Can't say enough about this great van. It had about 50,000 miles on it when I bought it to replace my awd multi van. 150,000 miles later it's going as strong as it did the day I bought it. Poor power to weight ratio was solved with a K&N air filter, 3" exhaust system w/low restriction (throaty) muffler and NGK V-groove plugs. The options of 2wd, awd (with transfer case locked) and 4x4 with both trabsfer case and axles locked has gotten me thru anything a cold Winnipeg, Manitoba winter could throw at it. Long trips like 3x to Florida (2000+ miles) and out to BC over the Rockies (about 1800 m) twice along with oddles of shorter (200 to 500 miles) trips make it worth every dollar spent.
awd/4x4 as you need it, overall comfort and reliability, the confidence this van inspires to get to your destination in whatever weather thrown at you. No worries driving a 7 pass van. "Sleeper" looks on wet or icy pavement if in wrong lane across a light.
Fourth side door and more powerful engine (as in the 96 and beyond) vans. Build this van again with 21st century features and power and Mazda would be untouched in the 7 passenger crossover segment. A "just right" people (and payload) hauler it truly would be even today.
Purchased our 95 4x4 MPV new, upon a
friend's advise. He ran two to 160k
miles with no problems. Ours has been
trouble free, dependable and extremely
versatile. The 4 wheel drive system is
one of the best made, although it has
no low range - it is not an off road
SUV. The 4WD system can be shifted to
a true 2WD for summer use, can shift
on the fly to 4WD at any speed, can be
driven on wet or dry pavement, and has
a center differential lock button for
extreme traction requirements. Seven
passenger carrying capability,
excellent traction and moderate
interior flexibility. Overall, 7 years
of satisfaction - in Alaska!
No doubt, the versatile 4WD system.
Not many systems can be shifted from
2WD to 4WD and used on dry pavement.
Bought this vehicle new for my wife,
she dosen't drive much. Has been driven
across the states a few times, leather
seats too stiff on the butt and you
need an extra cushion. Always had
popping noises when sun shines on the
dashboard, kind of irritating while
driving. Has about 37,000 on it now
with just routine maintenance,still
original tires.Only problem is noisy
lifters during warm up on 3.0 engine.
Seems like it's not getting enough oil
but quiets down once fully warm. Poor
fuel economy when compared with my
son's 90 Ford SHO, we drove them both
to CA from CO and he got about 50%
better gas mileage on a high
Needs more power after first gear and
climbing hills.Hate the key in ignition
beeper because it beeps when any door
is opended including the liftgate.