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MAZDA MPV People Carrier 1999‑2004
6 owner reviews for MAZDA MPV People Carrier 1999‑2004
Best value used people carrier you can buy!
MAZDA MPV 2.0 5dr (Review date: 26th January '12)
We bought this car in April of 2010. While looking we viewed other MPVs such as the Ford Galaxy and its Seat & VW siblings.
The Mazda came out on top being both cheaper and generally having much lower miles than the other equivalent vehicles.
As a family car it really hits the nail on the head. The twin sliding doors are a godsend in carparks, the 7 seats can accommodate 7 adults comfortably and there is still enough space behind the rearmost seats for shopping.
The seats do fold but the car doesn't have a clever seating system like modern MPVs so you have to remove them if you really want to increase load space - but boy what a load space you get. Trips to Ikea are a breeze! All seats are independently adjustable and they all recline - great for tired kids.
Driving it is pleasant, it's comfortable for all and chews up big miles without leaving you tired. Body roll isn't a problem but it's let down by massive understeer when pushed hard. Mazda made a big showcase of hurling this car around Laguna Secca when it was first introduced but this is lost on me - it's not exactly the kind of car you'd want to drive in this fashion anyway.
Forward visibility is good mostly, the large A-pillars can be a nuisance sometimes but you quickly adapt.
Rear visibility is quite poor with all the seats in situ but much improved when rears seats are folded or removed.
The 2.0 diesel engine pulls very nicely and is the best engine choice for economy and drive-ability, it returns about 38 MPG on average and more on a longer run. It's the same engine fitted to the Mazda 6 but without the awful DPF system. Regular oil changes are a must so check service history if you're considering buying one.
Reliability is not a problem. Apart from a rear heater pipe (it follows the rear offside wheelarch behind the liner) that started leaking just after purchase and was fixed under warranty (check this if you're buying one, it's quite a common fault, it it looks rusty insist it's replaced) and a battery which gave up in extreme cold weather nothing of any consequence has gone wrong with it in about 20,000 miles! Definitely a keeper!
Reliable Easy to Drive Family Car
MAZDA MPV 2.0 5dr (Review date: 5th November '11)
The Mazda mpv is very spacious and very easy to drive. The rear two sets of seats can be removed and this is fantastic when you need to move large items, ie. furniture etc. The car is reliable and comfortable to drive and the only complaint is that you get a roll effect when going round corners, but this is true of most large mpvs etc. The seven seats are very comfortable and large enough to seat seven adults. All in all the Mazda mpv is spacious, easy to drive, quite economical and very comfortable, we would certainly buy one again.
MAZDA MPV 2.3 5dr (Review date: 2nd August '11)
MAZDA MPV 2.0 5dr (Review date: 25th July '11)
When looking (on a budget) for a car for our newly extended family I thought about a VW or Seat et al then oddly enough saw a Mazda on the forecourt of our local Vauxhall dealer and stopped to take a look. For the asking price I couldn't believe what I was getting - a VW of similar condition/miles would have cost a couple of thousand more! It seemed like a no brainer and having had the car nearly 3 years (& 20k miles) now I glad I decided to go with the Mazda. The only visits to the garage are for oil changes & MOT's (all passed 1st time). It does about 38 pottering about and more on a run. Also it has far more kit than any other similar age MPV (elec sunroof/windows, aircon, etc. I've always had BMW's as my car and the Mazda provides family transport what larger loads are needed and I've genuinely no complaints at all. I've kept theis car longer than any other I've had because it just does the job I need - no more, no less; what more do I need?
Mazda MPV, the Multiple Problem Vehicle
MAZDA MPV 2.0 5dr (Review date: 15th July '11)
This is a very comfortable car, when it is not in repair. It drives nicely for a big car, and has lots of space. It carries 7 adults, and when one removes the chairs (the hindseat folds into the floor very simply) you can use it as a moving truck.
Fuel (Diesel) consumption is not bad: on average about 10 liter/ 100 km.
But reliability is really bad. I had following problems with it:
61,000 km: Relay fan broken. Replacement cost: 97 €.
73,000 km: electric motor for the rear window broken. Replacement cost: 245 €.
79000 km: broken turbocharger. Replacement cost: 2830 €.
81,000 km: broken clutch. Replacement cost: 1885 €.
82,000 km: injection pump broke. Replacement cost: 1500 €.
Mazda Bongo Friendee is a fab car all round
MAZDA MPV 2.3 5dr (Review date: 16th March '11)
The Bongo is a truely fabulous MPV with so many fantastic features. It's perfect for the family and road trips being an 8 seater with the option to adjust the seat positions and even convert the back into a double bedroom! It's lovely to drive, with the only minor downside being the engine is under the passenger seat, so slighty on the noisy side compared with other vehicles. This really isn't too noticeable though. The Bongo is an absolute pleasure to drive and is very reliable, often flying through it's MOTs. It has quite a large engine though, at 2.5 litres, and can be a bit juicy and expensive to run. I personally find this to be the ONLY downside of the Bongo - a higher rate tax and insurance and a higher cost to run compared to the smaller cars and MPVs. All round, an absolute pleasure to drive and own!