2002 Mazda MPV 2.0 turbo

Summary:

Maintenance costs are high

Faults:

Clutch - I had to have my first clutch replaced after 22,000 and a costs of £800 (Initially the dealer quoted £1,200!)

Clutch - I had to have my second clutch replaced after another 15,000 miles. This time it was priced at the original £1,200, so I got it fixed by a local company at a cost of £500. This clutch has been fine.

Engine - After 72,000 miles the piston snapped and I was quoted £8,000 for a new engine! After lots of discussion the dealership agreed to repair the engine at a cost of £3,100. After working on the engine they said I needs a new clutch Fly Wheel at a cost of £538.

When I initially complained to Mazda they said it was my driving (I am 50 years of age and have never had a clutch go on any other car I have owned). When I complained the second time the clutch failed they wanted proof. I sent them the clutch and they lost it!

I am now trying to get compensation for the engine failure, but I do not expect anything from Mazda.

The car is unreliable, after sales is poor, in fact they are aggressive and rude.

I would never buy another Mazda.

General Comments:

To be honest I like the car. I enjoy driving it but the cost of keeping it on the road is crippling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2008

2004 Mazda MPV 2.0 diesel

Summary:

Spacious, well built MPV

Faults:

To early to say.

General Comments:

Bought this MPV at the end of September, part-ex-ed it for a Citroen Berlingo 1.4 petrol, after needing a spacious 7 seater. We got 12 months warranty, 4 new tyre's, a broken wing mirror replaced, and the majority of scratches removed by the dealer. So far the car has been excellent, it's very well built, hard wearing interior, and the 136 bhp diesel pulls very well, even with 7 people on board. Only gripes I have, is it takes a few seconds for the turbo to kick in, but once it does it powers along motorways very well, with little body roll in sharp bends. The rear view is not very good, and I will be having rear parking sensors fitted soon. There's no parcel shelf in the back so any belongings are on display, as the glass seems to lack any kind of 'tint'. Hopefully next year I shall have privacy glass fitted to. I understand that the cam belt will have to be replaced in the next 2 years or so, again, another expense. Apart from that the kids and dogs enjoy having loads of space, rear air con, and good stereo system, and sun roof. Forget your Ford Galaxy's and Espace's, this is a serious alternative, with Mazda's reliability, this MPV will last!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2007