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2008 Mazda Mazda5 Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

4 star
jss@mindspring.com writes:
Really like it but probably built down to a price.

We were down from five kids at home to four, two of whom rarely came out with us, I had owned three minivans and was ready for something a little more driver-friendly. It's not powerful by any manner of means but the transmission is very responsive and the roadholding is great without being jarring. Road noise was pronounced on the OEM tires but now running Milestar MS932's and it is fair to say the ride is quiet now. The OEM sound system is pretty unsatisfactory but there is nowhere to slide in a subwoofer without giving up limited luggage space - of which there's virtually none anyway with all seats deployed. We did go on a long road trip with six in the car and a Thule box on top and that worked well.

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Safety

2008 Mazda Mazda5

Front Crash Driver Side
Front Crash Passenger Side
Side Crash Driver Side
Side Crash Passenger Side

Recall Notices

2008 Mazda MAZDA5 (8/12/2010)

Campaign Number: 10V374000
Component Name: STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: MAZDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 MAZDA3 AND MAZDA5 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 2, 2007 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2008. THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE A CONDITION IN WHICH A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER STEERING ASSIST COULD OCCUR AT ANY TIME WHILE DRIVING THE VEHICLE.
Defect: POWER STEERING ASSIST IS SUDDENLY LOST REDUCING THE DRIVER'S ABILITY TO STEER THE VEHICLE AS TYPICALLY EXPECTED, AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Corrective Action: MAZDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POWER STEERING PUMP AND LINES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MAZDA CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE CENTER AT 1-800-222-5500.

2008 Mazda MAZDA5 (4/2/2009)

Campaign Number: 09E011000
Component Name: EQUIPMENT
Manufacturer: Mazda Motor Corp.
Description: THULE, INC. IS RECALLING 2,323 OWNER-INSTALLED ROOF-MOUNTED FIT KITS, MODELS 3068 AND 3069, MANUFACTURED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2008 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2009 THAT ARE USED WITH THULE PODIUM FOOT PACKS, MODELS 460 AND 460R. THESE FIT KITS WERE SOLD AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR USE ON THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. THE BOLT(S) USED TO SECURE THE FOOT TO THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED TO A HARDNESS THAT MAY CAUSE THE BOLT(S) TO BE BRITTLE AND POTENTIALLY BREAK UNDER STRESS.
Defect: THIS MAY RESULT IN THE BOLT(S) SNAPPING OFF DURING USE OR WITHOUT A LOAD. THE UNSECURED RACK AND LOAD CAN THEN COME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING CREATING A POTENTIAL ROAD HAZARD, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Corrective Action: THULE WILL MAIL A RETRO FIT KIT ALONG WITH REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS TO OWNERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE APRIL 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THULE TOLL-FREE AT 1-800-238-2388.