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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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