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#3725 of 8223 Crash Tests and Rollover rating
Jun 27, 2002 (6:14 pm)
The 5 star rating is very impressive for mid model cycle changes for the 2002.
The rollover rating is pretty much was expected. If you look at the NHTSA ratings all the 2001 and 2002 minivans get 3 or 4 stars for rollover.
Only a couple full size Ford vans get 2's.
The rollover rating doesn't tell you much anyway. it's not a test like the crash test. It's just a estimate based on center of gravity and track. The fact that Mazda gets a 3 versus some other vans getting 4's is just a result of the MPV's narrower track.
While these measurements correlate with rollover resistance, any individual vehicle may be more or less resistant than the correlation would predict.
#3726 of 8223 Michelin X Radial Plus tires?
Jun 27, 2002 (6:56 pm)
Costco currently has a $60 rebate coupon for a set of 4 Michelin tires. They recommended the Michelin X Radial Plus (supposedly similar to the X-One) for my '00 MPV ES. Does anyone here know anything about these tires so they could make a recommendation one way or the other?
I purchased [Michelin] tires from Costco for my other vehicle and have been quite pleased with their service. In fact, I've had a better experience with Costco than I had with the tire dealership I used previously.
Thanks in advance for prompt advice; the rebate is only good until June 30.
Jun 27, 2002 (7:36 pm)
OK, I did the research, read these boards for months and serious pondered the options. Now I have finally joined all of you happy MPV owners. After a short and relatively painless visit to a dealer on Tuesday, followed by a couple of phone calls, I picked up my (very basic/sage) 02 LX today. I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you, especially the "regulars" for helping to make this a no brain decision for me. Your insight and humor have kept me entertained and amused, as well as informed, and I plan to continue to read the comments here just to stay up to date on all the great maintenance info and the occasional problems. I can't say that cars excite me much, but it does feel really good to be driving something new and safe after 13+ years in my last vehicle. This may be the only minivan that I will ever own and I'm confident that the MPV was the ideal choice for me. I've only "zoomed" about 25 miles, but every comment from friends and family has been completely positive. The kids are loving showing everyone the features and amenities. They probably know the van better than I do! The best satisfaction comes from knowing that I made this decision totally on my own, from deciding what to purchase, to pricing issues, to how to structure the deal etc...that is on my own except for the wonderful reference information that I gathered here. So thanks again to all. This is without a doubt the most fun and interesting board I've visited.
#3728 of 8223 deals and dvd?
Jun 27, 2002 (9:04 pm)
Well I have done a lot of research on minivans the past few weeks and just as I thought I had it narrowed down to the Honda or the VW Eurovan (I know that isn't a minivan)...I ran across the Mazda. I have to say the MPV has the best user reviews out of any minivan on the market (at least that I can find). I went by the dealer today and I think I am going to pull the trigger tomorrow or the next week and order one.
I just had a few questions for you vets...
What kind of deal did you get...I am pushing for invoice price since they are only giving me $1500 on my trade-in ($500 short of the suggested trade-in price). It appears that invoice plus about $300 is ok as well. I got them down to 3.9% interest rate too. Should the deals be better at this time with 2003s coming out? Also, has anyone put a DVD in the MPV? I know it isn't a factory option but some seem to offer it as a DIO? Thanks for any help I think I am pretty much decided on the MPV...test drive went well today.
Jun 27, 2002 (9:10 pm)
Welcome to the club, Sue! (I can't believe I'm the first to welcome you! <grin>)
Are you willing to share the details of your deal here? Since we talked about it earlier, I'm particularly interested in knowing where you ended up purchasing the van. Did you get a chance to visit your old stomping grounds?
Jun 27, 2002 (9:54 pm)
I have the X Radial Plus's on my '99 Quest and I like them a lot. Mostly town driving, some highway, and maybe 10 trips up to the ski resort at 7,000 feet every winter on a well maintained road.
I'd also recommend a skim through the Tires, tires, tires discussion and visit the Tire Rack linked in the ads on the left for other suggestions.
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Jun 27, 2002 (10:01 pm)
Congrats on the new van, Sritrovato and, on behalf of the great MPV community here (they really are a class act), thanks for the kind words!
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#3732 of 8223 $1500 rebate
Jun 27, 2002 (11:48 pm)
Remember (no pressure...) the incentive is only listed to last until July 8th... or so I hear.
Whoops... did I say that outloud?
Also, Contrats to the new owners!!!! I envy you w/your shiny new steel! Many happy miles to y'all!
Steve, missed you in the Chat yesterday. Were you waterskiing or something?
#3733 of 8223 Thanks for the thumbs up, Steve.
Jun 28, 2002 (1:54 am)
I do adhere to the notion that the MPV has the "body of a minivan, soul of a sports car." I hope that doesn't alter your recommendation of the X Radial Pluses.
And while I'd never [intentionally] reach triple digit speeds, I have occasionally been on highways with a speed limit of 75, and gone with the flow of drivers who were acclimated to the sense of speed. I don't know if the B temp rating should be of concern.
Thanks for sharing your experience with these tires.
#3734 of 8223 X-Ones/X-Radials
Jun 28, 2002 (4:55 am)
To be honest, I've never seen the X-Radials version of X-Ones. I have seen the Walmart version of Mich LTX's (can't remember what they were called) but they looked a little different than the regular LTX. I've heard that's the same way with the X-Radials. I've got the X-Ones on my MPV. I remarked to the last poster who brought up this topic that they were S-rated, and I was wrong, they're T-rated, sorry. That gives you an extra 6mph, up to 118mph. The fastest I've had the MPV is about the century mark, but as Malt said earlier, it's very floaty up there, so don't try that at home kids