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#7 of 44 Mazda5 power doors
May 09, 2008 (10:43 pm)
Currently owning a 2008 Touring, successor to two Previas and a Windstar (total aberration mandated by wife) I think that a power door system would be utterly superfluous - these doors operate so smoothly that my 8-year old mastered it in minutes. I feel like a shill for Mazda, but I'm finding that this is an all-round extraordinary vehicle. After a couple of months during which the reality check should have arrived, the bass response on the stereo is my only issue with it.
#8 of 44 Re: Mazda5 power doors [jonat1x]
May 10, 2008 (4:34 am)
I'm looking for the power doors for a special reason. I use a manual wheelchair. I'm hoping to fold the chair and pull into the car. The power doors would allow me to close them remotely.
I may remove the drivers side rear seat or install some system that lets me fod it backwards, since the seat back only folds down rather than than the whole assembly folding forward.
#9 of 44 Re: Mazda5 power doors [ericds]
May 10, 2008 (7:17 am)
I can't picture the maneuver but it might still be worth your while to visit your dealer. These doors have a great mechanism and basically close themselves - in fact, the manual describes a hands-off technique, letting them close themselves. It is a small cabin, though - not a lot of room for a wheelchair, even folded.
#10 of 44 Re: Mazda5 power doors [jonat1x]
May 11, 2008 (5:02 am)
I have a 2007 Mazda5 and I also use a manual wheelchair. The reason I bought the car was because I could fold the wheelchair, tip it back, and slide it between the drivers seat and the second row seat. I have enough stability standing to be able to do this. The folded wheelchair does fit between the seats. To take it out, I roll it out, leting the rear wheels down to the ground. I never have to lift the wheelchair. I have no trouble with the sliding doors as they are light and open and close without a problem.
May 12, 2008 (5:20 am)
Okay, can we get the focus back on the entire 2009 Mazda5 and not just the possible power sliding doors? Any one get any leaked info yet? I contacted Mazda and they said they have no information they can release to the public. Grrrrr!
My fear is I buy the 2008 5 and then three months later they announce the bigger/better specs for the 2009 model and a Mazda5 Speed edition.
#12 of 44 Re: 2009 Mazda5 [ptien_va]
May 12, 2008 (10:29 am)
Mazda5 Speed edition
LOL, would be great, but no. Mazda NA is running the Mazda5 message as economical, great family hauler and without sacrificing handling and fun-to-drive. A turbo engine like the ones for the MazdaSpeed3 or MazdaSpeed6 will bring the MPG really down plus may not be a good seller for such a small market niche.
It might be more attractive to sell in Japan or Europe though but the new Mazda6 will keep them busy at least through 2009.
#13 of 44 2009 Mazda5 engine and ESC?
May 16, 2008 (11:57 am)
Has anyone seen anything indicating an engine upgrade (the new 2.5L) and/or ESC for the 2009 Mazda5?
#14 of 44 Re: 2009 Mazda5 [ptien_va]
May 16, 2008 (4:54 pm)
My local dealer said September release for the 09.
#15 of 44 Re: 2009 Mazda5 engine and ESC? [motormope]
May 17, 2008 (5:37 am)
Other forum posted the Canada specs for 2009. No ESC nor 2.5L, changes in packages and colors only.
#16 of 44 Re: 2009 Mazda5 engine and ESC? [coolmazda5]
May 18, 2008 (6:31 pm)
what is the link to the other forum? please (just to prove i am Canadian and oh ever so polite eh lol )