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#1615 of 4469 So far, so good...
Jan 19, 2002 (12:57 am)
Have just leased a new 2001 LX, picking it up before the New year. Thanks to all who have supported this forum, scolling through the postings was very helpful in the final decision to get one. I took it in for oil change and transmission flush at 1500km, as it's a vehicle I intend to buy at the end of the lease, and keep for a long time. The dealer rented a courtesy vehicle for me, and it turned out to be a Ford Windstar.... a day with that wallowing tank really reinforced the decision to get an MPV!
I agree with postings that the Durutec 2.5 is a bit thirsty, but it's very smooth and seems to have enough punch for what I want. The motor has a pretty good reputation, Ford or Mazda variant. I'm curious to see how they do with the 2002 3.0 version...this motor is used in the Tribute and Ford Escape equivalent, and they are both having significant engine problems according to their owner boards...
The later production 2001 seems to have been cured of most of the original irritations. It handles well, is comfortable (extemely easy to move around town, with great visibility) and seems powerful enough. My vote: pretty good choice!
#1616 of 4469 3 major BRAKING PROBLEMS
Jan 20, 2002 (7:51 am)
First of all, thank you to all of you who take your time to help with all the issues that have been posted over the past year or so! It's been extremely helpful for me & my 2000 mpv.
Here are my problems with my 2000 mpv
1) The few times I've had to "slam" on the brakes, there was a horrific GRINDING noise and vibration coming from the brakes. I'm assuming that it is coming from the anti-lock braking system.?
2) When I'm driving over 50 mph, and then normally apply the brakes to slow down, there is a large vibration from the brakes from around 45-40 mph, and then it dissapears from 35mph until I stop.
3) I brought in my van for the "clunking" sound coming from the brakes when shifting from forward to reverse, and then stopping. I made them aware of the TSB that I found from this site. They installed the spacers. There has not been much difference.
I would greatly appreciate any help with these matters.
#1617 of 4469 3 Braking problems
Jan 20, 2002 (6:25 pm)
Refer to # 1575 for your 3rd problem with clunking. I had that problem on my Van. They fixed it. Seems OK so far. The second noise on the front end struts is still there on my Van. They lubricated something I need to find out what. It was a quick fix but did not last long for it to return. Hope the noise on #3 helps your situation. JL
Jan 21, 2002 (4:34 pm)
That vibration you're feeling on slamming the brakes is definitely the ABS. I had occasion to use mine on some snow-slick roads and that's the feeling you get. I'm not sure about the grinding noise, though. I wouldn't call the sound mine makes "horrible." There is a bit of a "grinding" noise as the brakes cycle on and off rapidly, but it's never been enough to alarm me.
#1619 of 4469 Brand of Oil Filter
Jan 21, 2002 (9:25 pm)
I keep reading from the post that MVP must use K&N oil filter. It is $10. I went to Wallmart and they sell Motorcraft oil filter (made by Ford) for $2. My question is, is it really necessary to use K&N oil filter because of the greater oil flow? I don't want to take chances but also if it is safe to use Motorcraft, I would like to use it. I would appreciate your response.
#1620 of 4469 Ah, filters...
Jan 21, 2002 (11:25 pm)
...Well, I think there's two schools of thought on oil filters for the MPV. They are: a) use the OEM filter; and 2) use the K&N filter. I would say at the very least use the OEM (Ford Motorcraft) filter. A lot of folks have switched over and begun using the K&N oil filter. It's of superb quality, better than the OEM and far better than a FRAM filter.
FWIW, I've been using the K&N filter the past two changes. I have the old filter from the change last week and was thinking of cutting it open to see how it handled 2,200 miles of Amsoil synthetic oil. We'll see... time is a scarce commodity at my house these days.
#1621 of 4469 tornado fuel saver?
Jan 22, 2002 (12:23 am)
Has anyone of you tried tornadofuelsaver in your MPV? I find my MPV lacking just a little bit of torque and horse power. Are there any other methods to increase the torque of MPV?
Jan 22, 2002 (5:54 pm)
I used the K&N oil filter once but have gone back to the MotorCraft. After cutting open the K&N, I came to the realization that there is less filter media due to the nut which in effect reduces the size of the canister and the media inside.
As for the higher stated flow rates, what's unclear to me is whether this is through the filter media or through the the filter in general (media + bypass).
The K&N has a 1/2" bypass opening vs. 8 3/16" holes on the MotorCraft. Which setup flows more I'm not sure. I suspect they are similar but perhaps someone more knowledgeable could calculate that.
My thinking is that I want the oil to flow through as much high quality media as I can get in a filter. If there are times when flow exceeds the capability of the media, then it will bypass.
#1624 of 4469 2001 mpv
Jan 22, 2002 (6:09 pm)
I purchased a 2001 mpv dx in late December. This is my fourth mazda. I have several questions hope someone may know the answers to.
1. How reliable is the 2.5 duratec
2. Why did Mazda decrease the horsepower in the 2001 vs. 2000 model
3. I bought an extended warranty from warranty direct for $760.00 6 years 100000 miles, is this a good idea or not?
4. Why didn't Mazda use one of their own 6 cylinders for this van instead of using one from Ford.
Thanks for any help