2003 Mazda MPV Consumer Review: Excellent Choice for Family

2003 Mazda MPV - Consumer Review

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LX Passenger Minivan (3.0L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Excellent Choice for Family
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2003 Mazda MPV LX 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


We bought our MPV LX brand new in late 2002. 3 1/2 years and 80,000 miles later, we are still very happy with the van. It is smaller than Honda and Toyota minivans, and is just the perfect size for a family of 4. Originally my wife insisted on buying a minivan after our first child was born. I hesitated to be seen in a minivan. But we rented an MPV during a vacation and felt in love with the size and handling. We have only had one mechanical problem with a radiator hose during the 80,000 miles we've had the van. The problem occurred around 30,000 miles, and was fixed by the dealer (there was a bulletin on the issue). Other than that, it has been very reliable.

Best Features

Perfect size. Great handling (for a minivan). Versatile seating arrangements (handy if you want to carry lots of stuff or haul up to 7 people). Great performance (for minivan) and reliability. Love the power sliding doors.

Worst Features

3rd row headrests that must be manually removed when seat is folded into the floor. No split folding 3rd row seat.
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