by brock69 on Feb 17, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda MPV ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
This has been an excellent van for my family. Bought new in 2002 and now has 150,000+ miles and counting. Wife now drives about 400 miles a week average and we've put very little money into it. Ours is the ES so it came with Sunroof, power doors & leather. We've used this vehicle for numerous trips across Country and in all types of weather with no issues. The only problems we continually have with it are a cd is jammed in the radio, water sloshes in the door wells which requires the drain to be cleaned, and the shocks squeak when it's cold. We've replaced the oil pan gasket and a few ignition coils but thats been it.
by jacho59 on Jul 14, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
Bought our 2003 MPV new.
It only has 60,000km on it but it has cost us a lot of money and time to keep it on the road.
PCV hose, TCM and various 'little' unrelated things. The real pain is the dealer dings us $110Cdn every time they hook it up to the 'computer'.
We bought this van because we thought Mazda was a reliable and durable brand.
This is our first and last Mazda vehicle...
by redmuddler on Jun 12, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
We bought our MPV new and it has been a great car. I like the exterior design and size. Honda and Toyota went bigger in 2003 leaving Mazda with this smaller size which is more agile and I think a sleeker design. The driving experience with this Mazda is surprising: it really is almost sporty, in any event very responsive.
My only beef with this vehicle is the shifter sort of gets in the way of the controls on the dash board. Other than that, the moter runs like a top with enough power. At 74k miles now, the transmission seems like it might be acting differently, but no actual problems. After 8 years though I'm afraid my wife wants "something new" so I may look around. But a great car.
For 2003, power sliding doors are an option for both the LX and ES trim levels. A towing package and a cargo organizer are two other new options. Also, an alarm and engine immobilizer are now part of a security package, and a cassette player is available on the ES trim level. The LX trim now rides on 16-inch wheels. Inside, floor and cargo mats are now standard on both trim levels, while outside, you'll see a new exhaust tip.