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Mazda MPV Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 155 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Mazda MPV

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    4-door design, 7-passenger wagon, available four-wheel drive

  • Cons

    Overweight, underpowered, overpriced, SUV-wannabe styling

  • What's New for 1997

    Four-wheel ABS is standard across the board, and all but the LX 2WD model are dressed in goofy All-Sport exterior trim.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Bessy is reliable

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Vehicle: 1996 Mazda MPV

I bought my MPV from an elderly couple when she was already 9 years old. People scoffed at me for doing so. I am laughing all the way to the bank. I had a tune up and timing belt replacement done initially and new tires - expensive, but worth every penny. She's been on a cross country trip and has transported many heavy things, many times. Everytime I think she's a geeky vehicle, I am reminded how roomy and comfy she is again and again. Almost 12 years old now and never had a mechanical problem yet (or an interior problem). Paint is in very good condition too, still glistens with a wax. Best road trip vehicle I've ever had. Great in wet weather too.


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Vehicle: 1996 Mazda MPV

Well built and solid road feel. Smooth running engine. Interior with good quality components. Exceptionally good four wheel disk brakes.

Unbelievable vehicle

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Vehicle: 1996 Mazda MPV

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.


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Vehicle: 1996 Mazda MPV

a good solid minivan well designed. good size for around town

Good job mazda

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Vehicle: 1996 Mazda MPV

the van is too reliable beside routine maintanence this is the most reliable car i have ever owned

Totally dependable

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Vehicle: 1996 Mazda MPV

This was my 3rd MPV beginning with a '90 which had the floor mounted manual trans - probably the best of the lot! - followed by a '93 and now this vehicle which I have driven for almost 8 years. Overall, a really dependable vehicle with just one vice, the tension device on the timing belt. All 3 vehicles had to have this tiny, costly item replaced...usually around 60K+ when the recommended timing belt replacement was made. Too bad that Mazda no longer sees a need for 4WD in the current Soccer Mom limousine.......

Full 1997 Mazda MPV Review

What's New for 1997

Four-wheel ABS is standard across the board, and all but the LX 2WD model are dressed in goofy All-Sport exterior trim.

Talk About The 1997 MPV

Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 17
  • highway
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