The vehicle in general is ok, the sliding doors are great, space not bad, yet to find all the supposed storage areas, middle seat is a waste of time, but driving position is good. There are faults that seem to be beyond the dealers ability to fix (One touch window lift keeps failing, Seat belt alarm goes off for no reason, has been in to dealer three times), and of course the tyre wear, which according to the dealer is down to the drivers, and not a fault with the car.
When I informed them of the same problem being noted within these reviews, even giving them copies, they dismissed them. When I insisted they check tracking etc., they said I would have to pay. I then took it to a local test centre, and had it checked out, they said everything was in spec, but did say they suspect that a mixture of a powerful PAS system and low profile tyres would be enough to badly scrub the tyres, causing the heavy outer and inner tyre wear that many of us are seeing.
Have been in touch with Mazda and had no response. Needless to say will not be getting another Mazda.
My previous post has been edited (= changed): What I wrote was that I manage from 0,65 to 0,75 litres/10 km on long distances. That equals 43,4 to 37,7 mpg. On the present tank I'm doing 39,9 mpg so far on a mix of long and short distance trips.
Overall, I'm very pleased with my Mazda 5 1,8. I've not suffered from excessive tyre wear (but I can't wait to get rid of the noisy Toyo-rubber that went with the car!).
The dealer had to change some front suspension bearings to eliminate squeaky sounds when passing speed bumps in cold conditions, but now it's good.
On long distances, I manage 0.75 litres/10 km (37.66mpg), depending on the speed. In the city, and during the winter, consumption is closer to 1 litre/10 km (28.25mpg), which is too much.
Best: feedback to driver, inspiring set-up, general comfort.
Worst: tyre noise, low gear ratio.
It's highly recommended.
This vehicle has been without doubt, one of the worst cars I have ever owned. I bought it new and as the miles have piled on, (22,000), so have the problems, the worst of which is exceedingly poor tyre wear. Expect no more than 10,000 miles from a full set! Interior trim is flimsy and marks easily, fuel economy is nothing like claimed in the brochure as I average less than 36 mpg! Problems persist with the sliding rear doors, the aircon unit, the cd autochanger, the rain sensor wipers and the electric front windows. Not to mention the driveshaft failing leaving a family of five, including a 9 month old baby, stranded for 3 hours on a country road! We should have been sent a recall notice about the driveshaft but we were 'overlooked'! The car also pulls very much to the left and handles worse than it did prior to having had the tracking and the whole geometry of the vehicle adjusted in an attempt to cure the horrific rate of tyre wear which is unsafe. The dealer tries their best but forget Mazda Customer Services, which can best be described as woeful and inept. This car is one of the worst MPV's on the market - take my advice, look elsewhere and 'ZOOM - ZOOM' to another dealership!!
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