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#2562 of 8223 Just bought a new MPV LX
Jan 30, 2002 (10:17 pm)
I just purchased a 2001 MPV after considering
the 2002 Toyota Sienna. I decided on the MPV
because of its lower price and because I just
simply liked it better than the Sienna. I
haven't really found the lower horsepower of the
MPV to be a problem. The Sienna didn't seem all
that powerful either. My biggest decision Other
than between buying the Sienna and the MPV was
whether I should wait for the 2002 MPVs. In the
end, I decided that a 2001 MPV LX from the
dealer's lot was exactly what I wanted. So, I
decided to take the $1500 incentive and buy the
2001. It has the very attractive emerald green
color and has the RSES, rear bumper step plate,
roof rack, rear spoiler, dual A/C, 4-seasons
pkg, and security pkg as options.
1. Lack of power is overemphasized by critics.
So far, it seems to have enough acceleration
for a van. (Wouldn't be enough for a vette,
2. Rear seat is not particularly wide, but
3. Sizewise, the MPV is just right for my
garage. The Honda Odyssey would have barely
fit at all. The Sienna would have fit, but
walking around it would have been a little
4. The MPV drives like a car. The Sienna drives
more like a truck. I just got rid of a
Rodeo. I wasn't looking for another truck.
5. There is a slight brake clunk sound when
lifting foot from brake pedal. Not
particularly annoying, but noticeable.
6. Speedometer seems to me to be reading high.
If I drive 55, it seems like I'm creeping
along, and cars are passing me right and left.
7. Wish the front driver's seat had power
adjustments, but not too big an issue.
8. My kids like the lateral sliding captain's
chair - a nifty idea.
9. I wish the VCP for the RSES weren't mounted
in the center of the floor when the rear
seat is folded down. I think it is going to
get bumped a lot with luggage if I don't
remove it for trips. But, if I remove it for
trips, what was the point in having it?
10. Gear shift lever blocks the driver's view of
two radio buttons in drive - a very minor
11. Power windows at center seats are nice. I
wonder why other vans don't have them?
12. The standard sound system in the LX sounds
astonishing good - much better than any
that I have ever had in a car before. It is
also great to have both a CD and cassette
player built in.
13. Overall, the MPV is a very comfortable and
attractive minivan. It is easy to drive and
handles well. I'm very surprised Mazda is
not selling more of them.
Jan 31, 2002 (12:50 pm)
Congrats, I hope you enjoy your new ride. Your review of the 2001 MPV was right on the money.
Many happy and safe miles!
#2564 of 8223 2001 : Good Price?
Jan 31, 2002 (1:59 pm)
A dealer is offering a 2001 MPV LX with the following options:
- 4 Seasons Pkg
- Dual A/C
- Touring Pkg
- Roof Rack
- Fog Lights
- Bumper Step Plate
The MSRP is $26,630. He is offering it $4000 below
MSRP at $22,630. Is this a good price?
Also, can anyone attest to the long term (>100k miles) reliability of recent Mazdas, especially the automatic transmissions?
Jan 31, 2002 (2:20 pm)
According to my fiddlings on Edmunds' TMV, that price is about $1,800 below invoice, nice! Edmund's puts the invoice at roughly $24.5k, if I'm correct. Does anyone know the current rebates on the MPV? Bottom line, I think that's a pretty good price at first look.
#2566 of 8223 autosafety.org web site
Jan 31, 2002 (3:33 pm)
I looked over the www.autosafety.org WEB site to see what the
hub-bub was all about regarding the AP news article that ranked the
MPV minivan as one of the vehicles with the highest number of
complaints. It appears that they might be lumping together all of
the years since the vehicle's introduction. I saw a lot of stuff
from the late 1980s and early 1990s. For recent years, they
mentioned that the brake clunk sound that I noted in my last post
had been the source of some complaints. However, since I did not
read the book cited by the article, there is no way to really know
what data the author used to base his judgements on.
For people considering the MPV, forums like these at edmunds.com are
more valuable than articles by researchers who might be very biased
and report a slanted interpretation of some set of statistics.
Jan 31, 2002 (4:07 pm)
Nader biased? say it isn't so!!!
#2568 of 8223 lol, tongue in cheek,
Jan 31, 2002 (5:07 pm)
The 2002 Ralph Nader...unbiased at any speed...
This spring, at a lobbyist near you...
#2569 of 8223 Recall??
Jan 31, 2002 (11:15 pm)
Where is that link for recalls? I just received a recall for my '01 CE; ...brake system does not meet stopping distance with partial failure...".
Did I miss this earlier? (since I never look at the mail exceot for bills - I almost chunked this).