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#12 of 51 Re: Planning to buy a Mazda5 2007 [adubel]
Oct 25, 2006 (4:27 am)
No sure what you've read, but traction of all vehicles are affected by wet weather conditions. I personally have not had any problems driving our Mazda5 in the rain for the past year. However, if you get a AWD RAV-4, then you'll get better traction in the rain because of the AWD.
Also some of the trade-offs have to do with the tires. The Mazda5 have fairly aggressive tires for handling purposes, and I suspect the RAV-4 tires are for mud & snow in keeping with the SUV imagine. So the Mazda will out handle the RAV-4 in dry weather and have a less likelihood of tipping over.
As for the long sound related to brakes in the wet weather. Again, I personaly have not experiences that in 12 months of ownership.
#13 of 51 Re: Planning to buy a Mazda5 2007 [adubel]
Oct 25, 2006 (4:49 am)
We've got 10,000 miles on our '06 5 speed with few regrets. The tires do spin on wet pavement if you try to accelerate quickly from a stop. I'm assuming they won't do well in the snow so I plan to replace the tires for the winter with some good all-season tires or maybe even winter tires. We have had no noises at all and it stops just fine on wet pavement. Of course, it's hard to go wrong with a Toyota but the Mazda is more fun to drive and has more and better cargo area overall.
#14 of 51 Re: Planning to buy a Mazda5 2007 [menmy5]
Oct 31, 2006 (6:34 pm)
I noticed this too. Maybe you should grill your salesman or try it on a wet road during the road test.
It takes time to learn to be gentle with the gas pedal.
I think this is normal with newer, lighter cars. I always see other car's front wheel spin when accelerating from 4 way stops.. on a wet/icy pavement.
#15 of 51 Re: Planning to buy a Mazda5 2007 [menmy5]
Nov 11, 2006 (8:30 pm)
When your factory tires are worn out try switching to Kumhos they have a better tread I think they use a silica based rubber which lasts longer, is quieter and barely skids at all.
we had a protege 5 and as soon as the factory crap dunlops wore out I put Kumhos on and it was like driving a different car. our fuel mileage actually increased also.
#16 of 51 Mazda 5: Do the rims bend easily?
Oct 23, 2008 (5:57 pm)
I love my Mazda 5 but I have three bent rims at only 12,000 miles. The mechanic at the dealers told me that the low profile and rims are susceptible to this.
Has anyone else experienced this? What type of rims and tires can I buy to avoid this in the future?
Oct 24, 2008 (6:00 am)
I have had low profile times on my last three cars (Mazda5 now, Acura TSX and Toyota Matrix XRS) and have never had a bent rim. My biggest suggestion would be slow down over speed bumps and potholes. If not possible then buy 16 inch rims and a thicker sidewall tire.
#18 of 51 Re: Mazda 5: Do the rims bend easily? [billm6]
Nov 01, 2008 (5:02 pm)
i find it hard to believe as aluminium rims usually break and crap before they bend as they are light and more brittle. but not sure if these are really aluminiun as they look kind of like plasticy lol
#19 of 51 Re: Mazda 5: Do the rims bend easily? [athenasius]
by vg33e power
Nov 03, 2008 (7:46 am)
When I bought my MZ5 (USED) it had two wheels with bent inner lips, which the dealer replaced with another set of MZ6 wheels. So although they may look plasticky or are aluminum or whatever they are made of, they do bend. Just FYI!
#20 of 51 Re: Mazda 5: Do the rims bend easily? [billm6]
Dec 10, 2008 (2:20 pm)
My mechanic told me the same thing. I've got two bent rims now. Hard to avoid with crappy Michigan roads. I'm going to switch to my winter tires (& rims) and then worry about getting the other rims replaced in the spring.
#21 of 51 High pitched tire noise @ highway speeds
Dec 27, 2008 (9:52 am)
Anyone experience an inordinate amount of high-pitched tire noise highway speeds? I noticed this after I got my tires rotated and balanced. It is REALLY annoying! What do u think it might be?