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Mazda MPV, Van
Jan 14, 2006 (10:32 pm)
Just about to pull the plug on my 2000 MPV with 112K miles. It's been a good run. This has been probably one of my most trouble free vehicles, at least since my '79 626. Not perfect, but close. I did have to bite the bullet and get a new battery a few months back. The brakes are still original and it's never needed a tune-up. Only three troubles that I've been able to easily live with. It's made the "moosing" noise on first starting in cold weather for a few years, the CD changer packed it in a couple years back (probably from disuse since I mainly listen to the radio), and the driver's window gets hung up if lowered more than a couple inches (I can get it back up with some tugging). So, I've basically escaped with only normal maintenence. Not too shabby, I'd say. Kudos to Mazda.
#7818 of 8223 Re: Sayonara [crissman]
Jan 15, 2006 (3:20 pm)
Good to hear about your MPV. What are you getting in it's place?
#7819 of 8223 Re: Sayonara [crissman]
Jan 15, 2006 (6:27 pm)
No alternator failure, no coolant leak from rear heat lines? Guess you weren't in the snow belt, or else you were extremely lucky. Did you ever get the IAC valve replaced for the "moosing" noise? How about tires - assume you didn't make it to 112K with OEM tires!
#7820 of 8223 Re: 2005 MVP Accessories? [jimmy1969]
Jan 15, 2006 (10:18 pm)
Jimmy, those on 02 MPV fit in the trim holes except for the front ones, for the front ones you suppose to drill one hole on each side, but I did not yet, it holds just on those 2m or so which were awailable.
#7821 of 8223 Re: Sayonara [nls]
Jan 15, 2006 (10:23 pm)
The alternator held up just fine. No rear heat in this one. Only need rear air here in the South. I never bothered getting the IAC valve replaced since the "moosing" only lasted for a few minutes in the mornings or on cold weather starts and never happened for most of the year. I'm on the third set of tires now. I used Michelins for replacements for the OEM Dunlops. That reminds me, never needed an alignment either. My new ride is an '06 Civic EX. Quite a change from dear old Mazdie. Unfortunately, my wife's old '95 Odyssey packed it in unexpectantly almost two months ago. After towing it to the dealer we concluded it wiser to trade for the Civic than fix it. The Mazda will be traded, possibly tomorrow, for either an '05 Volvo V70 or an '06 Mazda 6 Wagon. We really didn't want to be buying two new cars, but what can you do.
Jan 16, 2006 (7:29 am)
anyone use Falken Ziev 512's to replace the 'lops (215/60R16)? They have the 95H weight rating, A's on temp, traction, HR on speed and 420 treadwear. #1 rating and $59 delivered from Discount Tire.
Plus I hear they are very quiet. I can't find the original 'lops anywhere, and the improved? version is well over $100 each.
#7823 of 8223 Bug Guard or Front Bra?
Jan 16, 2006 (4:55 pm)
Which would you buy? I am looking to get something for the front end to try and keep rock chips from doing too much damage. I know the full front bra covers everything nicely, but is the upkeep a pain, and does it remove / install easy? The price difference between the two is about $45. Anyone have any experience with either one?
#7824 of 8223 Re: Bug Guard or Front Bra? [jimmy1969]
Jan 17, 2006 (6:30 am)
I got the bug guard(hood deflector) on my 04 MPV after getting a couple chips on front hood area. I had read the bra was a bit of a pain to install and maintain...and could cause wear on paint if not careful.
The hood deflector(from Mazda dealership) was fairly easy to put on...and is easy to take off.(which is what some people do when washing or waxing...I just leave it on and work around it) Be careful when installing though. I broke a little plastic fastner and the dealer wanted like $48 for a replacement kit.I ended up buying some fastners at Auto zone for a couple bucks...then drilling a hole in the fastening clip a bit wider. No more chips since installation.
#7825 of 8223 Re: Bug Guard or Front Bra? [jipster]
Jan 17, 2006 (4:16 pm)
Thanks jipster. I will probably order the bug shield tomorrow. I figured the front bra would be a pain to upkeep and I was worried about scratching the paint. I will be careful and try not to break any of the clips.
#7826 of 8223 should I buy a 2002 MPV?
Feb 05, 2006 (2:44 pm)
I am researching vans - Japanese to be precise. I am replacing an 01 Chev Venture - no need to ask why if you go on to the forum for those. Nightmare - almost paid for the vehicle twice with all the repairs in past 2 1/2 yrs since I bought it at two years of age!
So - for those who own 2002 Mazda MPV's - what do you think? I am looking at the LX or ES models. Please help me make up my mind - ASAP!!