Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.
Pros: The power windows on the rear passenger sliding doors.
Cons: The strange noises coming from under the front of the vehicle.
Advice: Strongly consider purchasing a different van. i.e. Honda Odyssey or Nissan QuestWe purchased the vehicle new but from day one it had problems with something the dealership calls 'transmission shift shock'. It is fixable but it comes back to haunt you after a few weeks. I am wondering how long the transmission is going to last.. hopefully it won't die before I have a chance to replace the vehicle. Another problems we had was with the alternator which was replaced... mind you.. this is a brand new vehicle. Now we are having problems with the front end brakes or suspension.. we simply do not know and neither does the dealership. The snapping and clanking noise is very embarrasing for such a nice looking van...needless to say this is my first and last Mazda!!
Pros: The exterior styling
Cons: Everything else about the van
Advice: STAY AWAY FROM THIS VAN... nothing but problemsI purchased this Van hoping to prove all the critics wrong inregards to the Mazda and Ford merger. Unfortunately, instead of proving them wrong I proved myself wrong. This van has been nothing but problems! The 'WORLD ENGINE' which the Mazda salesperson spoke so highly about, consistely makes knocking noises, lags in power while trying to accelerate, and has trouble starting in the winter. Mind you I do live in Canada.. but a new car should not have any of these issues.
Pros: windows roll down on sliding doors
Cons: cd player doesn't play mp3
Advice: if you want a car like minivan, this is greatWe were trying to replace a 1992 Chevy Caprice wagon (big) and were undecided between the midsize wagons (volvo s70, mazda6, and vw passat) and minivans (Toyota Sienna and Saturn Relay). We really didn't want the size of minivan (it's my husband's commuter car), but needed space for 1 maybe 2 kids and a large dog for weekend trips and annual vacations. The MAZDA MPV is a great compromise as a small minivan with a much more car like ride. Roll down windows on sliding doors is a must. Like the second row seat reconfiguration options, and the tailgate of the 3rd row. Can get a great price on a 2004, but LX stock is limited (much cheaper than an ES).
Pros: The power sliding doors
Advice: Test drive this before you look at other minivans or SUV'sWe have had SUV's in the past (4Runner, Tahoe), & they either ride too much like a truck(4Runner), or are hard to manuever & park(Tahoe). We decided to test drive minivans, so we looked at the Toyota, Honda, & Mazda. This was the best deal, & came with everything we wanted. The $3500 rebate also helped with the decision to buy. We love it!
Pros: Car-like ride, 5-speed automatic
Cons: Receiver hitch installation geometry.
Advice: Research thoroughly and assume nothing.I am interested in this van because it is something my wife can drive. Driving a van can make her very nervous. I have not purchased yet, but now is an excellent time to do so because of the $3,500 rebate, which can make the vehicle cheaper to buy than a used 2003 MPV. I like the car-like ride and the 5-speed automatic, plus the convenience features of the folding seats. The spare tire does not look convenient. I am still negotiating. My hang-up is the design for a receiver hitch, which requires a different muffler and exhaust tip, and all I want a hitch for is my bicycle carrier. Very bad design feature.
Pros: Price, value, fit and finish, driveability, room
Cons: 2nd row leg room (I have a 34' inseam)
Advice: Buy a loaded LS unless you absolutely must have leather (ES)Powertrain is very smooth and it doesn't hunt from the right gear in hilly terrain. If you like to 'DRIVE' but need the room in a minivan, this is an excellent choice. The fit and finish are excellent. Noise levels are refined. The power sliding doors are a real convenience feature and are very slick in operation. The stock LS radio sounds fine but I really wish it had an aux input for my MP3 player... but many vehicles share the same problem. It's not the biggest minivan, but it certainly fitted my lifestyle, garage, and taste more than the other minivans out there. With the July 2004 rebates, it's hard to touch it with a sedan or other minivan for the money. Highly recommended.
Pros: middle windows roll down.Smaller size easier too park & get around.
Cons: Sometimes hesitating at low speed.
Advice: test drive throuraly.Check transmissionSometimes wants to hang up between 2nd & 3rd 20-40 mph.DRove great on interstate trip of 300 miles.Gear lever too long,gets in way of radio controls & cup holder underneith if you have big cup.