No Magic Minivan Bullet
By J-Dog on
Vehicle2003 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewI like its maneuverable size, with good
brakes and good steering feel.
Overall, it has a nice interior (with
a few ergonomic miscues) and seems
well thoughtout. Nevertheless, it is
far from a driver's car. It lacks
enough engine power when loaded. The
suspension has too much impact
harshness at recommended tire psi. I
have had two warranty repairs (cooling
system,A/C)and 2 issues that were the
subject of TSBs(transmission, brake
clunk)in less than one year. I
expected more from a Japanese brand
with an ostensible reputation for
quality. Fuel economy is poor for a
3.0 liter V-6.
Best FeaturesExterior Styling, compact size, lack of interior rattles. Easy child car seat installation (LATCH). Good brakes and steering feel. Front seats reasonably comfortable for long drives
Worst FeaturesBetter quality control, esp. transmission, brakes, cooling system. Improve interior carpeting, exterior paint quality. Needs a bigger engine with more fuel economy ala Toyota Sienna. Better access to spare tire.
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