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#3798 of 4469 after one hour of ownership, MPV towed
Jul 17, 2004 (3:00 pm)
We just bought a 2004 MPV as a replacement for our 2000 one that was in a crash... The new one has:
and little options that would not affect performance.
I test-drove a different car and then looked for one with the options we wanted. Drove THAT car about 10 miles, unfortunately to see my son in a performance at church. The AC SEEMED to be getting a little warmer toward the end of drive and I made a mental note to remember to look at controls more carefully when I returned to car. When I came back, car would not start. Called Mazda dealer and they had it towed (after we waited about 90 minutes). They've tested battery and ignition switch and those check out. More extensive diagnostic tests are set for Monday. Meanwhile, we're driving a Dodge Grand Caravan with 360 miles on it. Enterprise tried to tell us they were "extremely nitpicky" and it was probably worth the $13-$15 for damage coverage since we'd be hit hard for any scratches or dings. I think we'll just park far away if we take it shopping and pray there are no hailstorms (the other tale of woe they gave us about a misguided soul who declined additional coverage).
Please tell me that there could be some reasonably easy fix for this. We were completely shocked. Our 2000 MPV never stranded us through 91K and four years (and side airbags kept injuries down to cracked ribs -- it could've been much, much worse).
Any ideas of what this could be? Dealer is being very nice (as well they should be!)
Stranded in Atlanta
#3799 of 4469 Re: The Infamous Hard Shift [bigdadi118]
Jul 19, 2004 (11:19 am)
you have a tranny problem, not a brake problem. I know because I just went through the same thing with my car. after 300 miles I noticed a problem and they told me that they had to flash the computer(reset it) so they did, and it didn't help and they told me it takes a while to learn to drive itself again. to make a long story short they had to put in a brand new tranny after only putting 450 miles on my brand new MPV. the only differense is mine starting happening after only driving about 8-10 miles. make sure you keep all your service reciepts because after 4 times or 30 days the car is in the shop you fall into the lemon law(in NY anyway). so make them put a new tranny in that car, and good luck.
Jul 20, 2004 (3:43 am)
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#3802 of 4469 All these hard shift problems?
Jul 21, 2004 (10:31 am)
I'm fairly new to these boards and I've only owned my MPV LX for 1 month and they had to replace the tranny. Reading all these posts about hard shift going back more than a year, isn't it possible that Mazda knows there is a problem with there transmissions and just keep reprogramming the computers until they do find a fix so that don't have to deal with a total recall and replace everyone's transmission? I mean come on if you know what the problem is why not just fix it while the car is being assembled.
#3803 of 4469 Re: Coolant Lines
Jul 29, 2004 (9:04 am)
I've read about several other MPV 2000 owners with this problem (I believe it was corrected in 2001). As mwikle said, there's a related TSB. Some dealers will cover it under good will, others won't. Fortunately my rear-heat lines haven't corroded, even though I live in Columbus Ohio and we get out fair share of salt put down in the winter. I cleaned the lines about a month ago, hoping I wouldn't find them corroded. Here's what they look like (located under the rear-passenger wheel well:)
For all you 2000 MPV owners, make sure each Spring you clean them as part of routine maintenance. Let us know how it works out kacey.
#3804 of 4469 while you're at it
Jul 29, 2004 (10:21 am)
spray some wd40 on a rag and wipe down the line, does wonders for keeping it from rusting
#3806 of 4469 Gas Tank Capacity
Aug 06, 2004 (7:52 am)
In response to the person that questioned the 19.8 gallon gas tank, we hava a 2002 LX and the most we have ever gotten in the tank at fill up is 16.8 gallons and that is when the light has been on forever and the needle is well below the bottom line. We have always found it strange as well that supposedly we have 3 gallons of gas left in the tank at that point. Just thought I would let you know you aren't crazy or imagining things!
We are actually thinking of trading in our MPV for an Isuzu Ascender 7 passenger. The amount of room is unbelievable in that vehicle for a really good price.
#3807 of 4469 Spilled gasoline -- help!
Aug 08, 2004 (6:56 am)
Hi everyone -- we are the owners of a 2003 MPV purchased three months ago. Two days ago, my husband had a gasoline container in the second row that wasn't secured tightly. He hit the brakes and -- you can guess what happened. About a gallon of gas spilled out, a lot of it seeping into the tracks under the second-row seats. The car reeks of gasoline right now. Any ideas on how to get rid of it? My husband says it will dry out eventually, but I have a 5-year-old and a two-month old and I really don't want them breathing those fumes, and the thought of driving around with gasoline fumes in the car scares me. Thanks.