really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,250 miles

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2008 Mazda MAZDA5 engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 062014

MAZDA5 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


I was driving Mazda 5 and stopped for traffic light as it was red. As the light turned green, I moved my foot from brake to accelerator paddle, the car started going in reverse direction. I immediately applied brakes, I tried to accelerate again and again the car was going in reverse. No I did not have my car on reverse gear, the car was on "D" drive all the time. I turned off the car and restarted the car again and out the car on "D" and again the car went on reverse. I tried this process again, this time all the car dashboard lights came on and car did not start. I immediately called 911, on 5th July (Sunday) around 3:00pm. My call details can be received. I towed my car to dealership and they are suggesting engine failure. The car can no way have engine failure. If it was engine failure how can the car go on reverse? I am thankful to god that I did not hit the car behind I had a 4 year old child in my car. This is a serious issue with this car. I would suggest people are aware of this major issue as this can lead to major accidents. Also, I got it serviced 3 months back and no issue was identified. I like Mazda 5 mini van I have been driving for about 4 years but this incident has great setback about Mazda in my mind. I also have Mazda cx-7 that I am so scared to drive. I can never imagine the car going into reverse while in drive mode. This is life threatening defect in the car. Thank you and god bless you. P.S. the vehicle speed was between 0-5 mph, the speed when you take foot of brake and press speed accelerator.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 052010


  • 18,500 miles
I was pulling into a hotel parking lot which happened to be a steep slope. I stopped mid way up the hill to see where I needed to check in and park. When I took my foot off of the brake, I started rolling backwards. I pushed the accelerator but nothing happened, my car continued to roll backwards. I pushed the brake pedal but it wouldn't allow me to push it down. It was stuck. Then my check engine light came on as well as my brake light. As I reached for the emergency brake my car stopped because I ran into a light post and a tree damaging my car. I was able to get the car into park and shut off the engine. I turned the car back on and the lights were no longer on. I was able to drive it and park it. I assessed the damage which were both rear quarter panels were damaged as well as a few dents and scratches. Since it was the weekend I waited till Monday morning to call my dealership. They said they wouldn't touch it without me reporting it to Mazda Corp. First. I called Mazda and explained what happened. They told me I would have to run it through my insurance company since there was damage to my car. I called my insurance company the next morning and reported it. I had to pay my deductible plus some money from my insurance company to get it fixed. I asked for Mazda to check the event data recorder to see why this happened. I'm not sure if this was done because it sounded like they only checked the diagnostics and said there was nothing wrong with my car. I don't believe I should have had to pay for my car because it was faulty. It is still under warranty.

- Ashland City, TN, USA

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