2003 Mazda MPV from North America
Hard shifting transmission at low speeds, from the beginning ('flashed' transmission computer with new program, did not solve. Got used to it, never caused a failure).
PCV vacuum hose replaced on recall, new. Replaced again at 65,000 myself, $80 part.
Driver's side mirror failure at over 100,000.
Water jacket sensor failed at around 100,000 miles.
Oil pan drain plug stripped, needed new oil pan at 105,000.
Replaced intake manifold rubber hose/boot at about 120,000.
Spark plugs gave out at 130,000+ (great service!)
Coil packs are all still original at over 140,000 miles.
Needs struts, power steering flush, still running well after replacing plugs.
I was worried about the following when we bought it new: power doors failing, transmission shifting at low speeds. Neither of these ever became a problem.
Sunroof great. Service from coil packs (still original) and plugs (replaced at 130,000+) has been excellent.
The mechanic loves to replace light bulbs, and do various fluid flushes, etc. Not hard on batteries. Starts fine.
The main repetitive failure has been the PCV vacuum hose, which is a bit of a pain to replace and costs $80+ a pop. When something starts to fail, it always throws a 'check engine' light, and will begin to run rough if ignored. This happened each time with the failed PCV hose, the water jacket temp. sensor, intake manifold rubber hose and spark plugs. Keep up the regular maintenance and listen to her when she tries to tell you something (run the CEL codes and consult the internet MPV forums), and this vehicle should give good service for lots of mixed driving in all seasons.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th August, 2011