1996 Mazda MPV 4X4 3.0 V6 from North America
Average at best
Lots of little things...
Alignment never has been right, even after new tires, balancing, alignment, etc.
Brakes seem to wear quickly. Brakes are also way too sensitive, I really hate the braking on this van.
Accelerator sticks sometimes, haven't fixed it yet. Heard it's carbon build up on the throttle?
Thermostat needed replacement, took 1 hour just to find the thing.
Muffler rusted out, replaced.
Transmission has no drainage for fluid changes, and requires a special suction system to service; lucky I know a mechanic.
Power windows are way too slow to roll up, takes too long.
Check engine light is on, will need to deal with that in the future to pass emissions, not looking forward to that.
Paint peeling on the outside, poor paint job.
It has been quite reliable, but the quality is just not there. I don't think I would buy another one.
I bought this van from a friend who was in a financial bind and needed to sell it. It was a one owner family van for years, and well maintained.
It drives quite well, but feels boxy and awkward on turns for some reason. Accelerator sticks sometimes, brakes are too sensitive.
It is a used van, so expect some problems of course, for the most part the van has been reliable, but seems to always need constant upkeep and repairs more than other used cars I've had.
This is my first Mazda, and I'm disappointed in the quality compared to some old Dodge Caravans I've had; it just does not match up in interior space, comfort, low operating cost, and reliability.
The interior is OK for long trips, for the 2 front seats, but passenger seats are not very comfortable at all for long trips.
The MPV is a cheap, light duty van, not enough space for passenger's and cargo, and the fuel efficiency isn't great either. Not the best buy if you ask me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 12th January, 2011