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Mazda MPV, Van
Feb 07, 2006 (3:09 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 (6:12 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.
#7836 of 8223 2007 MPV (JDM)
Feb 08, 2006 (12:09 pm)
From all I've seen and heard....all the comments on various boards etc....it's nothing but positive for the next/new generation MPV. People are actually lusting after this vehicle. As much as I like the Mazda5....the new MPV would suit our needs even better. Size-wise, it's 2" longer, over an inch wider, but 2" lower than the current MPV. It's wheelbase is almost 5" longer than the current one. Not sure what engines are available, save for the 2.3l turbo 4. While performance with this engine should be amazing (and it's available with a 6-speed manual!!!), I would have concerns about fuel economy (The Mazdaspeed6 is rated at about 23/33 imperial....not bad but not great) and the fact it needs at least 91 octane (93 recommended).
Perhaps an efficient V6 would be more practical. My rub against the '5' is that, for a 'multi-activity' vehicle, those activities don't include towing....even something fairly light like a jet-ski, single snowmobile or 14' aluminum fishing boat. The new MPV would be more than competent in this regard. With WOW features like the 'La-z-boy' reclining middle seats etc., this vehicle could be a major hit. A 'just right' size minivan that would actually be fun to drive. Many others are writing Mazda to make them reconsider bringing this to the US/Canada. Maybe we should too. (I'd take this over a CX-9 any day)
#7837 of 8223 Re: 2007 MPV (JDM) [wheelz4]
Feb 08, 2006 (12:38 pm)
Agree with bringing the 2007 MPV to the US. I'd prefer the 2.3l turbo 4...which produces something like 250hp?
2" lower would also make the already excellent handling of the MPV awesome. Mazda says the MPV has the body of a minivan and the soul of a sports car..the 2007 would really prove it. The La-z-boy recliners would be great when the kids become lazy-ole teenagers. The bigger size would be good..but don't know if it would be big enough to compete with the maxi minis from Honda, Nissan and GM. May need an extra inch or two in width and length. I'd be willing to bet though that if overseas sales of the MPV are really hot, Mazda will eventually bring the MPV back to the U.S/Canada in 2008 or 2009.
#7838 of 8223 2007 MPV (JDM)
Feb 08, 2006 (12:51 pm)
If they can better the Odyssey's and Sienna's gas mileage, while coming in at a more affordable price, I don't think they'd have to worry too much about growing an inch or two more. I think the Ody, Sienna and Quests etc. of this world are too big now....this new MPV is right on. Has some interesting features too, not the least of which is the 3rd row, which folds flat, but doesn't flip over back into the well like the current one does. But you still get the well (covered), which you can use whether the seats are in use or not.
#7839 of 8223 Re: 2007 MPV (JDM) [wheelz4]
Feb 08, 2006 (6:13 pm)
The only area that I think would need that extra inch or two(added onto the already larger dimensions of the 2007 MPV)would be in the third row seating. It can handle two adults and a small child fairly well...but 3 regular size adults is a bit of a pinch. We'll be ready for another minivan in about 5 more years...hopefully it will be here by then.
#7840 of 8223 Re: Bug Guard or Front Bra? [jipster]
Feb 14, 2006 (8:44 am)
Thanks for the info jimmy1969. I have the same problem...I'm missing a small fastening clip on my 2002 Mazda MPV and the dealer wants me to buy an entire new bug deflector. It would be a terrible waste if I did that. Would you please give me some more guidance on how you found your fastener. I went on the "autozone.com" web site and could not locate any fastener clips. Would appreciate your help on this! Thanks.
#7841 of 8223 Re: Bug Guard or Front Bra? [maverick99]
Feb 14, 2006 (12:04 pm)
"and the dealer wants me to buy an entire new bug deflector"
LOL...this sounds like a joke from someone in my fan club.
I'm a bit surprised your dealer didn't suggest buying an entire new minivan that came with a bug deflector.
The replacement kit for the bug deflector contains fasteners, brackets and the 3m tape to install the shield. Any Mazda dealership can order it if they know what they are doing. But, for $48(?) less...you can run over to autozone(or anything similar) and pick out an assortment of the plastic fasteners similar to the one used on the bug deflector for 2 or 3 bucks. The closest matched fastener was a little to big for the hole in the metal bracket. So , I drilled the hold in the fastener out a bit, and it works fine.
#7842 of 8223 Jipster, this post in respnse to your request on another forum
Feb 14, 2006 (6:23 pm)
There is currently $2,000 in customer cash available in Birmingham for the 2006 MPV. The new 2005 models have $4,000 available! What a steal on a sporty van!
See, a new post for you, jip!
#7843 of 8223 Hi to the lonely "Maytag Repairman"
Feb 14, 2006 (6:59 pm)
Good analogy. The Mazda MPV is reliable just like a Maytag appliance. With very few repairs needed, MPV owners do not search the internet to learn how to get rid of a buzzing noise, humming noise, sliding door rattles, sticky sliding power doors, transmission clunk, etc.
Will be interesting to see the next generation MPV.