2006 Mazda 5 Consumer Review: Not a keeper

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Not a keeper
By alissimo on


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


Car started out ok but after the miles wore on, its deficiencies wore thin. 1) Oil changes were a pain with 7 10mm bolts to remove the splash panel to get at the antiquated canister oil filter. 2) It comes from the factory with negative camber on the rear wheels: this will insure that the insides of your tires will wear out prematurely and render you tires unsafe in less than 25,000-30,000 miles. 3) Electric locks cannot be relied upon & fail regularly. Lousy GPS! 4) This is a fairly new model, replacement parts (cv boots, axle) are nearly impossible to find aftermarket. The dealer has such huge markup that I left my car up for weeks on jack stands until I finally found an aftermarket part

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Gas mileage

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Better quality control in door locks. Could use a 6 speed manual to get 75 mph revs below 3,500 rpm on the manual tranny. Also need to ditch 1950's canister oil filters for spin on filters.
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By pawesomegirl
on 07/24/14 06:00 AM (PDT)

Can you tell me about your issue with the locks? I just got my used 2006 model from CarMax this week and the lock on the passenger side sliding door will not lock but the others all do. I am taking it to CarMax to get that repaired. Hopefully, they can do that! I will not be changing my oil myself so I guess I won't need to worry about how antiquated it is, sorry for you though. Locks?

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