it ) so looks like i will have to spend $$ on new tires..I was recently having a ruff ride on the back end going over bumps and turned out that my rear right shock was no good, yes replaced under warranty.I was told that it was odd that it would need replacing so soon, LOL....After reading this forum and others about suspension problems I guess they fed me a bunch of B.S...well Im glad to know about what I may expect to deal with over the next months and years to come if I decide to keep this car. guess getting the 7 year warranty may help a little.thanks for all your input out there..
#289 of 359 noises from under and ?'s on alloy wheels
Feb 21, 2011 (5:07 pm)
Have 09Mazda5 for 1 week and just came from dealership for some noises when going over even small bumps,they heard it but can't identify.said to bring it back when the weather is bettermaybe it'll make a difference.never heard that one before.also 3rd day of driving one of the hubs flew off.day 5 another hub gone.Was very surprised when I called dealer and told him hubs were coming off and as I'm looking at sales photo and description I ask him why there are no alloy wheels on it but hubcaps. Didn't have an answer then,but today the service manager told me they took alloy wheels off because of problems with bad vibrations from them.anyone hear of this?
#290 of 359 Re: Suspension is HUGE problem for Mazda5 [ford1953jimed]
Feb 28, 2011 (10:17 pm)
Thank you for an update, ford1953jimed!
Your point only re-affirms my last year's decision to get rid off this troublesome car!
It was such a relief to not experience those twitching fishtail motions ever again!
kakashka is what Mazda5 is, if you know what it means...was first and last Mazda for me.
#291 of 359 Re: Rear Bushings [larry8061]
May 23, 2011 (9:08 pm)
Upgrade like this:
Buy the new part (preferably the Ford Focus one) cut a groove inside and fill it with lithium grease. Done.
The above described technique was demonstrated by a Mazda technician up in Canada.