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#4108 of 4469 Re: 2002 MPV Coil Pack Issues [rms1]
Jun 21, 2005 (9:37 am)
I will almost bet money that plug wires were all you needed.
Mazda vehicles are notorious for needing plug wires every 30,000 to 40,000 miles. (Most Mazda vehicles' owner's manuals even recommend replacing them at this interval -- which isn't too bad, since they only cost about $50 a set.) It's because of the engine design, with the plugs down inside the valve cover. The heat, along with a little moisture, breaks down the last few inches of the plug wires and causes them to arc after a while. It's been the same story with all the Mazda cars I've owned since 1991 (five in all). Same symptom every time -- engine hesitation.
I think you got taken to the cleaners.
When it happens again (around 83,000 miles), replace your plug wires -- yourself. It takes about five minutes, although I've done it in less than 2.
#4109 of 4469 Intermitant Charging Problem on 95 MPV
Jun 22, 2005 (6:35 am)
I have a 1995 MPV with an intermittent charging problem. Problem occurs after wet or rainy day only. So far I've had the alternator rebuilt and a new battery installed. I'm still not sure if my problem is solved. Does anybody have any idea what to next?
#4110 of 4469 98 MPV Allsport questions - Canada
Jun 22, 2005 (9:47 am)
Just bought a used MPV with 112,000kms on it. We just love it. It never came with an owners manual (i'm going to check with the local Mazda dealer) and I don't even know what type of oil to use. Does anyone know (5-30?), how about a synthetic mix?? Anyone have any ideas for after market parts and accessories in Canada??? How about a shop manual? Chilton puts out a manual, but would like a more comprehensive manual. Any help or ideas would be great.
#4111 of 4469 Very Poor Mileage on 2003 MPV LX
Jun 22, 2005 (9:56 am)
Hi. We have a 2003 MPV LX with 33K miles on it. Basically driven by my wife on countryside roads (30 mph) and some highway(70mph). Since new we noticed mileage was not extremely good (suposed to be 20+) but now it has come down to about 15mpg. We've changed gas stations, air filters, etc., etc, nothing seems to help. All Mazda dealers say there is nothing to be done unless the check engine light comes on, which it doesn't. Anybody got a suggestion? Thanks!
Jun 22, 2005 (2:54 pm)
Dumb question - are you sure you are in overdrive? Check the tach.
#4113 of 4469 Re: criledo [bob57]
Jun 23, 2005 (8:09 am)
Thanks for your kind reply. Of course the van is in overdrive.
#4114 of 4469 Re: I think I have the same noise [knewman]
Jun 23, 2005 (6:11 pm)
Our 2000 MPV has the same noise too! When it is extremely cold out, the engine idles very fast and makes a loud whirring noise from the driver's side of the engine. It lasts about a minute or so until it warms up. It has done it almost since it was new, so I don't know if I should be concerned about it or not, but I'd sure like to know what it is!
Put me down as another unhappy owner of an MPV. I like the vehicle, but our 2000 MPV has 83,000 miles and over the last five years we've had to replace the front wheel bearings, the lift cylinders for the rear hatch, the CD/radio, the alternator, a side door handle and blower motor. Most of that was covered under the extended warranty, but right after it ran out, the exhaust manifold started leaking and I had to pay over $900 to replace it! Asking Mazda for some assistance was a joke. Then the power door lock on the driver's side broke two days later. Fortunately, I was able to take it apart and repair the broken piece which probably saved me another $200.
When we bought the car I thought we were purchasing a well-made reliable vehicle. Ha! What a disappointment.You'd think a "not recommended" rating from Consumer Reports would motivate a manufacturer to improve their product and provide a better warranty. I guess they just figure there are enough new suckers to buy their products instead of keeping current customers happy.
#4115 of 4469 Re: I think I have the same noise [jims2]
Jun 24, 2005 (5:16 am)
" put me down as an unhappy owner...". " I like the vehicle..."
You sound a bit confused. You're only out a little over $900 in five and a half years of ownership...doesn't sound to bad. With the items that have needed repaired, it sounds as if you may be driving/handling the van a little to rough.
The "not recommended" rating from Consumer Reports is on the 2005 model. The 2000 model rated well and has shown to be highly reliable. In 2002( I believe) they increased the warranty from 3 years/36,000 to 4 years/50,000 miles. The number of "new suckers" buying has fallen to such that Mazda may or may not offer it's next generation of MPV to the NA market.
#4116 of 4469 Re: K&N filter - RRabbit [rms1]
Jun 24, 2005 (5:52 am)
Sorry for the delay in response - Have been on vacation - went 2700 miles with 02 MPV, averaged 26.5 mpg - mostly interstates at 70 mph.
To answer you question - the Mass Air Sensor was replaced, although I suggest you try cleaning it first with carb cleaner before spending the $$ to replace. I also replaced the spark plugs. I still do not buy the K&N filter theory - there are lots of things that can make an Air sensor dirty - but that appears to be Mazda's line if for no other reason than to get out of warranty repairs.
#4117 of 4469 Re: I think I have the same noise [jipster]
Jun 24, 2005 (9:24 am)
"With the items that have needed repaired, it sounds as if you may be driving/handling the van a little to rough. "
How does "rough driving" cause an alternator, rear lift cylinders, a CD player, blower motor or door handle to fail? Our MPV is in very good condition and most of the miles are from 2-3 long trips a year. And, the front wheel bearing needed replaced after the first year, so how much rough driving could we have done in such a short period?
Shouldn't a vehicle's reliability get better as bug are ironed out over the first few years rather than worse?