Hi 98se5speed! I hear you, my wife is still driving our 2004 MPV LX (Mpls area) and I've taken very good care of it since day one (I do all oil changes, wax every year, detailed maintenance records, etc), and just 72,000 miles if you can believe that! Her job is just a few miles from home. About the only trouble I've had with it is a failed air conditioner...haven't bothered to get that fixed yet, although it's more than just a leak (or they can't find the leak, I've had it checked but they couldn't track it down). Thinking about selling it and buying a CX-5 to go with my 2014 M6 Touring, we'll see (since they share the same motor and many parts). Kind of reluctant to do that since it's such a good hauler and we've got a kid in college about 250 miles from here that has occasional dorm room changes. Good luck with yours and happy trails with your "peevee"! Cheers! Rampage
Hey, nice to see another 04 MPV owner out there. We bought ours sorta on a whim back in 2012 when we were expecting our 2nd kid. At the time we actually already had a minivan as our 3rd car, but it was a hand-me-down 1995 Nissan Quest that wasn't ideal for daily use. Took us a while to find an ideal MPV since we wanted very specific options and colors (of course we did when shopping for an 8 year old rare minivan!) and this one ended up showing itself on Autotrader if I remember right. It was at a crappy used car lot in Chicago and I wasn't thrilled about buying there (especially after meeting the employees), but once I drove it I could tell it was solid. Paid $6200 out the door, has given us a very trouble-free 109k miles so far.
Coincidentally, our van started off life in Minnesota, it was originally sold at Morrie's Mazda in April of 2004 based on the stack of paperwork that was left in the glovebox. I think we're the 3rd or 4th owners, it seems each previous owner was nice enough to leave a few service records behind. After MN it spent time in WI, then eventually to an auction close to IL where it found its way to us in April of 2012.
Wow, 72k is insanely low for a 2004. Ours had 126k when we bought it, which is around 15k per year. But we used to live in the middle-of-nowhere outside of Chicago and averaged about 25k per year. We have since moved to Ann Arbor, MI and my wife drives WAY less now since everything is close to home. On our block, someone else drives a similar-year MPV, and our son's preschool teacher drives a 2005 MPV which she loves. Hang onto yours, I'm sure you'd regret it if you got rid of it! There truly is no replacement.
Funny you mention having Mazdas with matching parts. I often enjoy having 2 Mazdas with very similar engines. There have been a few times where I've suspected a bad part that happens to be common on both vehicles and swapped it over to see if the problem follows it.
Cheers MPV friend!