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Not what I thought it would be. by Mom from PA on 03/23/2008. Trim: 2004 Mazda MPV ES, Owned 1 year.
Pros: I love the styling, it's an eye catcher. It's easier to back into parking spaces, the van is thinner, and the view out of side and back windows is better than the caravan. The radio/CD player controls on the steering wheel are great, too. The power sliding doors make getting kids and groceries in and out more convenient. The back seats move around easily, and I can quickly fold down the back seats if I need to stow larger items.
Cons: 3 of the 6 coils have gone bad, but I have manufacturer's warranty. I've heard it's $200 to replace them. With only 45K on it I was disappointed to see the Check Engine light come on for the coils 3x, I hoped it would be trouble free for another 10K miles. Gas mileage isn't great. I average about 17 MPG. The power doors get stuck if it's cold out, I press the button to open one, if theres ice in the tracks it won't open, then when I push to close it I find after driving the interior light comes on signalling the door is ajar.I'm afraid when I park it somewhere the light will come on and drain the battery. The back seats are only good for children, there's not much leg room for adults.
Overall review: A sharp looking vehicle, and nice to haul kids and their stuff around, but I'm disappointed in the workmanship. I am wondering when the other 3 coils will die on me, and don't look forward to getting kids in the side doors in the winter time.
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