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#7250 of 8223 notasoccermom
Feb 12, 2004 (4:25 pm)
Would it be OK if I compared a '96 MPV to a '04 Sienna then? That is what you are doing when you are comparing a 2000 Elantra to current models--the car debuted in 1995. The thing about Hyundai (and Kia) to keep in mind is that they have made huge strides in just the past few years. As for people who trash their cars in a year, yes, I've seen trashed 1-year-old Hondas and Toyotas too. My 3-1/2 year old Elantra still looks brand new--nothing falling off, interior perfect (well, spots on the mats). Judging the quality of an entire automaker's product by one or two samples is unfair. Resale-wise, yes, there's still a big difference between the Koreans and Honda and Toyota (but interestingly not Mazda, why I don't know). But personally I don't know how you could be torn in any way between the MPV and Sedona--the MPV is a better van in nearly every aspect, except maybe warranty, and price. IMO of course.
Feb 12, 2004 (7:08 pm)
If you thin the Sedona handles well, then you're going to think the MPV handles like an Indy 500 car!
To those of you who think Kia's and Hyundai's quality is all that, I will say it's improved drastically over the last several years, but it's not at the same level as the Japanese makers.
#7252 of 8223 No, but they do know how to program those transmissions, eh?
Feb 12, 2004 (8:13 pm)
#7253 of 8223 What's the difference....
Feb 15, 2004 (8:09 am)
.....if the tranny's still shifting smoothly if the rest of the van falls apart in 2 years?
#7254 of 8223 The difference is...
Feb 15, 2004 (10:42 am)
you'll get a chance to drive it for at least two years (at least five actually, that's how long everything is under warranty if "the rest of the van falls apart") without the transmission destroying itself.
Feb 15, 2004 (1:21 pm)
And how much of that time will the van be spent in the shop getting that warranty work done? No thanks. I'll get the tranny fix done on my MPV and drive it for the next 10 years.
#7256 of 8223 bottgers
Feb 15, 2004 (1:51 pm)
And as Maxwell Smart used to say, "And loving every minute of it!"
#7257 of 8223 Anyone bought Mazda extended warranty?
Feb 15, 2004 (6:30 pm)
We're thinking of keeping our 2002 MPV bought close to two years ago for a total of 5-6 years. Given that it's a fully loaded ES with power doors, 6 CD changer and other electronic goodies, I'd feel a bit more comfortable having an extended warranty. But only, if it's reasonably priced.
Did anyone buy a Mazda (not after-market) extended warranty? If so, how much did you pay and for what length/number of miles?
Maybe someone knows of an on-line source for Mazda extended warranty plans? I found several sites for Honda/Acura original extended warranties at great discounts, but nothing for Mazda so far. Again, I'm not interested in thrid-party plans like Warranty Gold.
#7258 of 8223 Driver seat cushion sides
Feb 15, 2004 (6:34 pm)
Does anyone else have a problem with how hard the bolster sides of the driver's seat's cushion are? I can't drive our MPV for more than half hour without getting a pain in both thighs. My wife, who's a lot smaller than me does not have this problem.
I'm 180 lbs and 5'10" tall, so I'm not that big, and it's the only car that ever hurt me this way. It also seems like the padding on those bolster sides is getting thinner and there's really hard plastic that's poking through. I may bring this up on our visit to the dealer tomorrow to reprogram the transmission.
Feb 16, 2004 (9:11 pm)
'02 LX pushing 20,000 miles now, absolutely no problems whatsoever. I have never seen a post on an '02 tranny hard shift problem.
I don't even mind the extra long shift lever, the van has been that good for us. You can check back a couple years for yourself, the MPV is very solid.