1996 Mazda MPV Consumer Review: First Cross-over Vehicle

1996 Mazda MPV Minivan - Consumer Review

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1996 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan 4WD


Mazda didn't realize it, but these were
the first crossover vehicles. Mini-
van, SUV, stationwagon?

We bought our 96 in 02, with 49K
pampered miles from a nice Russian
couple. They were moving on up to a

My local Mazda dealer told me that
these 96-98 MPVs were never on his
lot, as owners either kept or sold

Our '96 is now in the shop for a +92k
rebuild. Timing belt and water pump
replacemant, front U-joint boots, motor
and tranny fluid replacement. It'll run
about $800-900 bucks. Well worth the
price! I just had a '99 Concorde 2.7L
DIE at 98K of crankshaft failure. I'll
pamper my 96 MPV, Thank You!

I popped in E-Bay 6-CD,it rock

Best Features

Cross-over design. Wide swing (90 degree) of rear doors. Stable handling and manners. 4WD on-demand. 7-passenger capability, plus hauling space without third seat. I use it to go onto industrial jobsites for my Geotube business, from mines to Superfund sites.

Worst Features

Have the cloth interior LX. More front leg room. Adjustable seat height and tilt. Hard seat for long distances. Needs sun roof. Should I have tried to find a leather ES? Rear door opening glitches. Really a Mazda 3.0L truck! Expect 15/20 MPG. It really is a Mazda truck!
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