2006 Mazda 5 2.3L 4 cylinder from North America
Rear shocks leaked and had to be replaced.
Stabilizer bar and bushing squeak tremendously, especially in cold weather.
Steering alignment performed several times.
Tires worn prematurely.
The plastic cowling at the top of the rear hatch has begun to crack symmetrically on both sides where the hatch is attached to the car body.
The weakest part of the car seems to be the suspension. The car groans and squeaks as many others have reported.
The car "eats" tires.
Gas consumption averages 8.5 l/100km, mostly on highway, which is not as good as I would have hoped.
Ground clearance is very low.
Having said that, by and large we've been happy with the car. Nothing else has failed and the only maintenance so far, other than the shocks and tires, has been in the form of oil changes.
The car is very versatile and suits our family of 4, plus 2 big dogs. We bought the Thule roof rack and put a class 1 hitch for a bike rack on the back (which we don't use very often).
When the in-laws are in town we can haul all 6 people (w/o dogs), and on the flip side, if I need to go to Home Depot there is enough room to accommodate 8ft lengths of lumber (with closed hatch and passenger seat folded forwards).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th July, 2010
22nd Sep 2010, 00:46
I own a 2006 Mazda 5 sport. Have had both rear struts replaced. One at about 12,000 km the other around 50,000 km.
Also I have had the front bushings replaced (squeaking) and now need the rear bushings replaced (squeaking) at 90,000 km.
For the record, I live in a mild climate with no gravel or rough roads.