2009 Mazda 5 Consumer Review: Disappointing build quality

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Disappointing build quality
By doccarman on


2009 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)


Bought the 5 for its versatility and fun to drive factor. However, the build quality stinks and has soured me on the car.
I'll dismiss the fact that the factory tires were shot after 20K as being just the typical cheap OEM tires.

What I can't forgive is:
-Power steering pump failing
-Constant companionship of suspension squeaks and rattles
-Cracking and squeaking sounds from windshield on cold days
-Blown left rear strut at 28K
-Blow right rear strut at 35K
-Broken gas cap (stuck on car with nearly empty tank) at 15K
-Bluetooth that fails to connect 90% of the time, despite several attempts at reset
-Seat heaters with two settings - either on or off
Longer I keep it, the less I like it.

Best Features

Versatility of interior, styling, handling (when struts aren't blown).

Worst Features

Higher quality materials and equipment, +20 HP, but keep 4 cyl, seat heaters with at least two settings - high and low, bluetooth that works, less road noise, speakers that don't buzz with the slightest bass.
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