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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2005, 11:49 AM
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Re: Just bought a 5... and a 3!

I drove over an hour in 25-29 degree heat (okay, only 85) but the car was kept nice and chilly inside by the climate control. Having never had a car with A/C before, I was in heaven.


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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2005, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Just bought a 5... and a 3!

My 5 is about the same. The auto air has worked well in mid-hi 80's, with 45%+ humidity. No complaints. This is a very new car, though. I don't know if the A/C compressor is different, or if it's 'cause the 3 is manual shift and the 5 is auto shift, (the 3 is manual air as well) but the 5 seems to be affected more by the A/C than the 3 performance-wise. You have to consider though, the 3 had less work to do overall, and the 5 is tuned slightly differently. 157hp rated vs 160hp in the 3.

The fan in the 5 seems to blow harder than the 3, but it could be from the difference in seating position.

You'd be the Az guinea pig for the 5's A/C... there just aren't enough of them on the road to have a track record yet. I hope it cools down for you guys out there soon.
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Congrats on your new 5s. I bought mine 2 days after stopping at a dealer to drive a 3 5-dr. They had just unloaded them from the truck. I called a few dealers and on Saturday visited a dealer that had a cardinal red A/T Touring w/o Navi that was exactly what I had been looking for. I wrote a check on the spot. My first tankful of gas worked out to 20 mpg even, but I was doing almost all of those miles with 5 people onboard and the air was on full blast because we were experiencing 90-100 degree temps here in Southern California. FWIW, the third row passenger said the air felt fine back there. It's my first Mazda and my first post here. I also registered at Mazda3 and MOCC with the same username. Here is a link to some pics: http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?vie...&tID=48395

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post #14 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-28-2005, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Frank, welcome & congrats on your 5!! Your story sounds like mine, except we came in looking at a 6, then bought the 5, and a 3 the next day. Say, does your touring have TPS? Not mentioned and not an option, but mine has it. See the special valve stems on the wheels... transmitters.

Something new I noticed... remove your passenger front headrest, move the seat forward, move the middle passenger seat back, fully recline the front pass. seat, voila! A bed/chaise lounge!!
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[quote author=3+5 link=topic=25282.msg356323#msg356323 date=1122583956]
Say, does your touring have TPS?* Not mentioned and not an option, but mine has it.* See the special valve stems on the wheels... transmitters.*

Something new I noticed... remove your passenger front headrest, move the seat forward, move the middle passenger seat back, fully recline the front pass. seat, voila! A bed/chaise lounge!!
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I was actually looking at the valve stems because I was missing a cap on one and remembered the blurb in the manual about the low pressure warning on the dash info center. Cool. I'll have to try the seat trick. I wanted to go up to Monterrey next month for all of the classic car stuff but rooms are scarce and really expensive if you can find them. So this might be the way to go!

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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-29-2005, 09:38 AM
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The more I see the pictures of the red, the more I like it - when I saw one up here in Vancouver it looked almost pink... do you see that in the sun or in different light, Frank?

Also would someone mind taking a pic of the different "valve stems" so I can compare them to mine? I am pretty sure we didn't get TPS up here, but there's only one way to find out.


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The red color alternates between a salmon-like pinkish red to a cinammony orangish-red color to a truer red depending on the light. I had one of my cousins call it dark metallic pink and another said copper, so there is something for everyone in there, somewhere, I think.

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Yeah, thats about what I figured from looking at it - I like the orangish-red colour but did not like the salmon-y pinkish red at all. So I went for Platinum Silver.

Love the car though, SO much fun to drive... haven't had this much fun driving in a looong time.


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[quote author=frank4cars link=topic=25282.msg356404#msg356404 date=1122591956]
[quote author=3+5 link=topic=25282.msg356323#msg356323 date=1122583956]
Say, does your touring have TPS?* Not mentioned and not an option, but mine has it.* See the special valve stems on the wheels... transmitters.*

Something new I noticed... remove your passenger front headrest, move the seat forward, move the middle passenger seat back, fully recline the front pass. seat, voila! A bed/chaise lounge!!
[/quote]
I was actually looking at the valve stems because I was missing a cap on one and remembered the blurb in the manual about the low pressure warning on the dash info center. Cool. I'll have to try the seat trick. I wanted to go up to Monterrey next month for all of the classic car stuff but rooms are scarce and really expensive if you can find them. So this might be the way to go!
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Uhh, just a thought, and I really don't know if this iis the case for the Mazda5, but a Toyota Sienna uses ABS sensors to detect a consistent difference in wheel speeds that indicates one tire is inflated differently than it's counterpart on the opposite side. Not guaranteed to detect "low pressure" but that's usually the case. A small button low on the dash resets the comparator. If I remember correctly, the system only reacts after a wheel speed imbalance has persisted for a considerable length of time (many miles). I don't know the tech details, but this is a pretty low cost way to implement a Tire Pressure monitoring system that will alert drivers of a seriously underinflated tire. Could this be the system in use on the '5 ?

I'm seriously looking at the Mazda5 as a replacement for our old people hauler -- a Chrysler 5th Avenue whalemobile. I was looking at the Mazda6 wagon but immediately smitten by the '5. Just right in size, price, and features (wish I could get cruise control on the base model), not to mention better fuel economy.

Let's hope the 5 has better reliability record than the 3 seems to have had. Keep posting here everyone, this is a great resource!

[size=10pt][tt]UPDATE: Placed an order yesterday for a 5-spd GT (Touring) with air, in Indigo Blue. I've downloaded the Owner's Manual (register in the Owner's Lounge of either Mazda USA or Canada website and you can have access to the downloads) and it states that the TPMS uses four individual transmitters -- one in each wheel. So my earlier statement about the system used in the previous-generation Sienna does not apply. CAN'T WAIT TO TAKE DELIVERY! We're SO excited. This includes our kids too.[/tt][/size]
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I remember when Mazda3 and 6 owners were this happy to get their cars.
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