2006 Mazda 5 Consumer Review: GREAT car with a hidden bug

2006 Mazda 5 - Consumer Review

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Sport Passenger Minivan (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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GREAT car with a hidden bug
By pcat007 on


2006 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


I've owned the '5' for more than 3 years, and the whole family (2 adults+2 young kids) loves it. I was looking for something spacious, minivan or larger wagon, with manual transmission. My previous car was a VW Eurovan with manual transmission, but the manual transmission is gone for current models. When I heard about the '5', it was an easy decision. I like everything about the car, except that if I don't drive it for a week, the battery is empty. The Mazda dealer couldn't find the bug, but replaced the battery a few times at no cost. Also, I expected better mileage and the AC is not great for people in the 3rd row. Other than that, fun to drive, lots of space, and inexpensive to maintain.

Best Features

manual transmission, fun to drive, lots of space for 4 people.

Worst Features

Get the electrical stuff right. Where I live (Atlanta, GA) it's impossible to find a manual with a sunroof.
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