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However, it brings me sadness to report that it will be cold for turkey day tomorrow: a frigid 72 (brrrr). Sorry, the pool party has been canceled.
Doc, why is this package ticking?
I am new to this website. What a good idea. We are looking for new wipers: both front and back. Any suggestions.
Anyway, I'd suggest Bosche Micro-Edge Excel blades. Part no. 40924 for the fronts, and 40916 for the rear. They work great, imho. I've never found a wiper blade that worked great forever, so I replace these about twice a year.
Again, welcome... check out our other "Club" forums for the MPV. I think you'll find we're a great bunch of folks that love our MPV vans.
If you have some time, we would really appreciate Town Hall members writing a review of their current auto, or a favorite make/model. It takes approximately a week for your review to appear on that make/model.
If you have any questions, please let me know!
Update on my wonderful ride... will turn over 65,000 miles later today, with no major problems, only a couple of small nagging things. My one rear window is rattling, and I think I need a realignment 'cause the steering wheel is shaking a little at lower speeds. Other than that, nothing is wrong.(other than it needs a wash desperately) But I do think I still have the highest mileage here, if not the country. At this rate, my extended warranty will only extend me to about 3 and a half years! Oh well.
Have any of you driven a 2002 yet? I'm planning to go drive one, but with no intentions on trading. My emerald beauty has been more than adequate, and I still love her, stains, dings and scratches included. BTW, java, thanks for the wiper blade info. I'm still on my original front pair (for real) but think it's getting to be time for something new. Talk to you all soon!
D.W. and I are discussing whether or not to trade in our '00 Emerald LX in for a 2002... only 24k on the clock so far after 2.5yrs... but we may hold out for an AWD option, if Mazda wises up and imports it in the next couple of years.
It's great to hear from you again... don't be a stranger, eh?
Just thought I would stop by and say hello. The Mrs and I have a 2000 MPV DX and have enjoyed it so far. (18K miles and going well)
I want to pass this along to whomever is interested...We have been in the market for a car video system but cannot afford one of these $1800+ custom install jobs. I came across the back seat theater system (manufactured by TMI) and I am pretty impressed with it. It has an overhead flip-down screen (6.8 inches) and a VCR. You run the wires from the screen (over the headliner) and tap into either one of the wires feeding the overhead lights or run a wire down to the fuse box. Unfortunately, I am not much of a tech and could not do the wiring myself and got pro help but outside of that I managed the installation pretty well. The VCR is plugged into the cig lighter and sends signals to the monitor through a wireless transmission box. The total system was $600 so it is a good deal for a good system.
Figured I would mention it to anyone who is interested--I am not "spamming" for the product--I did a fair amount of research but was surprised there is not a lot of message traffic on these boards about video systems. (There was one thread a year ago about this particular system)
Look forward to stopping in more often--I spend most of my time here on the Elantra boards ( a new purchase I love) but thought I would see what is happening in MPV land
Got the Sunlight Silver LX with luxury, roof rack, step guard and rear A/C. Would have gotten 17" rims if it were an option, but the 16" will do (for now).
Also wanted a spoiler, but couldn't find any. Is it very hard to add one/have one added on later?
Anyway, used the s-plan and feel like we got a good deal ($22,840 + $69 delivery). Glad to be part of the club!!!
Enjoy your new MPV!
Anyway, welcome aboard Husker92. Happy Miles!
We just bought a 2000 MPV LX ( silver; manufactured 9/1999 ) with 37K on it. Everything seems to fine, except it takes a while to start. Many thanks for Alex Vakulenko for posting TSBs on his site! My Mazda dealer's service department had no clue what it was, so I had to fax the bulletin to them in order to get it fixed. The part is expected to come in about two weeks.
Has anybody else on this board had this problem before? Did replacing the fuel pressure regulator fix it? I am also looking to replace my tires, so I'd like to get more Mazda-specific feedback.
Thanks a lot.
After much research and agonizing over the other choices, it simply came down to the fact that the MPV is a minivan that isn't too "van-like" and handles like a car. We love the fold into the floor third seat and just couldn't justify going to a larger vehicle that didn't have that feature. My husband and I have been married 16 years have 2 kids (14 and 12) and 2 mini schnauzers that travel with us crated, so sometimes we need the cargo space and sometimes we need the 3rd seat. The Odyssey was too expensive and just plain ugly in my opinion. WE had very few problems with the 2000 through 48,500 miles and expect as few with this one. It is a van that my teenage daughter says she won't mind driving when the time comes in a couple of years so that is high praise indeed!
just bought my 2002 shimmering sand MPV ES+fog light+roof rack+cargo net+spoiler+bumper plate, out of door for $28350 (8.25% tax in CA) for 2yr 0% financing, spending most of time in dealership to cut down $50
I am trying to bargain with Mazda dealer on the 2002 Mazda MPV LX. I read the message #282 posted by bharrell about her new 2002 Mazda MPV LX. I have some questions for bharrell. Did you have luxury package included? Could you please give pices you paid in detail? Including the base price, the price for the options. I was wondering how you got the new van with $22,830.
Thank you, have a nice day,
The dealer has a white LX with leather upholstery by "Soft Trim", a "1LX" package, DVD/TV tuner setup (DVD under the driver's seat, screen that drops down and swivels), a radio/CD player (didn't think to look for details there), roof rack, dual A/C all listing for $25,010. Per my ciphers from a Kelley's Blue Book print out, that is just barely over invoice, not including the leather. Am I missing something here? Should we take the salesman up on his offer to drive it a day or two? Also, the salesman seemed very eager to "talk" about he pricing for the van. I can tell he wants my Toyota, but unless he makes a great offer, I'll sell it myself. The MPV van (now) has 22 miles on its odometer.
Oh, there seems to be an "extra" antenna, across the interior, upper edge of the windshield. Is this for the TV tuner, and is it ever a problem of any kind?
Am I on the wrong forum? If so, my apologies. Please direct em to an appropriate site. I've only recently found "Edmunds", and am suffering a bit of sleep deprivation because of it.
Opinions and/or advice are appreciated.
As with most dealer installed options, there is probably quite a bit of padding on the price. Also, I would make sure all the seats function properly - are they recovered Mazda or OEM? Does the 3rd seat function as advertised? How much did they want for the leather? I am leery about the dealer installed leather seats and what type of warranty they have if you move away from the dealer.
If you are not sold on the leather seats, I would look for an LX with the luxury, security (Traction control, side impact airbags, alarm and foglights) and 4 season packages. If you want leather, get an ES.
You should be able to get a lower price. Don't forget about the $1000 Mazda to dealer incentive money (expires at the end of the month).
Take your time looking at MPVs. Go to www.mazdausa.com and use the dealer locator to check dealer inventories in your area. If you don't find one in your immediate area, put in another zip code further down the road.
Also, there are quite a few more MPV discussion groups here at Edmunds that contain a lot of info.
are they recovered Mazda or OEM?
They are recovered by "Classic Soft Trim", who has a shop nearby. This company seems pretty well respected in this work, per my internet dredgings. I went over the leather pretty thoroughly and it seems well done, with a heavy grade covering and nice stitching.
Does the 3rd seat function as advertised? Yes,
I tried everything I could think of, with everything working well.
How much did they want for the leather?
It was not listed on the window sticker.
I am leery about the dealer installed leather seats and what type of warranty they have if you move away from the dealer.
The leather is warranted by "Classic Soft Trim" for 3 years after vehicle purchase. They have shope nationwide.
Thanks for the reply,
While my wife was driving an MPV this evening, it was pointed out that the "Entertainment Center" and leather upholstery is not included in the window sticker "list price". A bit of awkward quiet followed. The TV is not a big item to us, and wifey doesn't really "need" the leather like I think we "need" it.
My company gets me an "S price" via Ford. I left the folks at the dealership with some homework, to give the "S price" for several different configurations. It's in their court now.
Also, they have a loaner with 6k miles, a 2000 ES with many bells and whistles in an, umm, interesting electric blue that the wife strangely likes. We may look at it closer. My only concern is the engine.
Thank you for the reply,
If you want an LX decked out as close as you can to an ES, get one with the 4 seasons, luxury pkg, and security pkg.
As for the 2000 ES - to make sure you will be happy with it, take a test drive through a section that has a few hills, accceleration (freeway on ramps) and stop and go. Then take a 2002 for a drive on the same route. Make mental notes about the rpms, engine noise and shifting. My wife's observations (mine don't count since she will be the primary driver ;^) was that the 2002 had less engine noise (less revving the engine to hit a shift point), shifting was smoother (5 spd vs. 4 spd), and it can accelerate much faster. YMMV.
As for the S-Plan - you may get a better deal on your own. Take the numbers from the http://www.edmunds.com/new/2002/mazda/mpv/van/minivan/index.html figure out your invoice price, subtract off $500 to $750 (remember they are getting $1000 back from Mazda as an incentive and a holdback of 2% of the base price). Add back in the sales tax (make sure you get the right rate - VA does 3% on cars and 4.5 on everything else...), destination $520, and license, etc. Use that as a starting point. Tell them that is the price you want to pay total - out the door - no other costs. No need to break it down for them - they can figure out what their profit will be. Know your upper limit and when to just walk away. It helps to have the spouse clued in so on cue, they can say "No, we don't need the car. Let's go."
There are no hills close by, but plenty of challenging interstates!
I have tested them myself, and while they do exert some force, the safety override does work. I doubt it is enough to break a child's arm. I would worry more about someone slamming an unpowered door on a child than a power door. The chances of one of our kids being caught in the door is very unlikely. Both are always buckled in before the doors are closed.
Thanks for the reply. I have a question about a 2000 model ES on the "Minivan shopper" forum.
All seem pleased with the MPV.
Thanks to all who replied to my posts.
You should have kissed us too!! LOL