No Magic Minivan Bullet
By J-Dog on
2003 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
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.
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
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.