by grapemanca on Jun 17, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan
We've owned our '97 MPV since it was new. It's been a very reliable vehicle, and we've had no major tranny, engine or front-end repairs in almost 12 years (but we do follow the service manual). It can hold a lot of stuff, and makes for an excellent passenger and moving van. The only negatives are its weight, which leads to mediocre fuel economy and premature tire wear. Strange lean to the right as well, which I've noticed on other MPV's. A very solid machine that's taken a fair bit of abuse and kept on driving smoothly.
by jerome on Aug 5, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan 4WD
Great vehicle. Mazda had a great thing going, and now suvs became this type of vehicle. Wish they never changed the design, or change back and put in newer components and engines. This is a great style. Rear seats don't have much leg room, but when your kids start to get cramped back there, it means soon enough they won't want to be in the same car with you anyway, LOL. So good, I have been looking for another one and getting rid of my car.
by SnowMPV on Feb 20, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan 4WD
I have had a Toyota Land Cruiser, and compared to that it is agile and very fuel efficient. I used to get 8 MPG in city and 13 Mpg in highway with the Land Cruiser. The 4X4 MPV gets 14 MPG in city and 21 Highway. I have climbed off road areas that my brother with a 4WD Suburban could not keep up. Thanks to MPV's differential lock. This SUV/MINIVAN was never tasted good to car magazines' subjective taste without objective reasons. It is an outstanding low priced 4 wheel drive van with 4 doors.
by johnny marshall on Feb 4, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan
Bought it with load and people in
mind. That's all I got.Constant rear
passenger door locking problem, it
locks when it shouldn't. In winter, all
locks go screwy. I NEVER asked if it
was front wheel drive when I bought it.
Japanese DON'T make rear wheel drive
anything anymore, right? WRONG! New
winter tires on, it handles worse than
my old GMC vandura!
No confidence in this vehicle
whatsoever. Even the Big 3 make front
wheel drive minivans!
What happened to these guys on this
one? The fuel economy is aweful, I
can't wait to change it! I think a
Sante Fe will be better than this.
What a shame!
by s.d. on Nov 16, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Mazda MPV ES 4dr Minivan
Our Mazda MPV has been wonderful. One
of our biggest favorites about this
model is the two back doors
are 'regular' doors...not sliding
doors. Also captain chair seats that
recline in both the front & rear areas
make movement inside similar to that of
an airplane! A must with 4 children!
Thanks to Mazda and Jim Ellis
dealership for wonderful service over
the years in keeping our great
investment in such good shape. Would
buy another in a heartbeat. SD
by MPV Driver on Jan 3, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan
We have had no significant problems
with our MPV over the years. Heard of
transmission problems in other vehicles
but none in ours yet. Nuisance check
engine light goes on and off
occasionally, but mechanic has found no
problems. Speedo error can be caused
by different size tires, stock tires
can be very difficult to find and if
you can find them you won't want to pay
for them. I am encouraged by the
number of older style MPVs (3 doors)
still running the road that make ours
look new. Although the van has been
very reliable, I would not give 5 cents
for the maintenance department of the
dealer where we bought.
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