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#3631 of 8223 Okay... buscandoauto
Jun 06, 2002 (12:06 am)
Well... What's bringing you to beautiful Alaska, besides the world-class fishing (lol)?
To answer your question, the MPV handles just fine here, imho. We've had ours for almost three years. Like any snow-belt area, you are smart to buy dedicated snow tires for the winter months, I prefer studded tires, but to each their own. The MPV's abs works really well in the snow, which is due to the EBFD system that basically uses brake bias to modulate the braking when you're trying to woah the van down in the slick stuff.
I always wish for awd, but (don't listen to this part Mazda...) it's not necessary, just a luxury that would be nice to have. Also, with the 2002 van's having available traction control, the van should do even better. I tested out an MPV w/TCS, at the end of winter, and it was a great improvement over our 2000 model's non-TCS drivetrain.
I have a friend with a 2001 Ody, and he curses it in the snow for some reason, something about it being too low-slung and getting stuck in the snow (his other car is a 4x4 F150 tho). My wife loves driving the MPV around in the snow and never has issues w/being stuck, even in the heavy snow days.
The heater and defrost systems work wonderfully, as you'd expect for anything these days, and you always have goodly amounts of heat. Don't buy an MPV w/o the 4Seasons package if you'll live up here, that's my advice.
Email me if you need any help too, and I can always recommend a great grease monkey if you need one. What else is important? Don't eat yellow snow.
Jun 06, 2002 (4:23 am)
Another Eskimo:)? They are going to need to add another stop light to your one horse town!
#3633 of 8223 buscandoauto, javadoc: Viva Anchorage!
Jun 06, 2002 (5:37 am)
Java, how many people do you have there, you were telling? 20 or so including that teacher and police officer? Now you'll have 22 (or how many of you are moving there, buscandoauto?). That's 10% population increase! Definitely the right time to open another Mazda dealership.
Jun 06, 2002 (8:20 am)
Oh, come on and admit it - you are recruiting people up there so when your computer is down you have someone to talk to.. )
Bill & Pierac;
Thanks! I felt I was driving like a 90 year old lady this morning screaming "Stay away from me...".
#3635 of 8223 Honda's really getting on my nerves
Jun 06, 2002 (8:35 am)
Is there a more ingenious car company in the world than Honda? They just keep hitting home runs with every model they come out with. First the damn Ody which I believe is still,still selling for more than msrp in most locals and requires a wait to get,regardless of what the Wall street Journal says. I thought honda finally started producing more,or are they once again playing games by holding back production? It blows me away to hear stories about Ody owners who purchased new,then sold them 1-2 years later for their original purchase price; much better than the stock market.
Then came the CRV and everyone wants one; again long waits and selling for sticker. Now the Pilot SUV which you know is going to be in incredible demand,will sell well above sticker and have people lined up to buy. This is incredible marketing; too many times for it to be luck. And with the new Accord at the ready,I have got to buy some stock in this company. Yes, they can be arrogant to deal with,and I still hate to pay more than sticker,or wait for any vehicle; but this is just too much.
Jun 06, 2002 (9:18 am)
We are moving due to my husband job transfer.That makes our decision easier, we were also looking at the Odyssey but they are all backordered down here in Houston, and the dealers are marking them up. Well got tired of the whole thing and Mazda dealer is much more professional, we are thinking of getting an LX with 4 seasons, security package and roof rack, any other suggestions?
Jun 06, 2002 (9:40 am)
heheh, you guys are relentless <g>. Actually, unofficial numbers are about 30 (300k really) souls here in Anchor-town. Bob, with (counts w/fingers...) seven computers in the house, I don't think I'll ever be 'down,' lol... not including the wireless connection on my pda. Of course, one power outage and I have to resort to human interaction, lol.
buscandauto, You folks planning on driving up from Houston, or shipping your stuff? Driving, although a long trip, is really beautiful thru Canada and Alaska. Am I right Steve?
Rutger, you are right about them seeming to always churn out good vehicles. My opinion of the entire fleet over there at H-co. is that they have no soul, no character... even the S2000. They're instruments. Precision instruments, but no pizzazz. Mazda's lineup has some spirit! Not the most powerful, but imho, definitely much more fun to drive than any car w/an 'H' on the grill.
Jun 06, 2002 (9:47 am)
I'd suggest 3 extra rims so you can swap out tires easily twice a year (4 studs, 4 summer tires). I'm assuming the spare is full sized and would take one of the studded tires.
Does the 4 Season package have a heavy duty battery/charging system and block heater Java? Heated seats? (aftermarket conversion sounds easy enough to do).
Are you driving it up, Buscandoauto? If so, a hood deflector might be a good idea, or some of that clear stuff for rock chips. Mud flaps too.
Yeah, great drive up the Alcan - highly recommended.
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Jun 06, 2002 (9:48 am)
its too bad the perfect car company you call Honda cant make a tranny or power doors that work perfectly in the Oddy!!!
Read the real world returns here on Edmunds...you will see some very consistant problems...ones you do not see on the MPV.
Jun 06, 2002 (10:13 am)
But you better watch out, I hear Isell coming