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2008 Mazda Mazda5 repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (45%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (10%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 164 repairs.
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2008 Mazda Mazda5 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (23%)

$500 - $999 (30%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 71 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Mazda Mazda5

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Mazda Mazda5 in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Oct 2015
Apr 2012

31380 mi

C $600
It has a chronic stalling problem at low speeds and if I take my foot off the gas. They attempted to fix the throttle, air exchange, and now it is a computer problem that affects the entire workings of the car 
Aug 2012

35580 mi

C $200
I was quoted approx. $1,000.00 to fix the suspension by one shop. I took it to a different repair shop and paid substantially less to replace the tie rod! It also has the recurrent stalling problem again! My Mazda5 has been in the shop 14 times for this problem. 
Aug 2015

48540 mi

C $100
Right rear brakes were squeaking 
Oct 2015

48980 mi
The brakes are sqeaking again Oct. 8, 2015 
Mazda Mazda5 in California, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2011
Sep 2009

17000 mi
Drivers side behind seat pocket seam came loose. Mazda dealer in Medford, OR did a great job, changed the whole seat cover.  

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2008 Mazda Mazda5 4dr Minivan

153-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Mazda Mazda5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2010 - Feb 2017
Sep 2013

95000 mi

US $150
thermostat replaced 
Nov 2013

97000 mi

US $2750
transmission needed rebuilt 
Dec 2014

119000 mi

US $400
replace rear shocks 
Sep 2015

135000 mi

US $250
Rear tie rod ends replaced 
Feb 2017

163000 mi

US $3000
Car accident bumper, grill, left front fender and left headlight. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Florida, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2016
Feb 2014

55000 mi

US $135
Noticeable rattling sound from FR. Replaced front struts. Took 3 hours. Found loose but stubborn to remove sway bar end-link, which was the cause of the rattling. Took 2 hours to remove, loosen, and retighten. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Oregon, United States
Apr 2013 - Nov 2014
May 2013

86500 mi
passenger window wouldnt go up. removed driver and passenger switches,disassembled,cleaned,reassembled.works fine now. 
Jun 2013

87000 mi

US $80
replaced rear shocks and shock adapter 
Sep 2014

104000 mi

US $90
had a flat right rear tire.The inside had worn through to the steel cords. found out they have a non-adjustable rear suspension. Bought 2 aftermarket adjustable upper control arms and installed them. Did a 4 wheel alignment.Works great now 
Mazda Mazda5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2012 - Jul 2012
Jul 2012

74000 mi

US $80
The car started having issues with grinding as we were driving, resulting in two error lights showing up. Fluid was black, transmission could go at any time. Mechanic did quick fix...complete repair would have been $2,500. 
Mazda Mazda5 in California, United States
Dec 2011 - Jan 2017
Jan 2012

70300 mi

US $1500
engine mount broken 
Sep 2014

91000 mi

US $100
Loose shock nut caused shock to rattle extensively., 
Nov 2015

101000 mi

US $750
Oil pump was leaking, making care unsafe to drive. Required replacement. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Quebec, Canada
May 2012 - Jun 2016
Jun 2012

49140 mi

C $500
Change rear suspension. Shocks were leaking oil. 
Sep 2013

69440 mi

C $200
Changes all pads and discs 
Jun 2016

110360 mi

C $600
bushings and coil springs 
Mazda Mazda5 in United Arab Emirates
May 2013 - Jul 2015
May 2013

39680 mi

¤1050
Replaced the following: a)bent steering knuckle front end driver side b)front & rear shock absorbers two were leaking c)Rotors that were machined before in Canada and they were warped d)Added new ceramic pads e)Thermostat 
Feb 2014

46500 mi

¤250
machined the rotors (cranking sound coming from all wheels), $45. Had changed previously the front shock absorbers (OEM)but did not find the ones I wanted. Turned out that the OEM parts were a flip. I purchased new reliable parts, $250. 
Mazda Mazda5 in New York, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2015
Nov 2012

43000 mi

US $65
Replacing headlights on this car is difficult for the amateur. I had to take the car to a shop to have the bulbs replaced. They are held in with small clips and an inexperienced person will take a long time to get the job done. 
Aug 2013

53000 mi
Replace Battery 
Mazda Mazda5 in Manitoba, Canada
Dec 2013 - Jan 2015
Aug 2014

78760 mi

C $600
inner and outer joints and axles 
Dec 2014

84320 mi

C $400
block heater and cooling system flush 
Mazda Mazda5 in Florida, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

15000 mi
-air conditioning vent on passenger's side directional clip/handle fell off -headrest on front passenger side had broken stay so it would not notch into place if adjusted -Oil pan seal was discovered to have a slow leak. Needed dissassembling and resea 
Mazda Mazda5 in Ontario, Canada
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

3720 mi
Fix power window module in left passenger sliding door 
Mazda Mazda5 in Iowa, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

22000 mi
Grease rubber bushings on swaybar  
Mazda Mazda5 in New Hampshire, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

125000 mi

US $347
Rear brakes. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Ohio, United States
Jun 2015 - Dec 2016
Mar 2016

110000 mi

US $50
Replaced passenger side engine mount 
Mazda Mazda5 in Kansas, United States
Jan 2014 - Jun 2016
Apr 2015

105700 mi

US $28
The driver's rear shock mount broke. Took approximately $28 and an hour to replace it. 
Mar 2016

113000 mi

US $40
Having a soft brake pedal until half the travel is gone, I blead the brakes and replaced the pads. Symptoms improved, but still remain. 
May 2016

117000 mi

US $900
Local shop diagnosed soft brake pedal issues as a faulty ABS pump. Located at least arm length into engine. Estimate of 900 not including tax to replace and bleed. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2014 - Nov 2015
Nov 2015

138000 mi

US $900
Replaced the front ball joint and lower control arm. 
Mazda Mazda5 in New York, United States
Feb 2014 - Sep 2015
Jun 2014

52000 mi

US $25
replaced noisy link 
Jan 2015

59000 mi

US $60
Third Brake light replaced. Internal electrical circuit rusted out. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Tennessee, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2012
Dec 2011

70000 mi
Recall for power steering 
Mazda Mazda5 in California, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2014
Oct 2010

35000 mi

US $75
Brake rotors warped, this has been a long-term issue with this car. Mazda agreed to replace the rotors and pads if I paid labor of $75. The rotors had already been machined early in the car's life for warpage. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Virginia, United States
Mar 2010 - Jun 2011
Nov 2010

49000 mi

US $500
Noise from front suspension, sway bar needed to be replaced! 
Feb 2011

52000 mi
front brake pads replaced, rotors rotated 
Mazda Mazda5 in New York, United States
Apr 2009 - Apr 2013
Nov 2010

58000 mi

US $260
Both rear shocks had blown - but did not have anything happen that would ordinarily blow them - heavy load + large bump/pothole. I believe the Mazda5 design stresses the suspension and hence shocks wear prematurely. 
Aug 2011

74000 mi

US $275
A/C intermittent. My mechanic tested refrigerant, looked for leaks, air remained was cool. After another 48 hr I noticed a pattern:Temp gauge way up intermittently: a/c was cutting out because of engine overheating. New thermostat fixed it. 
Sep 2012

98000 mi

US $882
A/T (Auto.Transmission) light came on; local garage found P0744 and P0841 codes; brought to dealer who said trans needed replacement. Have extend warranty;waited 2 wks for part. Only paid deductible; dealer found other issues-see other posts Also discovered broken #3 motor mount. Also discovered blown front struts. Paid separate deductible under extended warranty. Also discovered blown rear shocks when at dealer to replace transmission - but these were under warranty from my local shop; brought car there for replacement. Only paid labor. 
Mar 2013

108000 mi
Car is burning synthetic oil at rate of 1 quart per 1,000 miles (1k miles.) Two different garages checked & found no leaks. They independently advised me to trade-in vehicle, as repairs for this are too extensive. 
Apr 2013

108000 mi
Traded car because burning oil. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2009 - Jan 2015
Aug 2010

21000 mi
AM portion of the radio/CD system stopped working. FM reception was fine, as was CD playback. Only the AM reception stopped (no stations could be tuned in). 
Apr 2012

34200 mi

US $49
Left rear shock mount broke. Removed wheel, shock and mount. Replaced all. Right rear shock mount broke within 2 weeks, so replaced it also. Shocks themselves appear to be fine. 
Jan 2015

53000 mi

US $35
Rear shock mounts broke (again). I believe this is a design problem with these mounts (not the Mazda5 as such). They are made of cast metal and seem to corrode and break after 2-3 years. This time I sprayed them with undercoating. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Illinois, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2015
Jun 2010

63000 mi
Left rear shock as soon as I got the car, Monroe brand (KYB and Koni are not yet available but will be, I just couldn't wait that long). 
Mar 2011

76000 mi

US $470
Rear left caliper leak 
May 2013

104000 mi
Tie rod bushing replacement Radiator leak 
Oct 2013

106700 mi

US $500
Replaced both front wheel bearings 
Jun 2014

112000 mi

US $1100
All four brakes. Left rear caliper needed another replacement (remanufactured parts became rusted after 3 years), it cost $110. 
Jul 2015

119000 mi

US $900
AC compressor Rear shocks 
Mazda Mazda5 in California, United States
Jan 2009 - Sep 2015
Mar 2009

2000 mi
Gas cap replaced. Not sure if they ever issued a recall, but all of the 07 and 08's had significant problems (at least it was a notable thread on the message boards) with the caps jamming. 
Apr 2011

31000 mi
Replaced the driver's side front strut 
Sep 2011

36000 mi
Check engine light on trip to Yosemite, Mazda cleared the code and it did not return...attributed to temp and elevation extremes affecting gas cap seal. 
Mar 2015

93000 mi
replaced the master cyl 
Sep 2015

94000 mi

US $150
Replaces oil pan gasket due to leak. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2014
Apr 2010

10000 mi
Rear suspension was groaning and squeaking over large impacts. Stabilizer bar links were bad and replaced under warranty. Front brakes pulsating under heavy braking. Rotors resurfaced by dealer under warranty 
Jun 2011

18000 mi
Factory remote start began malfunctioning, vehicle would not stay running and would restart multiple times. Tach sensing signal for remote start adjusted. no problems since. 
Mazda Mazda5 in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2009 - May 2015
Jun 2010

15000 mi
Knocking in right rear suspension, covered by TSB. Intermittent O2 sensor 
Oct 2010

18000 mi
Scraping noise during driving. Diagnosed as worn out front wheel bearings. Considered excessively early and replaced under warranty by dealer. The bearing problem had caused rotor damage, which was also repaired by dealer as courtesy. 
Dec 2010

19000 mi

US $50
Headlight bulb, replacement took 45 minutes. 
Mar 2011

20000 mi
Two leaking rear shock absorbers (which led to "fish tailing"), worn shock bushings (rattling sounds during driving). Shocks, bushings and struts replaced under warranty. 
May 2011

21000 mi
Repeated failure of left headlight (3 times within 2 months). Suspected lamp socket problem. Socket replaced. 
Dec 2014

46000 mi

US $1200
shocks, stabilizers, struts 
May 2015

46000 mi
Bushes and control arms need replacement 
Mazda Mazda5 in New Jersey, United States
Apr 2008 - Dec 2016
Jul 2008

50 mi
Clockspring circuit failed within 2 hours of leaving dealership, causing horn to sound until it burned out. It was repaired under warranty, of course. From what I can tell, this is an extremely rare occurrence, but was very disappointing to say the least. 
Aug 2008

1000 mi
Gas cap broke - a known problem (bad lot of caps), and quickly replaced under warranty. Annoying and inconvenient, nevertheless. 
Jun 2009

9000 mi
Faulty emissions valve - got stuck in open position. 
Aug 2010

26500 mi
During routine maintenance, I had rattle coming from rear of car diagnosed as defective shock absorber. Part was ordered and will be installed in 2 weeks. All covered by warranty. Right rear shock. 
Dec 2010

33000 mi
Left rear shock replaced.  Right front wheel bearings became noisy and had to be replaced. 
Jun 2012

65000 mi

US $240
Rear shocks replaced again. Second time since I bought the car. 
Dec 2012

74000 mi

US $400
Front stabilizer linkages and bushings needed to be replaced. 
Aug 2016

122700 mi
Front struts (original) replaced. 
Mazda Mazda5 in New York, United States
Apr 2009 - Dec 2013
Nov 2010

21000 mi
Sound from rear suspension - leaking rear damper was discovered. Rear damper replaced 
Aug 2012

38500 mi

US $145
Check engine light was on ($99 to diagnose), the fuel tank cap was releasing vapor, replaced ($45). 
Mazda Mazda5 in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2009 - Oct 2016
Feb 2009

4000 mi
Sliding door stuck in cold weather. Dealer said moisture froze inside the mechanism. They replaced some internal part and it worked ok 
Apr 2009

5000 mi
Water leaked into trunk when it rained. Apparently the body shop forgot to replace some rubber seal. They installed it and its water tight now 
Mar 2011

30000 mi
Creaking sound from rear suspension. Dealer said both rear shocks were leaking oil. Both replaced under warranty 
May 2011

35000 mi
Replaced sway bar bushings per TSB Both rear shocks leaking oil. Replaced under warranty creaky passenger side sliding door 
Apr 2014

57700 mi

US $900
Engine mount replacement shocks leaking 
Mazda Mazda5 in Texas, United States
Apr 2009 - Sep 2015
Feb 2009

20500 mi
Replace driver side electric window switch controlling passenger side window. Warranty repair at no cost. 
Aug 2011

35000 mi
Thermostat failure, sticking. Replaced. 
Jun 2012

40000 mi

US $100
Brake light switch failure at brake pedal. (Car will not go into gear if brake electrical circuit does not complete.) 
Jan 2013

46300 mi

US $800
Replace all struts and shocks; known defect occurring normally around 30,000 miles. 
Mar 2015

66000 mi

US $200
Front right suspension shaft, post shock plus spring. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Maryland, United States
May 2010 - Dec 2016
Oct 2011

48700 mi
Low coolant tripped CEL, turns out thermostat was failed closed. Dealer replaced thermostat and performed power steering pump and engine mount campaign. Dealer covered all repair work under warranty though I thought it was outside time. 
Oct 2014

81700 mi

US $970
CEL and transmission light would flash and trans would shudder. Contacts were cleaned but symptoms recurred. Diagnosed as TCM failure. Trans fluid flushed at the same time. 
Feb 2015

87000 mi

US $90
New rear shocks (one was blown out). replaced with KYBs 
Sep 2015

95000 mi

US $350
rear rotors and pads replaced 
Dec 2016

110000 mi

US $130
Upstream O2 sensor replaced after CEL came on 
Mazda Mazda5 in Wisconsin, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2011
Nov 2011

55000 mi
Sliding door needed lube Front Passenger Window seal was defective and noisy 
Mazda Mazda5 in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2011 - Jun 2015
Mar 2011

47120 mi
Driving in the city, the car gave a "lurch" just before it was about to gear up. Then the engine light and AT lights came on. Stopped and turned off the car and the AT light went off. Wire had gotten loose going to the transmission. Wire tightened. Drove on the highway, at 110, the car lurched again and started to rev in the high 3000 - low 4000. Replaced transmission solenoid. When I picked it up, it "lurched" again, within 5 km's of the dealership but they were already closed.  
Apr 2011

47740 mi
Replaced transmission module. 
Jun 2013

69440 mi

C $300
engine mount was cracked 
Aug 2013

70640 mi

C $275
complete replacement of transmission and transmission computer 
Dec 2013

71300 mi

C $563
front and rear end rattling over bumps - replaced front and rear stabilizer links (left and right sides) report from previous visit indicated shock issues - replaced both rear shocks for leaking reported by dealer during previous oil change - steering loose - replaced both lower control arms 
Mar 2014

71300 mi
front end rattling over bumps - replaced front stabilizer links and control arms again - both left and right sides - this time with Mazda parts 
Nov 2014

79200 mi
front end rattling over bumps - replaced front stabilizer links and control arms again - both left and right sides - this time with a different 3rd party part 
Mazda Mazda5 in Maryland, United States
Dec 2010 - Dec 2016
Mar 2011

44000 mi
Rear defroster was not working. Rear glass replaced. However, it leaked after repair, so repair was done agan. 
May 2011

46000 mi

US $30
Creaking sound from rear on driver's side that coincides with movement in rear suspension. Mechanic could not find any leaks or loose items and declared the car safe to drive.  
May 2015

114000 mi

US $1500
F. control arms & bushings worn & replaced. F. sway bar bushings worn & replaced. F. bearings needed extra grease & repacking due to noise. F. brakes also required lubrication due to noise. TSBs available on bushing and bearing problems. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sep 2010 - Nov 2013
Jan 2011

71340 mi

C $20
Mud flaps on front tore and dangled. Made noise against wheels. Simply removed flaps, rather than repaired them. The brakes squeak very loudly under some circumstances. Mechanic said they didn't do it while they were driving but it wasn't a problem. 
Feb 2011

73160 mi

C $300
Rear Shocks blown. They were replaced. 
Sep 2011

96100 mi

C $600
AC quit working - this shop doesn't fix AC units. Brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced, calipers needed to be repaired - they had come apart on two of the brakes. 
Apr 2012

119040 mi

C $320
The passenger wheel bearing was bad and made a very loud vibration sound. It was replaced. 
May 2012

122140 mi

C $420
Driver front wheel bearings failed - noise and vibration. It was replaced. Rear sway bars were loose. Passenger front wheel bearing failed - noticed by mechanic, no noise. This was just replaced at another shop, so no repair attempted since it should be under warranty. 
Jul 2012

127940 mi

C $2400
gears 1 and 4 burnt up, constant slipping 
Sep 2012

133300 mi

C $650
Rotors warped wheel bearing replaced 
Nov 2012

138000 mi

C $50
The bracket for the low beam light broke and wouldn't hold the bulb in. 
May 2013

162160 mi

C $389
This was the 4th wheel bearing to fail on this car. 
Jun 2013

167400 mi

C $120
There was a hole in the exhaust and it was welded shut 

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2008 Mazda Mazda5 4dr Minivan

153-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Mazda Mazda5 in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2011 - Nov 2016
Dec 2013

77000 mi

US $458
Replaced leaking oil pan gasket. 
Jan 2014

78000 mi

US $50
Replaced motor mount. 
Apr 2015

93700 mi

US $773
Replace alternator and battery 
May 2015

94300 mi

US $615
Bushings torn; replace both front lower control arms. (Bushings not available separately.) Bushings were probably worn, but this repair did not fix the suspension creaking noise symptom that prompted the service visit. 
Jul 2015

96000 mi

US $27
Sway bar bushings replaced. Solved creaking suspension problem that previous repair (replace control arms) did not. 
Oct 2015

100700 mi

US $530
Broken shock mount. Replaced both rear mounts and shocks; alignment. 
Jun 2016

108000 mi

US $937
Replaced A/C compressor. 
Oct 2016

113000 mi
Replace brake master cylinder 
Mazda Mazda5 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2010 - Mar 2016
Oct 2010

44020 mi

C $202
tire wear shows rear end toe in ( /- ). Noise in rear, esp over bumps. Shop found broken rear shock, and replaced bushings. Vent airflow direction controller tab on pssgr side/nr window fell off. Happened once before, but found part and re-installed. This time, replacing it altogether. Car burned 1 litre of oil since last service. Tipped up with 20W50 between oil changes. Told to monitor condition and see if continues. 
Nov 2010

45620 mi

C $600
Part replaced. 
Mar 2011

48980 mi

C $600
Broken rear spring/shock and worn bushings. Other side done previously and front end will probably need it eventually.  Broken door handle on driver's side sliding door. Water gets into channel and can make door stick if it freezes. Handle broke when attempting to open door. Initially asked to pay for it, but was covered by warranty when owner asked. 
Aug 2011

53940 mi

C $91
Car rear still making noise as a result of TSB manufacturing issue - weld bead interferes with spring movement, causing rubbing and damage. Weld bead needed to be smoothed to <2mm so it does not bind spring action. 
Jun 2012

58900 mi

C $519
Broken shocks, again. Only got 25,000 miles on these ones. Company agreed to pay for the parts, but charged for the service. Broken engine mount. Engine mount redesigned. Covered under warranty (drivetrain 100,000km). 
Jun 2014

79980 mi

C $300
Normal wear... acually, from what I read.. great... 129,000 on one set of pads and rotors. 
Mazda Mazda5 in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2008 - Dec 2014
Jul 2008

4564 mi

C $50
Went to gas station and tried to open gas tank to fill. Gas tank cover rattled and then the ratchet mech clicked, locking the gas tank shut. dealer removed gas lid and installed new. 
Sep 2010

31000 mi
Replaced both rear shocks, since dealer advised they were leaking. Replaced under warranty. 
Apr 2014

96280 mi
Rear shocks went. Sounded like a wheel was going to fall off, and leaked badly. Have replaced both rear shocks twice now - once under warranty and once at cost. 
Oct 2014

101860 mi

C $400
Control arm link went bad - has been sounding bad for about two years. Think this was mainly due to Toronto bad roads. 

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