i had my mazda 5 sport for now 24 months,i would like to say that as for perfomance,road handleing ,practability and looks the car is 5*,but thats as far as it goes,it eats front tyres (2 sets in 25,000 miles),lots of wind noise,noisey on the road (knocking noises),alarm goes off frequently,both my local dealer and mazda are both are not forthcoming with any solutions
Ok how to start? Well, firstly I will say this is a car for drivers. I have owned a Zaffy, and test driven the rivals and this seven-seater drives more like a proper car. It certainly has that sporty feel. Looks wise I like it, though I'd say the Grand Picasso and Zaffy have a more futuristic look. However the way the cars been designed makes it look more streamlined than the rivals (it looks like the rear is lower than the front, even to it isn't) and it isn't boxy like the Scenic or Touran.
Equipment wise this is the one. I've got the 2.0 Sport in which you get climate control, 6 CD changer with steering control, electric windows all-round, fog lights, privacy glass, alloys, under seat storage and auto wipers and lights. All something you'd be paying thousands more for on the Zaffy or Touran. It has plenty of storage space, too.
The one downer though is the fuel. The 2.0 petrol does like to drink,but then you make your choice, performance or economy. This car is for the family guy/girl who wants to keep a bit of their individuality and excitment. The sliding doors are a godsend (no more scratches from the kids opening doors too wide) and contrary to other expert reveiws, the 3rd row seats are more than comfy.
However with them up, you have virtually no luggage space. Only negative I can say about this wonderful car is that it doesn't come with cruise control and you have to have your key in the igniton to listen to the radio/CD.
It may be that the 1.8Ltr is a better car than the 2.oD as I seem to have no problems at all with my vehicle over the last 10,000 miles. In fact the only suggestion that I have is that Mazda fit a 6 speed box as the 5 speed seems to work hard at a fast cruise and can be thirsty.
I am 6ft 4 and find the drivers position comfortable, the kids love the sliding doors and the little cubby hole between the second row of seats. The luggage room with the rear seats folded is impressive and even better with the second row folded as well.
After 10,000 miles I have yet to see any major tyre wear as others have reported, maybe this problem is now fixed. My local Mazda dealer is very helpful on the occasions I have visited and I realy cannot complain.
I purchased this car after an exhaustive comparison of different MPV's due to the price and versatility (mainly the sliding doors). I have even had a full 7 people including 4 adults in the car with a comfortable ride.
In all I would reccomend the Mazda 5 to others.
bought our mazda 5 sport sept 06 thought we had done lots of research & had driven lots of mpv's but not enough it would seem. 1st yr not bad, had trouble with key not working. Great car to drive & very practical. 1st service @ 12 months only 9200 miles. Went to pick it up & were told that the bill was in the post, having driven home found bill in post along with the service report showing - you guessed it - 2 bald tyres on the front! Both cut away on the inside (difficult to see with the spoiler), & both illegal. Many phone calls later, both to dealer(no use at all) & to Mazda we settled for paying 30% cost of 2 new tyres! @ dealer prices still cost over £80, but no courtesy car on offer & living in rural area we were over a barrel. Mazda did admit it was an inherent fault on Sport models & the car required a wheelalignment check & camber adjustment both carried out under warranty.My advice don't accept 1st offer & make sure these checks are done. However Mazda don't think it justifies a recall. We have sent a letter of complaint to Mazda MD but so far no response. In future we will always check out this site before buying a car, only found it due to this fault. Won't buy another mazda based on their attitude to customer service. Shame 'cos basic design is good let down by poor engineering and no after sales care!
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