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#1689 of 4469 Temperature discrepancy between vents on dash
Mar 18, 2002 (6:37 pm)
I have a 2001 LX with the Security and Four Seasons package. We purchased it in September 2001 and it now has 6283 miles on it. We use it primarily for long trips, and it sits in the garage most of the time when we are not travelling far way. We are generally quite pleased with our MPV, and the problem described below is more an annoyance than a major issue.
Can anyone give me some help or ideas for dealing with this? The air coming out of the two left dash vents is about twenty degrees warmer than the air coming out of the two right vents when the control is turned counterclockwise four 'clicks' from maximum heat. I checked this using a digital thermometer with a lead on it to verify the temperature discrepancy. There is no discrepancy when the temperature control is turned all the way over to maximum heat, but I haven't checked every possible setting to see where the problem does and doesn't occur. I first noticed this on a day with outside temperatures in the 10 to 20 degree (F) range. When I had it in to the service shop the temperature was in the 30s to low 40s, so I don't think this is dependent on outside temperature. This is occuring with the engine fully warmed up.
I went to the local Mazda dealer where the service guy repeatedly told me "The temperatures should be the same" (implying that if it SHOULD be the same, it in fact WAS the same, and I was wrong). I pulled out my thermometer and gave them a demonstration, and they then kept the vehicle for a while to investigate. When I came back to pick it up, they told me that they had contacted Mazda and that the temperature readings were "within specs" so nothing had been done. I then contacted Mazda myself to find out what the specs were, and was told by Mazda that there are no specs for this. I guess the temperature difference meets non-existent specs! Hmmmm.
So, has anyone else experienced this problem? If so, how did you handle it? I guess I can probably live with it by reducing the airflow on the driver side, or some other fiddling with the vents, but it would sure be nice to have driver and passenger enjoying the same air temperature blowing on them out of the vents. Imagine if your living room had a twenty degree temperature difference between where you and your spouse sit! Does anyone have any suggestions on dealing with this, or getting more cooperation from Mazda on the matter?
Thanks for any assistance or advice --- danandkat
#1691 of 4469 Dash vent temp
Mar 20, 2002 (6:32 pm)
Call the 1-800 Mazda customer service number, and have them open a file on this problem for you. They should contact the dealer, and have them take a more serious look at the problem. Don't take NO for an answer.
#1692 of 4469 Rotten Eggs Smell
Mar 21, 2002 (10:36 am)
Hi you all,
It was really a joy to read this group. Believe it or not I have read all the messages in this and other Mazda groups with a total of more than 4000 postings. I noticed experts like javadoc, tboner and of course our Resale Value expert rutger3
After reading all those messages you all seem to me like a family. Finally, because I just bought new 2002 Mazda MPV ES I decided to join this discussion.
From reading earlier posts I remember someone mentioned CD changer bug. Unfortunately I have to tell you that you still cannot play at random all disks. Just one at the time and you have to change them manually. I traded in VW Passat with CD changer and in that car I could play all disks at random. It worked like that. First disk played at random until all tracks were played. Then another disk and another until all disks played. Once all disks played then tracks were selected at random from any disk.
My Mazda MPV in Sage Green Metallic is absolutely great. The options I have are roof rack, sunroof, cd changer with cassette player, cargo net, fog lights, and custom carpet. I have tested both 2001 and 2002. In my opinion 2001 has plenty of power. I was tempted to buy 2001 with incentives but I opt for 2002 under S plan. I couldn't get 2001 under S plan because the dealer who was participating in this program did not have 2001 anymore with sunroofs.
The only problem so far I have with "rotten eggs smell". I remember few people earlier had the same problem. I can only smell this if I am idling and the car is stopped. I am on my third full tank of gas. First one was filled by a dealer. Then I filled with MOBIL and now with Chevron premium. It seems that the smell goes away now but I was wondering if anybody found the real solution???? Since quite a few people encounter this problem with Mazda's earlier models I am really surprised that this issue hasn't been fixed in 2002 models.
Mar 21, 2002 (1:18 pm)
If we're all family, who gets to be the uncle that nobody wants to talk about? (muhahaha)
Re: resale values... fwiw, trade on my 2000 LX is about $15k after almost 3yrs of ownership, so I'm told. Not bad since I paid $23k for it.
Re: your egg smell, our van hasn't ever done this thankfully, but my Volvo is extremily sensitive to what brand of fuel I put into the tank. It seems that only Texaco, from one particular station by my mil's house (an inde-station that advertises "NO MTBE"), works consistantly at running w/o stinkiness. Every time my wife fills up the Volvo, she goes to "whatever is convenient" and it always comes home stinking like you know what, and I cringe since she puts "regular" in it (it needs 93oct). So, I guess, trial and error is your best method on the egg smell there, partner.
#1694 of 4469 I think I referenced Bob as uncle once ..
Mar 21, 2002 (4:45 pm)
don't know why, just did (feeling goofy that day as usual <g>!), but not in the way you mean Java
<content> I thought I remember reading something about the catlytic converters on some of the new MPV's making the rotten egg smell because they were new and needed to burn-in (so to speak).
#1695 of 4469 Mazda Guy
Mar 21, 2002 (6:41 pm)
Welcome! Our 01 LX has never had your problem... we use Speedway/Super America fuel in our van, no Texacos in the State of Ohio. Once, I put BP in our van, and it ran lousy. I believe RJ aka "the Prez" had this problem when his van was new.
Hard to believe your read all those posts, you need to get a life, just kidding:) Mike, keep in touch and post often.
Many happy and safe miles!
#1696 of 4469 Speaking of Big Mac (McKinley...)
Mar 21, 2002 (8:42 pm)
Where is RJ these days? I hope all is well w/him.
Mar 22, 2002 (9:37 am)
Funny thing is that I have read all those posts after I bought the Mazda. While I was reading I was getting happier and happier that I didn't buy Odyssey or Sienna. I have tried Highlander but I and my wife we don't like Toyotas. We had two Toyotas before and it turned out they were two worst cars we have owned. Highlander's handling (the dealer priced it at $39k - limited edition) is not even close to MPV's handling.
#1698 of 4469 Uncle Bob?
Mar 22, 2002 (12:29 pm)
So, I've been regulated to the "Uncle" status.
Java, Scarter: I'll be visiting you with the soccer team - send me your address's. )
"Red '01" still draws looks. Shame they eliminated that color in '02. Still zero problems 23K miles.
OK, I won't mention the ashtry...