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Old 03-11-2012, 10:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2012 Mazda 5

Hi all,

I've been on board here for a while with my other cars, but there has been a recent "shake up" in the stable, so to speak. Until quite recently, our garage was populated with a 2006 VW Jetta 2.0T, and a 2008 Mazdaspeed 3. Both turbo, both fun to drive, both not quite fitting our needs. We have two kids and will be hosting a few overseas visitors this year, including an exchange student, and three across the back, with a couple child seats, doesn't quite cut it. We need something that can fit more. However, we are subject to the constraints of tight city parking, and a mom who is less-than-comfortable maneuvering big SUVs or "full-size" minivans :irony:. Hence the Mazda 5. It parks like a compact, fits 6 passengers when necessary, and only comes equipped with a 2.5L I4. I, on the other hand, have been rehabbing a city two-flat, and a turbo pocket rocket like the 'speed3 was not exactly optimum for that. I tried pulling a trailer for runs to the lumberyard, and the car had plenty of torque for it, but it just got to be a pain the rear to fumble around with the hook ups every time I needed to pick up a sheet of drywall. Thus, the Toyota Tacoma. It's not really the best mileage, but it was quite inexpensive, so while I'm spending a bit more at the pump, I didn't have to pay that much to start out, and I can still haul lots of construction debris and materials. And I'll be honest: I like driving a truck.

I've got high hopes for the 5. I've read some good reviews, and it seems that conservative drivers are getting close to 30 on the highway with no mods; not bad for a 3500 lb 6 passenger vehicle. Mom is already easy on the gas pedal, so I'll start with pumping up the tires and see where our first couple tanks get us.

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Old 03-11-2012, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to this new auto chapter in your life!

Sounds like you have a good plan started. Are you willing to boost the tire psi's a little"

I am very happy for you that you say your wife has a light right foot!

I'm sure many others on here wish their loved ones were INTO the theme of saving!

Best wishes, and happy multi people touring.

SLOW DOWN AND SMOOTH UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![SIGPIC]
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