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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,919 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.

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2002 Mazda MPV engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Mazda MPV Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 182008


  • 66,677 miles


2000-2003 Mazda MPV models have a coolant seepage from rear heater pipe which can cause severe engine failure and traffic hazard due to non-drivable vehicle. Mazda MPV 2002 was found to have a coolant leak in rear heater pipes and was taken to Mazda repair center. Mazda advised a vehicle should not be run without coolant since it can damage the engine, and replaced the lines for a cost of $1000 (parts + labor). MPV was driven 18 miles after completed repair, then the engine suffered a complete failure in traffic and vehicle stopped in the middle of an intersection, posing a danger to MPV passengers as well as other vehicles. Mazda repair center claims the engine failure is due to driving with low/no coolant prior to repair. Regardless, if the engine failure was due to a failed repair or due to the reason Mazda states, this is a known product defect by Mazda that should be issued as a recall notice to all affected MPV owners. Mazda has issued a technical service bulletin (us bulletin no: 07-002/05) stating that warranty repair is approved only if the vehicle exhibits coolant leakage and the vehicle is within the extended 7-year warranty from vehicle in-service date. Tsb reference: this known product defect should be issued as a recall notice for all affected Mazda MPV models due to the high risk that complete engine failure poses while operating the vehicle in traffic.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #3

Jul 112008


  • 85,000 miles
Since new, hesitates between 40-50 mph, causing sudden loss of power, high rpms but no acceleration. Removing foot from gas van sometimes recovers. Has had transmission control module replaced as a result, then ignition coils were blamed and those were replaced one by one, sometimes more than once, then coolant temperature sensor went, now at 85,000 transmission went. Each event stranded my family by the side of the road and car had to be towed.

- Medford, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 012005


  • miles
2002 Mazda MPV stalled unexpectedly. The consumer stated the engine would just shut down without any warning lights.

- Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I bought this car for 6 months, the engine light on twice, didn't fix it first time, the advisor said the gas tank cap is not close tight enought. Couple of days later, the engine light is one again, this time they found control system incorrect flow, small leak, hose off of purge valve at air cleaner housing. Car pulls to left on highway and right on local street. Brought in 4 time, admit alignment on the 3rd time and fix it, but still pull. Brought in again the fourth time, said found no pulling problem. We complaint that the car occasionally jerk when press gas paddle, the jerk feeling simliar to the way the car got hit in behind. They found no code for it. The car beep, they can't find any code for it. There are many problem we found in the car, but they said they can't find the code. One advisor think that the car's pulling because the car is too high. Also, it happen 3 times since I bought the car that after I placed the gear to reverse, then place it back to drive, the car won't go but the engine run. To fix it, then I place the gear back to park and to drive, then the car back to normal run. I'm very regretful to have bought this car. It has so many problem and the dealear doesn't seem to want to fix the problem either. I'm, the consumer have to paid financially, and mentally for this car. It is a disaster.

- Columbus, OH, USA

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