Last post on Oct 27, 2006 at 8:04 PM
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Mazda MPV, Van
#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?
#4118 of 4469 Re: I think I have the same noise [jims2]
Jun 25, 2005 (9:29 am)
The older a vehicle gets the less reliable it generally will become. New parts get worn out and break or need replacement. A vehicle in it's second year of production generally does better in initial quality than a first year model. That's because, as you noted, the manufacturer has a chance to work some of those first year bugs out. You've had a few more problems than average with your MPV...but not to bad.
#4119 of 4469 Re: brake rubbing [subearu]
Jun 27, 2005 (9:15 am)
thanks...i actually took it in and the problem was a broken stablelizer...also they changed my pads as well as they were pretty much ready to go. I have 80000km on the vehicle. The problem is gone now (after $500CAN). Thanks for your reply
#4120 of 4469 warming-up when i ride at low velocity
Jun 29, 2005 (6:13 am)
I have my problem with my mazda MPV model 93 . When i going over 40 MPH all is fine, but when take way with slow traffic my car increase the temperature of the engine.
Anybody know what happen with this problem??
#4121 of 4469 Re: warming-up when i ride at low velocity [alejor]
Jun 29, 2005 (6:49 am)
I would guess you need to replace the thermostat. It's a relatively inexpensive part.
#4122 of 4469 Re: warming-up when i ride at low velocity [alejor]
Jun 29, 2005 (5:54 pm)
or fan clutch or radiator with clogged fins or blocked airflow.
#4123 of 4469 Re: warming-up when i ride at low velocity [subearu]
Jun 30, 2005 (8:19 am)
This was happening on my '95 Saturn SW1, and was particularly bad when I was stuck in traffic. A coolant flush seemed to improve things a lot.
#4124 of 4469 check engine light
Jul 02, 2005 (6:58 am)
Posted this in the wrong forum I think it belongs here.
The check engine light on my 2003 MPV just turned on yesterday while driving. The mileage is around 28,500 miles. It has had no problems to this point except for the harsh shifting I read about on these forums. I plan to take it in next week, but was hoping someone could clue me in on possible reasons for it to turn on. I am going to have the software upgrade at the same time