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Mazda MPV, Van
Apr 27, 2002 (7:12 am)
Buy the car that you are testing not any other one. That way if you are satisfied during the test drive you will be happy later. If the salesman says that the wind noise is because of the roof rack take a test drive in a van without it and see for yourself if that makes any difference.
I have MPV 2002 ES bought in February with roof rack and I am very happy with the quiet ride. I drive occasionally my wife's 2001 Acura TL and frankly Acura is not that much quieter. I guess this is personal thing though. Remember one thing that during windy days especially with crosswinds you will have significant wind noise no matter what.
Also when you compare two different cars like ODY and MPV and you take them for a test drive make sure you are driving during the same day and on the same surface (street or highway). The material of which the road surface it made makes great difference on a noise level. I found out that most of the noise comes not from the wind but from the road and poor sound insluation in a given car.
Apr 27, 2002 (7:27 am)
He's busy studying for finals.
I've been 'dropping' MPV brochures around the house and in Mochavan all week ...now the d.w. says things like, "If we picked up a new van in Portland..." or "Do you think my mom would like our van?" Not long now and she'll be hooked on a 2002. Except she's thinking leather (ES) and I'm thinking I don't need that size of payment.
/j- no klez-virus on my network
Apr 27, 2002 (8:02 am)
I have already posted some observations of the 1st 5 days with my new van on the problems board so you might want to hop over there and check it out. I can tell you that I have LX w/security,luxury, roof rack, rear air, and cassette, and got what we feel was an awesome deal in Knoxville, TN. I absolutely love the van. The roof rack is to be installed Monday, but I don't find the wind noise to be any less without it than I had in my 2000 MPV LX. We are able to hear the CD and converse easily when on highway at high speeds. Funny how each dealer is different. Mine had mostly vans without racks-mine had to be ordered, but I don't like the way the van looks without it. I may actually use it someday! Anyway, i just don't think you can go wrong with the MPV in any form. I don't think they are selling well down here.There are lots of 2001 still being advertised, and I think that is why we got such a good price on ours.
I can't comment on the traction control-it hasn't come into play here yet-no rain, but I am glad to have gotten it and the side air bags. It wasn't an option we were looking at-it just happened to be on the van that had the other features we wanted.
Apr 27, 2002 (9:04 am)
I know the pain. Leather or not leather, dual air or maybe not, 6CD changer or skip it. I started with LX but I wanted badly sunroof. So when I added sunroof it came with the package. Once I got the package I was close to the price of ES which has everything on it and it happened the dealer had it ready to go just the way I wanted it and that is how I ended up with ES. I am glad to say I am very happy with it now.
Speaking of leather, I have never cared for it but my wife always wanted. A little more than year ago we bought Acura TL that comes with leather. Once I started driving Acura I was sold on leather only because of one thing. This thing is that when I drive and I have cloth seats and the weather is dry, I am always getting electrocuted while getting out of the car. I HATE IT. This will never happen when you have leather.
Apr 27, 2002 (9:13 am)
You're right about the static electricity angle. I really like the seats in the T5. The thing that killz me on the MPVs leather is the lack of heated seats. IMHO, the 4Seasons package should've included that tidbit, since the van's all set up for it anyway (for other markets).
I know exactly what I want for the 2002, but I guess we're divided on to leather or not to leather. It'll be the d.w's as is the current MPV we've got, so you know who'll win. We're looking at Security/Lux/moonroof/4seasons. Having a changer on the new van isn't a big deal since I can just put the one from my 2000 in it. I definitely do not want the roof rack, since we already have all the gear for the Yak, and recently got the Q-clips for the MPV.
Who was saying the Volvo seats should be spread across the FoMoCo family? I was thinking about that while on a long drive Thursday... man they're nice.
#3257 of 8223 Heated seats
Apr 27, 2002 (1:07 pm)
I know what you mean. I was incredulous to find out that ES with 4-seasons did not included heated seats. It was not, however, huge enough deal to make me opt for a different van. One thing I think will make it a bit more tolerable: MPV's leather is very soft and textured. It has a warmer feel so I don't think it would be just as bad in cold weather as my Acura TL's leather seats.
Apr 27, 2002 (1:48 pm)
what year is your TL? TL has heated seats.
#3259 of 8223 java - good luck on Finals.
Apr 27, 2002 (2:24 pm)
Good luck on the finals. (don't need to wish you luck in your campaign for a 2002 MPV - sounds like it's on the right track)
I was the one suggesting that all FoMoCo's just use the Volvo seats & be done with it!
FWIW... our leather wan't too cold this winter (although this MN winder Jan & Feb wasn't that cold) but I did let the van warm up a little beforehand.
Apr 27, 2002 (3:26 pm)
You misunderstood. My TL does have the heated seats, but the leather feels extremely cold before the heat kicks in. This is because the TL leather is of the smooth and cool kind, unlike the warmer and textured MPV leather. The MPV without heated seats should be bearable.
#3261 of 8223 torquing, shuddering, hesitating
Apr 27, 2002 (9:17 pm)
Strange problem with our 2000 MPV (which we love). For some time now, we get a shuddering/hesitation, namely when you're cruising along at fairly high speed, then slow down (usual coasting) through a lower speed zone, then we get the shudder/hesitation when we step back on the gas to accelerate. Several repair attempts have failed to properly diagnose and repair the problem.
Mazda technician said it's "torquing" when it's trying to shift after the coasting. He's going to track down other 2000s to drive and see if they do the same thing before we go the "lemon" route. Anyone have a similar problem/know what the hell I'm talking about