Based on the experience from Unobtanium and TSBs issued, not only you want to fix them as soon as possible, but also turn the auto folding function off with the manual mode only as soon as the new car warranty expired.Thanks and yes, I should have searched. Time to call the dealer.
My folding mirrors died at 17, and 21k miles. Brake rotors are lightly warped at 30k, now
I'm having issues now with the passenger folding mirror. The motor seems like it's worn out. Loud, weak sounding. Doesn't fold out all the way sometimes. The driver's side did this a couple thousand miles ago. Looks like I will be $1500 into warranty work on this vehicle next oil change...
...that $2400 bumper-to-bumper 150K mile warranty isn't sounding too stupid right now, and I'm glad I got it. In a few more months, my bumper to bumper will be gone, and this would have to come out of pocket, and my crystal ball says it will fail again...
Both of my folding mirrors have now failed (again). My extended warranty is paying 100% for replacement and for a loaner for 5 days (while parts are ordered, since mirrors are a safety issue, I did opt to just force them by hand until, vs taking the loaner though). Total cost out of pocket would have been $1500.
Only 900 bucks more to go to break even. Got 98k miles left to do it in.
If you get a top trim level like my GTR...you best bet you need it.
I face a tough decision in the longer term though. I really like my CX-5 Signature AND I really LIKE warranties and wish the CX-5 had the 4-year warranty of my ex-RDX. My lease (and warranty) will come up in early 2022, likely a few months or a year before the "all-new CX-5" appears on the scene. Based on rumours of course...Mazda might surprise us in either direction.
Wondering about buying out the lease and holding on for a couple of years, likely replacing tires/brakes and paying for expensive "bells and whistles" repairs like this. Or: Leasing essentially the same car for three years which would allow the new model to work out any growing pains it might have.
I'd even consider leasing or buying the CX-30 turbo but have a feeling it would feel like a comedown.
Anyone been in a similar situation?
IMO, if you really like the car and the only sore spot is the folding mirrors, I would lease for three years to avoid buying a first MY model (assuming Mazda releases a new model). Or, if you buy it, simply turn the auto-fold function off once the warranty is up. Then you won't have to worry about wearing them out and replacing them when you sell/trade up.
It might also be a good idea to lease for three years to see what other manufacturers bring to the table. Like the Genesis GV70, which is slated for release sometime in 2021.
If you don't mind working on things those folding mirror motors are pretty cheap. I have power folding mirrors on my '12 GX 460 that still work perfectly but know someday they will fail. I picked up a couple replacements from Aliexpress for only $34/each. No idea the work involved to swap these on a CX-5 but pretty easy on the GX. Even cheaper for the CX-5 - these are for older models but look around on there...I can't imagine newer versions aren't available as well or Mazda didn't just use the same motor.
Stupid question, but can the automatic mirrors be folded manually by pushing them inward?
Use the switch to set the mirror to the on-road position:
Setting the power folding outside mirror to the on-road position by hand is dangerous. The mirror will not lock in position and will prevent effective rearview visibility.