Mazda 5 (2005 – 2010) At A Glance
The Mazda5 is a people carrier that ticks nearly every box on the compact MPV wishlist and is still affordable and stylish. It's certainly one of the better looking MPVs around and far less boxy than many alternatives the same size. However, it's real selling point is the sliding rear side doors, making getting in and out - even in tight sports such as multi-storey car parks - easy and dent-free.
Mazda has created a 6+1 seating system and it’s the middle row which differentiates it from the others. There are two individual chairs that slide, recline and fold flat, while both have lift-up bases which conceal extra storage. To create the all important seventh seat, the left-hand chair also contains an extra flip-up cushion, while the central armrest doubles as the back support. It's clever stuff and it works well.
Build quality is good in the 5 and the interior feels strong and robust, evident in the folding seat mechanism. There's plenty of space inside and the third row offers considerably more space than most other people carriers this size with really impressive headroom. And it's equally as good on the move. The Mazda is based on the same platform as the Ford Focus and it shows – turn in is sharp and the handling is agile while body control is very good indeed.
It was facelifted in 2008 with a slightly different nose while all the engines were made more efficient while a revised version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine was launched. However, the best engine remains the 2.0-litre diesel with 143PS and a positive six-speed manual gearbox.
Mazda 5 2005 Diesel Road Test
Mazda 5 Facelift 2008 Road Test
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"I own a 2008 Mazda 5. Last week a warning light came on. I took it for a service and have been advised that the ABS pump needs replacing. The part has been quoted at £1449 +VAT and labour.
This is very disappointing as the car has only done 50k miles. I notice from various websites that the ABS pump problem is well-known and also the rust issue could be related to cars of this age coming from China. Please can you advise if I can challenge Mazda to pay for new ABS pump?"
The module doesn't need replacing. Only the brake pressure sensor within it does. Take the module off and send it to http://www.ecutesting.com who will recondition the module, fitting it with a modified brake pressure sensor, for about £400. Then, of course, it needs returning to you and re-fitting to the car.
"I need to buy a used car for max £10K. I need to drive to work approx 35 miles /day and do some short trips during the week. Need to fit one small child car seat and occasionally a second child + plus shopping etc. For large loads we use the other vehicle, Fuel efficiency / emission are important to me. I live in the countryside so roads are skiddy in the winter and dark so something I feel safe in. I like a slightly higher riding position although that is not essential. Looking at a variety of models: Renault Scenic, Hyundai i20 or i30, Seat Leon, maybe a Ford but not sure which one. It seems I could also get a used Volvo V50 for that money (I like the styling) although that is not a high riding position. Any thoughts? "
Agreed about the styling of the V50. It's really a Focus underneath, which is a good thing. Current shape i30 and Kia Cee'd handle almost as well. The higher you sit, as a generality, the less well a car will handle. A Mazda 5 MPV or a Ford C-MAX are probably the best £10k high seat handlers.
Buying a used Mazda 5 - which model is best for £6k?
"We have decided to buy a used Mazda 5 and you recommend the 1.6 diesel. Unfortunately our budget is £6000, which wouldn't get us that particular model. With our budget which of the other Mazda 5s are available?"
£6k only gets you the old model Mazda 5, which wasn't as good as the Mk II. You'd probaby be better off with an old shape C-Max.
Can I trust an independent garage to replace a DPF?
"I keep needing to get the garage to do DPF regen on my Mazda 5. It has done 60,000 mostly city miles and I think it's time to get the DPF replaced. However, the main dealer has quoted over £2000 for the work and possibly up to £3500 if all sensors need replacing.
A recommended independent quotes £1200, for a 'dealer spec.' DPF that they say comes from the same factory as the main dealer part. Is the DPF a particularly complex part that only the main dealer should do?"
This is an issue with this engine in Mazda 3s, 5s and 6s. The problem can be that the ECU introduces too much diesel to the engine to 'actively' regenerate the DPF and this both contaminates raises the level of oil in the sump. So you really need an expert in solving this problem rather than a garage that just replaces the DPF.