Friday, December 11, 2009

"Auto" Biography #9 - 2006 Mazda MPV - by Brad

2006 Mazda MPV

After a few months of stuffing three kids in the Audi station wagon, we submitted to a van. Since we couldn't afford a SUV large enough to haul our kids around (besides a 1979 Suburban) Lindsey finally admitted that practicality was more important than style... well almost.

Lindsey researched and researched for a van in our price range that looked the least like a van. She ended up finding a Mazda MPV in Seattle that would work for us. I will spare you the details of our purchase experience. If you want to hear me rant about a certain Mazda dealership and the ordeal we went through, we can chat later. The first thing I did when we got home was remove the dealer license plate frames.

After two years, the van has been a good vehicle for us. The only drawback is that it doesn't have much luggage room. So Mike and Becky found us a $500 cargo box for only $50 at an REI gear sale. A few weeks later, forgetting that the cargo box secured to the top of the van, I tried pulling into the garage... not a good idea. Luckily Lindsey's dad is an expert at rebuilding fiberglass, and you can't even tell that I smashed it up. We figured out a tip from that experience. When you have something strapped to your vehicle racks, put your garbage can right behind the garage door. Then you will hit the garbage can before you crush your cargo.

Years Owned: June 2007 - Present


Linz said...

I hate to admit it, but I am really liking my van.

Peaby said...

good tip about the garbage cans. now that I have a garage, maybe i can use it! I too am glad that Bud can repair fiberglass (for your sake of course).

Anonymous said...

Seems to be a common theme in this family...Car's and accidents in driveways/garages that is.
You gotta love Used Car Salesmen huh? My favorite was wheeling and dealing with a guy for over 3 hours and then he had the nerve to follow us to our motel and try to talk us into a car we'd told him 100 times was to small and NOT what we wanted.