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#27 of 30 Any advice on buying '96-2000?
Jul 28, 2007 (11:22 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 (12:05 pm)
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 (3:17 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 (8:01 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.