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  • owr084owr084 Posts: 46
    BASURF -

    Did you get the security package - the one with the side impact airbags? If so, be very cautious about putting seatcovers on the front seats. Mazda mounts the side-impact airbags inside the front seats rather than in the pillar. A seat cover may interfere with the operation of the side impact air bags at the wrong moment. The manual specifically warns against this. The seatcovers need to be approved for use with the side impact bags.

    RBB
  • basurfbasurf Posts: 42
    yeah thx for the warning...I actually read that in another MPV forum here

    we haven't put any seat covers on at all yet...my wife isn't going to like the news...she loves her "wetsuit" seat covers...we could still put them on all but the front seats I guess
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    OWR 084 or Basurf, where's a good place to get those seat covers? Does anyone know where to get nice looking ones made for side airbags? My wife really likes the ES, but since we live in Arizona, leather seats can be a real pain in the...well you know. ;o) So we're thinking about putting covers on during the summer as a solution. We're waiting on the next model year still, to see if they add that Millenium Red, so it's not urgent, but I like to figure these things out while they're fresh on this board.

    Speaking of waiting...I got a really nice letter from a Mazda Customer Specialist, who was responding to my email through PlanetFeedback.com, inquiring about the color choices for 2003 and requesting the Millenium Red. She told me there wasn't any information on the 2003s yet, but to check back with her for updates in the coming months. I thought that was very cool! It was a really nice, long letter that really made me feel more excited about owning a Mazda MPV. She even included her business card! Way to go Mazda!!! :o)
  • smarssmars Posts: 32
    I've been looking for an LX with 4 seasons since the $1k rebate came out in May. The dealer I'd been working with told me that the regional sales mgr for the Southeast wouldn't order any 4 seasons vans for the region because there was only demand for these in "cold weather" climates. I did one of those "get 3 dealer quotes" from Autotrader. Another local dealer e-mailed me saying they were available, but his quote was far above the S plan price and included a $299 doc fee. I forwarded his e-mail to the one I'd been working with, and sure enough, there were some in the port @ Jacksonville.

    I ended up getting an LX (actually its on the way) with 4 seasons, security pkg., dual air, cassette, roof rack, mats, and wheel locks, for $21,263.

    Bottom line, if your dealer tells you they can't get what you want, make sure they at least do their homework on what's available.
  • sd1228sd1228 Posts: 46
    This looks like a great deal. Is it thro'
    S plan ?
    The offers you got thro' autotrader were close
    to the final price you got or you had to negotiate
    on top of that ?
  • smarssmars Posts: 32
    When I described what I was looking for, in the quotes thru Autotrader, I indicated I qualified for the S plan. The quote from Tim Marberger Mazda was $500 over invoice (minus the $2k incentive) plus a $299 doc fee. The S plan does not allow charging doc fees, and is basically dealer invoice. Montgomery Mazda had allready told me they would honor the S plan, so I just forwarded Marberger's e-mail, and they agreed to sell it the S plan price.
  • danandkatdanandkat Posts: 67
    Your comment about the cruise control on "The Prez" sounds to be just the opposite of what we experience on "Minnie". If we press 'resume speed', it takes its own sweet time increasing the speed toward the preset speed. But when it gets very close to the preset (within .5 to 1.5 mph--something like that) we get a downshift and racing engine for that last little bit. Just seems that if we can go most of the way back to the preset without downshifting, we could go all the way back without a downshift. Or, if a downshift was necessary, why not do it much earlier on? Oh, well. Just one of my pet peeves. All in all, the CC does do a decent job of holding the speed we have selected which is its main function. danandkat
  • owr084owr084 Posts: 46
    I am not sure of a source for "approved" seat covers. Although, I am not sure of the need - it hit 102 in Northern VA the other day and the leather seats in our 2002 ES were just fine. To see for yourself, just go out to the dealer on a triple digit day and find an ES that has been hot soaking for a few hours!

    RBB
  • owr084owr084 Posts: 46
    SMARS - you wrote: "The dealer I'd been working with told me that the regional sales mgr for the Southeast wouldn't order any 4 seasons vans for the region because there was only demand for these in "cold weather" climates."

    The dealer is either lying or the regional manager is very stupid. The name of the package is the "4 Seasons" - as in Winter, Spring, SUMMER, and Fall. For hot weather climate, the HD battery, A/T oil cooler, larger radiator, and larger washer resevoir are desireable items inb a hot weather climate. And the last time I checked, it does snow/get cold in the deep South. So, the heater would also be useful.. .

    And, as a side benefit of the larger radiator and A/T oil cooler, the engine and the tranmission will last longer.

    And, last but not least, the 4 seasons package is the only way to increase your towing capacity.

    RBB
  • smarssmars Posts: 32
    owr084:Those were my thoughts exactly. I wanted the 4 seasons for the extra towing capacity. According to the dealer, it was the regional rep that decides what vehicles (trim level, etc)to request for his region. ...Of course, you certainly can't believe everything a dealer tells you either.
  • sd1228sd1228 Posts: 46
    Here in Austin/San Antonio/Houston area,
    I see plenty of MPVs with 4 season in dealer's
    inventory. (based on mazdausa.com & dealer's
    websites)
    So "cold weather" reason is just an excuse.
  • basurfbasurf Posts: 42
    yep I agree that is just an excuse...got 4 seasons south texas as well...dealer started in first with he couldn't find it
  • sd1228sd1228 Posts: 46
    Sorry for repeating this question.
    Does anybody has anything (good or bad) to say
    about their purchase at central texas (austin metro, san antonio) area mazda dealers.
    I am getting ready to buy MPV this month.
    So thought that I could use some good
    references (and avoid bad ones)
  • billmckinleybillmckinley Posts: 167
    Agreed--aside from its quirky way of getting up to preset, it did the job. Once it was at speed,it stayed there. That part of it was a pleasure.

    RJ
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    Thanks for the advice, but I already did that, which is why I'm looking for the covers. I went on a day when it was a blistering 117º in the direct sun in Phoenix, and those seats were HOT!!! In either the gray or tan! The cloth LXs sitting right next to the ESs were pretty hot too, but not as scalding as the leather.

    If anyone has any info on nice seat covers that would accommodate the side curtain airbags, please let me know.

    Thanks! -TB
  • sritrovatosritrovato Posts: 20
    Sounds like you got a great deal on your van. Hope you don't mind if I ask if your transaction included dealer financing and if so what the rates were. With the new incentives how are they breaking down the cash back versus promo rates? Anyone out there know first hand? Thanks
  • vvgvvg Posts: 10
    Like a previous poster, I've heard the 2003's will be available anytime from mid-September to late October. The dealer cash incentive here (MA) is currently $1,500, which I assume we'd lose, and there might or might not be an MSRP adjustment since I understand the yen exchange rate has changed. Anyone have any reliable information? $1,500 doesn't seem to be enough for one year worth of depreciation. TIA
  • smarssmars Posts: 32
    I didn't use any Mazda financing. $2k incintive is with no financing. You could get the special rates with a $1k incentive. Incidentially, the current incentives are customer rebates, not factory to dealer. I called Mazda USA to confirm. With customer rebate, my state's sales tax is figured on the cost of vehicle BEFORE the rebate is subtracted out of the price.
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
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  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Thanks Steve, but I'm only a journeyman Elephant Juggler. I've been putting resumes in at bakeries. Everyone says I'm a good loafer...

    (but I am gainfully unemployed! YAY!!)

    Seeing that it was 100+ the other day, dunno if I could stand that heat.
  • asa0526asa0526 Posts: 26
    I am in the process of buying an MPV but have some questions - can someone please help?
    1. Does the MPV require 5w-20?
    2. Does the MPV have platinum tipped spark plugs?
    If not, what is the recommended tune-up interval?
    3. The local dealer is advertising $18,890 for an LX with no options except for floormats. Are there better deals out there ? The problem with this dealer is - hardly any choice on colors.

    Thanks.
  • basurfbasurf Posts: 42
    We are getting the wetsuit type seat covers...we called the place and they have them for the MPV (which takes into account side air bags on the seat). These types of covers are a bit expensive and may not be what your looking for. We live near the beach so they are perfect....waterproof, durable, don't really get hot, nice looking.


    I think they said the full set for the MPV was like $700!


    If you are still interested though you can call them.


    http://www.wetokole.com/

  • asa0526asa0526 Posts: 26
    By the way, the price I quoted was in Northern CA (Bay Area).
    If anyone out there is from the same area - is this a good deal ?
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    Thanks a bunch, BA! I appreciate your help. Those look pretty cool, and may be just what we need.
  • doctord13doctord13 Posts: 22
    I keep checking Edmunds for incentives, but none come up here in the midwest(CIncinnati), can I use the knowledge that other regions are getting Mazda incentives to my advantage??
  • sd1228sd1228 Posts: 46
    Edmunds does not have latest rebate information.
    Nationwide mazda is offering 2000 $ cash back
    on MPV's for cash deal.
    If you use mazda usa credit finance deal,
    cash back is 1000 $
  • Hi I'm thinking about getting an MPV ES and am not sure which options are "must haves". Top on my list are the 4 seasons package (I'm in midwest), the moonroof and the DVD. Does anybody know if getting both the moonroof and the DVD makes it crowed in the ceiling? How is the quality of the DVD system? I've not seen either the moonroof or the DVD on a dealer's lot.
    I test drove one and it feels a little bit top heavy - any similar concerns?
    Any help is appreciated.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    ...the mazdausa.com site and see that they don't list any rebates or cash back - so Edmunds is technically correct ;).

    But, Mazda does list 0% for 48 months with no payments until January '03. Wait, and the same for 60 months. Holy COW!

    -Brian
  • dave234dave234 Posts: 7
    Tinkywinky,

    I just got my MPV with both a DVD and a moonroof, but they are dealer installed. They both fit on the ceiling without any crowding. Quality of both are fine. I don't know of anyone who has been able to get the factory-installed DVD, at least not around here (central NJ). Mazda leads you to believe it is available, but it really isn't.

    I have seen a few MPVs with the factory installed moonroof, but trying to get one in combination with other installed options is the hard part.
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