Mazda MPV - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Mazda MPV owners have reported a total of 759 problems for their cars built in the 11 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Mazda MPV. The 2000 Mazda MPV cars have the most problems reported (181 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Mazda MPV

Model Year Number of Problems
  2006 MPV
15
  2005 MPV
43
  2004 MPV
83
  2003 MPV
138
  2002 MPV
142
  2001 MPV
81
  2000 MPV
181
  1999 MPV
2
  1998 MPV
26
  1997 MPV
26
  1996 MPV
21

  Common problems of Mazda MPV

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Mazda MPV cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (147 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (133 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Mazda MPV

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
147
  Power Train
133
  Air Bag
82
  Electrical System
65
  Structure
45
  Vehicle Speed Control
37
  Tire
36
  Service Brakes
33
  Seat Belt
26
  Suspension
25
   
  Equipment
24
  Latches/locks/linkage
19
  Visibility
15
  Unknown Or Other
14
  Gasoline Fuel System
12
  Steering
9
  Seats
9
  Exterior Lighting
8
  Other Fuel System
6
  Wheel
5
  Child Seat
3
  Parking Brake
2
  Electronic Stability Control
2
  Interior Lighting
1
  Air Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Mazda MPV of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across MPV model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Mazda MPV model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across MPV Model Years

MPV
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2006 1511,40612    
0.11
  2005 4318,96513    
0.17
  2004 8325,29414    
0.23
  2003 13834,65315    
0.27
  2002 14225,90816    
0.34
  2001 8136,88617    
0.13
  2000 18150,55918    
0.20

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Mazda MPV is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2005 MPV
6
  2004 MPV
14
  2003 MPV
27
  2002 MPV
19
  2001 MPV
11
  2000 MPV
12
  1998 MPV
3
  1997 MPV
3
  1996 MPV
3


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