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#1 of 2063 2006 Mazda MPV
Jul 02, 2003 (6:55 pm)
I hope the new MPV keeps its current features and adds AWD, more wood trim, power liftgate, and forward and backward moving second row seats. Oh, and more room than the new Sienna, Odyssey, and Grand Caravan/T&C. The MPV for 2004 is my second favorite minivan after the new Sienna. It has so many of the features I need, but the Sienna has them ALL. Every little one.
#2 of 2063 will it be the Washu?
Jul 02, 2003 (9:13 pm)
The thing that's at the mazda site? Is that what is going to be the new minivan? On one of the MPV boards someone said that the redesign won't be named MPV anymore.
(Oh, and what's different for 2004 with the MPV? Thanks in advance--we may buy an older one if there's not that much difference)
#3 of 2063 not much difference
Jul 02, 2003 (10:06 pm)
Would you buy a 2003? Or are you looking at used ones? I think wood trim was only available 2000-2002 and that is necessary for me. I hope the replacement has wood trim and more than the 2000-2002s had. I better run over to Mazda to look at the Washu. It won't be called that in the U.S. It might have a different name than the MPV, I'm not sure. If you can afford an '04 Sienna, spring for that, but if you think the MPV has enough room and features for you, definitely grab one below sticker price. I reccomend the ES model with leather, wood trim, and the 6-disc cd changer. Please post about what you decide to do and i would LOVE to answer any furthur questions of yours and advise you furthur.
Jul 02, 2003 (10:10 pm)
Looked at the Washu. It would look a LOT different in production and the new MPV will be a seven or eight seater not a six like the Washu. The styling inside and out is extravagant. It would have normal seats, styling, etc. But that could be the base for the next MPV.
#5 of 2063 go for the '03
Jul 04, 2003 (7:02 am)
I just spent the last couple of weeks looking at and driving '00-'02 MPV's and finally decided to go for an '03. There is a big difference between the 2.5L/4 speed a/t and the 3.0L/5 speed a/t. I bought a loaded LX at invoice with the $2000 rebate. Great deal I couldn't pass up. I thought about the ES but couldn't see spending $2500 more for leather, power seat, stereo and 17" wheels. Drives great and has a quiet ride. Looked at the '04 Sienna but to get it equipped like my MPV it would have been about $5k more. I couldn't be happier with my choice. Also the ES does not come with wood grain...it has carbon fibre (which I hate).
#6 of 2063 me too, 91, but the 2000-2002 had wood trim available
Jul 04, 2003 (5:34 pm)
Also, a 2002.5 model has the 3.0V6.
#7 of 2063 still thinking about the MPV
Jul 05, 2003 (10:52 pm)
And comparing it to, believe it or not, a used Toyota Avalon...gets better mileage, more luxury items, traction control/vsc (very useful up here in the PNW if you've only got FWD)...
The only reason I can see now to go with an MPV is the vertical height, for taking big things every so often...which *would* help in taking things home from tag sales etc...
Maybe I'll wait until the end of July and get an '03 MPV...I *don't* want the Sienna--seems too big. I was asking about the 04 MPV...if any changes are on the horizon. I can't find any.
If you hear of any, please post!
#8 of 2063 I think no changes on the horizon
Jul 05, 2003 (11:18 pm)
Mazda needs to bring wood trim back. Carbon fiber is NOT sporty and everyone I have met thinks it is darn ugly. The old wood trim wasn't that nice, so they could have nicer wood trim like the new Sienna's yummy trim or even the Daimler Chryslers or Kias which aren't bad.
Jul 06, 2003 (10:52 am)
I remember when the MPV came out for the 2000 model year in 99. I looked at it and I never saw a Mini-van look so good exterior wise. The only min-van that comes closest was the last generation Dodge Caravan but the 2000 MPV has the last generation Caravan beat on looks. My wishes for the new MPV: put more scare into competitors from Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler.
#10 of 2063 Changes
Jul 06, 2003 (7:04 pm)
My one wish is that they don't make the MPV bigger. A few changes: Split tumble under third row seat; shorter shifter; move rear air controls to either the second row seats or place them in the ceiling next to the vents. That's it.