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    For those eagerly awaiting Gen 3

    I really would have expected the next-gen CX-5 this coming fall, with the new tech debuted in the Mazda3 last year. Maybe there's an MCA (mid-cycle action) in the cards? As some have pointed out, although there's nothing fundamentally wrong with the tech in the CX-5, it is 6 years old already...
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    Faulty autolock design on 2019 Mazda3

    Interesting, my experience is the exact opposite. With my 2014 3, it's easy for me to get out of range before the car's first "I'm ready to consider locking" beep; just walking away at a regular pace while closing the door does the trick. With my 2019 over the last 4 months, using that same...
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    New 2018 CX-5 Vibration at Highway Speeds

    I've seen similar complaints in several forums for several brands, including the likes of Acura and Audi. Just anecdotally, it seems like anyone whose problems weren't resolved by a proper balance (RoadForce or otherwise) ultimately needed new tires to resolve the issue. Sometimes it was just a...
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    Android Auto CX-5 2019

    Lithium batteries care more about heat and total lifetime charge than they do about the size of any particular charge. All modern PMC (power management circuitry) is designed to avoid any truly harmful situation like allowing a full discharge to 0%, or fast-charging at high ambient temperatures...
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    Mazda Roadside Assistance vs. AAA

    Short version: Drop AAA and use the free Mazda Roadside Assistance until it expires. Long version: "Mazda's service" is a third-party dispatch company used by most major manufacturers. Whether you have a $20K CX-3 or a $120K BMW M5, your call reaches the same agents, who dispatch the same local...
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    Mazda Dreaming

    Assuming a ~700mi drive, you're looking at 2-3 stops in a gas car, both for fuel and for comfort/food/bathroom/etc. A Tesla with 150kW charging (Model 3 LR, Model S & X 100) will take on a 200mi charge in 30min. So that's 1.5hrs of charging for the trip, time you're probably already spending...
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    Any cross shopping with the 2019 RAV4?

    That was probably my post, I lurk over on the RDX forums at Acurazine. The variety and quantity of complaints is concerning, even compared to, say, Audi or BMW forums. The problems are typical of first-year Honda products in the past 5 years, so if that pattern holds then the 2020 RDX should be...
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    Turbo: nobody home?

    The in-house 10-speed misbehaves as well, although (based on posts from RDX owners who previously had the TLX with the ZF9), not as badly as the 9-speed. I managed to catch the 10-speed in the RDX flat-footed twice in a 20min test drive. If you're slowing but don't actually come to a complete...
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    Turbo: nobody home?

    And assuming that $8K more is buying you an Acura RDX, based on their forums you'd be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Not only does the RDX entertainment system's boot time make Mazda's look speedy in comparison; it likes to crash, gives contradictory navigation instructions on...
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    Where are the Reserves?

    I did the same thing at my local auto show, and it was eye-opening to see how much cheap plastic both Audi and BMW use in their interiors. The CX-5 Signature compared favorably (especially given a $20K price gap when comparably equipped), and the Acura RDX's interior outright embarrassed the...
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    2019 CX-5 signature / Mazda Roadside Assistance story (long)

    It sounds like you got a poorly-trained roadside assistance agent who didn't properly verify that their first-choice service company could do the job as required. 90min is the typical service standard quoted by tow truck companies for special equipment (dollies, flatbed), as opposed to 45-60min...
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    Pedal Commander...Best Mod I have done

    How does the Pedal Commander compare to Sport mode? Going from the front-loaded pedal on my 2007 Mazda3 to the linear pedal on my 2014 took a bit of getting used to, but it definitely makes for smoother driving. On the odd occasion that I want to relive the glory days of 80% throttle response...
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    SCBS/SBS activation stories

    My '14 Mazda3 (SCBS only) has only braked inappropriately* once when driving into an underground parking lot and the garage door hadn't completely retracted yet. There was enough clearance for my car, but the slope of the ramp caused the system to believe otherwise. * I don't count situations...
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    Where did you get best price for Mazda Extended Confidence / Warranty?

    It's remarkable about how a dealer will tell you on the front end (sales) how very reliable their car is, and then on the back end (finance) that it's a complete basket case that will leave you penniless on the side of the road... and boy, do they not appreciate the obvious response, which is...
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    How was your CX-5 Car Buying Or Leasing Experience

    Sales and service operate as two separate businesses at many (most?) dealerships, so experience with one doesn't necessarily translate to experience with the other. I learned that the hard way when I decided to replace my previous Mazda and decided to start at the dealership I'd been servicing...
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    What new Mazda is coming?

    The Mazda model cycle seems to be pretty flexible, based on need (all years are MY, not calendar): Gen 1 CX-5: 4.5 years (2013-2016.5, MCA for 2016) Gen 3 Mazda3: 5 years (2014-2018, MCA for 2017) Gen 3 Mazda6: 6+ years (2013-present, MCA for 2018) Since the compact crossover segment is at...
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    trade in my 2016 CX-5 for a 2019 CX-5 ?

    MotoManTV's 2.5T first-drive video features Dave Coleman at length. He's Mazda North America chassis engineer and he explains a number of things, including the effect of 87 vs. 92 octane, why the engine is tuned the way it is, and the suspension changes...
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    What new Mazda is coming?

    So it's basically a new, slightly larger CX-3, but built on the Mazda3 platform rather than the Mazda2. Based on dimensions it's smaller than the new Mazda3 Sport, but with more plastic and an inch or so more ground clearance. Seems like the Subaru Crosstrek formula, except IIRC the Crosstrek...
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    I dumped my CX5 finally.

    Having an extended warranty doesn't necessarily give you confidence in its reliability; a breakdown is a breakdown, even if the cost of fixing it doesn't come out of your pocket. My wife bought an extended warranty with her Hyundai Accent (both before we met). Sure, she didn't have to worry...
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    First impressions CX-5 Signature Canuck edition

    How do you find the driving experience, coming from a 3? I have the exact same car and I've test-driven a CX-5 two years in a row (2017 & 2018), and although I could forgive the slower acceleration and infotainment system that hasn't changed at all in 5 years (AA/CP added for 2019...