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Mazda MPV



  • osakaosaka Posts: 13
    Sorry,I missed the typing.
    Item 2 is for rear.(REAR entertainment system )
  • louis1004louis1004 Posts: 8
    Do all 2001 MPV LX supposed to come with heated side mirror? If so, where is the switch to turn it on?

    Also, the 2001 MPV LX with rear a/c and 4 season package supposed to have rear heater coming from the vent in the top or the bottom duck?

    Also, I checked the size of the radiator for both DX (plain) and LX (with 4-season package). It seems like they had the same size radiator? Is this true or am I mistaking?

    Also, is it true that front mud guards are not necessary to keep the car clean? Instead, they make car even dirtier? (according to a middle-eastern salesman).
  • msgjvhmsgjvh Posts: 196
    The mirrors are activated when you press the rear defogger button.

    Having rear ac does not provide you with rear heat. You need the rear heat option for that.
    By adjusting the temp knob you should get the heat I believe from the bottom duct.

    I do not know about the radiator size, count the number of rows that is what is important when it comes to radiators from front to back.

    I have the mud guards and I think they are more for looks than anything else. I happen to like the look. One of these days I will add the spoiler! I doubt that makes a difference either!

  • etin143etin143 Posts: 9
    Did anyone Install or can tell me where to find running boards for our MPV.I'm interested in something like the ones install in the toyota sienna.
  • rutger3rutger3 Posts: 361
    Based on my experience,the Edmunds and Kelly blue book used car values are worthless when trading in a car. All the dealers at least here in NJ use the 'Galves' book,published every 2 weeks and all dealers subscribe to this publication. The figures in this book are less than any other publication or on line service,but it is the bible amoung car dealers. I think it is a self serving and probably self published book by the dealers who know most people do not want the hassle of selling their cars themselves.
  • shchushchu Posts: 1
    I just bought an used 2000 MPV LX.
    The car is supposed to have the keyless entry system(right?) but I couldn't receive the transmitter.
    Can I buy a transmitter from Mazda dealer?
    And anybody knows how to activate a new transmitter?
    (In the case of Maxima, there was a procesure to activate it without any special equipment)
  • rutger3rutger3 Posts: 361
    My final deal was as follows from a NJ dealer on July 3rd. 2001 sand mica LX,security pkg,roof rack,step plate. List $25105, sold for $23140 less $1000 rebate = $22140 final price,with 4.9%financing for 60 mths. I did receive about $600-700 less than KBB or Edmunds on trade though. Dealer was good to work with,but please don't try to sell me those extended warranty plans which is pure gravy in most cases for the dealer. IMO,lojack is not worth it,that is why I have insurance; and window etching is a total waste. I really hate buying a new car.Dealers,even the good ones are a pain and are only out to make as much as they can get away with. If they have a 'hot' seller,then they start getting smug,like many Toyota or Honda dealers. Its as if you buy anything else you're a fool because its a freakin toyota or honda,then they try to make $2000-3000 profit on each vehicle,and sing the blues if you try to get them down a few hundred. And when will manufacturers learn how to make enough vehicles.By not making enough,don't they realize they are losing money because they do need volume and many prospective customers walk away and buy something else because they don't want to wait 4 months to get a car,or buy something without a test drive because there are none to drive. As a businessperson I just do not understand this. Oh btw,I wish I saw more MPV's on the road. Sorry to go off on a tangent,I'm good at that.
  • msgjvhmsgjvh Posts: 196
    You off on a tangent??? NOOOOO

    I do agree with your assessment of dealers but not the trade in value arguement. As I have posted before, enjoy your MPV. I do, even though it has to go get the window motor fixed tomorrow.

    Hopefully you are taking the advise of others and taking the money you have saved and put it into a mutual fund. This will certainly offset by hundreds if not thousands of dollars the resale loss you are anticipating.
  • rutger3rutger3 Posts: 361
    Does anyone know how the alarm system works that come with the security system? Does it have an ignition/starter cutoff, or fuel system cut off?My insurance company needs to know. Is there a separate book on this or is it covered in the owners manual? Thanks
  • gfm3gfm3 Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2000 Mazada MVP 18 months ago with Yokohama tires as original equipment, and to date have been quite please with the performance of the vehicle. However after 22,000 miles, one tire has already gone flat, the remaining three tires are bald and need to be replaced. These tires have been inspected and rotated, in accordance to the maintenance schedule. The front end and alignment are up to standard. I have returned to the dealer, who has suggested that I contact the Manufacturer, since the warranty is only for one year. I am yet to hear back from Yokohama.

    I have checked the NHTSA web site, and have found the same complaint (ODI ID: 878864) for the same make and model of tire

    I am not quite sure what my next step should be. Any helpful comments
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    Isn't it amazing the junky tires they put on new cars. I'd rather them give me the money they spent on tires and pay extra for ones I buy on my own. I can recall when I was younger I'd buy goodyear or firestone tires, only to see them wear prematurely or for some unknown reason get a flat in the sidewall instead of a repairable area. I wish these dumb manufactors would stop putting junky tires on new cars. They have useless warrenties on them when they are new. Give me Michelin tires of my choice any day. I could get them for 1/2 the prices these clowns pay for the junk they put on these new cars. One of the dealers I went to told me for a fee we will give you tires for life or some nonsense. Yeah right.
  • bob57bob57 Posts: 302
    I cannot recall any new car I purchased that had decent tires on it. Most of them become racing slicks after 20K miles. The last time I argued with a tire manufacturer about a set of out-of- round tires the district manager told me "Hey, an egg will roll and it's not round..."
    With attitudes like that I'm not wasting my time with them anymore. They act like you're taking money from their grandmother. Of course, the auto dealers are absolutely no help. "Not our tires, man".
    When the original tires bomb out I just go out and get a good set Michelin's and be done with it.
  • j2kbarlowj2kbarlow Posts: 89
    I concur that most OEM tires are junk. There are exceptions. One was my Subaru Outback that I traded in for the MPV (Michelins standard - 66K miles and counting). I noticed that you can't even buy the Dunlops that came on our 2K1 aftermarket! If they last 25K miles, I'll be satisfied. My '93 Miata had the same issue.

    Anybody have any idea which OEM tires hold up better on the new MPV's?
  • rutger3rutger3 Posts: 361
    So I can whine,after having just bought an MPV,does anyone know what Mazda is doing with rebates or financing now that 7/9/01 has passed?
  • rutger3rutger3 Posts: 361
    My last set of oem tires lasted 63,000 miles on my van. General XP2000 GT. They were pretty good.
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    Just found out 1500 till 10/1/01 was on site for mpv
  • garyjwmsgaryjwms Posts: 28
    Hiya Folks!

    Well, after lurking on this list for the past few months, I purchased a 2001 MPV LX with the security package, rear a/c, roof rack and rear bumper step plate. I bought it through and had an absolutely positive experience (I can elaborate more on this if anyone is interested). I shopped the carsdirect price around to 3 area dealers, and none could come within $1000 of the price.

    With rebates ($1500, plus an extra $400 via the Mazda graduate program which I qualified for), the price for our van came to $21,118. With tax (8% in California) & Title, the price was just over $23k Just for comparison, I priced out a comparably equipped Sienna and Odyssey on Carsdirect, and found that the MPV was $5,500 less than the Sienna and $6000 less than the Odyssey. Needless to say, I am thrilled with the deal I got!

    The vehicle we replaced was a 96 Dodge Grand Caravan, which had 78,000 miles and a myriad of problems, ranging from annoying to rather expensive. After driving the new MPV for a week, here are some of my initial impressions (and inevitable comparisons with our previous van - hope you don’t mind):

    In so many ways, this new vehicle is a perfect fit for us. We have 2 small children, so a van continues to be a necessity for us. And given the poor reliability of our GC, we decided to look for a new van. Our mechanic, who also works as a sales rep for a leasing company, suggested we look into the MPV -- several of his other clients were really pleased with the MPV, and it offered the best value for the money.

    One concern that my wife and I had was whether or not we could live with a smaller van than what we were used to. The truth is, the MPV is everything we could ever want in a minivan. The MPV is "deceptively roomy" -- that is, while there's less overall space, it's much better designed, and with the infinite seating configurations, the MPV can handle any task that our old GC could handle, from loading up with kids and adults (did it on July 4th) to hauling people and luggage to the airport. And the overall quality (fit & finish, firm ride, precise steering) is worlds better than our not-so-old Caravan, which in many ways was, well, I think the technical term is "squishy" -- bouncy suspension, vague imprecise steering, uncomfortable foam seats with little support, even the suspension made a "squishy" sound -- the way it creaked, groaned and rattled, we were always worried that something was going to fall off (and we actually had this happen!)

    While I could go on, here's my short list of things I like about our new van, and things that I would want to change if I could:

    Cool things:

    Stereo system -- it rocks! I have the standard 4 speaker system w/Single CD & Cassette. Love having an in-dash CD again, after having one stolen from my old car years ago.

    Roll-down windows in the sliding door -- my 5-year old loves this, and my Odyssey-owning friends are jealous!

    Infinitely adjustable seating -- mentioned before, I especially like how the front 2 seats can flatten into a sleeper bed.

    Rear a/c - definitely worth it - I originally ordered an LX w/Security package only, but the Cars direct rep said that the only models left in dealer inventory are also equipped with rear a/c, adding an extra $512 to the price tag. I'm glad I splurged -- this was key on the day we went to Dodger Stadium, after the van sat in 90 degree sunshine.

    Suggested improvements:

    Power locks: Keyless entry is cool, but once you're in the van, the only power lock control is on the driver's side. I want one on the passenger side as well. Also, I'd want the power locks to automatically engage when you start the Van, and unlock when you turn the car off. The driver has to manually activate the switch.

    Under seat tray -- I'd want it to be large enough to store file folders or magazines, and be lockable.

    Under second seat space -- I like that the middle row seats slide together, but I do wish that there were storage space under the middle row. There's a little space under the 3rd row, enough to stow diapers and baby wipes for our daughter.

    Security alarm beep -- at first, I thought that there was no audible indicator to let me know if the alarm was engaged, but I discovered pressing the button a second time causes the horn to "toot", which I find annoying, and I think my neighbor will as well. I'd want a softer electronic beep, and also a little blinking red light on the dash when the alarm is engaged.

    Gear shift arm -- it obscures the two buttons I use most on the stereo (to select the CD track I want to hear), But I'm getting used to it now.

    Sorry for the long post, but I hope this information is helpful for those of you lurking on this list, considering an MPV. I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up, and I'm delighted to know that the people on this list love their MPV's as much as I do!
  • garyjwmsgaryjwms Posts: 28
    Oh -- forgot to mention, I also asked for and got the voucher for the free booster seat. For those of you with little ones, it's a freebie that Mazda & Ford Dealers are offering, I think until 10/30/01. Ask for it though, the sales people may not know about it or mention it off-hand. I also found a press release on the Mazda media site:

  • j2kbarlowj2kbarlow Posts: 89
    Tried your link - seems I have to have some sort of authorization. Could you post the press release?
  • garyjwmsgaryjwms Posts: 28
    Sorry -- here's the text of the press release:

    April 30, 2001


    -- Customer-Focused Program Provides Booster Seats to Parents of Young Children --

    IRVINE, Calif. - In order to enhance child passenger safety, Mazda today announced the participation of its over 700 dealers in a nationwide booster seat giveaway program. The booster seat giveaway is one of the primary elements of the "Boost America!" program sponsored by Ford Motor Co. Boost America! will distribute one million booster seats, half through the United Way to low-income families and the remainder through participating dealers and other partnering organizations.
    Mazda dealers will distribute over 67,000 vouchers for free booster seats between now and the end of October. Customers may redeem the vouchers at Toys "R" Us for a free Evenflo Right Fit booster seat or for a discount on another belt-positioning booster seat. The vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.

    "This program is a wonderful opportunity for Mazda's customers to enhance the safety of their children with booster seats. We encourage our customers who have children between the ages of four and eight to stop by their local Mazda dealer and pick-up a voucher," said Charles R. Hughes, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations.

    Experts agree that children weighing 40-80 pounds-typically between the ages of four and eight-should use belt-positioning booster seats restrained by lap-shoulder belts. The booster seat elevates the child so that the lap-shoulder belt fits better. Currently, booster seat use is estimated at 21 percent. Effectiveness data shows that children properly secured in child safety seats survive nearly three-quarters of the crashes that otherwise would be fatal.

    Mazda North American Operation is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer parts and service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., MNAO has more than 700 dealerships nationwide.
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