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#2196 of 8223 One more thing
Oct 06, 2001 (11:58 pm)
I almost forgot. The November 2001 issue of Car and Driver showed up in my mailbox today, and in it was an article on the MPV LX. Basically it's the same thing all over again--love the roll-down windows, side-by-slide seats, and the fold-down third seat; hate the placement of the VCR, and the engine is underpowered. Yet they state early in the article that the van "was continually in demand" among their staff.
I had thought from the pictures that Mazda redesigned the rear seat, but then in a sidebar the magazine shows a cargo container from Herrington that bolts to the underside of the rear seat and has pop-up sides and dividers to help contain groceries. I wonder if it interferes with the VCR at all.
I checked the Car and Driver web site for a link to the article, but it hasn't been posted yet.
Oct 08, 2001 (11:42 am)
Looking at a 2001 MPV LX and was wondering if the rear AC is a necessity. We have a 2 year old with another on the way. It occurs to me that the little ones couldn't really work the controls. If you go without, are their any vents back there, or is it simply the front vents shooting cool air back? Thanks in advance.
#2198 of 8223 mackenzie
Oct 08, 2001 (11:59 am)
I've had both and I'll never go back to the single A/C setup. With the dual air, you can make the thing an ice box.
I suppose it depends on where you are, but in Southern CA, I would never again get one with single air.
#2199 of 8223 Purchased 2001 LX
Oct 08, 2001 (1:05 pm)
Finally, after reading the posts here, test driving both the MPV and the Sienna, and doing my homework, I was able to purchase what I wanted and for the price I thought was right. I made the decision to buy an MPV now instead of waiting for the 2002. I purchased, for the wife, a pure white LX with: fog lights, front & rear mud guards, rear bumper step plate, roof rack, rear spoiler, dual A/C, and LX touring package. We got it for invoice minus the rebate ($24,293-$1500=$22,793). We financed through my credit union for 5 years 5.9%. This all happened on Sept. 7.
Since then, we have added a rear seat entertainment system (for the kids), clear bra, and took it for a trip. During the trip we averaged a little better than 22 mpg and found the supposedly lack of power is not an issue for us.
We have had no problems and are very happy with our MPV.
Thank you to everyone on this thread. You made our choice and purchase so much easier.
#2200 of 8223 Congrats Dave!
Oct 08, 2001 (1:46 pm)
Many happy miles to you!
#2201 of 8223 Rear A/C question
Oct 08, 2001 (2:59 pm)
I would personally highly recommend the rear air option. We have it and I have ridden back there myself (usually when we have visitors) and find it quite handy. Yes, a 2 year old won't be operating it yet, but they will soon! Now when my 9 year old gets cold/hot she can handle it herself. My husband loves the A/C on much stronger than the rest of us so we often have it configured different in the back.
#2202 of 8223 Way to go Dave............
Oct 08, 2001 (3:05 pm)
welcome to the MPV club! Many happy and safe miles.
#2203 of 8223 Rear AC..............
Oct 08, 2001 (3:05 pm)
don't leave home without it:)
Oct 08, 2001 (3:56 pm)
Run, do not walk to get the rear AC. Don't worry about your daughter being too young: you can cantrol it for her from the front. And if you get any 80+ muggy days where you live, it's an absolute delight for your passengers--and even for your front occupants when it's really hot and sticky out.
Dave, you look as though you got a good deal on a good car. Glad this forum helped you with your decision and with the purchase. I know it was a big help to me when I bought The MPV President McKinley last February.
#2205 of 8223 They're right about the rear a/c,
Oct 08, 2001 (4:01 pm)
We even use it on warm (70s/80s) days here in Alaska. You'll want rear a/c for the small amount it costs.