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#3717 of 4469 2002 MPV ES - Harsh on bumps ! Pls help.
Apr 17, 2004 (5:57 pm)
I must say i was over-excited & bought the 02 ES by trading-in my 2001 LX. I regret buying MPV.
Lately, 6 months or so, it is very harsh on bumps.....even on small ones. I checked air pressure & it is correct. I have no idea...why it is so harsh on bumps. On the other hand, my Outback feels so soft on ups & downs
Pls let me know if you experience the same thing.
Leather seats have no cushioning & it hurts....
Pls help me if you have faced the same issue.
I must say it was a bad buy & will never look at Mazda again.
Apr 17, 2004 (6:09 pm)
I'm in the market for a van and took a test drive in a MPV a couple of weeks ago. The dealer is located in an urban area where there are some uneven brick streets.
Even though the car felt peppy and light, it didn't ride smoothly over the bricks. I also own a Subaru Outback and the rode over the same road and it was much smoother.
It's also a shame the MPV isn't just a bit wider and longer. My husband and I felt cramped in the front set and we are average in height and weight.
Apr 17, 2004 (7:21 pm)
stay away from MPV esp if you are buying ES, it is a good value at LX & waste of money for ES.
Oddy/Sienna is a much better Van.
Or wait for the Subaru 7-seater coming up soon
#3720 of 4469 Re: Bumpy Ride [catlady245 #3718]
Apr 17, 2004 (7:27 pm)
"It's also a shame the MPV isn't just a bit wider and longer. "
You basically test drove a wrong car. You should try out the Sienna, Odessey or the new Quest for wider and longer. They are long enough barely can fit into garage. MPV is the shortest minivan in market.
As for the bumpy ride, Mazda names the MPV as SPORT-WAGON. The sport suspension is firm for better handling performance. The ride is personal taste. Some like the soft ride of Town car while some like the firm ride of BMW (for stick to the corner, min. body lean).
I'd switch to a different tire guage to double check the pressure if the pressure is right and the ride is not right. There may be other factors to affect the ride like shock leaking.
#3721 of 4469 sweet_subie: Bumpy ride?
Apr 18, 2004 (3:05 am)
When we test drove the 2004 MPV ES, we drove a Honda Odyssey EX a few minutes later from the Honda dealer across the street.
Our conclusion? While the Honda was bigger, it was much more difficult to manuever in the parking lot, and it was not equipped as nicely, for several thousand more dollars. The ride? The Honda was not softer over bumps, but handled terribly. Lots of leaning and swaying in turns. Basically, we felt the Honda handled more like some sort of sloppy, soft-suspended truck, while the MPV handles and rides much more like a car.
One thing you MUST do before you purchase a vehicle is to take it for a VERY LONG test drive to make sure you are going to be happy with it. Drive on as many bumpy and curvy roads as you can find.
Ride and seat comfort are very personal items on any vehicle. I personally find lots of Toyota seats to be uncomfortable.
Sorry you don't like your MPV. We absolutely love ours. It is the perfect size for us, and we don't feel cramped at all. Both of us are six feet tall. I totally disagree that the Ody/Sienna are better vans. Different, but not better. You made a mistake. That's too bad. Your mistake does not make the MPV a bad vehicle, just one that you are not happy with.
Apr 18, 2004 (4:14 am)
I do abosolutely love the MPV after the tranny hardshift fix (software problem, reflash TCM & reprogram PCM).
Apr 18, 2004 (1:44 pm)
It was fine the 1st year. It has become bumpier latelly. That's my porblem.
I'll do the air pressure or go to the dealer
Apr 18, 2004 (7:03 pm)
I must admit when I have to purchase a high ticket item, get paralysis in analysis.
In the car buying, this means I test drive vehicles several times and not just short rides. Back in 1988 before I purchased my Chevy Nova, I rented one from a car rental agency several times before I made my decision.
In my opinion, of the Honda, Nissan, Dodge, Mazda and Toyota vans, the best handling and driving was the Nissan Quest. It was a smooth ride and did everything with ease. The only thing that I thing would be difficult would be parallel parking since it's the longest van out there.
I live in Western PA where we pay high taxes and have the worst roads in the country and I can say driving a MPV you feel the bumps and wonder if something is going to fall off the van.
#3725 of 4469 check engine light on
Apr 18, 2004 (8:26 pm)
Recently the check engine light came on, the van has 19500 miles, I checked the ROOM fuse which is OK and the gas cap is tight, so I am suprised the van has the light come on in this early stage. Otherwise it drives fine so far. I took the negative battery cable off and reconnected, the light came back on after one mile of driving. I bought it in 02/2000, is this problem still covered by the longer emission warranty or powertrain warranty? thanks
Apr 18, 2004 (8:32 pm)
You could take the MPV to some auto parts stores and have the CEL code read for free. That'll give you a clue about what the problem is without having to pay a dealer diagnostic fee.