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Mazda MPV

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  • jb03jb03 Posts: 31
    Sounds like the dealers you spoke of are trying to run a game on you. If you are willing to travel to southeastern MI you will definitely get a better deal. I bought my 2000 LX Touring back in August from Metro Mazda in Ferndale, just north of Detroit for $1,000 below invoice and special Mazda financing. At least two other dealers around the Metro Detroit Area were willing to deal. There are owners in the Chicago area also. Hopefully, someone will respond to you with dealer info from that area.

    Regards,

    JB
  • rman3rman3 Posts: 3
    Thanx for your opinions re: the Ottawa dealers. I too had a good visit with the Bank street dealer...

    Mazda Canada says they do not offer RES as an option...so I guess my question is, how are people doing it in Ottawa and other parts of S. Ontario..I assume after market guys are putting it in for dealers...I am checking to see if ROSEN has any distributors/installers in the area...

    Rman
  • brmudabrmuda Posts: 50
    Maybe you misunderstood. The complete Rosen system includes a "junction box" for accessory add-ons/plug-ins like Nintendo game system or a video camera. I'm not sure I'll ever make use of a plug-in as the VCP is plenty to keep my boys occupied during road trips.
  • nerbynerby Posts: 2
    Hi there.

    I'm from Oakville. I believe you poste earlier and referenced St. Catharines Mazda.

    Can you share the deal you made?

    I think I'd be happy with the LX as it comes.

    Thx.
  • philbeauphilbeau Posts: 19
    Just bought 2001 LX w/ Security pkg, 4 seasons, roof rack for $21.9K. don't let the dealers get you down. I found Edmunds Invoice prices to be right on the mark and dealer willing to deal at Invoice less incentive. For me that meant $22.9K less $1K incentive. I ended up going through a wholesale club (BJ's wholesale) to get my deal. Also, I looked into a Credit Union (3% over Invoice-Incentive) for comparison. I will say i'm very pleased with my MPV. Only observation I have is that the "tan" interior seems very light in color and don't think it'll stay looking clean for very long.
    Good luck.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Philbeau,
    When it came time to turn in my 2000 MPV with a tan interior, I was worried about getting some of the kid stains out. However, they all came out without a problem. I used a scrub brush with water and a little laundry soap. It looked brand new after a year with my cracker eating, juice box sucking, dirty shoe wearing kids.

    Just scrub it down and use the shop-vac to suck it dry.

    I have yet to try the same with our gray interior MPV, but I expect the same good results.

    :)
  • pjd58pjd58 Posts: 366
    Did you have your seats scotchgarded? My Wife and I will be purchasing a Sand Mica LX MPV shortly and are concerned about the beige interior(2 very dirty boys, 8&4). I have even considered getting an ES for the leather. Also, I'm fairly new to this site, why did you get another MPV?
    Tax.
    Pete
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Nope, no scotch guard, but I wonder if there was some protection on there. The seats were a breeze to clean.

    Yes, I have another 2000(silver/gray). The previous one was red/beige but with no rear air :~( After one summer in So Cal I realized why dual air in a mini-van is a good idea.

    :)
  • pjd58pjd58 Posts: 366
    Glad you like your MPV! I've heard nothing but good things from a company called Warranty Gold.com. We are going to purchase a LX shortly and I checked the price for a 7 year/100,000 mile and the cost was only $730.00. Something you may want to look into. I'm going to purchase this plan when we get our van, since we intend to keep it at least 7 years.
    Pete....Columbus,OH
  • lpatter1lpatter1 Posts: 3
    I just purchased a 2001 Mazda MPV LX and thanks to edmunds tmv I got it for $22,000 with leather. My wife likes it and that is all that matters. We had looked at Sienna but to much. I am concerned about the Ford motor it has in it, anybody aware of the reliablity of the motor. We traded a Plymouth van for this one and it was a piece of hit!!
  • rjr425rjr425 Posts: 53
    I've had my '01 Sand Mica LX for about 5 weeks now, and I couldn't be happier with a car than I am with this one.

    In 5 weeks, two things seemed to have happened: 1) the engine and transmission have broken in and settled down into a smooth-working team. 2) I've learned how best to drive it. The result is a car with all the power--at stoplights, on on-ramps, cruising in traffic or on the Interstate, with and without passengers--that I could ever want from a car. It's a power that isn't apparent on a test drive--the car is too new, and so is the driver. It seems to me to be as agile and alert as anybody could want. It isn't quite as peppy as my '98 Cherokee, but it isn't burning that power into the 13mpg habit that the Jeep had, either.

    And that brings up gas mileage. I've filled the tank five times so far. 15.3, 16.6, 17.1, 17.4, and 17.7 (today) in all suburban driving (22 miles a day). This might not be econobox mileage, but for a van, it's pretty acceptable to me. My last van ('94 Voyager) averaged 16.4 over the same route.

    My only problems with the van so far are a slight and intermittent pull/drift to the right, especially on high-crowned roads, and a fairly consistent rotten-egg smell that I'm going to have the dealer check out this week or next.

    All things considered, I've never enjoyed a new car as much as I have this one. Looks like a keeper.

    RJ
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Your story is all too familiar. It seems that most on this board move from skepticism to enthusiasm in their MPVs. So be it...

    :)
  • rotarykidrotarykid Posts: 191
    Being a mazda tech for 13 years or so, i have owned many and still own a couple of mazdas. My most recent purchase came after the birth of my second daughter- a 2000 MPV. The van was turned in from my district service rep with 9k on it in october, and I needed a van (desperately) so I snatched it up. It's an LX with GFX,RSES, and the 9 speaker stereo system. The blaze red paint is very sharp and I get looks from all age groups when I am driving it. Havent had any trans issues like I've read about in here, and I have not had any customers with trans problems either. I really think its the best looking van on the road.
  • alexv1nalexv1n Posts: 248
    Yes, it seems that virtually all MPV owners are more than happy with their vans. In fact that was my initial feeling when I just started shopping for a van almost a year ago. I was considering Windstar, Caravan, Odyssey, and Sienna. I even didn't know much about MPV. In my search for more info on the vans I found the Edmunds site and plunged into reading tons of messages on different boards. After a day or so into reading Windstar just didn't exist for me anymore... Then Caravan dropped out... I just remember it as if it were yesterday - I had a piece of paper and wrote down most common problems reported by Odyssey and Sienna owners (like problem with power doors and failing brakes) [P.S. I'm not trying to burn up the flame of Ody vs MPV or something here again...]. And then I noticed a board for new MPV. I remembered a friend of mine telling me about his brother owning the old MPV (89 or 90 M.Y.) and having no problem with it whatsoever so I just thought why not see what is it all about. And when I began to read the posts the first thing that was apparent - the atmosphere on the MPV boards was completely different. Instead of discussing real problems, people were just bragging about their new metal toys. A typical message on almost any car board starts with "I've bought my ???? car some time ago and now I have ??? problem with it". MPV board usually started with "Hi, my name is Jim. I'm a new proud MPV owner. I just love the van..." Something really like that. After that I started to monitor MPV message board regularly and after a month or so I was convinced that MPV is the one for me. I can't say that other vehicles are bad. But I really liked the looks and owner feedback so I just decided to buy it...

    So I can say for sure, that I have bought the MPV because of Edmunds and many of you who spend time around here giving your feedback to other people. Now after almost 8 month, I still LOVE the van in almost all aspects. There are some minor annoyances that I have posted about some time back (such as slight intermittent dashboard rattle that comes and goes every second week or so). There has been no mechanical or other problems with the car so far. I hope it will stay that way...

    Good luck with your (new and not particularly) vans. And everybody considering it for yourself, just give it a (real) worthy consideration :-)
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    It's sure great to come over here and see all the new happy owners. I think I can say that folks here are among the most enthusiastic about their vans. We love our to death, can't get enough and are eagerly awaiting the my2002 rigs to see what's in store...

    Off topic...Drew...Rolf is back home in the garage, all shiny and new looking, so I now have to go sit and be surrounded by the leather smells, lol...time for some mods.

    --javadoc
  • philbeauphilbeau Posts: 19
    Good to know. Seems like every concern I have re: the MPV is fixable. I plan on keping it for some time so I expect the kiddies will get the better of my interior but, knowing it cleans easily is good.
  • rjr425rjr425 Posts: 53
    When: Today
    Where: In a parking lot (where else?)
    Damage: A gouge in the paint job and a dimple in the right rear door.
    Assailant: Unknown

    I hope the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal who banged my brand new car gets to spend Eternity watching the car of his dreams lose a Demolition Derby!

    Damn, I'm mad!

    RJ
  • otishotish Posts: 59
    Some moronic kid slammed his door into my door last summer and gave me a bad door ding too. Luckily the paint that he left came off easily but I still had a ding. I called up one of those dent remover companies and this guy came out to my house and removed it for $50. You can't even tell that there was anything there. It is all beautiful again and I no longer feel intense anger at that kid (just anger). So maybe it will work for you too, best regards T
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