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Mazda MPV, Van
Mar 19, 2003 (8:50 pm)
I have a 2001 MPV with the Entertainment package and 45 minutes from the top of the mountian we were climbing for our family ski trip the vcr power died. We endured the rest of the ride up and entire ride home with no vcr. I have young girls who were miserable without Dora, and Dalmations. My father is Corporate Mazda and he made some calls and it was fixed promptly on my return, but it was a wire that had come loose in the back left panel where the main power source feeds. I also was upset at the way it handled the last hour of our trip, which was a complete white out and snow everywhere while driving very, very slowly up the mountain.
Aside from that drama, I have enjoyed my MPV, the seat height is perfect, it drives wonderfully, corners are great, and the entertainment is wonderful. I am getting ready to sell this and get a new one with the dvd package and dual power sliding doors and better engine. I was tempted to go SUV but resisted and am sticking with the MPV and also getting an RX-8 as soon as they get here. I have to drive the van for practicle reasons, but my father say's the RX-8 is excellent all the way around.
If any of you have the entertainment option, let me know if you had any problems when it would rain or snow with the dew light coming on your vcr, that happened to me a few times and was quite aggrivating. I am hoping the dvd will be much different since it isn't under that 3rd row seat.
#2625 of 4469 halleyscomet
Mar 20, 2003 (12:07 pm)
My wife is the primary driver of our 2002 MPV and she has complained a bit about the handling in snowy conditions as well. From what I have read here and on other websites, it that the OEM rubber on the MPV isn't that great at handling the white stuff. A good set of dedicated snow tires has been reported to produce a vast improvement in handling when traveling on snow covered roads. I plan on getting a good set of snow tires for next winter (since I don't see too much more snow on the horizon for this year).
#2626 of 4469 NHTSA recall notice 3/27/03
Mar 27, 2003 (3:17 pm)
Approximately 5,400 Mazda MPV minivans, model years 2002 and 2003, equipped with front fog lights have a wiring harness that may separate from the housing. If this happens, the heat from the fog light could cause a fire.
#2627 of 4469 don't panic !!!
Mar 29, 2003 (8:10 am)
There is a recall coming soon for Fog lights on the MPV....not all units but a few snuck out of the factory with the fog lights installed less than perfectly. Those of you affected will be notified in the next 4 weeks or so...not a big deal and nothing to panic about.
SUBJECT VEHICLES Model
Build Date Range
2002 – 2003 MPV
JM3LW28J*20 300020 － 334294
JM3LW28J*30 334903 – 359396
November 26, 2001 – January 21, 2003
Mar 29, 2003 (9:19 pm)
not keen enough here to interpret the numbering scheme. Ours is JM3LW28JX20317427 , it has the factory fogs. Probably arrived in Los Angeles about March or April 2002. Is it one of the recalls?
#2629 of 4469 Fogs Installed
Mar 30, 2003 (12:38 am)
Mine was assembled in Dec.02, but I think the fogs were installed port side because there is a tech sheet along with an installation manual that came with the MPV. Some notations signify -MAYBE installed in Japan, but it appears to be at Portland OR. entry where they were installed...is that possible? Anyway, I assume we will find out thru notification...I think mine would land in that range.
#2630 of 4469 First Major Problem - Transmission Touble
Mar 31, 2003 (8:35 am)
It has been a while here for me. I have a 2000 MPV and love it so far. This seems to be the first major trouble I am going to face. LAst two days we observed suddenly when downshifting, there will be a jerk and then after that it will not go beyond the third gear at all. I have to completely stop it and then slowly raise the speed so that it will go thorugh to the fourth gear. This does not happen all the time but when this happens it is very consistent. Has any one faced this before. I am concerned when I bring it to the dealership and if I cannot reproduce the problem becuase I have already 48500 miles and only 1500 more togo.
Thanks in adavance.
#2631 of 4469 Tranny trouble
Mar 31, 2003 (9:04 am)
Yeah, beat the dealers over the head regarding this problem NOW!!! I would be willing to bet that there will be no problem reproducing it. Otherwise,you will need a rebuilt tranny. I had the same problem plus slipping on my 93 Mitsy(155K). I have a good mechanic that I trust (not dealer) and I asked him about a repair job. He said that the majority of shops do not have the tools and expertise to "repair" trannies. Personnally I don't trust the national tranny repair chains. I have heard to many "gotcha" stories about them. So I had a rebuilt tranny with a two year warrenty installed. Works great, it cost $3000.00 out the door. The tranny was about 1800 the rest was tax and labor.I had the boots changed while they were at it, saves labor later on. We have to have a second car and repairing our older car was the cheapest way to go.
#2632 of 4469 once_for_all
Mar 31, 2003 (9:47 am)
you have two outstanding recalls on your MPV. One for the fog-lights mentioned above and the other for the certification label update. Make an appointment with your dealer and they should be able to fix you up.
Of course, you should have received a letter from Mazda on the label and the fog light letter is probably in the mail.
Mar 31, 2003 (9:59 pm)
I should give you my ss number too maybe you can tell me how soon I can retire . I chuckled at the label issue, it seemed like a good waste of two hours time to take the MPV in. Wifey and I don't get concerned about label misprints, but we will get the fogs addressed.