2002 Mazda MPV Consumer Review: Great used buy

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Great used buy
By bjones440 on


2002 Mazda MPV ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


I purchased an '02 ES model used late in '03. This seemed like the best used buy if you are not too concerned with interior space, because it is smaller than most. Has the most bang for the buck for a highly rated import with power sliding doors. Drives and handles superb for a minivan. Seats seem a little narrow, but I got used to them. Unfortunately the ignition coil went out twice on different cylinders while under warranty, so the dealer replaced the coils and plugs on all 6 cylinders. That was in March '04, no other problems. Stock tires seem to wear quickly, as I noticed on most other used MPVs. I just replaced mine at 58k with Michelin Hydroedge. Very limited choice on this size tire.

Best Features

Only 2 vans in '02 had third row folding seats; the other was the Honda which priced much higher used. Sliding doors are great. Second row seats are adjustable without removing. This makes up for the smaller size. Great power and handling. Overall great design.

Worst Features

Seats could be more comfortable. No switch on the console to turn on all interior dome lights; only the interior map light can be turned on by the driver. More standard wheel size. Naturally the ignition coil problem should not have happened.
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