Rattling noises from the front suspension while driving over rough roads can be caused by defective front sway bar bushings. Replacing the bushings with the updated design is a common repair.
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2008 Mazda Mazda5
2008 Mazda Mazda5 Problems
Some vehicles may experience Check Engine Light illumination with a trouble code indicating the thermostat is stuck open. The thermostat will need to be replaced with a modified one and there is a software update for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM).
On some models, excessive engine vibration or knocking noises heard while the engine is idling, being started or switched off are usually caused by a defective engine mount at the top right side of the engine. A redesigned engine mount is available to alleviate this problem.
A Loose rear stabilizer bar link can cause a rattling noise from the rear suspension while driving on rough roads. Our technicians tell us if the rear stabilizer bar and links are not found to be loose, there are updated sway bar bushings available which should correct this problem.
Some models may have a problem with stalling under light acceleration. Updated software for the powertrain control module (PCM) is available which may help with this concern.
2008 Mazda Mazda5 Recalls (Recent)
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Mazda is recalling 2007–2009 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles due to a sudden loss of power steering assist that can occur at any time. A sudden loss of power steering assist adversely affects the driver's ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Starting in September 2010, Mazda will mail notification letters to owners with information about the recall.
2008 Mazda Mazda5 Questions and Answers
My car started showing hot on guage.when I would check engine all looked well fan was running fluids were good. Proceeded to drive and after a day the temp went from normal to hot and came back dow...
Temperature dial runs high
Due to an internal failure I need to replace the engine (extended warranty won't cover it). A new Mazda engine is expensive ($4000) so I'm trying to find alternatives. I know Ford and Maz...
In cold weather the sliding door will not close.
When in reverse only the rear breaks make a hard grinding rubbing noise. The dealers says breaks ok. But still not acceptable. Mileage 85000 km. 4years same brakes
2008 Mazda Mazda5 Reviews
Van functionality with car handling. Consistently get 27+ mpg. Will suite our family of 4 for years. Comfortable ride and relatively quiet on the highway. Has plenty of pep. If you need more go, just push the pedal harder. Haha. 4 cylinders don't have much torque, but do perform well when revved up, so don't be afraid of using the gas pedal.
Wonderful vehicle: Handles beautifully, stops on a dime. Very good mileage and very flexible interior. Completely reliable - never a serious problem in 40.000 miles.