hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,936 miles

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2006 Mazda MAZDA5 steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Mazda MAZDA5 Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 122016


  • 75,000 miles


The Mazda part used in 2006 is exactly the same part used in 2007-2009 which have a NHTSA recall, so why isn't the 2006 covered? it's the same part with the same inherent defect. Our power steering pump has failed with less than 75,000 miles on the car. The fault causes the power steering light to come on and the pump stops working making the steering very heavy, it can happen while driving, at a light, or stationary. The pump is electrical so sometimes turning off the car and turning it back on "resets" the system and it will work for a little while before failing again.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 262015


  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mazda 5. the contact was experiencing the same failures listed in NHTSA campaign number: 10V374000 (steering); however, the VIN was not included. While driving 45 mph, the steering completely failed. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure still recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 149,000.

- Ashville, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 162015


  • 62,224 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mazda Mazda5. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn after the steering warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V374000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,224.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #4

Mar 072013

MAZDA5 4-cyl

  • 72,600 miles


2006 Mazda 5 steering wheel got stuck 4 times in last 2 months for fraction of seconds while making either left or right turn driving at 10-15 mph (one time at after I stopped at stop sign). The steering wheel got so hard I could not turn it and then all of sudden I was able to turn. Took it to dealer but they said their diagnostic results did not find any issues and they were not able to reproduce the problem.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #3

May 072012

MAZDA5 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
Power steering went out driving about 25 mph downhill. Mechanic could not find fault. Driving up a winding cayon road, power steering went out, causing one to use force to turn vehicle. No recalls on the 2006 Mazda5, however recalls on the 2007. This is a known problem by Mazda yet they did not issue a recall. No warranty due to being over 50K miles.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #2

Jun 262010


  • 89,729 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mazda 5. the contact stated when driving under 5 mph, the power steering would lock and she would have to utilize extreme bodily force to maneuver the steering wheel. The dealer replaced the entire steering pump yet the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 89,729 and the current mileage was 92,194.

- Cicero, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 302009


  • miles
I have a 2006 Mazda 5 that has an engineering fault in the suspension/steering system. This defect leads to intense uneven wear in tires, which leads to a hazardous situation on the road. The dealers mask the problems by overinflating the tires (even more dangerous) and Mazda North America refuses to acknowledge the problem. There are hundreds of people from uk Canada and usa that I've communicated with and they have the same experiences with their Mazda 5. the original toyo tires failed in the first year, a second set of tires provided by Mazda failed after the first 20000 miles and even the most expensive high performance tires from Goodyear can not provide more than 2 years or 20000 miles of usage. I have gone to multiple dealers and shops, they all say the alignment and balance are ok but no one can improve the tire safety situation. I use this car to drive to work and back every day and to Transport my children to school and their activities, about 12000 miles / year and I am afraid that something bad might happen. I do not use the car for commercial activities and I am not an aggressive driver. The constant replacement of tires and the expense incurred did not put me in a safer position. Only addressing the source of the problems can make this vehicle safer for me, my kids and everyone else on the road. I appreciate your time and diligence in solving this problem!

- Midlothian, VA, USA

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