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You are in the Mazda MPV
What is this discussion about?
Mazda MPV, Van
Dec 11, 2002 (8:25 am)
The MPV choice was easy for me... I too liked the Honda and Toyota. I test drove the Toyota, it handled like a boat and was unimpressive. The Honda was great, I really liked it (took me back to my two wheeler days when the Hondas liked to run at 5000+ rpm)but the dealers didn't want to deal, in fact they could have cared less for my business. The Mazda at the time (2001) I didn't care for, but the '02 solved my concerns. I like it as well as the Honda, and with all the options on an LX, it is a far better deal than the Honda.
In retrospect, I see how many tranny, check engine lights, and overall finish problems that folks are having on the Honda. The Mazda has been perfect, and I am pleasantly surprised that the mpg is coming it at 23+.
Dec 11, 2002 (8:41 am)
What engine does yours have, and does the rear seat fold into the floor on yours?
#4830 of 8223 response to bottgers
Dec 11, 2002 (10:12 am)
We have a 2002 LX with a 3.0L 200HP engine and the five speed transmission, and it is very smooth and responsive. The Ody does have more power, however.
All post-2000 MPV's have a "magic" fold in the floor rear seat, and sliding and removal 2nd rows.
What do you need the room for? If you will frequently need to haul a lot of cargo while seating more than 4 people, or if you will frequently be transporting more than 4 adults, then the Odyssey will most likely suit your needs better.
If you will be hauling children around, then the difference shouldn't matter as much.
The MPV has a lot of room compared to a car or an SUV, but not as much as the ODY. It is comparable to the Sienna, however.
I my estimation the front seats in the MPV offer more room, especially the front passenger seat, because the ODY has a very deep glove box which prevents the passengers with long legs from stretching out. The 2nd row of the Odyssey has more room than the MPV, but the MPV is still respectable. The 3rd row of the MPV is similar to that in the rear of a compact car, while the third row in the ODY is spacious by comparison.
The MPV has slightly better handling, and much easier to park and garage.
You will probably really need to drive both, and see how they suit your needs.
Consumer Reports ranks Sienna 1st, MPV 2nd, and Ody third. Recently there has been an issue with the transmission on the Odyssey, but Honda extended the warranty to cover this.
Dec 11, 2002 (12:16 pm)
My LX is the 2002, it is the same as you would see on the Mazda showroom as far as engine, tranny, magic seat etc. I think the '03 might have different option packages and some things are standard now. I haven't been following the details. If you get the Mazda, I recommend that you get rear air and 4 seasons.... all other stuff I consider as options but these are critical to passenger comfort in the back. The '03 might have them as standard.
#4832 of 8223 audia8 2000 rebate
Dec 11, 2002 (3:01 pm)
audia sorry but 2 weeks ago i got lx at 2000 off. huntington long island.
#4833 of 8223 rear air and 4 season
Dec 11, 2002 (3:03 pm)
both rear ac and 4 seasons are options on 2003
#4834 of 8223 beachnut and jwm
Dec 11, 2002 (3:09 pm)
beach thanks for the thorough spoiler page. jwm here on long island labor is 85 per hour and they did say 1 hour for work to install. now i am wondering how the spoiler will look with ski rack or canoe rack. might get lost visually with all that on top. thank you both fine gents.
#4835 of 8223 $2000 vs $1500 Rebate on 03
Dec 11, 2002 (10:14 pm)
Ok, I'm sorry I came on too strong. It was just a figure of speech. I talked to my beloved dealer and he stated as you stated that the rebate stands at $1500. I thought that someone earlier on this thread sited a Nov.23rd announcement about $2K rebates on 03's. I spoke with forked tongue:)
Also found out that my ordered MPV won't be in for another 8-10 weeks. Seems orders go into Mazda/Japan on the 15th of each month. I ordered mine on Oct.20th and just missed that month's ordering. Oh well, it will miss a chunk of our messy winters in MN.