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I Can't Complain
By wiz8mom on 08/31/12 19:54 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

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
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
A Good Pal
By joe4prez on 12/02/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

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.
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Horror!
By zpg on 08/08/10 16:30 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Premature and/or repeated problems: coils, pcv valve, fan control module, transmission, radiator, motor mounts, window motor, rust
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Don't Buy It
By 02 Mazda Lx on 07/29/10 16:07 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

We first saw the Mazda MPV at the 2001 LA Car Show. I fell in love with third row fold and sporty design. My wife and I have two boys and the car was perfect for our needs. Then the nightmare began. We have had the transmission flashed two times because of shift problems. The PCV pipe cracked and caused idle problems. The brake rotors went out of balance and shook the car like helicopter was above us. Now at 72K the transmission failed. Payed 1400 to replace it. 2 months later the radiator fluid has leaked into one of the transmission cooling lines and again the transmission misshifts. It is in the shop more than on the road. Save yourselves and do not buy this vehicle. I am trading mine in!
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Used
By rich on 03/26/10 20:17 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

The car is awesome for me. The interior space with rear seats removed makes this van a winner hauling stuff, camping out or whatever. It's been a very dependable car with plenty of pep and it is really well balanced, even with a full load, the car drives the same!
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Decent family van
By Andrea on 02/13/10 00:25 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

I've enjoyed the benefits of this smaller-sized van. Our family fills it, but it has met our needs. With wise packing and a rooftop carrier, we can carry whatever we need. Ours has about 115 k miles on it, and ran well until about a year ago. We have spent quite a bit of money on repairs recently, and the "check engine" light continues to indicate a problem. I think it is nearly time to replace it, but it has served us well.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Too many mechanical problems
By Jim on 01/26/10 09:03 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

The 3.0l engine and 5 speed gives the MPV a great drive. Fit and finish is good. But at 60,000 miles I have needed to replace ignition coils, have had numerous transmission problems and underside of the hood has rusted into swiss cheese. My MPV also seems to wreck rear tires, has a small coolant leak and the door locks don't work anymore. Exhaust fell apart at 40,000 miles. I expect to have problems with an older vehicle, but have never had problems like this with anything I've ever owned before. I love the car, but not as much as my mechanic.
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One of the worst
By zzz on 12/04/09 05:45 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Shocked to see average consumer rating is 8.8. One if the worst ever owned. People must not own this vehicle for long, or drive it very much, otherwise how could you not have these persistent problems: coils, pcv hoses, fan control modules (all these have failed multiple times, some even after the recall work). Lesser frequent problem: tranny totally quit, front stabilizer links, control arms, wheel bearing, coolant reservoir cracked, intake bellow gone bad (too lean CEL), O2 sensor, catalytic converter below threshold, driver side window motor, flex pipe leak, rust everywhere. All these problems happened on an MPV bought new and religiously maintained.
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Good value
By Nick072261 on 10/25/09 06:10 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

My wife & I purchased this mini-van with 12,000 and we now have 66,000 miles on this vehicle. Initial problems included the Shift Solenoid for the transmission, oil gasket and seals around timing chain case cover were replaced and a noise with the fan was fixed. All work was covered under the warranty. We have put on 40,000 miles since our problems without any other issues. The car has a V6 dohc Ford American made engine that was used in the Taurus. Funny thing is our problems were all related to the Japanese parts - go figure! Anyway, I would consider buying another if they were still being made. We plan to keep this car until it dies (hopefully not anytime soon)!
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$500.00+ for 6 spark plugs/tune up
By no more mazdas 4me on 09/08/09 12:53 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Mazda MPV Minivan ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Review

Transmission went out at 50,100 miles during my stay in Dallas after evacuating hurricane katrina. Mazda paid about 45%. I have no boat, have not pulled anything, just three small kids then. The coil packs that replaced the spark plug wires are terrible. If you have a problem with any of the back 3 cylinders bend over!!! Tires seem to wear very fast, though evenly, on the potholes of New Orleans streets. I see I am not alone with these problems.
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