I bought this van as a second car fixer-upper. I was surprised at the 3.0 engine coming back to life with a new a/c compressor, cooling system transplant, new belts, and hoses, and a simple tune-up. This mpv has a power button transmission option for towing trailers which I had serviced for $43. Has enough room for my family of 5 to travel around Florida at easy with our luggage. Great van, truck & addition to our family. I recommend this mpv van renovation to any family who wants a minivan/truck 4 under $6000.
I've had own many people movers and haulers. This van meets all the requirements of an all around vehicle. Very reliable and ergonomically pleasant to be in. With today's prices on a used version, this minivan is a great buy. Definitely the best "bang for the buck" that I've gotten out of a automobile! Kudos to Mazda!
We bought this van in 1993, it had 21k
on it. We were still elgible for the
Mazda factory warranty, which came in
handy a few times.I have had the oil
changed faithfully every 3k miles with
Castrol 10w30 motor oil.Other regular
maintenance items have also been done
to it. Also other items such as struts,
shocks etc. have also been done. It now
has over 227k on it, and still runs
good. Of course it has had it's share
of repairs that were not maintenance
related,but overall pretty good.
I bought this MPV last year and added
10,000 KM on the car. Compared to other
friend's experience, I only do regular
oil changes and the only two fixes I
did are: 1. steeling pipe broken
(rusted after 10 years) 2. Shortcut
after 3000 KM driving.
A very good car to keep. 4.5 out of 5.
Bought ours used about 2 years ago with
103k miles. Fit and finish are still
excellent, everything works. Handling
is solid and neutral - good tires make
a big difference. Typically makes 18mpg
in town which isn't bad considering
engine size and weight of vehicle.
Smooth ride, good ergonomics for driver
(except cruise control location on
The engine on ours occasionally has
fairly loud valvetrain noise -
apparently a problem with this model
year. Dealer had fixed it once before
we owned it, but it's back. Everything
else so far has been bulletproof - AC,