2000 Mazda MPV from North America
To die under 200,000 ks..JUNK!
WHY I WILL NEVER BUY A MAZDA AGAIN...!!
Under 200,000km...closer to 170,000 and now I will be lucky if a wrecker offers me 500 for my 2000Mazda MPV.
I just had my Mazda MPV serviced about 3-4 weeks ago... told the service manager at my dealership (not Mazda) to make sure everything was tip-top as I was going to be out of town and on the highway a lot!! So I didn't want anything to happen. I didn't want to end up standing at the side of the highway with a broken-down vehicle. We have always had the vehicle serviced regularly.
But yesterday the plastic tube carrying coolant to the back of the vehicle "apparently" rotted out and the coolant leaked out. The "check" engine light came on when I was on the highway about 5 kilometres from a service station. I thought I could pull in there to find out about it. About 2 kilometres from the station the check engine light started to blink...so I pulled over immediately!. Smoke poured from the engine and there was a puddle of coolant on the ground behind the rear right tire.
So there I was standing at the side of a major highway - my worst fear... hoping for help. After about 15 minutes, a kind person gave me a lift to the service station. I then had the van towed to a Mazda dealer...$150. Then the service man at the dealership arranged for a rental car for me... another $25/day plus they want another $16/day for insurance on top of that.
The Mazda service man called me at the end of the day to tell me the engine is completely ruined! I can get a new engine for at least 5,000. He said it's not worth it... but a wrecker "might" give me 500 dollars for the body. He told me also that in spite of my previous servicing of the vehicle... no service technician would have spotted this problem. So tough luck for me and gee whiz I only still owe $6,000 for the vehicle. And I still have to get the bill from the Mazda dealership for their "diagnosis".
Less than 200,000 kilometres...!!! What a piece of junk!
So now you know WHY I WILL NEVER BUY A MAZDA AGAIN... AND WHY I WILL WARN EVERYONE THAT I CAN ABOUT IT - IN PERSON - ON BLOGS - WHEREVER...ALL BECAUSE OF A CHEAP PIECE OF PLASTIC TUBING...
BEWARE OF MAZDA!!
We loved it when we bought it. We loved it for taking stuff to and from our cottage. We thought it was a good van... other than having your leg go numb when you were the driver. We had it regularly serviced/maintained. But, service always seemed to be expensive.. there was always something that had to be done, so you rarely got away with less than $6-700 for regular maintenance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st May, 2007
If your engine warning light comes on, you should stop immediately & contact your dealer. I'm sure your car manual will tell you that. So you've only yourself to blame!
Coolant to the back of the car???
Mazda is well aware of the problem with this leak, and issued a limited recall; see their bulletin: http://www.mpvclub.com/tsb.php?id=168
Unfortunately they do not offer to replace your engine if the leak causes it to get ruined, and on top of that, they only honor the repair for 7 years from the date the van rolled off the assembly line, even though it is an obvious and admitted design defect. Our line started leaking this weekend during a four hour drive - Mazda let us know our warranty to cover this expired in October, 2006. Not only are we purchasing Hondas from now on (after owing a Millenia, a 626 and the MPV), but we will never give Mazda another penny worth of our business. We are also considering taking them to small claims court to pay for the $450.00 repair, and we will keep looking to see if someone initiates a class action lawsuit.