2008 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
An update to the previous review. I'd still buy this vehicle again. But I will echo previous reviewers comments. Still the original Toyos, but I have 4 snow tires for the winter,which I highly recommend (Low profile all seasons are not good for snow). The original Toyos might have 9000 miles on them and are half worn out.We have a suspension noise in the back that keeps coming back. Dealer has been great,even though we didn't buy it there. No steering issues, but there is a recall. A great little vehicle, but it does have its flaws (all cars do, they are complex machines) There is no such thing as a perfect car.
Driving characteristics, sliding doors, fuel economy (have seen 30+mpg on the highway) still a great value even with all options.
Another 20 horsepower would nice (or the turbo-diesel) Plastics still a bit cheap and scratch easily, hunger for tires. A few more storage places would be nice. Hopefully Mazda fixes these things on the 2012. Just don't change the Zoom Zoom feeling!
Regarding the rear suspension noise: If it sounds like rusty bedsprings when you start from a stop or go over a speed bump etc. it might be the bushings in the rear suspension.
They can apparently dry out and crack.
That was what happened to ours.
Dealer repaired it free under warranty.