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Mazda MPV, Brakes, Van
#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.