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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-25-2006, 09:42 PM
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Cold weather performance

We're considering purchasing a Mazda5 after viewing one today, however have been put off by one very negative consumer review about how it does in cold weather (writer was Canadian). We're in Minnesota, so this is a bit of a concern for us. We've owned Hondas and never before considered a Mazda.

Anyone out there in who's owned this through the winter and can comment on how the 5, and Mazdas in general, perform in very cold weather? The main complaints in the review we saw were:
1) door locks froze a lot
2) had the car running & defrosting for 15 minutes and still had to scrape ice off the interior windows (!)
3) rear bumper fell off after kicking snow off the rear wheel well (while it might have been a very forceful kick, I do this all the time to my Honda and it's never an issue! )

I have never had problems like this with my Hondas in MN, Chicago, and Cleveland through some very cold winters. Any Canadian or Northern US owners out there that can offer some perspective?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-26-2006, 12:46 AM
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Re: Cold weather performance

Last week it poured rain, then froze overnight. Both our new Mazdas' power locks froze, but it turned out that it was the solenoid connection to the drivers door key locks. Using the key instead of the fob button had the doors unlocked the first try, no unnecessary force required on the key, then all the locks released normally. That was the only time it's happened. That day, the windows also froze to the rubber wipes (against the glass at the base of the windows). A little sunshine on the black rubber and they let go.

Defrosters are working well so far, but this winter hasn't presented very severe ice here in CT.

I also drive an old Corvette, a plastic car that hates winter cold. Since plastic's a liquid, common sense tells me never to kick it when frozen. That seems 1 degree past so lazy you just leave it there (sorry). Maybe that's what happened, it was left there to freeze. I bet the 5's bumper cover holds a lot more snow than a Honda, so considerably more weight. I'd suggest cleaning the snow out instead of kicking.

Overall, both the 3 and 5 have been very good in the cold we've had.
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