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Mazda MPV: Problems & Solutions

brajabraja Posts: 25
edited March 2014 in Mazda

I've been reading the MPV III and MPV IV lists,
and so far, there hasn't been any discussion of
problems people have observed in their vans.

I'm a 2000 MPV owner for about a couple of weeks
and I would like to ask others to share their
experiences on specific problems they are
observing with their 2000 MPV.

To start off, I would like to ask if anyone
has noticed the following:

1. Wind noise, on the excessive side. This
is very apparent in my MPV, especially if you
drive it after riding in a Siena or Venture.

2. I have a rattle on the driver's side, which
I believe is coming from the sliding door. Haven't
had it looked by the dealer yet.

3. The vent blows little of no air
to the face on the face/leg setting. Is this
something normal in an MPv? The leg heating
is also not so great in this setting.

4. The gear shifts rapidly from 2nd to 3rd.,
i.e., it doesn't stay very long in 2nd. This
shift is sometimes very jerky. Has anyone
noticed this?


  • Although there has not been many major problems talked about with this van, you will find some minor ones similar to the ones you describe over in the MPV Tailgate Tales conference. The MPV sites you mention are more for things like buying questions, rebates and such, while the Tailgate site focuses more on the actual ownership experience. There has been reports of wind noise, but I only remember this being in conjunction with open moonroofs, and possibly roof racks.

    When I first got my van, the dealer told me how to drive it until it broke in. I kinda dismissed it since I figured in 2000 cars were too advanced to really require a break in. Well, for the first 800 miles or so, the van did shift roughly, and the engine did not seem to real smooth. I was a little concerned. But, after those early miles, the van smoothed out and has driven great since. You also have to sort of "baby" the gas pedal more so than in other vehicles. You really need to get used to driving this van, but it is worth it.

    I now have 9037 miles on my van, and it is driving really great. My gas mileage is even up to 20mpg around town. I don't know how this happened but I'll take it.
  • sc8sc8 Posts: 5
    I have a new MPV DX in Sand Mica. Here are my problems:

    1)Everybody stares at us when we roll down the side windows; no other van has this feature.

    2)From a distance my MPV looks like a Mercedes SUV. Darn.

    3)Big van owners get jealous because I can fit into parking spots that other vans can't. Plus I can back up and actually see where I'm going.

    4)I got pulled over by a cop for travelling 110 mph. The van is so darn quiet, I didn't realize. He let me off when I showed him that I just purchased the MPV and was unfamiliar with its power.

    5)My family wants to go driving all the time.

    I apologize for the cheekiness, but those are my problems so far.
  • LOL!!! That sums up most of the problems reported so far.

    Seriously though, there have been reports of the van leaning a half inch to an inch to one side, the dash is painted (as is Ody and others) and the paint will scratch off, some van owners have reported the van pulling slightly one way or the other, and.... I can't at this moment think of others, although I'm sure I'm forgetting something. All in all, the problems reported so far have been very minor.
  • I had to bring my new ES MPV into the shop at 643 miles because the engine light was flashing. The cause: a cut in a spark plug wire. This is the second MPV my dealer has seen with the same problem so surely there will be others. The bad part was that they had to order the replacement wires because no one has them locally. They replaced all of mine just in case.
  • pd10pd10 Posts: 5
    I'm one of the folks with the 1/2 in. "lean" on the front drivers side of their '00MPV.
    I DO NOT consider it a PROBLEM though!
    (Only thought I'd mention it since the subject was posted here.) The "lean" has absolutely no effect on the handling or performance of my van. My MPV tracks perfectly straight and handles like a dream! I know some owners find the lean to be an annoyance but I figure it's just 1/2 inch less effort for me to get inside my van! :)

    The only REAL problem (albeit, minor) was glazing that developed on one of the brake pads recently.
    (98% of my driving is stop & go city and I've been doing an extreme amount of it the last 2 wks.)
    I must add that my Mazda dealership's Customer Service concerning this matter was superb! The Service Dept. mgr., (who, it turned out, lived only a couple of miles from me) drove my van to work, made the repair @ no charge, washed the van and returned it to me at the end of the day!

    I've been reading the MPV boards for 6 months now and I, too, can recall only MINOR problems such as those mentioned above. It seems to me, that many of the folks who complain about jerky shifting just haven't quite gotten the hang of "babying" the gas pedal yet. My husband doesn't drive the MPV often and when he does it's rough going until he hits 3rd gear because he has a tendency to stomp the pedal for power like he's accustomed to doing in his SUV.
    The more you drive the MPV- the smoother the ride!
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    This weekend I noticed a very slow drip coming from my moonroof during a heavy rain. Not enough to qualify as a leak but instead just a slow drip coming from the passenger's side toward the rear of the moonroof. I wouldn't have even noticed it but we were driving around in a very heavy rainstorm and had the visor open. I was able to recreate the drip with a hose and a lot of water. I would encourage those of you with a moonroof to check it with a hose. If you are like me, you probably drive during a rain with the visor closed, which would mean you wouldn't have noticed it. I also never noticed it when I washed the car but since I was looking for it, I found it. Van made 8/99, picked up 2/00.
  • jbeck2jbeck2 Posts: 2
    Does anyone else get poor fuel economy? I get 14/15 miles to the gallon in town. I've had it to the dealer twice but he says there is nothing wrong. I don't race it, don't tow , no hills , and usually carry just two people. I have 3800 miles on it.
  • bobcat05bobcat05 Posts: 1
    Our gas mileage on our last tank of gas (3rd tankful) was about 14.5. We drove about 95% city during that tankfull.
  • This exact topic is being discussed right now over in Tailgate Tales. Scroll back a bit so you can catch the beginning.
  • I'm really worried about all the serious problems we seem to be having..... :)
  • julyarjulyar Posts: 35
    1. I miss the power door lock on the passenger side that can lock all doors.

    2. Power door locks don't lock open sliding doors, so you have to wait until both sliding doors are closed before you can lock up, or lock the sliding door manually. This works the same regardless of using the remote, or the driver's side lock button.

    3. About the only thing that the drawer under the passenger side is good for is a couple of maps. (Although I found a use for it this morning when I removed the ashtray and put it in the drawer!!)

    4. I still haven't gotten used to the wiper setup (neither has my wife who drives it all the time). I have to think about whether I am using the front or the back or twist or move up and down. I think they tried to do a little too much with one lever. My wife keeping squirting the back window trying to turn on the rear wipers.

    5. It seems like (I need to observe a little more) that when the sunroof is partially open, you can not move the interior cover to coverup the closed part of the glass. I probably did not describe it well, but if you want the sun roof to be half-open and the sun is shining on you through the glass on the closed half, you can not move the cover over to get out of the sun.

    As for other problems reported. There is no pulling to one side. No unnecessary downshifting, except maybe when you are on a hilly road going at relatively low speeds 40-50 in overdrive and push it a little (then again this is not unnecessary). Tranny is very smooth. Passing speed is great.

    OOOPs. Wait a minute, this is supposed to be a problems forum. Enough for now.
  • brajabraja Posts: 25
    got 22 mpg in mixed driving, first tank of gas
  • meerameera Posts: 50
    I posted this on the tailgate tales too, didn't realize this forum was here. First let me say, I LOVE MY VAN. I also consistantly get 20+ MPG. This is mostly just <10 mile stop and go trips around town with maybe one drive on the freeway. Which brings me to...

    Is anyone elses steering wheel shaking a lot in the 65-75 mph range? I already took it in and they blamed it on the tires being out of balance. They balanced them and I thought it helped, but now it seems to be doing it again a week later. I'd love to here if anyone else had this remedied.
  • I have the 6 CD player, and the button layout doesn't match the book. I have FM1, FM2, but no Scan button.

    Does anyone know how to get the radio scan function on the six disc CD player?
  • It's been 1 week and no posts! I don't have any problems, just thought I'd let you know! :)
  • We're shopping for vans and the lack of problems in this topic is encouraging. Sounds like you all really like your vans. Do you feel there is enough space? Especially anyone with 3+ kids?
  • almasy1almasy1 Posts: 2
    America's best kept secret; the 2000 Mazda MPV.
    Don't tell too many people. Sh.
  • sfpaulsfpaul Posts: 1
    I understand that the radio/6-disk changer does not have a cassette player. Does the radio/one-disk changer? The only information I've found says that cassette player would be available late winter. And my salesman doesn't know offhand.
  • syjohnsyjohn Posts: 2
    While I've been happy overall with our Mazda MPV, I have had a couple of problems.

    1. Pulling to the left. We have under 2,000 miles on our MPV, have taken it in to be aligned once, and it's still pulling a great deal. However, it seems as if it pulls more at slower speeds (30-40 mph) as opposed to higher speeds. Has anyone else who has experienced the pulling noticed this? Maybe it's something more than alignment. Occasionally, my steering wheel shakes as well. I think it does have something to do with the alignment (typically, this is the problem - although I know when the rotors in my Volvo began to wear, I experienced a similar shake). It would seem that some of the vans are more susceptible to alignment problems than others.

    2. Leaking Crank Seal. I took my first road trip (of 400 miles) with just under 1,000 miles on the van and noticed a slight burning smell when I stopped during the trip. My temperature gage looked fine and no lights were on. I took it to the dealership and they indicated that I had a slight leak in the crank seal. They indicated that sometimes the seal is improperly installed at the factory at an angle such that the seal develops a crimp and leaks. I'm sure it only affects one in a large number, and we picked the lucky van.

    3. Weak paint. When I took delivery of the van, it had a very small scratch on the back door (in hind-sight, it's probably from someone's ring). However, I noticed a huge scratch that went all they way down the side of the vehicle one day. I called my husband who indicated that he had "barely brushed the van with the plastic garbage can." It was a pretty long "brush" if you ask me, but the damage is pretty intense. I think a lot of cars have this new paint (Infiniti's and Lexus's do I know from experience), but I was used to a Volvo (which has paint like nails).

    Again, though, overall, I've been pleased. I also love being able to maneuver as if I were driving a small vehicle. I've been a little disappointed in my gas mileage, but I've had to run the air conditioner and defroster quite a bit with this weather we've been having.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    I was watching Dateline NBC last night and they had a report on bumper tests. Well, MPV were given a rating of "POOR". According to Dateline, MPV's sustained big damage during their low speed tests and this prompted Mazda to recall all 2000 MPV's to fix the bumpers for free!

    Visit and look at the details. Even the Mazda Protoge got a "POOR" rating for 1999 model and was just recently upgraded 1 level only for the 2000 models. They have the same problem as the MPV's.

    Go to the Dateline site, check it out and have your bumpers fixed.
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    Sorry, that was
  • At this time, no Mazda van is available with a cassette player. There has been talk of one becoming available on next year's models, but the jury is still out on whether they can be added aftermarket.
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    Please post the model and manufacture date of your van. Thanks.
  • syjohnsyjohn Posts: 2
    It is an ES MPV with a 4 seasons package. Is that what you mean by Model? Where do I find the manufacture date for the vehicle? Are you just curious or are there known problems with certain models and manufacture dates? (Sorry to ask such stupid questions.)
  • jeproxjeprox Posts: 466
    You can find the date your vehicle was manufactured by opening your driver side door and look either at the door beam or the edge of your door. There should be a plate stating the date and where your vehicle was assembled.

    Places to look for recalls, TSB's, complaints:

    I think to date, the only real problem is the bumper as reported by Dateline.

  • jleeyapjleeyap Posts: 4
    I have also been researching this topic for the past several months. Some dealers nearby have been installing the cassette player intended for the Protege (there is a separate one for this model) to the MPV. The cost is about $300. You may want to ask your dealer about this. I have been waiting for someone who has had this done to tell me how it works. I hope this helps.
  • ladererladerer Posts: 2
    After two weeks with an ES, the only problem to date has been that opening the driver's side door does not activate the interior lights or the warning that the headlights remain on. Other than that, everything is great! We'll get it corrected when we take it in for the bumper reinforcement. No pulling, leaning, or any other complaint.
  • cmm4cmm4 Posts: 7
    There is a thumb dial in-between the driver/passenger map lights. Make sure it is set to "DOOR". If it's set to "OFF" the the interior
    will not go on.
  • ladererladerer Posts: 2
    That fix was what I was hoping for but to no avail. When set to "door", only opening the passenger door signals "headlights on" or activates the dome light, opening the driver's side door elicits no response if the headlights are on and does not activate the overhead light. Still, not that big a deal.
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