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  • beany1beany1 Posts: 2
    My 2002 Mazda MPV makes a loud clicking noise when I first brake after parked for a while. It does not do this while riding or stopping during ride. Just at first movment.Backing out of driveway brake CLICK then straighten wheel and brake CLICK again then not again until next timer.
    Any one else have this problem or suggestions.
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    the 2004 MPV...

    Apologies if it hoses you dialup-folks.

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  • pb17pb17 Posts: 33
    Are rear disc brakes available on any of the MPV vans? How about Homelink garage door openers?
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Yes...rear disks

    ...No...Homelink has not been mentioned in any literature or MazdaCorp leaks.
  • pb17pb17 Posts: 33
    Dealers cannot confirm any of the 2004's MPV features. Where did you get your information about rear disc brakes? All the 2003's I've seen have rear drums.
  • lazyfoxlazyfox Posts: 90
    You can get aftermarket self dimming mirror with integrated homelink or do this. image
  • lazyfoxlazyfox Posts: 90
    It is official as of tomorrow (Japan has today already)

    [quote]The VS, Aeroremix and Sports grades are equipped with 15-inch ventilated disc brakes on both front and rear wheels to deliver top class braking performance. The suspension has also been improved to complement the enhanced braking ability.[/quote]

    'Mazda MPV' Receives Stylish Upgrade

    - Exterior and interior enhancements, improved handling, comfort, and emissions performance -
    http://www.media.mazda.com/news_release/product_info/2003/1007_e.- html

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  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    RE: Homelink. I had a long conversation this afternoon with a good friend, one 'in the know,' so to speak <w>. From the conversation, we determined this: basically, the Mazda6 has homelink built into the rear view mirror, as does the Tribute... so we were guessing that it's going to be an option for the 2004 MPV as well, but that's only a guess.

    pb17, the information that I have is gleaned from a variety of sources, a great number of those are from Mazda employees, as well as over very informed MPV owners (some frequent TH, but I won't embarrass them).

    The 2004 MPV Spec sheets have been out actually for quite a few months (since June actually), and a dealer should have known this. In fact, the dealerships should have been emailed the spec sheets. If you click on the MPV link at mazdausa.com, you'll see in the lower right-hand area a link to the 2004 pricing, if that helps you out any. The 2004 brochures aren't in print yet, or you could look at one of those... the brochures will be available in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I can't actually tell you where to find the specs, because Steve would have to delete my post almost immediately, followed by me receiving a requisite sternly written email... sorry, them's the rules here at the Cirle-E Ranch. Rest assured, the 2004 MPVs do have rear disk brakes.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,414
    I thought we decided that rear disks weren't really needed on a minivan. Did Mazda not get the memo?

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  • lazyfoxlazyfox Posts: 90
    If you read the whole news release, thei will have the discs in Japan only on the higher models, the G and B models will not have them if I understand following quote corectly.

    [quote]The VS, Aeroremix and Sports grades are equipped with 15-inch ventilated disc brakes on both front and rear wheels to deliver top class braking performance. [/quote]
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,414
    Guess they have to keep up with the Sienna. Some of us don't think it's a feature, since rear drums are cheaper to maintain, and the front brakes do most of the work.

    I guess I'll wait to see some stopping numbers before complaining too much though.

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  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    I think that's a misprint or something there, Foxy. A 15" disc would mean you'd need like a 19" rim. That, and the front's aren't anywhere near that size. Look at the Spec Deck that you've seen, ahem. The literature in your link does say they're using 15" discs though. Also, the Aero version isn't (at this time) available for the US market. Bummer.

    Right, Steve... it's not really needed... but a marketing gimick. See how I played by the rules tho? ;)
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,414
    I owe you some KK's Java, and if I were in line, I could get some grand opening ones for you first thing in the am. People are camping out at the new store in Meridian. But I'm not :-)

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  • I have owned two MPV's a 00 and a 03. When the balloon on the 00 was due I let the credit union have it and about $1000 depreciation. The new owner actually called me to ask what was wrong with it since it looked like new! I had decided that I liked it so much I would buy the 03 at 0% and get the bigger engine. You can see them side by side below. They were identical except dropped the sunroof and added elec doors.
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    Sadly a couple of weeks ago my wife (really) totaled the 03. It wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for bushes blocking the alley exit view but it was still our fault. I'm still waiting for Farmers to revise their first bid, tough for them because no used 03's for sale! You can view the damage below or scroll down fast if you can't stand to look. While you can't see it here the transmission housing was cracked, among other things. They are proposing $3300 in depreciation for 14,878 miles.

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    My dilemma now is buy or wait? I bought the first two in mid November, just after the new model's came out. Right now 03 inventory is very low and I can't find a duplicate, plus this time I will be buying "last year's model". The 04 sounds and looks great, but if I wait for the 04 it will be another 4 weeks in the rental car. I have driven the Quest and Sienna. Like Quest styling but not the 2nd row seat skirts or heavy 3rd row flipper. Sienna's not bad on the outside but the elec windows on the sliding doors and 40/60 3rd row flipper doesn't save the otherwise ugly interior.

    This forum was responsible for my 00 purchase. Your thoughts on my present situation and recommendations would be most welcome.
  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    Thanks for the information on towing everyone. We use to have a Starcraft popup that we towed with our '96 Olds. Cutlass Supreme. It towed it very well and actually had a lower tow rating then my MPV.

    The owners manual states the MPV can tow up to 3000 lbs. with tow package which we have. We are planning on staying within 200 lbs. of that. I like the Colemans/Fleetwoods but want to look at a few other makes. Palomino, Starcraft etc. One of the things I noticed about the Coleman/Fleetwoods is that they seem to be heavier then the others. The heaviest being Jayco. I like Jayco as our 5th Wheel is a Jayco Designer Series and it's fit and finish is really awesome. Oh well, I am rambling. Thanks again.

    Leslie
  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    How did I miss that post? That's great info to have and just what I was looking for. We are planning an extensive trip next Summer so that's just what I needed.

    Thanks again.

    Leslie
  • wheelz4wheelz4 Posts: 569
    Your pic on the left is like the Frankfurt show version, and the one on the right is like the one in Consumer's Review or Digest (and the same as lazyfox's pic. I think I prefer the body-colour grill myself.
  • wheelz4wheelz4 Posts: 569
    ......although I wouldn't choose red personally.
    http://response.jp/issue/2003/1007/article54507_1.html
    click on the pics themselves for a larger version.
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    I am looking at a new one. Bought 2000 from Great Neck Mazda (best price) but not exactly delighted with their service, which I needed a few times. Any suggestions? Also, is 2003 inventory really low? Is 2004 going to be very different from '03? I am hoping I have better luck and reliability with the new one. Wife hates engine/pickup on this one, but I tell her it's her.
  • pb17pb17 Posts: 33
    Thanks for the info on homelink and 2004 specs. I can tell you that the San Diego dealer I visited yesterday couldn't confirm any of the 2004 features. In fact,they're using 2003 brochures. The seats on the 2003 seem extra firm compared to the Chrysler van.
    Any info on rebates?
  • bsvollerbsvoller Posts: 528
    If you're planning on being within 200# of the MPV's weight limit, you won't have much left for cargo and passengers inside the van. If you run the numbers (check the owner's manual), you'll see that the 3000# limit only leaves about #250 for cargo and passengers before you hit the "gross combined weight" limit. This limit is the maximum weight of the van, trailer and cargo taken together.

    So while you can tow a trailer that weighs 3000#, you basically have to do so with an empty van, by yourself. For real-world use, 2000-2500# is a more realistic range.

    I can explain how this works in more detail if you like.

    FWIW, "inflating" (strong word, maybe, but accurate in my opinion - what good is a tow capacity figure that ignores people and cargo ?) tow capacity numbers is common - almost all the vans I looked into suffered from the same thing, as do at least some SUV's.

    One request I have for Mazda is to add at least 500# to the gross weight limit, without changing their tow capacity claim. And then publish 2 numbers, 1) maximum tow capacity as today, and 2) maximum tow capacity under full cargo load.

    To be fair, Mazda is actually pretty clear in the owner's manual that the 3000# figure is for the trailer, people and cargo, if you read the text.

    hth,

    -brianV
  • wheelz4wheelz4 Posts: 569
    The 200 hp engine / 5 speed auto on the 2002 and later models should significantly improve pickup over the 2000 model. Check ou the 2004 pics and specs now appearing on this board & decide if you want the 2003 or wait for the 2004.
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    I am looking at a new one. Bought 2000 from Great Neck Mazda (best price) but not exactly delighted with their service, which I needed a few times. Any suggestions? Also, is 2003 inventory really low? Is 2004 going to be very different from '03? I am hoping I have better luck and reliability with the new one. Wife hates engine/pickup on this one, but I tell her it's her.
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    The word I got, on the low low <w> is that the version on the right is what we'll see, and different sources have alluded to (but not said outright) that all of them have GFX as standard equipment.
  • You can see a great deal of new pictures from Mazda Japanese website. Even a tv commercial. They do use some English on the site, so you can still get an idea.
  • lawleelawlee Posts: 11
    It looks like in 2004 the Japanese low-end MPV will come with the conversative honey cone grill front whereas the high-end with GFX models will have the aggressive body color bars.

    If I extrapolate this to be the case in North America and judging purely on styling while everything else being equal, I'd say:

    - If you want the low cost trims, buy a 2003 model before they run out.

    - If you want the high end trims, it might be worth to wait for the 2004 model if pricing risk is not a sole stopper.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,414
    Mazda Mania chat starts in ~3 hours. The link is in the left sidebar. You don't have to own a MPV to participate - all are welcome.

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  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    You didn't even tease me that today was 'aren't you glad you're an Alaskan day.' ;-)

    So, regarding the chat, apparently I'm going to have to ghost into my home machine to bypass the office firewall for next time. They're weekly, no?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,414
    Ok, congrats on the annual oil dividend check you and every other Alaskan gets today. Enjoy the $1,107.56. Maybe it'll go back up next year. On the other hand, it's 81 here and that's almost as high as your humidity today :-)

    Yeah, the chat is going to be weekly. I have to turn off Zone Alarm for the java version to work here, so the firewall is probably your problem too.

    btw, the missus went to KK this am and promised to save me one....

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