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#1942 of 8223 Concerned MPV Owners
Jul 15, 2001 (4:56 pm)
I would not be concerned at all about the lack of MPV's on the road. My take on the reviews is that the reviewers drive so many vehicles that it takes a lot for one to stand out above the rest, but not a lot for one to lack in a certain area. Of course, a 200hp vehicle is going to accelerate faster than a 160hp vehicle that weighs the same.
If the van is safe, comfortable and reliable, what else do you need?
I'm going to wait for the 3.0 200hp MPV and compare it to the current MPV. If the acceleratation is not all that noticeable, I know I'll get a great deal on a low mileage 2000/2001 or even a new 2001.
The Edmunds 2001 mini van review has the MPV rated last out of 6 models reviewed, but it is not a distant last. What the reviews do not take into account is the probable long term reliability of the mini vans they reviewed. There is absolutely now way I would buy a Windstar or a Chrysler instead of an MPV. I've owned two Fords and one Plymouth and both had reliabilty issues. I now have a 1996 626 with 56,000 miles and no issues. I know Ford has controlling interest Mazda, but this hasn't hurt Mazda's reputation.
Enjoy your MPV's and let the Ford and Chrysler owners found out why they get such bad reliabilty reviews. Let the Sienna and Oddy drivers
realize they paid too much.
#1943 of 8223 DanM.............
Jul 15, 2001 (6:04 pm)
you hit the nail on the head. We owned a 95 626DX and it had much less pick up than our 01 LX MPV. I believe if you can live with the 2.5, you're going to save some big bucks come Jan. We decided on the 01 and are very happy. My Wife doesn't have a lead foot and says it has enough power. We have 4500 miles and not a single problem.
#1944 of 8223 alphadaddyo on speakers
Jul 16, 2001 (1:00 pm)
i have a base mpv dx with only the power options added. That means I only have 4 speakers. i haven't really compared it with the 9 speaker model. but after listening to it for a year and in around 30k km i can at least tell you that if you can, go for the 9 speakers.
on the other hand, i have had no problems with it.
while i'm in here and in case anybody also wants to know... go for the rear air. i've lived this van in cold canadian winter and hot humid summers.
heating is pretty good, i think this is because the aluminum engine heats up more easily so in about 5 to 10 minutes i already have heat.
but cooling seems to be another matter.
#1945 of 8223 little things
Jul 16, 2001 (1:03 pm)
Okay,just a few comments after the first 2 weeks with our LX,and comparing it to the 94 Villager we traded in,regarding some items 'missing' on the newer van.Such as a light inside the glovebox and under the hood,passenger side power lock switch,and power rear vent windows. Now the pwr rear windows I can understand,but the others Mazda should have in this vehicle for $25k. I don't like 'losing' anything when I upgrade to a new vehicle and spend all that money. Granted,we did get many things we didn't have before,but the items mentioned are very inexpensive for a Mfg. to add. One final point to Mazda and all other car mfgs,please get rid of the old fashioned hood prop bar and give us struts. Enough for now.
#1946 of 8223 CAS6 - NJ Dealers
Jul 16, 2001 (1:20 pm)
Sales and service are totally separate, so don't buy the car at a particular dealer just because you'll plan on taking it for service...
I bought it from Flemington, but just because they had the car, and ended up only at about $240 over invoice (less $1000 rebate and 4.9 financing). We wanted white and with rear air, it was the only one in NJ. We never got to look at PA dealers though.
I contacted Flemington initially via autbytel and they quoted another color for about $280 under invoice. When we found they had a white one a week later (literally coming off the truck), they were dealing with over 400 over. We pushed they were trying to do bait and switch but they claimed they were doing a mistake and a 1 was infact an 8 (so now it was $580 over invoice).
Other dealers were only interested in selling what they had in stock only (Princeton, Hamilton, Edison). Edison was the only one willing to negotiate down big time and talks were starting at about $200 over.
We bought an LX with 4seas, sec, roof rack, dual air, and cargo net.
Hope this helps...
Jul 16, 2001 (3:14 pm)
For those of you wondering how the MPV will look with a Yakima bike rack on the roof, here are a few pics of my neighbour's '00 MPV ES. I'm sure she doesn't mind . These pictures were taken a few days ago at 9:15pm.
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P.S. Javadoc, where are those pics of the Mochavan? ;-p
#1948 of 8223 Somebody...
Jul 16, 2001 (3:17 pm)
...e-mail the host of this board and tell him we have some bandwidth violations!
Nice pics Drew...and nice houses!
#1949 of 8223 Drew_HOST/STALKER
Jul 16, 2001 (3:32 pm)
I'm telling...some cultures would think you stole that van's Soul!!
Jul 16, 2001 (3:33 pm)
Alphadaddyo, if you're not an ardent audiophile, I wouldn't spend the extra money on the 9-speaker sound. I like to listen to classical music on my car radio and all I have is the 4-speaker. And it is light years better than any radio I've ever had in a car. It's got an incredible richness of sound that frankly blew me away when I first heard it.
True audiophiles will disagree, but if you're not one of them [and you don't have an adolescent to bitch at you for cheaping out],go for standard.
As for the rear air, don't even hesitate. Get it. It's worth it in spades.
Jul 16, 2001 (3:37 pm)
It's a leased van so it has no soul ;-p
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