Mazda5 Common Problems
In the United States, there aren't many choices for those who need a vehicle that has seating for more than five people but who don't want to give up the maneuverability of a compact car. The Mazda currently has the segment to itself with the Mazda5. It seems more like a car than a crossover, providing for better handling and driving experience. But with all its traits come some slight negatives that can provide room for the model's improvement.
The hood over the interior instruments-which rises to form a point-seems overdone; in fact, it's unnecessary as the instruments' nacelles shield them. The door panels remain too flat and too plain and the center console looks like a cheap Mazda5 accessory rather than a factory part. The Mazda5's second-row buckets would have been almost as comfortable as those up front if they weren't too low to the floor. The third seat will have to be folded to make way for luggage. Also, getting in and out of the rear seat is tougher than in a larger van. The headrests must be lowered before folding the seats-this doesn't happen automatically.
The audio system sounds like it could use a few more speakers. One will only be able to enjoy those moderate volumes when the Mazda5 is stopped; at high speeds there's quite a bit of road noise. At louder volume levels, the balance shifts to midrange, slightly clipping detail from high end; and near max volume, the bass distorts unpleasantly.
The Mazda5 suffers from a few suspension problems. Its shocks and bushings wear out like crazy. Drivers complain that after 18 miles or so, the Mazda5's rear suspension would be shot. Apparently this is a common issue with this model; so much so that there is a Canada-wide shortage on Mazda5 parts, particularly OEM shocks.
Not near enough fuel economy
Fuel economy is not a real reason to choose the Mazda5 over a "big" minivan, at least not if 90 percent of the driver's driving would be done on the freeway. Mazda5 models feature a four-speed automatic rather than the five-speed unit, resulting in lower fuel economy.
Sliding doors freeze over and get stuck during the winter-if one tries to close them, instead of latching, they would just bounce open. During the summer, they get squeaky and produce noise when opened. There are several sharp edges on the plastic material too, which incidentally makes the interior panels look cheap. Drivers and auto critics complain that its bulky plastics eat up interior volume. There is some very intrusive wind noise from the B-pillar, which sounded like the window isn't closing all the way. Its tires could be a little less noisy. Rust is also a common problem with Mazda5s where the roads are salted.
My Mazda 5 is already driving me crazy. The bushings suddenly break down every couple of months. Help please!
If you have rubber bushings, then you might consider the factors that contribute to their untimely breakdown: heat is the primary enemy of rubber and could cause it to harden and crack, while exposure to petroleum could dissolve it into a jelly. If the bushings are near the exhaust pipe or adjacent to an engine compartment which has poor ventilation then chances are they're going to degrade fast due to the heat. So make sure that you not only focus on the bushings themselves, but rather pay attention to the surrounding components as well because they can affect the lifespan of your suspension parts. And if you want to replace the rubber bushings with something sturdier, then try the Polygraphite bushings. They are flexible, reliable, and are more resistant to wear, without the downside of producing embarrassing squeaks.
I found some rust underneath the front end of my minivan. I guess it occurred after I hit a huge rock by the side of the road. The rusted part is no larger than a penny. Can I just use some sandpaper to remove it and then cover it up with nail polish? I read somewhere that nail polish can cover up nicks and dents in cars.
First of all, using nail polish as a substitute to car paint is only a temporary solution and would not guarantee your vehicle's protection against corrosive agents. Nail polish should only be used as a last resort and should not be treated as a regular fix.
Since the rusted part is no larger than a penny, that may be the reason why you're a bit apprehensive on whether to take it seriously or not. Well, here's a news flash: rust is rust. Whether the rusted part is just the size of a penny or is already as big as your palm, you need to keep in mind that it can spread out and harm your car either way. So might as well take it seriously and remove the rust properly. Use an electric handheld grinder to remove the rust completely, and a high quality auto primer and paint to cover up the exposed metallic body.
My sister lent me her Mazda 5 so that I can fetch my kids from school while our family car is being repaired. I noticed that the car began heating up easily. My children's school isn't very far and I just refilled the coolant. What could be wrong?
If the coolant has just been refilled then you might want to check for leaks. Examine the hoses carefully and watch for cracks or hardened parts. Hoses are made of rubber, which means that the heat would eventually degrade and break down the elastic material. If the hoses are still good then the next thing to check would be the coolant reservoir itself. Same as the hoses, you need to check for leaks too. If the cooling system looks fine then try the fans. If the engine is running but the fans are not, then there's your problem. Have them fixed or replace them because fans are also important, like the coolant, in keeping your vehicle from overheating.