by wiz8mom on Aug 31, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
We purchased our MPV used in 2005 with about 45,000 miles on it.
With an extended warranty, we paid total about $11,000.
It now has 227,000 miles on it (365,000km).
We had to have the transmission replaced at 95K miles, but it was covered under our extended warranty.
We had coils replaced at one point, and a couple of other repairs around the $300 mark.
Regular oil changes and routine maintenance (brakes, trans. fluid, etc), this van has kept chugging along.
Along with daily driving, we drove from Auburn, WA to B.C. Canada twice a week for 2 years (6 hours round trip), while hauling 2 drums, harnesses, 2 sets of bagpipes, and 4 teenagers, 2 adults.
We averaged 22-24 hwy mpg
by joe4prez on Dec 2, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
Bought our MPV new in 2002 and now have 82K miles. We've had a good experience with the van with very few issues. The only problems were replacing 3 coil packs at 65K miles and the fan module at 72K miles. Cost us about $500 for both. After 8 years the car is still solidly built, no electrical or mechanical issues, and no rusting. So far so good.
Mazda adds power to the MPV in the form of a 200-horsepower V6 engine governed by a five-speed automatic transmission, which is just what the doctor ordered for this previously underpowered minivan. The MPV also gains power-sliding doors, available 17-inch alloy wheels, traction control, an improved braking system and revised suspension tuning.