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Will live: buy a Mazda CX-5

Zoom Zoom Remember this strange slogan that accompanied the change of generations from the 300th and 600th series to the laconic 3rd and 6th? Youth, enthusiasm, drive. Only 10 years passed, there was nothing left of the enthusiasm and drive, but an incomprehensible SkyActiv appeared.

The Mazda CX-5, appearing in 2011 on the wave of Qashqai’s furious success, was good and defiant. Now the impressions have become boring, and there are many competitors on the market with equally interesting characteristics. Nevertheless, the first generation CX-5 is quite popular on the secondary market. Firstly, it is a car in the most demanded segment. Secondly, it is a purebred Japanese, who has no problems removing the soul on technology. Thirdly, the car has an unusual but attractive appearance. Combo.

This time we decided to look for her. Moreover, the car is quite fresh, and we have a whole (virtual, unfortunately) million rubles in our pocket. Spoiler: there will be no tons of rust and oil-filled motors today. Nearly…

What, where and how are we looking?
Oddly enough, the choice on the market is not very large. And the price even for five-year crossovers is unreasonably high – in this respect, the CX-5 competes with premium brands. According to our assessment service, prices in Moscow for the most simple and common modifications with a 2.0-liter PE-VPS and front-wheel drive start at 900 thousand rubles, all-wheel drive will cost 70 thousand more. But 2.5 PY-VPS are less common, they will be asked for from 1 million 100 thousand. The 2.2-liter SH-VPTS diesel engines can be generally counted on the fingers of one hand, most of them are sold through dealers, and price dispersion even among such a limited number of cars will make it notable for breaking the head.

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Due to the relative novelty of the design of representative statistics of damage to the engines of the new generation of Mazda, there is no. Carefully say that, judging by the experience of the owners, thousands of up to 150 kilometers they behave well. This means that they do not have serious inborn defects. But there was a time when people shied away from these SkyActiv engines like the devil from incense … And they even regretted that the two-liter PE-VPS is now being put on Mazda instead of the time-tested Ford Duratec HE, which on Mazda was called MZR LF.

SkyActiv scared people with an unprecedented pattern of work: at low loads, it operates on the Atkinson cycle, and on medium and high – on the Otto cycle. By and large, the owner of all these cycles deeply do not care: the engine turned out reliable. Moreover, there are no significant differences between the 2.0 and 2.5 liter engines. And one non-essential is: the two-liter engine for Russia is “strangled” from the European 165 hp. to the more humane ones from the point of view of the Russian tax legislation 150. And this fact upset many Mazdovods in such a way that they ran to “chip” their cars. Sometimes it is possible to find information that power was understated only in documents, and in life, motors of European and Russian cars give out the same power. I can neither deny this, nor confirm it, but it is better to avoid chipped machines. It is not known what kind of firmware was filled in there, and SkyActiv already works on the verge of detonation.

2.5-liter engines without any chip-tuning give 192 hp, which is enough for the CX-5.

Please note that cars with this engine are usually all-wheel drive. And, of course, they are often trying to climb there, where a normal person on a city crossover should not climb. Signs of off-road operation – a reason to abandon the purchase. The machine is not adapted for this completely.

All the cars we watched turned out to be automatic transmissions. In general, there are no claims to the six-speed Skyactiv-Drive, but there have been cases when the warranty had to change the hydraulic unit of the box. Usually – on a very small run. Well, if the car has already passed 80-90 thousand, and the automatic transmission is still working, then there is nothing to be afraid of. By the way, even dealers recommend changing the oil in this “automaton” every 75 thousand km, although there is no such procedure in the technical regulations.

On this theory is enough. Now let’s go see these cars live.

Expensive, rich
Let’s start with the most expensive cars. They ask for exactly one million for her, but not because she has a small run or a very fresh year of release. Just this is the only CX-5 with a 2.5-liter engine and all-wheel drive. We released it in 2014, mileage – 114 thousand kilometers.

Unfortunately, the harmful thickness gauge of the car is somewhat spoiled. Electronic gadёnysh showed that the right side of the machine (both doors and rear wing) repainted.

There is no putty, this is good, but then you have to sell any purchased car, and it will not be easy with the current level of customer boringness. Although here, most likely, there was only a face lift after paint damage.

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