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First and Last Mazda
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By jacho59
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2003 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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. NOT SO. This is our first and last Mazda vehicle...


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A great car
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By redmuddler
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2003 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Favorite Features

handling and just enough power.


Suggested Improvements

Shifter (on driving column) gets in the way of the dash board controls.


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Well satisfied
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Anna Wells
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2003 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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We moved into a mini-van when my 3rd child was born. 2 yrs old and 24,000 miles. 5 yrs later still driving it, has been on many vacations, have done only routine maintenance, and have replaced the tires once. The transmission may be going, but up until now, it has been very reliable and a great vehicle for my family.


Favorite Features

Comfortable and great travel vehicle. Very nice to have when you have children in car seats and infant carriers.


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By Ed Darnell
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2003 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased vehicle new. Unresolved problems with automatic sliding doors (sometimes they work other times not) 68k miles, engine light on, transmission range switch inoperative, replaced at cost of $326. 70k pull off interstate for lunch car stalled in parking lot. Able to restart by depressing gas pedal to floor, but stalls when gear is engaged. Tow to dealer $87.50, two nights in motel awaiting part and repair $236.00, replace AJ57-18-84A water thermo switch, $178.


Favorite Features

Automatic sliding doors(when they are working)


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2003 MPV LX - Bought New
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By Tommy C.
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2003 Mazda MPV Minivan LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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My MPV was bought new and now has 143K miles on it. It has had all the issues that others stated here. Check Engine light is a regular happening! Catalytic Converter issue that I will ignore until the end! Replaced the two common coils in front - water issue/design - stupid! Leaking rear AC antifreeze tubes - under warranty at 130K - thanks Mazda! Tubes were rusted gone! transmission issues - reprogrammed in 2004 and seems to be ok since. Rust around rear wheel wells AND bottom seals of front doors! Happened at 35K miles in beginning! Worst design - no power lock button on pass.side door! No dimmer over-ride to switch on inside lights after 10 Minutes! Ugh! AC is weak! Heater is weak.


Favorite Features

Exterior Styling still looks good. Interior dash layout is good - always liked that the best of all.


Suggested Improvements

Too late. Vehicle is not distr. here now. Quality improvement - metals, etc. is needed!


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