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#3779 of 4469 CE Light - Evap/Gas Tank Actuator Failure
Jun 17, 2004 (1:23 pm)
My early production 2000 MPV LE (made 01-May-1999) had a "gross evaporative emissions failure" code set. It was the fuel tank evap actuator mechanism (gizmo is pressed-in by the seated gas cap). Had to really make sure tech knew it was not the "gas cap left off/unseated" triggering the code (as is typical). (I pulled/cleared the code when first triggered and checked--$99 code readers should be in all DIYers toolboxes!)
Anyone else have this issue?
Dealer wanted ~$530 to fix. 1.0h diagnosis, 2.0h to install $100/h + parts.
Mazda would not fix under 7/70 emissions warrany for the "gas tank". Found out in chat with Mazda, warranty time to replace this part is 0.5h !!! Mitchell guide is 0.7h. Dealer then agreed to charge 0.7h. I no longer trust this dealer, though they tried to explain excessive labor as an error...BS 3x-4x book labor is unethical or negligent at my cost.
Still speaking to California ARB to see if emissions warranty was really intended to cover this repair/component of the "gas tank". They may take some action if this defect is not an isolated failure.
We still like the van OK...Reliability is fair/average. We're the orginal owners. Only one other, non-recall or "service bulletin" type warranty repair so far (bad spark plug/plug wire). Ford still needs one year to make a good design manufacturable/bug-free (ugh!). 55K miles. Original brakes no-less too. 2.5L Cleveland-made Duratec in Hiroshima made van is obvioulsy too small, but OK for us (Ford again not investing in-time to be competitive). Gas tank too small as well, but this was fixed in later years...Drives nice.
#3780 of 4469 04 MPV - Rust Spots
Jun 25, 2004 (8:37 am)
I have noticed a few surface rust spots on the rear bumper and under the rear liftgate. The dealer says this can happen sometimes, but unless there is a hole in the sheet metal they cant do anything about it..
Anybody else have this problem.
#3781 of 4469 Re: 04 MPV - Rust Spots [gman #3780]
Jun 25, 2004 (11:43 am)
That is simply ridiculous. You've had the vehicle less than 3 months and it's rusting??? And the dealer says that "... it happens". This is what I suggest. First, insist on speaking face to face with the Mazda rep for your area. Second, have you completed the survey from RDA Group? If you haven't, when you receive it, take it to the dealership and complete it there. Third, call Mazda's North American office and explain the situation to them. Fourth, go to the dealership when there are a lot of people in the showroom or in the new car lot and get a hold of a sales person. Then in a very loud voice (don't yell or seem angry), express your concerns and dismay about Mazda not standing behind your vehicle. Go up to one or more of the customers (in a very nice way) and ask them to follow you to your vehicle and show them the rust. Ask them if they think this is something that is acceptable on a brand new vehicle. Fifth, you may have some recourse under your state's lemon laws, but I'm not sure about that.
The fact that you have to revert to such measures says one of three things: 1. The dealership is terrible. 2. Mazda is terrible. 3. Both the dealership and Mazda suck.
I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I also just bought a new MPV in March and "feel your pain". Keep us posted. May the force be with you.
#3782 of 4469 Re: The Infamous Hard Shift [scottnsc8971 #3777]
Jun 28, 2004 (3:37 pm)
How can you tell the difference of 'tranny hardshift' and 'hard brake'
Tranny hardshift starts happening after the car was driven about 25 mins in city. Then DURING ACCELERATION FROM STOP you feel a sudden jerk or feel like a little bump from behind when the tranny upshift from 2 to 3rd gear (25-30MPH, 2000-2500RPM).
Your hard brake problem seems to me is during your foot taps the brake, right?
#3783 of 4469 Rattling noise at Passenger side door
Jul 02, 2004 (10:38 pm)
After 9 months and 7000 miles, found rattling noise from the passenger side front door when go over manholes, patch-up or rough pavements.
Do any other MPV owners experience same, or know the remedy? I think it is something with the weather-stripping inside the door.
#3784 of 4469 Double header chat night
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Jul 06, 2004 (3:18 am)
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#3785 of 4469 Coolant Leak
Jul 07, 2004 (11:52 am)
I have just been told by my mechanic (not the dealer) that my just out of warranty 2000 Mazda MPV ES (with rear heater) has two corroded coolant lines at the rear of the vehicle. This seems extremely odd given the age and mileage (only 61k or about 40, 000 miles). Has anybody experienced anything similar? PS repair cost is $500!!!
#3786 of 4469 2nd row captain chairs.
Jul 07, 2004 (6:46 pm)
Hello all. Just purchased 2004 Mazda MPV LX on July 1st. The owners manual says the second row captains chairs slide fore and aft(as well as to the side to make a bench)The seats have a lever handle in the bottom front which I thought would slide seat up and back while doing test drive.Mine do not do this...the handle in front seems to have no purpose at all. Unless it was to make consumer think these seats moved in ways they would not.Called dealership(salesperson)who said the seats do not move forward and backward...only side to side. Can some of you let me know if these seats are suppose to slide up and back or not? Thanks.
#3787 of 4469 Re: 2nd row captain chairs. [jipster]
Jul 08, 2004 (7:46 am)
I have an '02 MPV and the 2nd row seats do slide forward and backwards. There isn't a huge amount of travel but they do move.
#3788 of 4469 Spark plugs, wires, tires and other things!!
Jul 08, 2004 (8:06 am)
Hello group, long time since I last posted. I have a 2000 MPV LX with 95,675 miles on it. So far totally trouble free. The only thing I have done is the normal oil/filter, air filter, tranny oil/filter, radiator flush, tires and front brake pad replacement. All done by me! As we zoom zoom up to the 100,000 mile mark, I figure it is time for new plugs. Has anyone does there own plugs yet? How difficult is it? Looks like a lot more than just pulling the wires and ratcheting the plugs out. For those who pay for this, what is the going rate? Also, should I replace the wires or are they good for another 100,000 miles? Looking for recommendation on tires. We have eaten Yokie's avid and aegis up, continental contact A/S and a set of coopers. I am tired of only getting less than 20k for a pair on the front. Finally, Has anyone had to have their front stabilizer bar brackets replaced? Ours is clunking. What is a reasonable price to pay?