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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,638 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Mazda MPV transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Mazda MPV Owner Comments

problem #7

May 112009

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,954 miles


The contact owns 2001 Mazda MPV. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact noticed smoke or steam around the vehicle. The contact was able to exit the highway and contacted aaa to have the vehicle towed to the dealer. The contact did not know what caused the failure. The transmission and catalytic converter were replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 112,954. Updated 03/08/11 updated 05/24/11 updated 12/20/11

- Oxford, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 012010


  • 150,000 miles
2001 Mazda MPV van transmission quit at 150,000. I was told it already been replaced once. Wont shift pass second. Estimate cost repairs are $2599.

- Guntersville, AL, USA

problem #5

Dec 242006

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,500 miles
My 2001 Mazda MPV minivan began to shift hard and quick between gears. Had the transmission fluid drained at 45K miles. The van has 74K right now and I feel Mazda's design of this transmission is the culprit and not myself who takes good care of vehicle and have records to prove it. Would like to have Mazda rep. Explain to me his company's position of my complaint.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Nov 162005

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


The transmission of my 2001 Mazda MPV SE began to slip very badly in 3rd and there was no 4th gear after 100K miles. There were no warning signs and the 3 facilities that looked at the vehicle stated the fluid was fine and the transmission needed to be rebuilt or replaced for an average cost of $2500. On mechanic went on to say the Mazda transmissions are notorious for problems and are among the worst in the industry.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #3

May 312004

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
Transmission shifts violently during 1-2 shift during a brisk get away from a complete stop. The shift almost seems to stop the van's forward momentum and stall the engine. This occurs mainly when the car is cold.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 082002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving engine surges upon trying to stop vehicle. Consumer contacted dealer. Problem was never resolved. Consumer traded vehicle in. Consumer stated the transmission was acting erractically.

- Tavares, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 222002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The automatic transmission shift lever on the steering column could be freely shifted out of park with no keys in the ignition. Transmission also would not shift out of park on occasion. Dealer replaced shift control lever assembly free of charge. They stated the part had been redesigned by the manufacturer.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

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