I feel so badly when I read about the horror stories of other owners because we have been beyond happy with our van! We purchased it new in 2000 and have had nothing but normal maintenance. The only thing that has now happened twice is that the driver's side sliding door handle has broken. Don't understand this, but if that's the only problem we've had in 10 years, I'm thrilled! We are at 145,000 miles and hope to continue for at least another 50,000?
I bought this van from a private seller in 05 with 72,000 miles on it. My van now has 173,000 we have routinely towed an 18 ft Ski boat with no problem except when the ramp is wet. Get out grab the cooler and kids push hard HA HA! No major issues what soever even towed a popup trailer to Tennessee through Blue Ridge Mountains.
worst vehicle I have owned!
would rather drive my 88 VW Jetta with 302,000Km than this minivan.
Did my research before I bought it two years ago and have been disappointed ever since.
Issues started a year after I bought it with the alternator going dead.
Though it was an older battery and bought a new one. Turns out the alternator was not working and left my wife and family stranded.
Towed to Pacific Mazda in Victoria who wanted to charge $700 for the alternator and tried to convince my wife that she needed a new battery.
This is a blatant rip off as the battery was 2 days old!
I sourced a reman alternator (Bosch)
for less than $300 and sent it to the dealer.
52k+ mi, still wows us. First Mazda,
after Camry/2 4Runners. Quality
excellent, w/ 2 exceptions:
Stowable armrests for the middle row of
seats failed, and slide off metal frame
occasionally. Primarily due to kids
sitting on them, Mazda not to blame?
3rd seat "headrest guides" break off
when used in "stadium" seating
position, and we use it often. Passing
pwr great; drivetrain (?) kicks down
when needed right away, though this
will affect mileage, i.e. hubby
driving. Size, 2 kids/2 dogs, about
perfect. More, plus baggage, consider
Toyota/Honda. No towing experience.
Fuel econ avg 26+ mpg hwy.