Last post on Jan 31, 2011 at 7:34 AM
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Mazda MAZDA5, Heating / Cooling, Van
#9 of 12 Re: rear ac vents [bobw3]
Jan 25, 2011 (11:25 am)
While it sounds like that would make more sense, bobw3, for whatever design reason the rear vent functions as the manual describes: cold air only, regardless of what the front row setting is, floor, dash, defrost, whatever.
The second row heat is provided by vents hidden underneath the two front seats, and appears to deliver the same heated or vented air that the front vents are. The AC has a separate route to the rear center vent.
#10 of 12 Re: rear ac vents [daharon]
Jan 25, 2011 (4:04 pm)
daharon, you are correct. The rear vents are AC only. There are vents underneath the front seats for heat as you stated.
So far I have had no complaints about the back being cold so I guess the under-the-seat vents do the trick.
I'm pretty psyched to have rear AC because my boy minds the heat tremendously in the summer.
Thanks for the input!
#11 of 12 Re: rear ac vents [daharon]
Jan 31, 2011 (7:20 am)
It does seem like a complicated design to me. Up front on most cars, heat or AC can come out of any of the vents (floor or dash), and on most cars with rear vents between the front seats they're linked to the dash setting up front. With the Mazda5, I guess if you had heat coming out of the front dash vents in the winter, there must be some flap blocking that air from coming out of the rear vents, unless the AC button is pushed. It seems like it would have been a simpler and better design just to have the vent pipes linked.
#12 of 12 Update on back seat
Jan 31, 2011 (7:34 am)
I took the car in to be serviced at the dealer and it turns out the tracking is broken somehow. Luckily the car is still under warrenty (through the dealer) so they will order the part and fix it for me. It will still cost me $100 but I suppose that is better than paying $750, which is how much they claim the part costs.
Thanks for everyone's input.