The time to say goodbye to our CX-5 is fast approaching, and the 12 months weíve spent together have been largely trouble-free. So far the only catch has been a worryingly large number of stone chips ñ an issue readers are also reporting. Weíve spoken to Mazda about it, and the Japanese company says itís aware of complaints, but itís investigating each car on a case-by-case basis.
This month, though, the Mazdaís given me more to worry about than a few measly stone chips. The first issue was the nearside rear light cluster, which rather dramatically fell apart on my driveway. It seems that the unexpectedly warm weather softened the glue holding the lens to the cluster housing, so when I unloaded the boot and knocked the light with my elbow, the lens came clean away. Fortunately, despite landing face-down on the driveway, it didnít crack or smash, and careful application of superglue seems to have fixed it back in place nicely. It might have been a relatively easy fix, and my clumsiness undoubtedly played a part, but Iíd never expect a year-old car to shed its tail light after a very minor knock. Itís a disappointing blot on the CX-5ís otherwise relatively clean copy book.
Then, just a couple of weeks later, there was another problem. After a long weekend away, I jumped back into the CX-5 for a routine shopping trip, only to hear the tyre-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) bong at me within the first 200 yards. In the CX-5, the trip computer doesnít tell you which tyre is flat or by how much, so I hopped out and had a look, but saw no obvious signs of a problem. The car wasnít sitting at an odd angle and there was no tyre that had clearly emptied itself of air. Assuming the recent change in the weather had upset the pressures, but painfully aware that the CX-5 has no spare, I cautiously nursed the car back down the road and went shopping in something else instead.
The following day, I found that the tyres still looked fairly healthy, so I dug out a pressure gauge. All four tyres were low, but Iíd expected that after the warm weather. The front left was a few psi lower than the others, though, and closer inspection revealed a screw embedded in one of its tread blocks. A quick visit to the local tyre shop saw the problem solved with a somewhat unsightly rubber bung, but the modest £19.80 cost made up for the unsightly repair.
But despite the fact this month has been tricky for the CX-5, there has been a silver lining to the Mazdaís foreboding grey cloud. During an in-car phone call with our editor, Ian, he commented on the clarity of the call and how well my dulcet northern tones came down the line. In this busy, but connected world, where we spend ever more of our social lives chatting away from behind the wheel, itís an important plus point.
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Date arrived 13th September 2017
Fuel economy 52.3mpg (combined) 44.8mpg (on test)
Hands-free calls, I’m told, come down the airwaves with impressive clarity.
Bits seem to be falling off our Mazda just before it leaves. Maybe it’s punishing us.