First Cross-over Vehicle
By ceprise on
1996 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan 4WD
Mazda didn't realize it, but these were
the first crossover vehicles. Mini-
van, SUV, stationwagon?
We bought our 96 in 02, with 49K
pampered miles from a nice Russian
couple. They were moving on up to a
My local Mazda dealer told me that
these 96-98 MPVs were never on his
lot, as owners either kept or sold
Our '96 is now in the shop for a +92k
rebuild. Timing belt and water pump
replacemant, front U-joint boots, motor
and tranny fluid replacement. It'll run
about $800-900 bucks. Well worth the
price! I just had a '99 Concorde 2.7L
DIE at 98K of crankshaft failure. I'll
pamper my 96 MPV, Thank You!
I popped in E-Bay 6-CD,it rock
Cross-over design. Wide swing (90
degree) of rear doors. Stable handling
and manners. 4WD on-demand. 7-passenger
capability, plus hauling space without
third seat. I use it to go onto
industrial jobsites for my Geotube
business, from mines to Superfund sites.
Have the cloth interior LX. More front
leg room. Adjustable seat height and
tilt. Hard seat for long distances.
Needs sun roof. Should I have tried to
find a leather ES? Rear door opening
glitches. Really a Mazda 3.0L truck!
Expect 15/20 MPG. It really is a