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2000 Mazda MPV from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Accent


To die under 200,000 ks..JUNK!



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!



Elaine McEwen


General Comments:

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

1st Jun 2007, 11:20

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!

1st Jun 2007, 17:28

Coolant to the back of the car???

19th Jun 2007, 12:52

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.

2000 Mazda MPV LX 2.5 from North America

Model year2000
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic


Would not recommend because of rust


Air flow sensor failed about 80,000 miles.

Alternator failed at 108,000 miles.

General Comments:

I purchased a van because of my rapidly expanding family and trusted the quality of Mazda because of another vehicle of theirs I owned (1993 Protégé). Generally speaking, the mechanicals of the van are exceptional and it has performed well in the six years I have owned it. The one major complaint I have is the corrosion issue that seems to plague this model from 2000 to 2004, so far. The corrosion is extensive: the first place I noticed it was on the hood where it has now perforated. Investigating the hood further revealed the entire front edge is corroding and the underside has a large piece missing. A seal is attached to the front edge and because of the corrosion is no longer sealing water from entering the engine compartment; therefore, exposing electrical and other components to the damaging effects of water. The other places corrosion has shown up are the door edges primarily at the bottom, but also around the windows, the rear lift hatch along the bottom edge and hydraulic pistons that hold the rear door open. I would caution anyone looking to purchase this van to look in these areas for corrosion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th May, 2007

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 12 reviews