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#4021 of 4469 2000 MPV Problems-Water in lock assembly
Apr 04, 2005 (2:48 am)
Just traded in my 2000 MPV ES on a 2005 Honda Pilot. Had a major problem with the battery going dead in the van since last summer. After 2 new batteries and an alternator, they finally figured out there was water in the right front door lock assembly creating a slow drain on the battery. They had the van for two weeks and the cost to "rip out" the door panel to access the lock assembly was over $1500. MPV was my 3rd and last Mazda purchase. Talked to tech who did the work and he said he felt bad since he had done this before, but I was the first one that had to pay for it since all the others were within warrranty.
ANYONE WITH SIMILAR PROBLEMS?
#4022 of 4469 Re: Any experience with K&N Air Filter voiding warranty? [rogerrabbit]
Apr 04, 2005 (6:03 am)
I know the K&N air filters are designed to allow more air to the engines. It sounds like maybe the MPV is not designed to handle it. I woudl do a search on the web for issues with the K&N filters.
I doubt you will have any luck with Mazda covering the cost of the repair since K&N is an aftermarket part not within OEM specs. BTW, what does the Mass air sensor do?
#4023 of 4469 Re: 2000 MPV Problems-Water in lock assembly [billshoe]
Apr 05, 2005 (9:59 am)
We have had our 2002 MPV in the shop 7 times because of water shorting out the driver side sliding door! Lucky for us it was still under warranty. Enough is enough. We just traded it in after a record low, for us, 3 years.
Truth be told, this wasn't the only problem we had. We slid into a curb at under 5MPH and did $2k of damage. When we took it in for service the tech asked whether we had hit a pothole. He frequently sees this amount of damage to the MPV from something as common as a pothole! We can't live with the fear that any random pothole will cost us 2k.
While looking at Toyotas we met another couple that was trading in their '03 MPV because it was, in their words, literally falling apart already!
We loved many aspects of the vehicle, especially its small width verses other available minivans, but will now try our luck with a Ford Freestyle.
My advice ... stay away from the Mazda MPV.
#4024 of 4469 K&N air filter
Apr 05, 2005 (7:34 pm)
That sounds a little strange, Rogerrabbit. I believe several people in the past posts have discussed and used K&N on their Mazda's with no problems - at least no one that I remember mentioned. My local Toyota dealer even advertises them.
I'll echo - what is the "mass air sensor"? I wonder if they mean the air intake control valve.
I ran without an air filter for two days once on my '01 (me bad) and I never had any misfirings - it did sound really cool tho.... )
#4025 of 4469 Re: Any experience with K&N Air Filter voiding warranty? [rogerrabbit]
Apr 06, 2005 (8:51 am)
The K&N website specifically mentions that use of their products do NOT void vehicle warranty, so what is their response to Mazda denying a warranty claim?
#4026 of 4469 driver side door lock and alarm problem
Apr 06, 2005 (5:47 pm)
I recently noticed this issue on our 2000 MPV LX. It's the driver side door lock when using key to lock and unlock. It only locks and unlocks the door itself, while it's supposed to lock all doors and arm the alarm. The passenger side door lock works as usual though. And when using key fob, everything works just fine.
Worse yet, if I lock the car, (alarm is then armed), and then use the key to open the driver side door, this will set off the alarm.
Anyone have this problem? any insight? Thanks.
#4027 of 4469 Re: Any experience with K&N Air Filter voiding warranty? [dtownfb]
Apr 07, 2005 (10:05 am)
The Mass Air Sensor (sometime called the air flow sensor) sits right after the air filter and before the air hose leading to the manifold. There are 2 wire sensors that detect air flow differences and send result to the computer. When the wire sensors get corroded (or in this case Mazda is saying that oil from the K&N filter is coating the sensors and caking on) the readings go haywire resulting in fuel trim readings that are all over the board. The computer constantly adjusts fuel to deal with variations in the air readings.
K&N site does say that their filter should not void warranty but when I asked them if they had any experience similar to above, no reply was received. I still have the old sensor and offered it to K&N for analysis - again no response. Unfortunately K&N does not make the decision about the warranty, Mazda does. My advice is if you have a K&N filter installed, change it out with a standard filter before visiting your Mazda dealer with similar types of problems.
#4028 of 4469 Re: What a Difference !!!! [sweet_subie]
Apr 08, 2005 (7:36 am)
our '02 is an LX with the 16" 'Lops. They are much softer than the 17" and I don't see a need to change brands.
My only issue is tire wear. After 30K, not much is left.
#4029 of 4469 Re: Any experience with K&N Air Filter voiding warranty? [rogerrabbit]
Apr 08, 2005 (7:54 am)
What is the definition of a "standard" filter? Is Mazda saying that we cannot use any aftermarket filters, and should only use genuine Mazda filters from a dealer? If I go to an independent service station or an oil change place, I don't even know what brand air filter or oil filter they put on. I just assume that they know what they are doing, and use good quality products.
#4030 of 4469 K&N filter - RRabbit
Apr 08, 2005 (7:10 pm)
Didn't think about the oil in the filter - that makes sense. So it's not the flow - it's the sensor getting "lubed". Probably why I didn't see any problems with my "no" filter for two days.
The last one I purchased from a local auto supply was not a Mazda brand but it looked and felt just like the original and I haven't noticed any problems except for the bruised knuckles putting that thing in...