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#7826 of 8223 should I buy a 2002 MPV?
Feb 05, 2006 (3:44 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!!
#7827 of 8223 Re: should I buy a 2002 MPV? [neveragain1]
Feb 05, 2006 (5:23 pm)
One common complaint about the 2002+ MPV's with the 3.0L engine seems to be the "hard shift", but a reflash of the TCM has helped in many cases. But there are still some people who say that it hasn't helped at all, and there have also been some reports of transmission failure. So you might want to get an extended warranty, at least on the power train, if you are considering a 2002.
#7828 of 8223 Re: should I buy a 2002 MPV? [nls]
Feb 05, 2006 (9:50 pm)
On the contrary, 2002's generally had impeccable transmission credentials.
It was the 2003-4 where the tranny programming was tweaked to try and improve mpg that suffered the problems.
Our 2002 LX has been trouble free in 41,000 miles.
We just replace the OEM Dunlops with Falken Ziev512's. These tires are # 1 CR rated, 95H weight, "H" speed and "A" temp and "A" traction with a 420 treadwear.
$59 at DiscountTireDirect. They are quiet and we like them and the price.
#7829 of 8223 Re: should I buy a 2002 MPV? [once_for_all]
Feb 06, 2006 (8:37 am)
Good to hear that your 2002 is not having any problems, but there are quite a few postings in other MPV forums which I am not allowed to mention here, about transmission issues on 2002+ models. The other issue that has been reported on those models is coil failures.
#7830 of 8223 Re: should I buy a 2002 MPV? [nls]
Feb 06, 2006 (1:25 pm)
of course I can't comment on the other folks...
At one point CR had a "black" high rating on the 2002 tranny and lower ratings on the 2003-4.
Not sure what it is now, I haven't checked in a while...
#7831 of 8223 MPV seat question
Feb 07, 2006 (9:39 am)
We currently have a Dodge Caravan with quad seating. We usually leave one of the seats out, which gives us lots of extra room and makes it easier to get in and out of.
Are either of the middle-row seats easily removable in the MPV? We'd probably look at a model new to 3 years old.
#7832 of 8223 Re: MPV seat question [garandman]
Feb 07, 2006 (10:04 am)
Mine is a 2000, and the two middle seats are very easy to remove. They don't weigh all the much, either. I don't think the design has changed for the later models, so you should be fine with them. Of course the rear-most seat folds down flat into the recessed cargo area, opening up plenty of space in the rear.
#7833 of 8223 Re: MPV seat question [garandman]
Feb 07, 2006 (10:21 am)
The Mazda MPV is quite often overlooked in the mini-van market place. It offers a great blend of features and versatility.
Don't let the MPV's smaller appearance fool you... Mazda's opti-spacing engineering gives you plenty of useful room inside and is by far one of the best handling, and sportiest looking, mini-vans available.
The middle row has the slide and glide feature... you can have second row captains with a center walk through or a second row bench with passenger side access.
The middle row seats are able to recline,slide forward and backward, and fold over. They can be removed quite simply.
The third row can stow in the rear deep well for cargo. When up, the third row can recline or fold over. Also very unique, the third row can flip over rearward to offer tailgate seating out of the rear of the MPV.
The Mazda MPV is a great value when it comes to all things considered. Price, performance, content are awesome attributes when buying a new one but also exceptional factors when it comes to purchasing a pre-owned.
Feb 07, 2006 (4:09 pm)
I went to the Philly Auto Show on Feb 4th, 06. got a good look at alot of vehicles. The MPV jumped right up onto the list on poss. replacements for our '01 Escape XLT 4WD. The nice thing is that it's not as large as the GCV or the ODY on the out side but boy-howdy is there alot of room on the inside. We got 6 6'+ 250lbs+ adults into the MPV with 2 strollers we borrowed from 2 passing families just to see if it would all fit. Guess what, it did and all 6 of us were comfortable and it was easy to get in and out.
My list for replacemnents include;
1. '06 Pontiac SV6
2. '06 Mazda MPV LX
3. '06 Ford Freestyle SEL
4. '06 Nissan Quest SL
The Quest might be dropping off the radar with the price limit that we have to deal with.
As for the MPV we would end up with the LX model in Strat Blue Mica (or Shadow Gray) with gray/black int. for options, we would go for the LX package, Sport Package, Side mother-in-laws, Traction Control, Roof rack, and Trailer hitch mount (for bike carrier) which would bring full total of $27,090 before any rebates / incentives.
#7835 of 8223 Re: 2006 MPV [odie6l]
Feb 07, 2006 (7:12 pm)
I bought an 05 Quest SL last year for $25,175 with a few options. The MPV has it's plusses but we really like our Quest. Resale is much better.
We also priced a Dodge Caravan SXT (not Grand Caravan - the shorter version). You can buy one for $20,000 or so.