Used Vehicle Review: Mazda MPV, 2000-2006 –

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Mazda MPV

January 21, 2010

Since the of the minivan era – which began in with the original Dodge and Plymouth Voyager – one of the lures of the was that it offered the carrying of a van yet drove like a car.

In the minivan concept delivered on one of that promise, but fell on the other. Many an enthusiast accepted the fact that a family meant giving up his or her coupe and belting themselves a – yawn – minivan. While are capable and commodious vehicles to be they were never

At least, that was the case the 2000 model year, Mazda came calling the second generation of its MPV.

The MPV was always a bit of an oddball in the minivan The original was a compact, one-size-fits-all, affair in a class full of boxes, many of which available in two sizes. Mazda with a more conventional in 2000, switching to a front-wheel-drive

2002 Mazda MPV. Click to enlarge

The MPV continued to march to its own in three areas, however: it was smaller than most of its available in just one size and it a decidedly more interesting experience than other

So the MPV is on the small for the class, but how much so? At glance, its 2,840 mm wheelbase and mm overall length are consistent other size-small minivans: the short-wheelbase Dodge Caravan had a mm wheelbase and was 4,732 mm long. The significant size difference the MPV and its competitors was width: only the Chevy Venture/Pontiac Montana/Saturn Terrazza were narrower, by a negligible two mm, at 1,830 mm.

A word about all these defunct minivans: Mazda the MPV after 2006, choosing to on crossovers instead. The seven-seat replaced it in 2007, and other have recently dropped from their lineups including Ford and General

The result of its smaller stature was a in cargo room compared to competitors, but that was made up for in the category. From the start, gave the second-generation MPV a firm to carry its “zoom-zoom” mantra into the people-mover class of That tight suspension the 2000 MPV a hit with automotive who praised its sporty handling, and a that truly verged on

2002 Mazda MPV. Click to enlarge

The MPV’s handling won many drivers, but what wow anyone right away was the MPV’s 2.5-litre V6 engine. It was the 170-hp DOHC Ford unit that powered the Contour and Mercury Mystique and and while it was a spirited performer in cars, it struggled under the 1,656-kg curb weight.

In the MPV received a mild facelift to its looks in line with models in the company’s lineup. level designations were changed that year, GX, GS and GT replacing the DX/LX/ES model

Mazda MPV

2002 Mazda MPV. Click to enlarge

2000 Mazda MPV 2002 Mazda MPV. Click to enlarge

Despite Mazda’s good reputation for dependability, the MPV is average in the reliability department. The transmission added in 2002 has problematic; the older four-speed is a bet, even if it does with the less powerful There are mentions, too, in the at of engine ignition problems with the 3.0-litre For those who don’t mind their hands dirty, a helpful post detailing how to faulty coils yourself .

Cracked exhaust manifolds appear to be a fairly common – read here and here – as do leaks in vans with heaters for the rear seats. It that in colder parts of America where salt is extensively in winter weather, the that run hot coolant to the back of the van are to severe corrosion and leaking. The can be replaced but appear to be pricey; a fix is to simply plug the rear lines.

See this thread at for suggestions on common problems to be of in a used MPV.

Used MPV range from $4,225 for a DX model, to $13,800 for a 2006 GT For about $10,000, you could try for a 2005 model; you’ll be at $10,000 or less for any 2003 or model. Look for well-maintained and pay attention to how well the automatic has been maintained. Often, a transmission that’s prone to will be reasonably dependable if “over-maintained” over the course of its

Find a newer MPV that this bill, and passes a by a trusted mechanic and you’ll have decent luck.

The MPV is a fun family hauler; a so-so history is the only thing would make me think but as mentioned, a careful shopper walk away with a deal on a well-maintained example.

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