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Model - Mazda MPV 2.3 2004 model
Looking for a smart and practical 7-seater, the Mazda may be almost unseen on UK roads but it is well worth considering.
The 2.3 petrol model is less popular than the 2.0 turbo-diesel it seems, and both may be withdrawn soon anyway, making our Mazda dealer keen to match the best internet price; so we got a bargain. You would have to drive 100,000 miles to close the price gap between the more economical diesel and this smooth and willing petrol engine. You get so much for your money anyway, with only the one trim level in the range having all of the essentials - ABS, Traction Control and braking assistance for safety; Air Conditioning and a sunroof, CD player and RDS Radio; Alloys and fog-lamps etc. As supply is running low we couldn't get the colour we wanted, but the Silver looks cool with darkened rear windows to block out strong sunlight and prying eyes.
You quickly get used to the elevated MPV driving position, and soon forget that its a big car as the handling is so good and the engine quite lively. Sliding rear doors make it easy with the family in tight spaces, a pity the rear door can't be opened from the inside as well. Middle seat has only a lap belt but usually travels folded down as a table anyway. Separate air conditioning controls in the rear prove popular with the littlest ones, but can be overridden from the front if necessary.
We've had it two months now with no delivery problems, the build quality is high and it looks built to last years of family use.
By User - Andrew Hutchison
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