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Mazda MPV, Van
#6896 of 8223 mpv concerns
Nov 16, 2003 (1:43 pm)
I bought mine because I researched it and the others were too big and this was right up there with most wanted. There has to be a reason why it is most wanted. As far as the engine yes, it is a ford engine. That scares me too as I would never own a ford. But I have to hope that mazda will exceed our expectations and try to get rid of the ford stigmatism. The mpvs have been around for a while now and so there must something to that. The aztek (which I considered) has been around since 2001 and will be discontinued after this year. so take that into consideration too. Also if you look at secondary lots you never see an mpv. You will see lots of caravans, t&c, and jeeps, but not too many of these. That is also something to consider. I still have hope especially since I plunked down a nice piece of change for this car that I did make the right decision. It still is a fun van to drive.
Nov 16, 2003 (2:15 pm)
While the engine is a Ford block, Mazda insisted they get to put the electronics and whatnot in the 3.0. Same block is used for the Mazda6 (though I wish the MPV used the same heads as the 6).
The engine is imported to Japan for installation there.
#6898 of 8223 Duratec engine
Nov 16, 2003 (5:28 pm)
Anyone who has bothered to do even a little research on engine reliability would quickly find out the 3.0 Duratec is one the best engines ever built by any company. Don't let the fact that Ford builds this engine worry you.
#6899 of 8223 MPV Reliability
Nov 17, 2003 (4:39 am)
I would think that our discussions about the tranny shifting hard every so often would alert anybody to research a little further before making a purchase. But........having had a car with tranny issues (left it behind me on the road issues) I can honestly say, this feels different. My belief is that there is an adjustment that needs to be made. It's not as if my MPV is lurching or not shifing at all. It's more like it is thinking before going up to second gear and then when it does, it's a little rough. Other than that, it shifts smoothly and has awesome power. At 10k on the ODO (I bought my MPV new in April) I feel very confident that this is a reliable vehicle.
As for the rotten egg smell. I am not concerned about it. My husband is not concerned about it. It comes and goes. We also don't smell it when we are driving it's only when we shut the car off and only once in a while.
These are machines that are bound to have "quirks" and so far I'm pleased with my MPV and happy I bought it. I would buy another in a heart beat.
#6900 of 8223 Oh and the Ford issue
Nov 17, 2003 (4:43 am)
The Duratec is an awesome engine. It's the only part of Ford that is in the MPV. My awful car with the tranny issues was a Ford. The engine was a Duratec. No issues with the engine, just the tranny and everything else. Fords influence in Mazda is about 34%. Mazda is not the only ones either.
Nov 17, 2003 (6:54 am)
Dittos on the MPV. Best car we have ever owned. Our MPV shifts smooth as butter, no smells, runs great. We had a couple of EC lights for minor problems which the dealer quickly fixed. The engine will snap quickly over 100mph (saved our lives).. The engine/transaxle is a perfect match(unlike most cars).. If you read the stuff on the tranny hard shifts it looks like some contamnation has gotten into the tranny fluid. Probably a good backflush would take care of it... The tranny design is good as it works perfectly on our MPV. The car is a dream for long trips...
#6902 of 8223 Another Hard Shift Update
Nov 17, 2003 (7:19 am)
My local Mazda dealer decided that they wanted a van to try to come up with a solution locally with input from Mazda Hdqtrs. They had my MPV for 5 full days and the bottom line is that the issue is completely software related and the fix is on the way. (we have all heard that a few times by now) They had just gotten the 04's in, and decided to swap a TCM from the 04 into my 03 and they thought that might have worked but... better luck next time. They also ran a bunch of other tests. They tested pressure levels and other things that is basically over my head of mechanical knowledge. I guess I'm just happy that the Techs were able to keep duplicating the hard shifts based on the info that I provided them as to when it was happening, at what speeds, ect... I still love the van but this has been happening for 2 months now. Mazda and Jatco gurus have known about this even longer and still no fix. I've driven Windstars and Caravans in the past and didn't like either one for multiple reasons. I had much higher expectations for this van made in Japan. I didn't expect it to be problem free forever but a transmission issue with 3,000 miles on the odometer is unacceptable. And no fix after 2 plus months to figure it out is even more unacceptable. The service guys assured me that this would not affect the longevity of the tranny but I have my doubts. If they are that sure maybe a free extended warranty for our trouble is in order. Say 7/70 like a Dodge or maybe 10/100 like a Kia. My Mazda dealer said I would be the first to get the new fix when it comes in because they are so familiar with mine now. I will keep everyone posted when it does finally happen.
#6903 of 8223 MPV Reliability
Nov 17, 2003 (8:27 am)
Since the subject of reliability has come up I felt I needed to chime in here. My 2000 MPV has just passed 74,000 miles with no major problems. It has not needed any maintenence other than oil, filters, and tire rotations. The idle air control valve probably should be replaced (it makes "moosing noises" on cold mornings), but I've lived easily with it for a few winters now, and the CD changer makes a ticking/rubbing noise during play that's not too annoying yet. So far, this has probably been the most reliable and trouble-free vehicle I've owned. I'm sorry to hear there are transmission issues with the new models. This is, no doubt, a different unit than mine, but I can certainly recommend the MPV based on my experience
Nov 17, 2003 (8:41 am)
Pretty good! Still on the original tires (surely not?) and battery?
#6905 of 8223 Reliability continued
Nov 17, 2003 (9:05 am)
The original tires lasted about 34,000 mi. I replaced them with Michelin X-ones, which may go at least another 20K. The battery is still the original and has shown no sign of weakening.