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#2461 of 4469 Sulfur Smell
Dec 12, 2002 (7:19 pm)
I am very frustrated with Mazda and their "It's not our problem, it's the gas". I have 38,000
miles on my 2001 MPV and began noticing the "rotten egg" smell back in April, 2002. Of course, service advised me to stay with the same brand of gas. I returned to the dealership in Nov. giving the gas a fair chance. They adjusted something in the computer, but I went back the following week. Mazda keeps passing the buck from one dept. to another. Customer relations keeps saying that Mazda is standing strong on their memo about the gas being the problem. No one seems to be listening or caring about a consumers concerns, particularly when children often ride in this van. After reading back on past messages, it definitely is a problem!!
Any advice would be appreciated. What should be my next step so that Mazda starts to stand behind their product? Does the Lemon Law apply here?
#2462 of 4469 IAC Valve - replaced under warranty?
Dec 14, 2002 (10:36 am)
My wife's 2000 MPV has 28K miles. I'll drive it once every 2 or 3 weeks to check it out (her philosophy: "if it runs, its OK") and check all fluids/tires etc. every saturday. Last night (cold) it made a new moaning sound a few seconds after starting. Sounds just like the moaning so well described by others here. On page 21 of the warranty booklet ("federal emission control warranty") the idle air control valve is listed among parts covered by only 24 month/24,000 mile warranty. Has anyone had this part replaced after 24K miles under warranty ? If excluded, what was the cost incurred ? Many thanks.
#2463 of 4469 morin2: IAC Valve
Dec 14, 2002 (12:21 pm)
I had mine replaced at about 40K miles and almost 30 months under warranty. I hope this helps.
Dec 14, 2002 (10:15 pm)
I had ours replaced on 12/9. That's 20 days short of the expiration of the 3 years, and we had just over 45k on the odometer.
I've had issues with this dealer not being able to reproduce some of the sounds, etc. that the van has made at certain times, so on this visit, I had the service writer get a tech to come out and listen to the noise while it was happening. On the way out to the van, the tech asked me, "Does it sound like a cow?" Now I grew up in farm country, PA (more cows than people in my county), and it didn't even sound close to a cow to me. The tech said that a lot of people describe it as sounding like a cow. Once he heard the sound, he knew exactly what the problem was.
Whatever it sounded like (I'd call it a moan, but maybe we'll compromise on mooan), it doesn't make that sound any more.
#2465 of 4469 Sticky Accelerator
Dec 17, 2002 (10:19 am)
A FYI posting. I posted awhile back about the accelerator sticking on first drive of the morning (when accelerator pressed it didn't accelerate then it surges). Well, finally took it in before my 50K warranty expired and here is what they found. "Throttle Plate Carboned Up; Ck accelerator sticking felt gas pedal sticking ck pedal OK cable OK removed air cleaner assy cleaned throttle plate re-check operation OK." What a difference!!! It improved significant and covered under warranty. I actually had 50235 miles on the odometer. So if you are experiencing this sticky go pedal, take it in before you hit the 50k mark.
Dec 17, 2002 (10:45 am)
The sticky throttle is a common problem with us Quest owners too. I need to get to my throttle body and clean my off my plate soon in fact - throttle body cleaner is available at the parts stores (don't use carb cleaner). Hopefully it's an easy d-i-y job on the MPV too for those out of warranty.
#2467 of 4469 Blinded by the Light
Dec 18, 2002 (6:01 pm)
Actually, I'm just a bit baffled. One of the rear brake lights on my 2000 MPV has died. After removing the two screws on the light assembly it still seems firmly anchored at the front edge. It swings out a bit on the screw side, but I'm afraid to apply much pressure elsewhere. The owner's manual seems to show some tabs at the front edge, but I'd sure hate to break one. Has anyone out there attempted this operation? Thanks for any help.
#2468 of 4469 crissman: Lights
Dec 18, 2002 (8:49 pm)
I have removed the rear lights once. The driver's side one came off very easily, but the passenger's side one did require some force. I too was very afraid of breaking it, but eventually it came off and wasn't that much of a deal in the end.
Just apply some more force it should come off. I'm not saying to use a crowbar, but some force won't hurt it. Usual disclaimers apply though. I can't be held responsible for any damage you do to your combination lights
#2469 of 4469 My '92 tail light
Dec 19, 2002 (1:15 pm)
My wife "bumped" (yeah, sure darling...) into a brick mailbox and broke the lens in the center. After 30 minutes of playing with that one I thought I was gonna have to use C4 explosive. That thing was sealed tighter that Fort Knox. Two beers and a few "words" later it finally gave up and I wasn't even worried about breaking a broken part!
#2470 of 4469 dang it bob
Dec 19, 2002 (1:38 pm)
it takes at least 3 beers you idjut!