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#2 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [chesca]
May 10, 2011 (6:33 pm)
With F/awd that would likely mean a driveline U-joint needle bearing failure. Otherwise maybe a rear wheel/tire out of balance.
#3 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [wwest]
May 11, 2011 (8:27 am)
the mazda5 doesn't come with AWD.
#4 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [chesca]
May 11, 2011 (8:31 am)
does this happen on all roads and in all conditions?
If so, then, yes, it could be a wheel out of balance. The reason that it happens at a certain speed is because that is the resonance sweet spot.
Obviously, if the dealer can't fix it, it is a lemon and they will need to make it right by buying it back. If they resist, then contact a lawyer.
Before all that, though, if they can't readily identify the problem, I would suggest to them that they replace all the wheels with a set from a car on the lot that doesn't vibrate. It is a quick and easy test that will either work or point them in another direction (next would be seeing if any rotors are warped or out of balance).
#5 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [qbrozen]
May 11, 2011 (3:33 pm)
The mechanic didn't know what the problem was even after re-balancing the tires. I think it's something from the manufacturer. I drove several cars-- some with only 7 and 10 miles on it. Brand new cars. I can't believe these 2012 haven't been recalled. All the Consumer Reports just love this car. I did too until I saw this.
I really wanted to buy it so I was looking to see if this was something consistent or random.
At this point I should rule out this car. Don't you think???
#6 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [chesca]
May 11, 2011 (6:07 pm)
Front to rear wheel/tire swap..?
Tire belts are known to slip during manufacture, balance is fine by the tire "wants" to go sideways.
#7 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [chesca]
May 12, 2011 (3:59 am)
oh, wait. Are you saying all the cars on the lot did the same thing? That's very weird.
#8 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [qbrozen]
May 12, 2011 (6:23 am)
Exactly. These were all brand new cars off the lot. The salesman drove them too. I would imagine this should be a RECALL...right?
I walked away completely from the deal and salesman said he would have too.
I really wanted to buy the car and was astonished that this has gone on unnoticed.
Was hoping there was a simple fix but now I am thinking it's a major thing from the factory. I want people to learn about this. I told the salesman I would do some research but am finding nothing about this issue. How can that be???
Do you own a Mazda 5?
#9 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [wwest]
May 12, 2011 (6:29 am)
I sent this to the salesman. I believe that the mechanic looked at this issue but... thanks for your posts.
#10 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [chesca]
May 12, 2011 (8:05 pm)
We had an '09, but recently traded it.
If this was a defect in all 2012 models, I would think the published reviews would comment on it. I wonder if that dealer's shipper didn't do something wrong. I have read about tires/wheels being damaged when tied down too tight in shipping. Just a wild guess on my part.
#11 of 11 Re: 2012 Mazda 5 Vibrating seats [qbrozen]
Jun 18, 2011 (10:35 pm)
Just saw this looking for info on racks. I have the 2012 5. No problem here. Actually surprised how smooth it is, considering its a budget 4 banger.