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Mazda MPV, Van
May 20, 2002 (8:41 am)
I think that Mazda is general praised for the fit and finish of their vehicles (at least the ones that they build, not Ford knock offs). Be careful comparing vehicles in different categories. The fit and finish on my Mazda Protege certainly rivals if not beats my inlaws Honda Civic. Unfortunately, because of the type of vehicle a minivan is, it is more prone to problems and fit and finish issues than a small car or sedan. On the other hand, my MPV seems to have been built very well, all panels are even and straight and no problems otherwize. Sounds like an isolated instance to me. My inlaws will be coming down in a couple weeks with their 2001 Sienna...I will do some comparisons of fit and finish and try to post my opinions. (Not that I will be biased towards the MPV or anything!)
#3541 of 8223 Bean & Oldstyle..............
May 20, 2002 (10:21 am)
My Wife's 01 MPV and my 01 Protege's fit and finish are perfect. I'm totally impressed with the quality of Japanese built Mazdas. My Wife's old 95 626(Flat Rock, MI) was other story.
May 20, 2002 (11:54 am)
#3543 of 8223 Thanks
May 20, 2002 (11:56 am)
Hi all. Thanks for the suggestions to fix the large scratch on the hood. I haven't decided which route I'll take, but when I do, I'll let everyone know the outcome.
Keep up the great discussions.
May 20, 2002 (12:02 pm)
That's some interesting ansi art there oldstyle <g!> I think it looks like a butterfly, hehehe! FWIW, the fit and finish of our MPV is pretty good, but, as with most things in life, there's room for improvement.
#3545 of 8223 Holy Jimminy Crickets Batman!
May 20, 2002 (12:54 pm)
lol, yummy crickets! That's a pretty mental image.
More on topic.... I've gotten 14 bees splattered on the windshield since I got back on Saturday... which is why I queried about a deflector. I fig'rd they were useless. Not sure a LeBra would cut down on the impalements on the glass either. Thank goodness for that huge washer bottle!
#3546 of 8223 Image is everything
May 20, 2002 (5:19 pm)
I was just preparing for the test I'll be taking when my wife checks me into the mental ward
Actually I was playing around to see if I could post a picture of the "blue wedge" that's on one side of MPV but not present on the other side--the black paint between the pass. and sliding windows does not match up on top of the frames and forms a triangular wedge of blue paint instead of a stright thin blue line like the other side. Just saw that one last night and it put me over the edge, hence the post last PM. I must have hit a wrong key and it posted.
Anyway, please help me name our Van:
(a) [plain] JANE, for a base LX with fogs;
(b) GAPPER, self explanatoty and probablt self delusionary; or
(c) WEDGE, for the blue wedge on one side
On the postive side:
1. nice 200 hp engine, lots of pickup
2. very quiet unlike the ody, but we have no rack
3. good brakes, which the 95 quest did not have
4. good looks
5. handles very well, ZOOM, ZOOM
6. frees up more space in our garage
Oh, Oh, i hear the door bell, must be the boys from Bellvue, gotta hide!
ps. I'll try to post later if they have the web on the ward
May 20, 2002 (6:47 pm)
In the article Steve posted a link to before, the author says: "The previous model was rated at 21 miles per gallon on the highway..." Where does this come from? I was under impression that it was 18/23 mpg and now it's 18/24. Am I missing something?
May 21, 2002 (5:43 am)
Alex--I won't get in to whether or not your missing something <G!> but the reviewer is mixing and matching his MPVs. Sometimes when he refers to the 'old' MPV he means '00-'01like when he talks about more power under the hood. Other times he is referring to '98 and earlier like when he talks about the older model being rear wheel drive. According to cars.com the 98 was rated for 21mpg on the highway and 16 in the city for the rear wheel drive. 4wd was 15/19. Though I should note that the '02 MPV has more horses than either the '00-'01 or '98 and earlier versions.--danandkat
May 21, 2002 (5:49 am)
...of the "blue wedge" that's on one side of MPV but not present on the other side...
That shouldn't be a problem because nobody looks at both sides at the same time. Usually you look at one side or the other I did notice on a middle window pillar a triangular wedge of the body color but it is so small that you could probably argue that this supposed to be that way. I will try to take a snapshot and post it tonight then you can tell us if this is it.