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1998 Mazda MPV

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Information shown for entry-level Van/Minivan.

Fuel Economy:
City 15/Hwy 20/Comb 17 MPG
Max Seating: 8
Engine: V6, 3.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1998 Mazda MPV Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 68 Ratings for the 1989 - 1998 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

By far the best used van we could find!

By on Thursday, December 12, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Seats 7 passengers in comfort."

Cons: "Leather seats are not heated."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We bought this used to carry foster kids in. It seats everyone in comfort. I wanted a Japanese van, either a Toyota, Honda or Mazda. The 2 other brands were overpriced for the condition they were in. Every one I looked at had so many miles you wondered if they would make it home. Not this Mazda. It had lower miles than anything else."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Rough beginning, stablized it, then it was gone.

By on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Totaled

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Spacious"

Cons: "engine problems for this model see consumer repts."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"This was the first car I ever bought. It only had 98k miles and I got it for $3000. Seemed like a deal. However, for my first lesson on how to deal with a used car, I was swindled by a mechanic. I unfortunately lacked the reasoning skills, technical know how, and savvy to be spared several visits and $1100. I must have blindly followed him long enough because he bought a new piece of shop equipment that told him a rubber air intake boot had enough cracks and wear to stifle the air/fuel mix. During these visits to the mechanic I discovered that the previous owner was quite the tinkerer. The previous owner had told me he got his start in telecommunications. Incidentally most of the 'modifications' he made were electrical and carried out in a "DIY" fashion. I remember finding loose wiring, a loose rotary switch that were shaken to failure, and a battery of insufficient capacity. After those items were fixed the MPV ran for a couple years before I had to have (the dealership this time) replace the oil pan gasket. I should have sold it instead. I learned that when you buy a used car it's a toss up. In this case that rubber air intake boot could have been reasonable used car maintenance but it totalled the cost of a major overhaul so I it was time to cut my losses."

The best car I every owned

By on Thursday, July 04, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 165,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "all of the above"

Cons: "don't have any"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had 4 of the Mazda Mpv's 1-95 1-96 and 2-98's GREAT CAR!!!! they could be a little more like a Toyota when it comes to the engine, but still an excellent car/suv/minivan all in one....."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Very great van for it's time

By on Sunday, March 10, 2013

I owned and sold this car

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great design, awesome drive handling"

Cons: "they're just getting old and few are kept in shape"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"My parents bought one of these brand new and at the time it was the top minivan to have. Obviously I spent a lot of time around it from riding in the back to eventually the driver's seat when I turned 16 and was handed the keys to a car that by the was about a decade old. For a first car, and thinking about for anyone else who had it when new, I couldn't imagine a much better choice... as far as for a van. (At 16 I maybe would've chosen something else if had the choice, but this was still really good) The design is the only reason I considered even being seen in it, it's a minivan... but it has the sport look that's much 'cooler' than just most vans. The design on the inside is just as great and extremely practical thinking back to when I rode in the back it is by the far the easier car to get to the rear seats than any vehicle I have ever seen since. Driving was amazing, I never looked up how much the car weighed, but it felt very light driving, the car could turn on a dime and had a very tight steering (if you barely turned the wheel, it started turning immediately) The gas was normal, maybe a little better than other vans. I have since sold the car to a friend who is driving it now in my town, and as far as I know he likes it and it hasn't given him troubles. If you are looking at buying one now I would admit you probably have to be select, it is about 15 years old so any car isn't going to be the same as new by then. But I had little trouble with mine (after about 10 years the rear air controller broke, so people in the back couldn't change the air on their own it had to be done from the front- and maybe a one other minor thing such as that went wrong) Still for many, many miles (including one trip when I was young that we took it to Yellowstone, plus the everyday driving since then mine ran great since it was cared for. I you find one that has been kept up I think you'll be glad to own and drive it."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

ruined mazda for me

By on Sunday, February 17, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 187,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "good space"

Cons: "just about everything"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"i got this car and was very disapointed. i dont know if it ws from poor maintnance or not but i cant stand this car..things keep falling apart and making funny noises. i have had this car just under a year and in a hurry to get rid of it! i do like the space on the inside. the car has good space but the seats arent very comfortable. most of my problems consist of wierd things like the locks don twork right and the back doors are hard (nearly impossible) to open which i dont feel safe with considering i have a 3 yr old that sits back there. if you are looking into buying one id b careful and find out about the prior maintanence."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Beat up car- I really wonder why its roadworthy

By on Thursday, July 19, 2012

I want this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Scary interior- In shambles Engine compartment filthy Nicks and small dents abound Different tires all over Why am I considering this?"

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