Expect the worst and it will happen
By lowinpro on
2000 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan
We've owned this MPV for a few years, got it for less than blue book from a private party. Recently (at about 80k miles) some things started going wrong - both manifolds, water pump, oil pump, timing chain, pcv, and many electrical problems. Both the passenger front door and one sliding door have electrical/mechanical malfunctions (one only opens from the inside, the other only from the outside). In short, a wide variety of mechanical, electrical, and engine problems that are very expensive to repair - about double the actual value of the vehicle at this point. None of them fall under "routine maintenance." Advice: steer clear of Mazda vans of this vintage.
the van accelerates decently for a car of that class, and the braking system is adequate. Decent amount of interior space. I'm really fishing to find anything positive here.
Repair places complain that this van is particularly hard to work on, adding considerable hours to even routine maintenance. Very poorly engineered vehicle.