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#7897 of 8223 Re: Still gunshy about the whole MPV thing Help guys! [gurneyhalleck]
Mar 16, 2006 (8:09 am)
Legitimate concerns, but $15,000 will put you in a very nice 2004 or 2005 MPV. If you get a 2004 make sure the built on date is after March...that is when Mazda corrected the transmission computer glitch problem. Which is the primary reason the MPV has fallen in reliability. In early 2004 the MPV was rated tied for most reliable minivan in Consumer Reports.
Don't know why you mechanic would have a problem finding parts. I believe every manufactuer is required by law to prodvide parts for any vehicle they sell for up to 3 to 5 years(?)after its discontinuance. It's not like the Mazda MPV's parts aren't used by other models and makes. The Ford Duratec engine is used in 4 or 5 other vehilces. Japanese trans. is widely used as well.
Resale? If you keep it 6 or 7 years resale won't matter much. The MPV will remain a cult favorite I believe. A true quality built "smaller" minivan that handles very well and doesn't ride like a bus. If any serious problems crop up you can drive 50 miles to the Mazda dealer...your local mechanic should be able to handle all the other stuff. Good luck gurney...you'll be fine because you have thought everything out.
P.S I'm betting Mazda will bring back the all new MPV model in 2 or 3 years...ZOOOOOOOOMMMM ZOOOOOMMMM ZoooMMM
#7898 of 8223 Re: Still gunshy about the whole MPV thing Help guys! [gurneyhalleck]
Mar 16, 2006 (8:48 am)
....my dad's mechanic (a local garage who works on foreign autos) told me he "quit working on MPV's." He said they're becoming tough to find parts for and less reliable.....
I certainly understand the value of a quality local mechanic...but in this case your mechanic is wrong. If the MPV had something unusual like a rotary engine I would understand his concerns. (not everyone can work on a rotary)...the 3.0L V6 is found in quite a few other products. (tribute, escape, mariner, mazda6, fusion, milan, 500, montego, etc)...if parts were hard to find you would hear alot of noise from alot of people. Any Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealer can work on the MPV...Also MPV parts are NOT hard to get. If your thinking about an extended warranty, most Ford dealers will take a Mazda MEPP warranty since its backed by Ford.
....Also, worried about resale value taking a nose-dive because that's usually what happens when brands are dropped. In five years will people say, "Mazda M-P-what??"....
IF your like many van owners after 5 years of carting around kids and stuff there isnt much van left to worry about resale values.lol... Also, MPV are selling at substantial discounts compared to some other import vans...so even if resale value is less, it cost you alot less to buy the van...so your out of pocket expenses are similar.
Jipster has provided you with some great first hand information and as you have read on here...MPV owners seem to be a very happy bunch compared to other vans. If you feel the MPV is the perfect vehicle for you then buy it.
Mar 16, 2006 (5:56 pm)
Hey you guys made me feel a lot better. My gut has told me to go with the MPV. My dad ADORES his old 96 that is still driving like BRAND NEW at 120,000!!! I love the looks of the vehicle, the drivability, the interior, and trust Mazda. You guys gave me some good thoughts and input. I'm very glad I wrote in this forum! I'll let you all know how it comes out! I think the MPV will be our van. Thanks guys! ZZoommmm ZZoom.....
#7900 of 8223 MPV observations
Mar 21, 2006 (7:22 pm)
We've hit the 9 month mark for our MPV. Last month our family (me, my wife, our 2 kids and my parents) drove to Anaheim for a 6 day stay at Disneyland. Here's a couple thing I noticed on the trip.
First, the bad.
1. This was the first time I wished we had a bigger van. This same group rented a Town and Country about a year ago for a week long trip in Orlando and had no problem fitting everything behind the 3 row. This trip we packed lighter, but still had to place luggage below our kids feet. Everything fit, but it was very tight.
2. I thought the middle row seats were uncomfortable. They felt a little low, and I'm not a tall guy (5'8", with a 30" inseam).
1. Power. Alot of folks seem to think the MPV is underpowered, but I never felt that way on this trip. I was a little worried about crossing over Siskyou Summit and the Grapevine, but the MPV did fine. While I wouldn't call it effortless, the MPV felt strong, never strained.
This is a nice driving car. Not like the 6 we test drove and almost bought, or even my wife's Passat, but not bad either.
One thing that is dissapointing is the mpg. My normal route to work (about 40% city and 60% freeway) is averaging right around 18 mpg. With it's EPA estimates, I was hoping for 20 mpg or better. And it's getting slightly worse as time goes on. (They do change the gas here in Portland in the winter, so maybe things will improve in the spring.) FWIW, our V8 Explorer averaged about 15 mpg for the same route.
I've also noticed a crunching sound that sounds like it's coming from the steering column or under the dash when I turn to the left.
Overall, it's been a terrific van. For us, the size is just fine 99% of the time. Being able to out to dinner with my folks and not having to take 2 cars is great.
Too bad the MPV will soon RIP.
#7901 of 8223 Parts Supply
Mar 22, 2006 (5:33 am)
I am interested in purchasing a MPV but I have concerns regarding a comment that was made by my mechanic. He had claimed that it took over 1 month to get a part to repair a Mazda. Is this true? Are the MPV's reliable and can they be repaired by any competent mechanic or only factory trained?
#7902 of 8223 Re: MPV observations [jc9799]
Mar 22, 2006 (4:42 pm)
I can tell you exactly what the crunching sound is (happened on my Escape), your nuts are not tight on the wheel. Alloys have a tendency to loosen over time and it causes a rub / crunch while turning. Just have your local dealer (service dept) check the lugs, they usually don't charge you for it, they just come out with a torque wrench and re-torque them. If it's not the lugs I would be worried it might be a front ti-rod or sway bar.
Hope this helps
#7903 of 8223 2007 Mazda MPV?
Mar 24, 2006 (12:52 pm)
Is it official that Mazda is not bringing over the new 2007 MPV? I've seen the Mazda Japan link and that car is gorgeous. Bring it over with the same setup/dashboard/lazy boy captain chairs and 244hp engine and I would buy it in a heartbeat. I don't understand why they think the CX9 will be a suitable replacement. Isn't the price range for the upcoming CX9 starts in the 28-35K range? The great thing about the current MPV is that it is affordable and a compromise between a car and a Minivan. Mazda is making a bad decision. =(
#7904 of 8223 Re: 2007 Mazda MPV? [kagedude]
Mar 25, 2006 (5:29 am)
Yes, it is official Mazda is not bringing over the new 2007 MPV to the U.S. But, who knows what they will do in the future. I think in 2-4 years they will bring it back...probably name it after myself..."The Jipstermobile"
The small and midsize SUV market can't seat 7 as comfortable as a minivan. Only the monster SUV's...at $$$.
So, a carlike minivan would be a good alternative between the big minis and suv's.
Mar 26, 2006 (1:41 pm)
Our list for replacements for the '01 Escape has officially change with some of the price changes (and wife's feelings towards vehicles).
1. '06 Mazda MPV
2. '06 Scion xB
3. '06 Mazda 5
4. '06 Saturn Vue (wife likes this one)
5. '06 Pontiac Torrent
We are still sticking to the price cap of $28,000 and MPG is going to be a deciding factor.
MPG's (price range);
1. MPV - 18 cty / 22 hwy ($26k - $28k)
2. xB - 30 cty / 34 hwy ($16k - $18k)
3. Mazda 5 - 20 cty / 24 hwy ($19k - $20k)
4. Vue - 19 cty / 25 hwy ($18k - $24k)
5. Torrent 19 cty / 25 hwy ($24k - $26k)
I know most people look at the xB and go "Eeewwwww" but I did have a wrangler at one point so I'm use to driving a box on wheels, but the MPG is nice.
#7906 of 8223 Re: Well, [odie6l]
Mar 26, 2006 (7:00 pm)
FWIW: MPV's go for far less than sticker, even the '06's. Typically $2.5k under invoice.