2002 Mazda MPV ES 2.5L V6 from North America
Avoid Mazda products in winter climates
Door seams showing rust after the 2nd winter. Repaired under warranty, but rust has returned on all doors.
Wheel wells showing rust after 3 years.
Paint chipping/flaking off on trunk shortly after 3 year warranty expired. Mazda refused to fix this problem because the rust has not perforated the metal.
Power doors periodically will not shut properly.
Mechanically has been fairly reliable.
Mazda has not addressed their poor paint and premature rust issues. Will never purchase a Mazda product again because of unacceptable corrosion. Their cars will not last very long on salted roads in Canadian winter climates.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th October, 2007
2002 Mazda MPV purchased new. I too have had corrosion issues at the rear fender wells and in the lower front door seams. I discovered quite by accident that the vehicle retains water somewhere. When parked on an incline, I will see a trail of water under the car (AC or defrost not on)
This is the only issue I've had with my MPV. I love it besides this major flaw. My corrosion didn't begin until about the 5th year of ownership.