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A good family hauler, but still a Mazda. by Sam from Boston on 02/27/2009. Trim: 2003 Mazda MPV LX, Owned 6 years.
Pros: The ride is quite comfortable The options are fairly cheap Cruises the highway nicely Large trunk Entertainment option is pretty cool
Cons: Steering is far too light Engine and transmission have fairly serious issues 3rd row horridly uncomfortable it took (only) a year for the entertainment system to die. no heating in the back.
Overall review: We purchased the Mazda MPV in 2003, with the LX trim and the entertainment system and traction control at a nice $21,000. The car has some good qualities, like, its fairly comfortable over bumps, you aren't tossed upwards from the seat every time you hit a pothole. The fuel economy is only average, but that's not too bad. The entertainment system was nice - while it worked. It might be a refreshed, renewed Mazda, but it's still a Mazda of the early 2000s. The steering is a little light, it doesn't feel real when you turn in a corner, and its sometimes difficult to tell where the wheels are pointed when you turn, but its a family hauler. There is a lot of room when you fold down the third row, but the two second row seats are heavy and damn-near-impossible to remove easily. And now the problems. Within the first year, we had an influx of problems with the engine, and now, six years after the car was made, the transmission is saying its last prayers. 3 years have passed already.
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The Ultimate Loser by Tom from Michigan on 06/28/2008. Trim: 2003 Mazda MPV ES, Owned 5 years.
Pros: The exterior looks of the mini van is the only compliment that we can offer
Cons: Not sure where to start considering that we have sooo many problems with this Van. #1-We have had a rattle in the front driver side that no Mazda Master mechanic can figure out. #2 The drivers side slide door opens on its own; another thing that Mazda Master mechanics can't figure out. #3 We have had a delay in the acceleration (extremely dangerous) that has supposed to have been repaired on 3 different occasions that no Mazda Master mechanic can fix. #4 The interior is extremely sub standard and low quality. These are only several of the problems that we have had as there are many more that we are reminded of everytime we start our van.
Overall review: The entire Mazda design team worked on this van should have been fired from the start. I researched this van a lot and learned never to trust the professional reviews as they must be on the take. Do yourself a favor and look at any other van than a Mazda MPV. This is the fourth Mazda vehicle that I have owned and will be the last!
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Mandys Personal Vehicle by Mandy from Hamilton on 05/21/2010. Trim: 2003 Mazda MPV ES, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Looks great inside and out! you have easy acess to the back seat. large boot and can fit heaps in the back when you put the seat down.
Overall review: We choose this car as it is big on the inside and will fit all our children and it looks great and is a nice shape.
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Excellent van by Mike on 06/09/2009. Trim: 2003 Mazda MPV LX, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Styling and performance
Cons: Firm ride
Overall review: Great vehicle. Enjoy the smooth ride on long trips with loaded vehicle
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The Performance Minivan by Rodon from GTA, Canada on 04/07/2008. Trim: 2003 Mazda MPV LX, Owned 5 years.
Pros: Great handling, nice styling, easy to maneuver in an urban setting, and excellent use of interior space for a vehicle this size.
Cons: For our particular vehicle, low fuel-efficiency (especially during our long Canadian winter) and premature rust problems (we do take good care of the vehicle).
Overall review: The Mazda MPV is probably one of the best handling minivan on the market. We have really enjoyed our MPV for the past several years. Other than regular maintenance costs, the van has not given us any mechanical problems. It is babied with regular full-synthetic engine oil changes and routine transmission fluid changes. We did have premature rust problems on all 17" alloy wheels, inside of the front driver and passenger doors, and both rear wheel-wells. It is too bad that Mazda decided not to bring over the 2007 and up Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) MPV to North America. It would probably win the performance minivan award.
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