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Mazda MPV, Van
#3901 of 4469 Re: mazda mpv 97 starting issue [oneill]
Dec 03, 2004 (7:10 am)
I have had many instances of my Mazda MPV 1997 model not being able to start. Have had to have it towed in several times and by the time it got to the garage it started just fine. Have replaced everything but the computer and still no luck. However, we were finally told to add upper cylinder cleaner to the gas tank and run a tank of high octane gas every third time or so.
It is now on its third week of starting, with no problems. However, its done this before. I won't agree that its fixed until it's OK for three more weeks. It does seem to run much better though. My uneducated guess is that some sensor was cleaned and now it might work.
Interested in other experiences, but bought a Ford in the meantime as a backup.
Dec 03, 2004 (7:16 am)
Don't buy if driving in snow or ice is part of your yearly routine. Had a 1994 with rear wheel drive and had to be towed from my driveway. Also, our babysitters refused to drive it in winter. Loved the Mazda though and ended up buying two more with four wheel drive to solve the problem. We're in Chicago area.
#3903 of 4469 Re: [mgrunze]
Dec 03, 2004 (11:35 am)
Go ahead and buy that MPV if driving in snow or ice. Front wheel drive with traction control is all you'll likely need....come with 16 or 17 inch tires. MPV is very popular in Canada.
#3904 of 4469 Heat Problem
Dec 03, 2004 (10:59 pm)
Yes, my MPV has the 4 season package and rear heat and AC.
How long ago did THAT bulletin come out? Man, you've got to stay up on all these 'secret' issues on this vehicle!!
#3906 of 4469 Cabin Filter and Tranny Fluid Change
Dec 06, 2004 (10:10 pm)
I had read that someone had replaced the cabin air filter themselves. If they are on this thread, please explain how much was involved in doing it yourself. I know the filter is $27 at the Mazda dealer and it's located behind the glove box....
Also, how often is the tranny fluid suppose to be changed? The manual does not state anything on this issue and the dealer said around 50000 miles!
#3908 of 4469 Re: 2003 LX - Tires and Heater Issues [jipster]
Dec 07, 2004 (5:30 pm)
I have exactly same problem. Can you tell me more detail to fix it? Thanks!
#3909 of 4469 Re: 2003 LX - Tires and Heater Issues [jchang]
Dec 07, 2004 (11:25 pm)
Dunlop tires that come on the MPV's suck.
They only last 30K miles and then go bald. Notorious for this. I replaced with Bridgstone Turanza's and they have GREAT traction in snow and water. Ride nice too!
Heater thing, not sure yet. Need to chat with my 'friendly boys' at the Mazda place.
Still waiting for someone to reply on how to replace that cabin filter thing behind the glove box....?
Dec 08, 2004 (5:00 am)
I've seen instructions for replacing the cabin filter elsewhere on the 'net. Unfortunately, Edmunds doesn't allow linking to that club forum, so I'll do my best to explain it (and without pictures that it has).
Open glovebox. Locate and remove numerous screws for glovebox. Remove glovebox. Filter is against the firewall on the right. Locate the tab on the filter door and pry it open. Remove used filter media and replace with the appropriate one (either a 2 piece unit or a 1 piece filter). Reverse process to reassemble.
And yes, the tires are not the greatest. But, FWD and being a minivan does take it's toll on tires.