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10 years of ownership: RUST...RUST...RUST
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By HawaiiMPV
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2005 Mazda MPV LX-SV 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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When my first son was born my wife said "we need a minivan!". I strongly disagreed. So we "compromised" and got a minivan. But as it turned out, I loved this van...for the first 6 years of ownership. Then I started to see a little rust at some of the body seams. Hmmm. And the rust kept going. Now, the van is 10 years old and starting to rust though *FROM THE INSIDE* at the bottom of the doors. For reference, I have a 12 year old lexus with zero rust. I don't live an area that uses road salt and I maintain the exteriors of my cars with washes and waxes regularly - Google "mazda rust" and you'll see that all the mazdas of this era have premature rust problems. Other than that the van has been OK; I have replaced only the drivers window regulator and the coil packs twice and the radiator just this year (85K miles). There is a small oil leak from the oil pan. On the plus side, my wife loves the visibility and ease of parking (it's a "skinny" van). My son loves the view from the back seat and complains about not being able to see out of every other car we drive. But overall I feel like the van aged too fast too soon, and now I'm stuck with a van with no resale value. I do not recommend a used MPV and would not buy another mazda anytime soon.


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a few years in
3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By tbg
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2005 Mazda MPV ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought our MPV ES in Oct 2008 with 46,000 on it. It currently has about 114,000 on it and doesn't seem to be much different from when we bought it. To date, it has required relatively infrequent and minor fixes: a minor ($300) fuel thing (forgotten what precisely) at 90k, a small water pump leak at 108k.


Best Features

Above avg handling for a minivan, and small size for vehicle with these capabilities.


Worst Features

Mazda did a great job of redesigning this in 2007 (I've seen them when I travel to Asia) but decided not to import it. A real shame. Bring it back and call it a Mazda7.


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nice car so far
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By topcatken
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2005 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this a few months ago with 53,000 miles on it. Except for a vacuum hose which was expensive, it is serving us well. The vehicle is easy to handle because it is smaller but easy to adjust for different uses. Rear seat folds down into floor or you can flip it back for tailgating. Has a/c vents front and rear, seats 7 and is easy getting in and out. Have driven it back and forth across west Texas twice now and did what I asked it to do.


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sliding door windows go up and down. Rear seat folds into floor.


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Rust Problems
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By mazda owner
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2005 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I decided to sell my MPV just 5 years after I bought it because it was rusting so badly at the base of both the passenger and driver doors as well as on all 4 wheel wells. In this day and age you don't expect a vehicle to rust before it's even 10 years old and this car began rusting when it was just 3 years old. When I brought the problem up to Mazda they were only willing to go by the book: The rust warranty only kicks in when the rust has perforated the metal. Well it's perforated now--now that the warranty has expired. Between fixing the rust and some other scheduled maintenance I was going to be spending more on the car than it was worth. So I cut my losses and sold the car.


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Used Car Purchase
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Family of 4
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2005 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I noticed most of these reviews are older and mostly new car purchases. Reviews have nonetheless been very helpful in our decision. Like most family van purchasers, we compared with used Sienna's and Odyssey's. In the end, the MPV was such a better value as they seem to depreciate at a faster rate. My wife it the primary driver for this car, so the smaller exterior size was easier for her to drive. Handling is substantially better as it is shorter and narrower. Parking and general driving was much easier. Of course with better handling comes at a cost, because you need to sacrifice interior space. As a family 4, this was not a factor at all, so this was by far the best fit.


Best Features

Handling, Third row that hides in the floor, Best visibility in class.


Worst Features

Mazda dealerships still have a long way to go compared with Honda. Customer service and sales tactics are very old school. Mazda, bring back the MPV. we love it!


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