Re: Just bought a 5... and a 3!
[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!!
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!
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]