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#2520 of 4469 Maybe the tires?
Jan 20, 2003 (12:13 pm)
I have had a 2002 Mazda MPV for about a week now and I am quite happy with this vans performance. although I cannot really compare with other vans.
After this week I have noticed two things that Seem to be common amongst MPV owners:
1. The sulphur smell
2. Some form of vibration/shimmering on the steering wheel.
The sulphur smell:
Although this is annoying I am not too concerned since I had it worse in a 1998 Nissan Altima. My research has told me the different brands do matter, and that in Canada, Sunoco or Shell have less sulphur content than others..I will use Sunoco and see if it helps.
Here is my description of the second issue: When I drive at varying speeds I notice the steering wheel really reflects the road surface. It vibrates and shimmers but not in a very excessive manner, rather varying from road to road. Thus it sometimes is worse than other times and all I can deduce is that the surface has changed and not really the speed.
I have a tendency to believe the vibration/ shimmering my infact be a "charcateristic" of this van and not a defect. Sure maybe the Dunlops are the cause for this and maybe they are not, but what I have read from various posts on this matter; no real solution has been found.
I know this is not a balancing issue nor a tire pressure issue.
What do others feel when driving? Does your steering wheel not emit any road feel or vibration at all?
Thanks for your feedback.
Jan 20, 2003 (3:55 pm)
I had an 01 that had a tendency to vibrate, especially at hiway speeds. Nothing I tried solved the problem. Then I replaced the Yokos with Michelins. Problem gone.
Jan 20, 2003 (5:26 pm)
Sure R.J, the characteristics I described in my earlier post about vibration could easily be explained by the tires., They are dunlop (sp400 I think).. I just found it odd that no matter what speed, the steering wheel feels very "busy" with vibrations etc.. I also know that 2002 and later had stiffer suspensions so maybe that affects the ride quality...
I just wanted to know if what I felt could be normal and, that it is something that others have noticed compared to driving a sedan..like a protege for example.
#2523 of 4469 water in rear well
Jan 20, 2003 (9:02 pm)
I have a 2001 MPV, and about 4 times I have had water in the rear well where the seat folds into. It is only wet on the bottom, nothing on the sides. First time I noticed it was from a horrible smell, which happened to be a very wet cardboard box back there. Been to the dealer, they can't seem to find it. But then again I told them I think the water is coming from underneath and they have only run water from the top. Just curious if anyone had this problem and had it corrected or had any suggestions. Thanks.
Jan 20, 2003 (9:10 pm)
actually dunlop will be supplying the tires. they have a problem with the tires causing low speed shake/vibration. This problem has gone on for a while- knowing that the dealer is not responsible for tire warranty, and there typically is no satisfaction when complaining to a tire dealer because every tire problem to them is simply due to hitting a curb or road hazard. Once the dealer gets involved, it is easier to get things done as long as it is legit.the dealer note says it applies to 00-03's.
#2525 of 4469 re: water in rear storage area
Jan 21, 2003 (8:39 am)
There is a notice regarding this, TSB 09-500/01, I believe. What happens is that water becomes trapped in the rear end panel, and then can seep up through the adhesive tape that's applied at the factory. Generally, the water is spotted (bad pun) in the front left area of the storage hole.
The fix is to drill two small drain holes in the rear underbody panel, which should not allow the water to be trapped anymore.
Hope that helps!
#2527 of 4469 stinky exhaust concerns
Jan 24, 2003 (3:56 pm)
I'm seriously considering the MPV when my truck lease is up next year, but am a little concerned about the smelly exhaust stories I've heard here. In my market area (Seattle-Portland) Costco and Arco are generally the gas price leaders; has anyone experienced problems filling up their MPV at either of these vendors?
Jan 26, 2003 (6:35 pm)
I would very much like to know more about that Dealer Note that points out a flaw in the Dunlop tires that cause a shake/vibration at slow speeds.
Is the note created by the dealer, for you to take to a Dunlop Tire dealer for warranty?
I believe I may have the same problem on my 2002 MPV..this steering wheel does shake/vibrate at low speeds but NOT all the time? Did yours?
If I could even get a copy of that note or dealer reference for that note It may help me out.
#2529 of 4469 Sulfur Smell
Jan 27, 2003 (3:02 pm)
I'm back with an update on the sulfur smell at 11,500 miles. It smells as bad as ever and I've tried everything suggested and every brand of gas available to me (unfortunately no Sunoco here). I just saw the service bulletin today when I took my van in because the check engine light is on. The bulletin is basically BS - says to change brands of gas. I hate my van so much I won't drive it. My two children and I cram into our other car - a pick-up truck - which is crazy! Anybody know of a class action law suit in the works? If so please post. Beware potential MPV buyers.