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Mazda MPV



  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Why were you trying to sell your MPV?
  • smssms Posts: 7
    I guess I gave the wrong impression. I wasn't trying to sell the van. My intent was to keep the van until we outgrew it. I only recently considered replacing it because of the rust. Who knows how bad it will look in 3-5 more years. I suppose I'll just keep it and use it as an extra (commuter) vehicle & park my truck. I can't imagine it will be worth anything in a few years.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I think you replied to the wrong post, but in fact I did try to sell my van recently. I found out that the extended warranty I got with it, when I bought the van 2+ years ago, was from a company that went belly up. I was willing to live with the constant threat of the transmission failing with the zero deductible bumper-to-bumper warranty, but with no warranty and 71k on the van, I figured I'd replace it if I could get a good price for it and find something inexpensive for 3 years. I didn't get the price I needed for the van, so we still have it. Might look again this fall and see what kind of closeout deals are around. Other than the little rust on the inside bottom edges of the front doors, the van is in great shape. For now.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Actually I was responding to your post backy... but from the Hyundai Tucson (or Kia Sportage) discussion. I suppose I should have mentioned that to you and sms. :blush:

    My niece bought a Hyundai Tucson recently and I saw your post saying you had tried to sell your MPV. Sorry to hear of your warranty company going belly up. Our MPV just ran out of manufacturers warranty about a month ago. So, there is always that concern of something big going wrong(knock on wood). I did a trans. flush at around 25k miles and will probably do another at 50k.

    There really isn't many posts on transmission failures over at the MPV Club. The problem with the 02's and up are more with the ignition coils and PCV hose. We're hoping to keep our van another 4-6 years.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Already dealt with the coil issue--warranty company paid for that one (and one other problem) before they imploded. Had the tranny flushed at 60k--don't know for sure if the 1st owner ever had it flushed but they did take very good care of it.

    I'd actually rather keep the MPV as I really like it and it's impossible to find anything new that's quite like it today. The wife really liked the Sportage though (well, I did too but it only seats 5). I was hoping to get a decent price when I sell the MPV in about 3 years, but now with the rusting that may not come to pass.
  • tcc21tcc21 Posts: 69
    Forget MAZDA doing anything for you! I bought mine new in 3/03 and rust started showing in spring of 04! Passenger side on that bottom lip. They DID repair it with much grunting! BUT, it is starting to rust thru again now! I am on my own at this point - more than 5 years old and over 100K miles on it. The extended warranty I had did not cover rust thru's! I think it's a terrible design. The water does not drain properly out of those holes in the bottom of the door - too high up and water collects in there. The driver and slider's still look great though...strange! Normal for this MPV car - MANY issues thru the years as we all know!
    Good luck! TCC :mad:
  • I have an 06 MPV with about 35k miles. My wife is the primary driver. I noticed on a trip last month that the fuel cap went in hard. I thought it may have been the extremely hot day we were having. Last week I filled the tank again and the same thing. This time under closer inspection i noticed gouges in the fuel plastic cap. Looking at the fuel neck opening, it looked like the inner pipe opening was bent inward revealing a sharp edge that indeed would cause interference with the cap and the gouging. Neither my wife nor I have introduced excessive stress while filling the tank. Has anyone ever heard of anything like this? Could this be a build problem exacerbated by thermal cycling? A symptom is a system leak code that gets thrown I'm assuming because the cap isn't tight. It's happened twice recently and once after we had the car a few weeks.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I bid a sad good-bye to my 2002 MPV today. I traded it in on a 2007 Chrysler T&C that I got a really good price on (and a good trade-in on the MPV), plus it has a powertrain warranty good for about 8 years and 50k miles.

    I really liked my MPV. I thought it was the ideal combination of space and size, and handled well for a minivan. But when the company that backed the bumper-to-bumper warranty on it went belly up and the repair bills started mounting (over $800 just since the warranty went MIA), plus a diagnosis for about $400 to replace the oil pan gasket (slow leak, but will need replacement sometime soon), the rusting front doors, an AM radio with terrible reception, and the risk of more repairs down the road, I decided to cut my losses. Plus the larger T&C with its Stow-n-Go seating will be more versatile, and more comfortable for the family on our occasional cross-country trips (the kids aren't getting any younger/smaller!).

    BTW, on the PCV hose problem I reported earlier... it did turn out to be the PCV hose, and it cost about $150 to replace. I complained to Mazda Customer Service about this PCV hose that needed replacement so soon after it was already replaced once on a recall, and they were cordial about it and after checking with the dealer offered a $75 gift card for Mazda parts and service, which I accepted. I can always use it on my 626. :)
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Glad to hear you got something back on that PCV hose. Take care and good luck with your T&C.
  • kinkokinko Posts: 48
    Good Luck with you T&C. I actually do like their new style and ride comfort.

    I have done some shopping lately on other minivans. I found that now is such a good time buying a minivan like Honda and Nissan due to the big discount they are handing out.

    My 04 might have the coil issue all along and I kept thinking that the tranny is acting up. But I felt that I would keep mine for 4-5 more years because the other minivans aren't that much better than my MPV. The only thing I want to have from the new minivan is the airbags for the passangers in the back.

    The parts and labor costs to fix the discontinued MPV in the future is a big concern though.
  • Who was the warranty company? Just curious- I got an extended warranty on my Mazda 6--

    Our MPV is 6 yrs old now. We had the coil problem and a trans switch go bad- out of warranty- Mazda paid for the parts but not labor (after the fact). No signs of rust yet

  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    We had the coil problem and a trans switch go bad- out of warranty- Mazda paid for the parts but not labor (after the fact). No signs of rust yet

    How far out of warranty when Mazda paid for parts on the trans switch and coils? How did you ask them to cover the cost?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Well, I actually got the OLD Chrysler van style and comfort, but I much prefer the exterior and interior of the pre-2008 vans. I can't stand the blocky looks of the 2008+ Chrysler/Dodge vans.

    There really are great deals on vans now, e.g. a new 2008 Dodge van can be had for around $17k. But I only paid $11k for a one-year-old van that looks/drives like new; the only difference is mine has 50k miles! As I only plan on keeping it for about 3 years, that is no biggie for me.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    This was Ultimate Warranty. I bought the van from a used car dealer, not a Mazda dealer. The whole thing is still in the courts. I could eventually get some money back on my purchase price for the warranty. But I'm not holding my breath on that.
  • When the temperature goes below -5C, all doors freeze on my 2003 MPV. Even the key hole is plugged and have to wriggle the key in and rock it back and forth to open the door latch. The back doors stay frozen until after three or four hours of driving. My kids use the front door all the time now.

    This may be a common problem on MPV. Any suggestions on how to get around this problem?

    Thanks, Sri.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    See my response to same question under MPV Care and Maintenance.
  • tcc21tcc21 Posts: 69
    That sounds terrible. I have an 03 MPV LX and I have not had that problem yet. I have had some problems with the power sliding doors though and the drivers window going up VERY slowly when it is cold. This model has been plagued from the very beginning with issues - tranny, etc,
    I currently am fighting the dealer about needing to replace the catalytic converter for 1000 dollars. They say it's a normal maintenance issue and I say NO. My check engine light comes on about once every couple months and the code is for the converter.
  • Hello,

    I am returning to the States after working in Saudi Arabia, and wondering whether I should take my MPV (2006) along. My employer will pay for the shipping cost. But they will not pay for the changes needed to bring the car into compliance with US and California standards.

    I have no idea what these changes will be, and how much they will cost. Can someone please enlighten me on this? If the cost of conversion is too big, I will drop the idea of shipping, and just sell the car.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    You can research the costs, but I am prety sure you will find it will be cheaper to sell the car before you move, and buy an MPV or something else in LA. Used car prices in the U.S. are really low right now, e.g. in early September bought a 2007 Town & Country in excellent condition and with a lifetime powertrain warranty (no, not the Chrysler warranty, which could have a fairly short "lifetime" :( ) for $10,900. And prices have dropped since then.

    You might try negotiating with your employer, i.e. "I'll sell it before I move and you will avoid the shipping costs, but can you contribute towards the sale if I have trouble getting a fair price?"
  • I'm looking at purchasing a 2004 MPV and I see that the engine is a Ford Duratec 3.0(?), any other Ford parts on the MPV?

    Is this running gear on any Ford vehicles?


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