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 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 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.