What should I look for in a used Mazda 5 MPV?
There's no doubt that the diesel engines are a better bet than their petrol counterparts. However, if the car you're looking at was built between October and December 2005, it should have been recalled to have a potential stalling problem remedied. Have a look on the Vehicle and Operator Agency website at www.vosa.gov.uk for the full details.
On the whole, Mazda has always put in solid performances in studies such as the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey, so you can expect strong mechanical components and a hard-wearing interior.
Very high-mileage cars may have tired suspension components so have this checked. A full service history with evidence of regular oil changes is particularly important for the diesel engines.