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#25 of 30 Re: Buying a used MPV from auction [d5a]
Feb 27, 2007 (11:49 am)
The third seat is just as rommie as the other vans.
Sorry, I have to disagree with you on that one (I have a 2002 MPV LX). Before the MPV we had a '99 Grand Caravan, and its third seat was much more roomy and comfortable (esp. for adults) than the MPV's seat. You can put three kids in the MPV's 3rd seat, for a time, if they aren't too big. But not three adults, as is possible with the GC. And even two adults will be uncomfortable back there for any length of time, since the cushion is low to the floor. I tried the new GC before buying the MPV (used), and I think the GC has the most comfortable rear seat of any current minivan--mainly because the cushion provides good thigh support. Most 3rd seats are too close to the floor.
I am surprised you didn't try the Nissan or DCX minivans. I thought the Quest was pretty nice when I tried it. I was put off by the weird dash, but that's been changed for '07. And I think the DCX vans are the best values available in a full-sized van--a loaded GC SXT for $20k, when I was looking last spring (about $21k now).
But like you, we really liked the size of the MPV, so that's what we got last April--a 2002 with 45k miles that looked like new. My wife was always backing into things in parking lots, or parking too close to other cars/carts and getting damage on the sides, with the GC. That isn't a problem with the MPV. It's perfect for around town and even did a good job on a 2500 mile round trip over the holidays with five of us. But it was packed to the gills and was not as comfy for those in back as the old GC. If I did a lot of road trips with the family, I'd probably get a GC or maybe the Hyundai or Kia van (the Sedona and Entourage are twins, as you may know). But for what we use it for, the MPV is perfect for us.
#26 of 30 Re: Buying a used MPV from auction. [ewheatley]
Feb 28, 2007 (8:04 am)
Yes, traction control is standard on the ES.
The MPV handles well in the rain... and only so so in the snow IMO. The OEM Dunlop tires are a high performance tire, so handling on dry roads is very good.
I believe MPV's to be reliable. No paticular model year to avoid.
The drive is great...one of the best handling minivans. Easy to manuvuer and park. The seats are comfortable, though a tad bit firm on long trips.
Side airbags are standard on ES model. Must be purchased as option(about $400)on LX models.
The MPV does not have the side curtain airbags, but overall safety is rated excellent.
We considered the MPV, Ody, Sienna and the Quest back in 2004 when we were in the market. We preferred the MPV, and haven't regretted our decision a bit. Good luck.
#27 of 30 Any advice on buying '96-2000?
Jul 28, 2007 (10:22 am)
I am looking at MPVs for our nanny to drive. She'll drive about 100 miles a week, mix of highway and street. We don't want to spend more than about $6K, so that means looking at MPVs that are about 10 years old and with over 100K miles. Any pitfalls I should be looking out for? I've been looking only at private sales, so no warranty. Thanks in advance for any good advice, we're new to Mazda.
#28 of 30 Re: Any advice on buying '96-2000? [ericaj]
Jul 28, 2007 (11:05 am)
If you can get a 2000, it's a newer design than the pre-2000 MPVs, much more modern and versatile with its fold-in-the-floor rear seat and sliding side doors.
FWIW, since you are looking at small vans for under $6k, you might also look at the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager (later Chrysler Town & Country) short vans. You might be able to get a fairly low-miles van for your price range, and they are pretty nice too except they don't have the fold-in-the-floor rear seat like the MPV.
#29 of 30 Worthwhile to buy 2003 MPV DX 101,000 km for CDN$8,000.00?
Dec 16, 2007 (2:17 pm)
We are looking at 2003 MPV DX (101,000 km) in London, Ontario, Canada. We hope to get this van for $8,000 and a three year engine/transmission/power train/AC warranty for $1,000.00 to go with this van (by the way we drive a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan).
I am worried about the long term reliability of this van , especially after 175,000 km and the cost of the replacement parts.
I would appreciate your comments whether it is worthwhile to buy this van.
#30 of 30 Re: Avoid the MPV [sidiggie]
Jan 05, 2008 (7:01 am)
my 2001 mpv had the same coil problem..no warranty. then when traveling on a highway the engine overheated and the radiator was replaced $1400. then at 53000 Miles the engine just die..total loss $12000.