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#330 of 361 Re: 2 5's same issues [davicho]
Feb 10, 2012 (10:20 am)
Or an aftermarket bar with poly bushings.
#331 of 361 Re: Rear Sway Bar Bushings [davicho]
Feb 26, 2012 (10:07 am)
Hi david, i bought the mazda 5 2012 sport last week brand new but when i drive over the bump i hear little noise from rear but not sure its from outside or inside the car can u help me? I dont know what rubber seat u talked about is so can u teach me clearly?
#332 of 361 Re: Rear Sway Bar Bushings [chi12]
Feb 29, 2012 (2:56 pm)
Hello chi12, welcome. If you just bought a 2012 MZ5 and it is making noise, better take it back to the dealer have them hack at it. My remedy so far was for my first generation MZ5 (2006) in which I used the 2012 rear sway bar bushings and bored them out a little bit to fit my sway bar. I am out of warranty thats why I have to find ways to fix it myself but if it was under warranty I wouldn't monkey with it.
#333 of 361 Why not replace control/stabilizer arms instead of bushings?
Mar 03, 2012 (11:45 pm)
Just wondering why people are even trying to replace the bushings when it seems like half of the problem is that the control/stabilizer arms are undersized. I own a Mazda 2006 sport with all these same issues but would like to get it resolved once and for all. Obviously aftermarket is the only way to go for us First-gen's. That being said can anybody recommend THE BEST aftermarket parts for my 5.
-best replacement control arms (with bushings already installed)
-best stabilizer bars "
-best sway bars "
-best end links
I suppose a person could hope that Mazda Canada will do the right thing but I think that ship has come and gone.
#334 of 361 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [slurp]
Apr 04, 2012 (6:59 pm)
Slurp, any updates on how your improved sway bar assembly is holding up?
I'm seriously consider a 2012 Mazda5, but definitely want to know that they've fixed the suspension and tire wear issues of the first generation.
May 01, 2012 (7:05 am)
I had a lot of problems with my Mazda 5, rear and front suspension. We change the Shocks from and rear, Links rear and front, base mount, stabilizer bar rubbers rear and other parts. I had two mazda but seriously I am changing to other model (honda cr-v and Ford edge). Do not recommend mazda 5.
#336 of 361 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [rv1458]
May 03, 2012 (11:05 am)
Hi rv1458 sorry it's taken me so long to reply to your question. Well so far so good. No noise, no squeak / crunch from the rear end...nothing. I was worried that the problem would rear itself during the colder winter months here in winnipeg when the bushing material is subjected to extended periods of cold temps but so far so good. Like I said in my earlier posts I am cautiously optimistic that mazda may have solved the problem by swapping in the 2012 parts into my 2007.
Have you purchased a 2012 yet? I drove one recently and they're pretty nice.
#337 of 361 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [slurp]
May 24, 2012 (7:53 am)
Im going back to my dealership for the second time now with the same issue-terrible creaking noises coming from the back suspension.
It seems to be worse when its warm outside. Ive already spent around $900 to get this fixed but the problem is back. The car is only 4years old with 75k km on it , looks like Mazda produced a defective vehicle and we have to pay for it now.
I they dont fix it this time I will never buy a Mazda again . very disappointed.
#338 of 361 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [jjac28]
May 24, 2012 (2:05 pm)
Sorry you feel this way about your 5 and although I know that our 5's are not perfect and have a couple weak points (suspension being one) they are great little people haulers with lots of fun and sporty things about them. However, if you are not the type of owner that likes to get their hands dirty a little bit, it could end up being a costly vehicle to maintain. I personally have tried various things in resolving the rear suspension noise issue and I think I almost got it. I am currently running Prothane 19mm rear sway bar bushings as well as aftermarket sway bar links with some white lithium grease on the rear spring upper rubber seats. My next and hopefully final attempt will be to teflon tape the upper coil of the rear springs and teflon tape the upper rubber seat as well, since I am almost positive that this is the main place where the noise comes from...we will see.
#339 of 361 Re: Suspension Noise in Cold Weather [jjac28]
May 24, 2012 (6:39 pm)
My 2007 Mazda5 has creaked winter/summer since I picked it up new from my lousy dealer in Whitby, Ontario, Canada (I won't mention the name). They wasted my time trying to fix it and never could. Finally when the car ran out of warranty they said I would have to pay for them to try and fix it with no guarantee that they could fix it. Ever.
I just consider it a lesson learned on what brand not to buy ever again. I'll sell it this summer and try a company with better engineers. After all, if they can't fix a simple squeak can I trust the air bag to work in an accident?
Now I'm seeing rust all over the roof which is pathetic since I hand wax my car three times a year, spring, summer, fall so it has good paint protection.
And no, Mazda Canada was no help whatsoever.
Sad to say I owned a GM once and it was actually better!