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#7671 of 8223 Re: crash test results -- Only *** Rollover
Mar 25, 2005 (10:56 pm)
Great overall crash test results for the MPV -- all *****. But rollover rating is only ***, perhaps because it is narrower than other minivans. The last MPV rollover test was done for a 2003 model, but I doubt anything has changed since then. See: http://www.safercar.gov/NCAP/Cars/2450.html
Also IIHS only gives the Mazda MPV an "Acceptable" rating from its crash testing:
But this is for a 2000 model year MPV, and current models are probably better.
#7672 of 8223 Re: 05 LX - no immobilizer ?!
Mar 25, 2005 (11:15 pm)
We had the same lack of knowledge when we picked up our Maxda MPV LX and were shocked that we only got two keys (with the bulky "switchblade" fobs). This was after our salesperson said there were three keys. To their credit our dealer made us a third key gratis.
The service dept. fretted over the immobilizer chip that they seemed to think for certain was part of the key. I took the new key without any programming and it works fine. $40 for a non-immobilizer key if I had paid for it. The standalone key seems like it has a chip in it, because the plastic grip is quite bulky. I probably could have used a $1.50 hardware store version, and it would be much less bulky in my pocket.
#7673 of 8223 Re: crash test results -- Only *** Rollover [newhampster]
Mar 26, 2005 (9:09 am)
The 2004 MPV has the "Triple H" steel structural reinforcements for extra strength and impact protection-per Mazda.I don't know if it was new for that model year though.
Mar 31, 2005 (9:32 am)
built in japan and the MPV continues to have the triple H contruction. Something that has been in many mazda products for a few years.
Apr 01, 2005 (5:50 pm)
Does having this on the steering column bug owners? I'm really surprised Mazda has stuck with this throughout this generation of the MPV, particularly since it seemed obtrusive as to the radio/dash when I sat in one. MPV seems to represent good value, but I'm not sure I'd get used to seeing this everytime I looked in that direction. There can't hardly be any vehicles still being manufactured using this configuration.
#7678 of 8223 Re: Shifter [lumbar]
Apr 03, 2005 (5:27 pm)
It's not the shifter obstruction that bothers me lumbar...it's the fact that the gearshift shaft is right next to...and very close to... the windshield wiper control shaft. A very stupid design in my opinion.
#7679 of 8223 Re: crash test results -- Only *** Rollover [newhampster]
Apr 05, 2005 (2:11 pm)
Up until 2004, the NCAP did not actually test cars for rollovers. The ratings were based purely on a height vs width ratio for a given car. It dif not take into account any differences in handling and traction capabilities of cars. (There is no 2004 rollover rating yet for the MPV). The MPV is a bit taller and narrower than other minivans, therefore the *** rating, but even then--if you study the data, it is right on the verge of a **** rating. (This explains their ratings system: Rollover Ratings FAQ ) Besides, it handles better than most other minivans, so in my mind that more than compensates for a theoretical disadvantage based purely on the dimensional ratio.