by rwmich on Nov 8, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda MPV DX 4dr Minivan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
This has been a great car for 11 years (2001 model), and still going.
I have been holding off getting a new car hoping that Mazda will come back with a real minivan- the 5 is too small.
I have over 200,000 miles now, and it's still going without any major issues.
Been thinking about getting something new, but can't justify because this baby keeps on chugging away.
It has done the full gamut of use- toting loads of kids to practices and activities, towing my 15 foot sailboat, vacation trips, hauling junk in the cargo zone, canoe on the roof, etc.
What a versatile vehicle, and 20 miles per gallon.
by Ted on Oct 22, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
Probably will have to replace the MPV soon, as it is getting up there in miles. It has been a good, reliable family vehicle for almost ten years. Still wish it had more power and a 5- speed automatic. The Ford engine (from the Contour) was the only mechanical challenge. It has a minor oil leak now, and the exhaust manifolds are leaking a bit, making warm-up slightly loader than normal. The van still looks great and rides and handles great, and the interior is tight and solid with no squeaks, rattles or broken/loose parts. Highest quality car I have ever owned, other than the aforementioned engine. I wish Mazda had not discontinued. Will likely go with the new for 2011 Honda Odyssey.
by Nasar on Jan 21, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
This is not a van you want to buy when you have other choices like Odyssey and Sienna. the plus point is it drives nice - more like a sedan. The first 4-5 years were almost trouble free with few niggles. From then on too many problems. Recently, it won't start and had to be towed and found out that the engine froze because there was no oil ! The oil is changed on time and there is no leak. How did the oil disappear in 3 months - is a mystery !!! in winters of Chicago, the sliding doors always get stuck and you cannot open it! If you are buying new one, sell it after three years. If you are buying old one, I will look elsewhere.
Not much changes on Mazda's minivan. Keyless entry is standard on MPV LX, and the AM/FM/CD/cassette audio system is standard on LX and ES models. Child safety-seat anchors have been added to all MPV models, as have new exterior color choices. The 2.5-liter V6 engine now complies with NLEV emissions standards.