2003 Mazda MPV Consumer Review: No Magic Minivan Bullet
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2003 Mazda MPV - Consumer Review

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LX Passenger Minivan (3.0L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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No Magic Minivan Bullet
By J-Dog on

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

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I 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.

Favorite Features

Exterior 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

Suggested Improvements

Better 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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