I bought our '96 Mazda MPV in Sept. 2003 with 145,000 miles on it. Today it has 202,000 and is still going strong. I have only had to replace the starter, spark plug wires, belt tensioner and just recently the radiator. That's it. It runs like a clock. It is quite comfortable. I drive it for 10-12 hours at a stretch and have no problems. I saw the identical vehicle in a parking lot today and sought out the owner to see if he was interested in selling. I would buy another today if I had the chance.
Overall quality of construction. A solid, reliable, comfortable, economical vehicle. It just ... runs!
Make third seat fold to the floor, make it easily removable, or something. It is fine as a third row seat, but is cumbersome and difficult to contend with if you want to load anything in the back of the vehicle. Practically NO room behind 3rd seat for luggage or anything else. Small matter to me!
Wish I could afford to buy one of these
new. Our first 4WD MPV was a
used '91. Had 121,000 miles on it when
we traded and never gave us any serious
trouble. We traded for used 96 MPV
4WD. So far the 96 has had no problems
either and it has 94,000 miles on it
now. I feel very secure in this
vehicle. It has a quality feel to it.
It's been hit twice with relatively
minor damage. I was told they are hard
to find used because nobody wants to
let go of them. If they don't make
more this one will probably die of old
Roomy. We take the middle seats out
because there are two of us. This
leaves lots of space for luggage,
coolers, groceries, etc. Love the 4WD
shift on the fly. I need it for my
driveway especially in the winter. The
rear heater and airconditioning are a
wonderful feature too.
More horsepower. Heater could warm up
a little faster. And PLEASE start
manufacturing them again.