really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,755 miles

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2003 Mazda MPV miscellaneous problems

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2003 Mazda MPV Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 272016


  • 147,950 miles


Car was stationary and in park. Upon turning key in ignition, the passenger side air bag deployed. Mazda service agent could find no mechanical cause. It is not normal wear and tear. Resulting airbags cannot be turned on, leaving us with a vehicle with no airbag protection. Mazda declined our request to replace the faulty airbag system, and only offered us a 500 credit toward the purchase of another vehicle. This offer does not equal the book value of the car, and certainly the real value of a paid for reliable vehicle in great condition.

- Salisbury, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 082011


  • 70,276 miles
2003 Mazda MPV. 70,276 miles. 3/8/11 - started running rough. Two rear coils bad; dealer repaired all three rear coils because (according to dealer) once one goes, they all go. ($855.01) one week later - 3/16/11, rough idle and odor of gasoline. Check engine light goes on. 70,339 miles. Dealer replaced all 3 front coils. ($463.76) I am told this is a *common problem* with Mpvs. Dealer told me he has seen many of them coming in, and it was a good thing I was having it taken care of promptly. If I did not, the catalytic converter goes bad as a result...cost of replacement of the cc: $1,000. Note: I overheard the service manager on the phone telling a customer the spark plug boot goes bad first, and causes some kind of electrical problem that damages the coils.

- Nesconset, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 232003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40 miles
The consumer smelled a strong chemical odor in the cabin of the vehicle. The smell caused the consumer to feel nauseous and made it impossible to drive the vehicle. The dealer replaced the leather seat and other accessories yet the smell was still present.

- Pitman, NJ, USA

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