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Mazda MPV, Van
#409 of 8223 2001 Engine
Sep 16, 2000 (2:39 am)
To cinka1 on 2001 Engine query. I suspect that it's just wishful thinking on the part of the dealer, but there is some logic behind the 30 more HP engine claim. The Contour SVT has a version of the Duratec 2.5 that gets 200 HP vs. 170 for the standard Contour engine - and also gets slightly better mileage!
I hope there is some truth to this, as the main thing that has kept me from getting the MPV to date has been the lack of power (without a corresponding increase in gas mileage).
It looks to me like Mazda - or Ford - decided that they could cut corners and put in an engine that was not well suited for the MPV, and was in good supply, and no one would notice. If you look at most of the reviews, both car buff magazines and consumer oriented magazines and newspapers, they noticed.
Any car requires compromise to keep cost down, but I feel think the MPV made a few bad decisions. After the 1994 debacle where the MPV was cited by the IIHS for worst performance ever in the bumper test, you'd think they'd have spent a few extra dollars on a functional bumper. While several posters here seem to be more than satisfied with the engine performance, it's taken it's knocks in the automotive press - as painfully slow (for a Minivan, not a hot rod) and mileage isn't so hot either.
A little more spent on these and a few other things (e.g. driver footwell protection in crash test, 4 wheel discs) and MPV would be selling for healthy premium and not a discount.
#410 of 8223 rear spoiler??????
Sep 16, 2000 (3:28 am)
Has anyone bought the rear spoiler? Did you have it installed after purchase, did you paint it to match, and how much did it cost? The brochure says it keeps the rear window dust free. Is this true? I wash the van, then drive someplace only a few miles away and the rear window is covered with dust.
Plus.......it looks pretty cool!
#411 of 8223 Put the spoiler money...
Sep 16, 2000 (1:03 pm)
... in your childs college fund, that is my opinion. If you are not careful you will end up with this
Of course, this is just my opinion
#412 of 8223 tboner thinks....?
Sep 16, 2000 (10:59 pm)
That you can turn an MPV into a Toyota Sienna with the addition of a spoiler!
#413 of 8223 Yup, and the steering wheel
Sep 17, 2000 (12:46 am)
will move the other side of the car as well
#414 of 8223 performance issues
Sep 17, 2000 (7:11 am)
I switched to Mobil 1 5w30 and had the transmission fluid switched to Mobil 1. Any updates on the K & N filter possibilities? Other fairly simple/reasonably priced modifications that add horsepower/torque? Thanks for any advice based on your experience. Cheers.
#415 of 8223 caniel..
Sep 18, 2000 (3:07 pm)
..can you give us feedback on the effect of switching to synthetic tranny fluid? altho i said i was planning to do so several posts ago i wasnt thinking of doing it so soon while the original fluid didnt need replacement. but if you think it improves on the shifts i might do it sooner.
#416 of 8223 Leather seats..
Sep 18, 2000 (8:14 pm)
We opted for an ES a few months ago because it had leather. I have 4 kids, so for me it was a no brainer - it's alot easier to keep clean (IMHO).
#417 of 8223 Leather vs. Cloth
Sep 18, 2000 (11:34 pm)
I have a 6 year old and an 8 month old and my wife drives the van. We have a White LX with the tan cloth that we picked up in February 2000. We first put the plastic runners on the carpeting and later, because my wife couldn't deal with plastic, we went to a second set of rugs. As light as the coloring is, the wife has been successful in not really dirtying the carpeting or the seats. Yes, there are rules about no eating in the car and we try to get the kids to clean their feet but so far, dirt hasn't been an issue.
Sep 19, 2000 (1:21 am)
Keep in mind that the MPV has leather *trimmed* seats. Only the center panel is leather. The outer panels are vinyl.
We have the leather trimmed seats and an 8-year old. So far, we haven't really had to test how well they repelled spills and the like. My car (not the van, but also leather seats) passed the gum test already. I think the leather would be quite nice for your average messes: ketchup, soda, gum, Mocha, crayons, etc...