by gallatea on Aug 1, 2007 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.
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.
by Rep On The Road on Aug 24, 2004 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.......
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