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2009 Mazda 5 Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
We bought new hoping to have fewer problems arise then our old cars with 150,000 miles. We chose Mazda thinking it was a better built car. The Mazda 5 has terrible road noise. The front wheels rattle like something has come loose. Two different Mazda service shops have not been able to fix the problem. Shortly after purchasing it the gas cap broke and was $45 to replace it not being under warranty. Mazda knows there is a problem with that and the new 2010 have a different gas cap. Now after owning the car only 14 months I had to replace all 4 tires because it was out of alignment. I kept up on tire rotations and had them balanced each oil change. This car is crap!
We bought it because it is fuel efficient and the seating is great for our family with three small kids
Besides making the car better so that it didn't start to fall apart when it is driven off the lot, the arm rest in the very back could be narrower to make the seats wider.
2009 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
If you are looking for a functional second vehicle this is a great option. Minivan features without a minivan feel. Build quality is definitely cheap, and absolutely consider getting this only under warranty. Driver comfort is an issue for me (6'2"), my large foot (size 15) does not fit on the gas pedal, i need to push it with my toe. It's my wife's car and she is 5'10 and loves the car. In cold weather (-20C), intake manifold control runners were getting stuck due to cheap plastic composite materials that seem to be unavoidable these days. In hot weather, sway bar bushings caused terrible creaking, just annoying noise. Excellent service from dealer/Mazda for both issues
- Manual trans (would not buy if auto) - Excellent handling - Multi-link rear suspension (not the crappy torsion beam crap on American vans/compacts) - large rear sliding doors are great for getting kids in/out - excellent utility with all seats down for lugging large items
- "Best" OE tires (Toyo proxies) are absolute garbage with poor traction in any weather - Manual revs 3K RPM at 100 km/h in 5th, needs a 6th or taller 5th to make a viable highway car - Fuel consumption is crap for the engine, a Toyota Sienna with a 3.5L direct injection engine gets same mileage
2009 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
I needed a good vehicle, nothing fancy, that would fit my large music keyboards, but not be a monster truck. Mazda 5 is a "micro-minivan" (hip term for station wagon.) It has room for two adults up front, 2½ adults in the back (typical nonsense about a 3rd adult in the back, no way,) and 2 kids all the way in the back. The 4 back seats fold down for a lot of cargo room. All this and it still drives like a car. It is well configured overall.
I never cared about "fun-to-drive", until now! Great handling, tight turning radius, good acceleration and braking. Also, runs quiet, fuel efficient, very good sound system (no satellite,) great dealer & service department.
The automatic climate control is a disaster! The thing seems to have its own agenda that is contrary to the owner's manual. More legroom would be helpful, sunroof is a little small but solid.
2009 Mazda 5 Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
We purchased this car for our family because of the dual sliding doors, size and fuel economy. What we got was a lemon. Within the first 2000 miles the A/C went out. Four months later, the A/C went out again. We had this car at the dealer 4 times for A/C repairs alone. In the 14 months we had this vehicle we also had the radio replaced because the sound wouldn't come on. The check engine light came one twice, which required two more visits to the dealer for engine jerking and sluggishness. Up to the day we traded this vehicle, it would wobble or bounce on perfect roads as if it were out of line or the wheels were not balanced. We had those items checked many times, with no changes.
Not owning one anymore. Stay away from this vehicle! Mazda will not support you in taking it back or trading it for a different model. We went through every chain of command at Mazda and they flat out refused to assist us. Not a company I would every purchase from again.
Scrap the entire design and start over. Use tires that are better in the rain and don't melt after 15k miles. Treat your customers with respect and provide a car that isn't worth more than $11,000 after purchasing it for $23,000. Read the blogs, Mazda has tons of A/C and customer support issues.
2009 Mazda 5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
The third row is small but fun car to drive, spacious and love the MP3 availability. Does not look like a mini van. More like a wagon. Perfect for parents that want space, sporty and good gas mileage.
Fun to drive, good gas mileage and spacious. Not your typical mini van!