definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,065 miles

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2002 Mazda MPV electrical problems

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2002 Mazda MPV Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 162009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


My 2002 MPV suffered a complete transmission failure at about 75K miles, stalling out in morning traffic and needing to be pushed from the road. The transmission occasionally kicked when shifting since the car was new. I called Mazda, which refused to pay anything toward the repair, saying it had relinquished liability for a vehicle several years past warranty. Despite what I see in NHTSA's complaint log and elsewhere on the net, Mazda told me that it does not agree that the transmission on the 2002 MPV is unusually prone to failure. In the past seven months, this MPV has needed several other expensive engine repairs, some of which also repeatedly show up on the NHTSA complaint log: 3 ignition coils, a PCV hose, an idle control valve, and an oxygen sensor. This is quite a string of expensive failures for a car less than 7 years old. The dealer offered to do the transmission work for $3600, although it looks like I will have it done elsewhere for somewhat less. I strongly urge NHTSA to reevaluate whether a recall is merited for the 2002 MPV's defective transmission. The consumer stated he had to have 3 ignition coils, a PCV hose, and idle control valve nas a right upper oxygen sensor. Updated 02/12/09.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #5

Nov 262006

MPV 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,167 miles
Complete and immediate failure of transmission on highway going 65 mph of 2002 Mazda MPV with 39167 miles followed by failure of failure of ignition coil. Mazda did offer to go in with half of the charge at $1624.27. Ignition coil was a $396.03 charge

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #4

Jul 132007

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I'm experiencing misfire with the 2002 Mazda MPV. The engine coils are the culprit. This is a common problem with many MPV owners and is a manufacture defect. It causes the engine to jerk and lose power and consume more gas. Some reported this issue with only 25,000 miles and mine is around 47,000. I believe this should be a recall for this is a common occurrence.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 052007

MPV 6-cyl

  • 24,200 miles


(2) of the back (3) ignition coils failed, causing the minivan to misfire and run poorly. The minivan has 24,000 miles on it. The coils have been redesigned, since there was a design flaw. My minivan is almost (5) years, so it is out of warranty. Many other Mazda Mpvs have had the same problem recently.

- North Canton, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 152005

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,022 miles
Engine was hesitating during acceleration causing difficulty in driving, especially merging into traffic. Problem got worse as engine heated up. Dealer diagnosed problem as a bad coil but could not determine which of the 6 coils were faulting. Dealer finally gave in and replaced them for no charge after I complained to corporate. Possible recall item?

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 162002


  • miles
Driving van on major hwy (H-2 freeway) at 50mph, suddenly a decrease in power and engine died. Prior to the engine incident, noticed my dashboard got fairly hot and radiated heat in the interior area.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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