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Mazda MPV, Van
#4258 of 8223 re: couple things
Aug 11, 2002 (10:38 am)
Basurf, I think it it because they are also using the 1989-1998 model MPV, which wasn't as reliable as the current version. If you do a search of 2000-2002 MPVs, you'll find that there are a very few number of complaints. I might add that lemonlaw.com is a commercial site and is there to make money, not necessarily inform the public accurately per se, and I take this 'study' with a pillar of salt. There are far more complaints for other makes of vans than the current version of the MPV, so I'd chalk this dubious honor up to Mazda keeping with the original MPV nameplate and nothing more.
Aug 11, 2002 (6:02 pm)
All this talk about the MPV reliability makes me nervous. Christ, my van only has 1,000 miles on it and I'm thinking of trading it in. Just kidding. Seriously, has anyone had any major issues besides the sulfur smell which I have not yet incountered. Thanks for the input.
Aug 11, 2002 (7:47 pm)
Well I am definitely not nervous...from what research I did the van is very reliable...only problem I have seen that seems to be a complaint and semi-common is the whole sulfur deal. I have seen other complaints here and there but those happen no matter what vehicle you get. I was in no way implying the MPV is a lemon...I love the thing!...when it isn't stinking up the air heheh.
#4261 of 8223 Silly Question time....
Aug 11, 2002 (8:09 pm)
Ok, guys, my d.w. and I are reading these posts. "What's plood?" I ask.
"I don't know", she responds.
So, is 'plood' a color or an area? Or something else? And where is the word derived from? (Sorry about that last part, but inquiring minds....)
Aug 11, 2002 (8:45 pm)
#4263 of 8223 Audia8q-'03 Question
Aug 11, 2002 (10:16 pm)
I just have one more question about your reply from a week ago about the GFX colors. When you say the GFX comes in any color choice, do you mean you can get the ground effects in any color, but the rest of the vehicle is limited to the sparce color palette, or are you saying that if you get the GFX package, you can have the whole van in any color? I'm sure it's the former, but that still seems a little strange. Why would Mazda allow someone to get one in, say Midnight Blue Mica, with red ground effects?
If it was the latter, and we could get an MPV in Millenium Red, that would be great, but I don't like the GFX package as much, especially with that awful silver insert.
It's really disappointing that Mazda wouldn't offer the MPV in some kind of red. There was a picture of a one-off MPV that Mazda Speed put together for the launch of the 2002s in Truckin' Magazine that looked REALLY SHARP in Millenium Red.
I wouldn't mind so much about the lack of more color choices, because I like the Black and Midnight Blue Mica, but my wife is really bummed about it. She enjoys having a sporty red car, and really likes how the Chrysler/Dodge vans look in red. I think we would have a 2002 MPV in our garage right now, especially with the incentives going on, if Mazda would have wised up and done the right thing.
Why would they tease consumers with the one-off custom MPV in a beautiful red anyway?! That's just torture...
#4264 of 8223 Interior insert dash area
Aug 11, 2002 (10:28 pm)
I was at the local Mazda dealer in the north metro of St. Paul and saw an ES with the dash insert in a cool sparkly plastic finish rather than the woodgrain. The salesperson said that earlier 2002 models did not come this way, but that it was the way Mazda was making them now...?
She said that Mazda has a habit of changing small things during the year....at least how they arrive in the U.S.. Anyone else heard of this. Again, I'm talking about the insert places on the door handles and around the dash insert areas that are a plastic on the lower end models or have been a woodgrain on some ES, etc..this new look has a high tech finish look to it that is really cool.
Also waiting for a reponse on my old post about those of you who have had an MPV for a while now and how you like the smaller interior compared to other mini's around. Anyone out there go from a Dodge/Chrys/Plmth mini to this MPV and are satisfied with the smaller, but sporty feel?
Again, rear hatch and inside between wheel wells is some 5" narrower than the Chrysl.minis....
Aug 12, 2002 (7:48 am)
Go back to post 4094 and click on the link. There are a few photos of the optional dash trim.
As to the size that's personal. I did not need a larger van since I only have two kids. No more coming since I'm pushing 40. The van parks in the garage with plenty of room. It also handles better than the larger vans. Your needs may be different. A good way to look at it is to balance needs with wants.
Aug 12, 2002 (8:58 am)
We went from a '91 Grand Caravan to the MPV. Interior is obviously smaller; however, the space is utilized so well (especially with the tumble 3rd seat) that we believe we can get almost as much in it. We are more than happy with the change. Now have 14,600 miles on our '01 ES with no problems. Comfort is great! Just drove from LA to San Jose yesterday (370 miles) and did not feel tired when I got home.
#4267 of 8223 Tccmn1. What yr/wheelbase are you comparing?
Aug 12, 2002 (12:22 pm)
I have a 1993 Plmth swb and a 2000 mpv. I doubt that's what your looking at so i didn't bother to respond.
But if it is let me know so i can bore you with all the sordid details (scary thought).
I also often hitch with my officemates 2000 dc, but I won't be able to provide tape measure comparison (yikes... even scarier thought).