My MPV is yr 2003 with 109xx miles. As of today 2-27-2018, it broke down on the road and we decide to quit it. I would like to list everything I suffered through with the car so help you consider, if you still dare... 1. Bad Transmission/Performance. 2. Spark Plugs replaced 3 times/design issue. 3. 2 out of 4 windows had electronic control issues 4. replaced 4 sensors to remove the engine light, ouch. 5. noise from under the hood-spent 2 grands and problem kept hitting.. 6. Interior mirrors all popped and dropping. 7. driver side window can't roll back on. 8. Slide door press/lock failed in remote control. 9. oil leak 10. engine oil draining bolt had worn thread causing leak.
Our 2003 started rusting around the wheel rims and door edges a couple of years ago. The mechanic now warns us that the frame has rusted beyond repair. He said the rust was pretty typical to this car, and I have notice other MPV 3's have the exact same issue.
Bought it new in Jan 03. 13 years later and 190,000 miles it's still running great. The only issues I've had was the ignition coils going other than that normal wear and tear that should be addressed. My coworker has the exact same model and has 289,000 on his.
Bought new in 2003. Had to replace the #2 coil three times but the part is cheap if you buy it online. Also replaced the alternator about 4yrs ago. Rides and handles like a car and has NEVER left me stranded or failed to start up. Starting to make creaking noises and one of the electric doors wasn't closing so when the cable broke recently for the door it became in operable but that's ok. AC still spits ice. Traded the MPV in after 14yrs and 216.000 miles. Still running fine though the front end needed work.
2003 Mazda MPV Minivan ES 4dr Minivan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
do not buy this vehicle. they are money pits. the coil packs go out in all of them over and over again. the pvc hoses always crack in them, the power door cables break in them, and the newest problem is the radio, interior lights, and power doors quit working and none of the fuses are blown. noone knows how to fix the newest problem. these vehicles are built to fail and to be a money pit.
6 disk cd changer, power seats, and power doors when they worked