I believe there are a few things to clear up here. Some 5's have experienced excessive tyre wear. My car experienced the same problem this problem was sorted and I had the FULL cost refunded and was told that the problem was caused by the tracking being out on some of the cars and this was sorted. I currently am averaging 49mpg (by my own calculations) the trip computer gives the same results as well. If you drive any car in a traffic jam the economy will fall after all in traffic jams is where you get bad economy. Also if you have a roof box and are not using it, I had one on for 7 months with nothing in it and I was only getting 41mpg. road noise is almost not existent but there is a quite a bit when you sit in the 3rd row. I am 6'6" and the driving position is perfect. Overall this is the best car I have ever owned ,the running costs are low considering the power of the engine, it tows effortlessly, It grips to the road very well. overall brilliant and don't let any reviews of bad tyre wear put you off this only happened on earlier 5’s and they obviously haven’t had the tracking sorted. Also to anyone who suffers from tyre wear and doesn't get a refund they have to give you a full refund as it is an official fault that mazda recognise on earlier 5's, there are a few dodgy dealers out there but the majority have excellent customer services. I would highly recommend buying from mazda in perth as they worked very hard to get the car before the holidays.
How do I get the car serviced by a local garage using genuine parts without a service logbook?
I have been quoted £300 for a Mazda5 first service and the same is only £140 at my local garage that I have used for 4 years until now. The Mazda5 has this Digital Servicing Record, for added security (so they say). Can I just buy a service logbook and have it done by a normal garage and not the 'main stealer'?
I have now had my Mazda 5 for 19 months and have covered 42,000 miles. Like everyone else the first set of tyres wore quickly having to all be changed at 18,000 miles. The second set I had Michelins put on and they have been very good having now covered 24,000 miles, front near side starting to show outer wear. After changing to the Michelins, which were also quieter I had all four wheels tracked and camber checked at my local dealer. I am pleased with the car as it does everything I needed from it, being able to have a big load in the back with seats down like my Mazda 5 estate, carrying the family and parents, camping holidays. It is giving me on average 40 - 43 mpg and on a trip to France last summer covering 1,400 miles averaged 42 mpg with 6 up, 4 adults and 2 children with a roof box on top. The best average has been 48 mpg on a 600 miles round trip last week, mainly motorway driving and just me in the car. Do not believe the trip computer for mpg, I use the full tank method and see how much I put back in after a trip. The looks, equipment and sliding doors were my main reasons for getting this car over other MPV's and I will get another in June next year. Especially now they have put the cruise control, blue tooth and other little extras in. This is a company car so the running costs apart from Diesel are not a factor.
I have had this car for a little over 2 years now and the only fault I have is that it goes through a set of tyres every 15,000 miles . When a tyre costs £140 each , it works out expensive. The Local dealer said the reason for the wear was not the set up but ' poor roads and speed ramps ' . After a new set of tyres the dealer charged me £80 to re-adjust the set up . Apart from the bad tyre wear , I am pleased with the car . I'm averaging about 38 mpg and this does not alter drastically if I drive with a light or heavy right foot.
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