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#3715 of 8223 re: MPV Crash Test – Best Rating!!!
Jun 24, 2002 (10:57 am)
NHTSA screwed up in its description of the 2002 Mazda MPV - http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/NCAP/Cars/1953.html At the very bottom, it says the engine size of the 2002 MPV is a 2.5 liter engine. Maybe someone sold them a rebadged 2001? Also, under safety options, they did not check the self-dimming mirror as an option. furthermore, they only tested a base LX with teh 15" rims. I wonder how much better the rollover score would be affected by the 16" or 17" rims/tires?
#3716 of 8223 re: crash test
Jun 24, 2002 (11:17 am)
Wow, thanks for the link! That's super that the van gets all stars now! Now if it can be backed up by the IIHS testing results, the van could be a grand slam!
Is a self-dimming mirror a safety option? I always put that in the luxury option bin. I guess I can see the safety aspect too. Possibly it wasn't available at time of printing for the report?
I don't think the tire size would materially effect the rollover score, since the 16 and 17" tires are the same overall diameter (almost), and they have the same cross-section width. The entire rollover rating system is complex, and I really don't agree w/alot of the factors involved, as the reason vehicles roll over is chiefly dependent on them striking an object sideways, such as a curb, and more likely, leaving the roadway and overturning due to a higher center of gravity... but I'm not an engineer. Given the MPV's superior handling characteristics, I'd give it an edge on rollover avoidance b/c it would probably avoid a rollover situation due to its nimbleness, and respectable skidpad numbers.
#3717 of 8223 Tire rating question
Jun 24, 2002 (2:55 pm)
My apologies if this has been asked before..
We're about to replace the OEM Dunlops (16") on our 2000 MPV at 36,000 miles. After research, I was leaning towards Michelin X-ones. However, the OEM dunlop's are H speed rated, whereas the X-ones are S rated, and the guys at the local tire shop said that we should stick with H rated tires if that's what's on the van now. Is this really necessary, or can I go to the lower speed rating?
Jun 24, 2002 (5:14 pm)
look at the Dunlop SP sport A2. I just put a set on my Quest and have been very impressed so far. Very well reviewed on tirerack.com (a great site to look at to pick out the tires best for you).
#3719 of 8223 RE:Tire rating question by lmn908
Jun 25, 2002 (7:05 am)
The 15" tires on the MPV are S-rated. I think it was just a matter of what was available in that size when they sourced parts for the vehicle. S-rated tires are good for a sustained 112mph. Somehow I doubt most of our MPVs will ever hit 112, much less stay there for extended periods.
Beachnut, don't you have X-ones?
Jun 25, 2002 (11:24 am)
Actually my MPV had to go at 112 mph for some time one day. But still that's OK for S-rated tires (I'm pretty sure that our 16" Dunlops are S-rated also). A year later I'm still riding on those tires
Jun 25, 2002 (11:33 am)
Yep, got 'em about 7K ago. I like them quite a bit. I know that a lot of folks say that the trade-off for high mileage tires is less traction or comfort, but I don't find that to be the case with the X-Ones. Yes, they are an S-rated tire. Malt, I wouldn't be so sure about that 112mph thing <g>! Honestly, tho, I've never had the MPV up that fast, but the Accord is another story, so I want to keep H, or even V, rated tires on them.
Imn908: I find that many tire dealers will tell you that you shouldn't do this or do that. In FL, Tire Kingdom is the biggie. In fact, I was just there a little while ago asking about the Dunlop SP's for my Accord. The manager there said they weren't the same speed rating as my Mich MXV4+'s, which is bull - they're both H. When I called him on that, he said they wouldn't work 'cause they would mess up the ride (?). Then I asked him if I could take the X-Ones off my MPV and put them on the Accord - more excuses. Anyway, the bottom line is that the guy just wants to sell me new MXV's for $125 a pop and will try to come up with any justification to do so. Fortunately, I've been following the Tires, Tires, Tires board here on Edmund's (under Aftermarket & Accessories) for a while, so I know better (I think!). Why don't you post your question over there ... there's some knowledgeable folk that I'm sure could help. Good luck!
#3722 of 8223 I never said...
Jun 25, 2002 (11:40 am)
that there weren't any folks on here that live on the edge, I just said most don't. I have had our up that fast but not for an extended period. The van was a bit too floaty. I did take a Miata to 130 this weekend and it actually felt stable. You have to be pretty alert to drive that fast for extended periods of time.
Jun 26, 2002 (7:15 pm)
Just wanted to mention that Alldata is available for free at many libraries.
#3724 of 8223 Replacement antenna suggestions?
Jun 27, 2002 (9:48 am)
My '00 MPV ES antenna has been turned into a wire sculpture by the electronic gate at the subway-train station. Should I simply get a replacement from a Mazda dealership, or are there any "new & improved" aftermarket antennae I should consider?
Thanks in advance.