2003 Mazda MPV Consumer Review: Happy After 3 years, 33K Miles

2003 Mazda MPV - Consumer Review

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

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Happy After 3 years, 33K Miles
By Lynda Marie on


2003 Mazda MPV ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Very happy w/ van. Not a single mechanical issue. I don't find the tranny shifter an issue, I use it as a guide for the radio (over) and the a/c (under). Plenty of power in CO mountains, yet decent mileage. Excellent (!) on snow & ice w/ new tires (who needs 4WD unless you need clearance?). Good on long trips. Size is big enough for lots of kids and stuff, but small enough to park almost anywhere. Handling better than expected from a minivan. Leather seating is easy to clean. Kids like their own heating/ac controls. Would buy another one if I "crunched" this one.

Best Features

Small package that can haul a lot of kids/things. Good handling, ease of parking in town. Decent gas mileage. Cheap acquisition, operation, insurance costs. GFX package makes it looks a little bit sporty (ok, it's not a sports car, but let us dream a little, ok?).

Worst Features

Put better tires on as original equip! Better gas mileage. My other (better?) half says the seats could be a bit wider for men w/ wide shoulders; he would also like a slightly bigger V-6 engine. (He's used to 300HP, I have no such complaints, it goes JUST FINE!).
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