Door Latch Problems of Mazda MPV

Mazda MPV owners have reported 13 problems related to door latch (under the latches/locks/linkage category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Mazda MPV based on all problems reported for the MPV.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2005 Mazda MPV 1
Failure Date: 02/28/2008

The driver's side power sliding door rarely works. Typically it opens 1-3 inches then stops and beeps. If I manually open it a few more inches then press the button again it works on occasion, other times I must turn off the power to move it at all. It is a 2005 Mpv with only 22,500 miles. Also, on occasion the rear latch of the sliding door cycles, like it's trying to secure the door, while driving. I only recently purchased it so I don't know if this only occurs in winter (in WI) or not. I have not yet taken it to the dealer. However, my next door neighbor has the identical van (except his has 35,000 miles and is an lx, rather than my ES). He has had his for two years and has problems with both power doors, especially in winter. His has been to the dealer three times with them claiming the can not correct the problem. He has problems many times even opening the doors manually (with power option off) in winter. Both of us have three kids and this is tremendously irritating needing to load three children through the front doors, climb over the driver's buckets to the rear and buckle the kid's in, climb back over the buckets and drop them off at school repeating the whole process. Other than the "sliding" doors we love our vans.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2001 Mazda MPV 2
Failure Date: 01/01/2008

External plastic door handles on both sliding doors on 2001 Mazda Mpv have broken off while shutting door. Driver side handle has been broken 1 month. The passenger side broke on Jan. 1, 2008. Seems to be related to cold outside temperature. Doors now must be opened with the inside handle. In the event of an accident, it would be difficult to get rear passengers out. Since one side was operational until now, no attempt was made to take van to the dealer because of high cost to fix it.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mazda MPV 3
Failure Date: 02/13/2007

- the contact owns a 2000 Mazda Mpv. The contact's cigarette lighter didn't work properly, it currently was not working . The passenger door locks did not unlock without the contact manually unlocking them or using the key. There were no warning indicators for the failures. While driving 50 mph the vehicle began making a loud roaring noise, it began to shake and appeared to lose power, but never stalled. The contact restarted the vehicle and the failure recurred. The current and failure mileage were 44000.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mazda MPV 4
Failure Date: 03/21/2006

We have a 2000 Mazda Mpv van. My wife said that the engine was making a loud roaring noise. I found a Mazda Mpv site that indicated as "subject"-fog horn/moaning noise from engine compartment. . . Which may occur when engine is half-warmed up or in deceleration. Site calls for iac valve with a modified part to be repaired. I asked the Mazda dealership about a possible recall. They were quick, and I mean quick to say that there are none. I mentioned that there are two other recalls documented on the consumer reports website. One about a possible failing child-lock on the door and another one that could result in a possible fuel leak and subsequent fire. How can Mazda be so quick to say that there are no recalls? they did not even ask for my vehicles VIN number. Believe me, the small cost for Mazda to correct this problem will pale in comparison to my child falling out of the vehicle due to failing child locks or to a fire caused by leaking fuel.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mazda MPV 5
Failure Date: 03/14/2006

Door lock actuator cable broken on drivers door of 2000 Mazda Mpv not allowing driver to get into or our of the vehicle without the use of both hands. I feel this is unsafe and Mazda corporate is unwilling to repair unless I pay for it. Potential hazard if cable is broken during a crash and driver is unable to reach handle without both hands.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mazda MPV 6
Failure Date: 10/24/2005

The driver sliding door handle came off in my hand when I was attempting to open the door of my van. . . . This is the second time this has happened, I already had to pay $300 to fix the passenger side sliding door handle when the exact same things happened within the last year and that time I was holding my son and almost fell!!!! this is obviously a defect and I had another individual come up to me when the other side was broken w/the same color make and model vehicle and tell me the exact same thing happened to their van. . . . . . There needs to be a recall on these door handles not only for the safety of many families but for the cost associated w/such a necessary part of the vehicle, thanks!!!.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mazda MPV 7
Failure Date: 08/03/2005

Passenger side door lock actuator broke in 2004 now drivers side door lock actuator broken. As a result the door can be stuck open (while driving) or be unable to be unlocked so people can't get out of the car in case of emergency. . Read more...

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2002 Mazda MPV 8
Failure Date: 11/03/2003

Left (behind driver) rear auto-sliding door will not shut. Electric door feature must be disabled & door must be shut and re-opened manually. If not able to duplicate problem for Mazda repairperson, they would not perform service; but problem was sporadic & could not be predicted. Finally the problem persisted & lower door switch was replaced. One year later, problem is occurring again. Door terminals were cleaned b/c contacts were not making good connections.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1997 Mazda MPV 9
Failure Date: 05/30/2003

It will be hard to open the rear passenger doors from the inside.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mazda MPV 10
Failure Date: 06/22/2002

Sliding door opened on three separate occasions while driving, on one occasion the door was stuck open and could only be closed by lifting and pulling the door, the dealer replaced missing screws in the door latch but the problem recurred.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mazda MPV 11
Failure Date: 02/08/2002

Complaint received e-mail. We are having problems with the front door not unlocking. We had to fix the passenger's side about a month ago. Now, the driver's side can not be opened unless using a key on the outside or hold the unlocked button on the inside. I hope we never get into a wreck because no one could get us out of the car.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2001 Mazda MPV 12
Failure Date: 07/04/2001

The sliding doors (both) do not lock in place. If van is parked facing a downward slope, doors can accidentally close and crush whatever is in their path. All other minivans have sliding doors that lock when fully open. They will close only if the handle is pulled. This is not the case on the Mazda Mpv.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mazda MPV 13

Consumer called complaining about having problems with the right rear passangers door. Also stated that the door open while the vehicle was on operation on the road. Dealer was contacted also stated that there is a recall but her VIN # was not included on the recall. Ts.

Other Common Latches/locks/linkage related problems of Mazda MPV

Problem Category Number of Problems
Door Latch problems
Latches/locks/linkage problems
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