1992 Mazda MPV Base 2WD 3.0L V6 from North America
Nothing, other than routine maintenance. We take really good care of our cars.
The only big thing that failed on this van was the rear A/C. It was going to cost $1600 at the time, so we decided to just live without it. So, us kids in the back just had to suck it up and deal with it. It wasn't all that bad though, once the cold air from the front started to circulate throughout the cabin.
The only downfall with these vans is that they rust/rot out. But that is also due to our harsh Canadian climate where they salt the icy roads. So it's inevitable that it rusts even when oil sprayed. But this is true with all cars of this lineage.
This wasn't my car exactly, but it was my parents. But I did grow up learning how to drive and maintain it since the age of 14.
We bought this van brand new off the lot in 1992.
It was so reliable that I bought one for myself just recently in 2012. But I got a 97 model.
Nothing ever failed on the van, other than the rear A/C. 365,000 kms with all the original power-train and drive-train. We made sure to religiously change the fluids, keep on top of major service items like timing belts and etc, and it treated us well.
The only reason why we had to get rid of it was because the rust/rot started getting really bad; like holes through the floors.
That's too bad. The engine and transmission could've gone another 300,000kms easily.
Like I said earlier, I bought another one for myself to be used as a work van. I decided to go for another MPV, because I already had first hand experience with its durability and proven track record.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2012
6th Mar 2012, 18:13
How did this not get the happy face? I meant to put a happy face (positive).
7th Mar 2012, 14:04
The happy and sad faces are just a rough indicator, and are based on a calculation that looks at the numerical ratings you've given, and your answer to whether you'd buy another car from this manufacturer. The lowish marks for Performance, and also Dealer Service and Running Costs are just enough to push this into having a neutral face.