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#4225 of 4469 Re: Randomly Won't Start (Can't Hold Idle) [mpvowner2]
Sep 30, 2005 (3:53 am)
Similar problem - also to random starting.. 2000 MPV LX on 94km. Random but mainly when cold/damp it 'starts' three times and runs for a few seconds only. Then nothing. Engine cranks OK and not flooded etc. Later when warmer (it seems)all returns to normal. Mazda dealer (yesterday) reckoned that a loose wire behind the ignition key was randomly shorting and passing a bad message to the starting circuit (wrong!). It has also now started to hiccup a bit when idling. Other thoughts/fixes on this site appear to be: 1) fuel pump, 2) idle air control valve 3) temp sensor(s). Any more views before we look at/replace the fuel pump? Thanks
Oct 02, 2005 (6:57 am)
I have a 2000 MPV and have problems with the driver side door lock operating properly. All other doors locks work with the use of the remote, but I need manually insert the key into the driver side door and then use a fair amount of pressure to unlock the door. Sometimes it works, other times it feels as if the key will break off inside. We have to enter the vehicle via the passenger door when this happens. Any ideas? I think I'll do some looking around inside the door panel, but I'm not too sure how to get it off. Does anyone know what the problem might be and does anyone know how to get the panel off.
#4227 of 4469 2005 Transmission problem?
Oct 02, 2005 (9:58 pm)
I am planning to buy 2005 LX MPV.
Does 2005 MPV still have transmission problem?
Also does 2005 MPV have any other problems I should consider before I purchase it?????
#4228 of 4469 Re: 2005 Transmission problem? [monica22]
Oct 03, 2005 (5:01 am)
No transmission problems. Some of the 2003 and early 2004 MPV's had computer glitches in their transmission programming which caused a jerk when shifting. This was easily fixed under warranty by having the TCM reflashed to correct the programming.
Other problems?... other than friends, relatives, and total strangers being insanely jealous that you have the best looking and best performing minivan in the world....none.
#4229 of 4469 Re: Randomly Won't Start (Can't Hold Idle) [britflier]
Oct 03, 2005 (5:26 am)
I had same problem; had the idle air control valve changed ($100 part and $45 labor). So far, so good. Still seem to feel a hiccup when accelerating sometimes, though. But it always starts and stays running now.
Hope this helps.
#4231 of 4469 Re: 2005 Transmission problem? [monica22]
Oct 04, 2005 (9:06 am)
DON'T DO IT!!! I have a 2002 ES ... I have had it in at least 12 times in the last 3 yrs... They still haven't fixed the transmission... and the MPV no longer Consumer Reports best buy... go with Honda or Toyota...
Oct 04, 2005 (5:50 pm)
I have a 2002 MPV LX with 20k. No transmission issues or any other. Did have to bring it in for 4 recalls(free of charge). This is a nice van, especially with the current rebates. It is however is not as nice as my wife's cousin's 2004 Honda Odyssey or especially my brother-in-law's 2005 Odyssey. If you are on a budget, then buy this van, but if you can spend another 5K, go for the Odyssey. The Odyssey is much larger, accelerate faster, and nicer over all.I however, plan to keep my MPV another 5 years, hopefully with no transmission issues. You must also know that this van uses a FORD V6 motor, not as silky smooth as the other Japanese vans, but still decent.
FYI, my wife constanly bugs me to get the new Odyssey, from our positive experience of owning 2 Honda Accords. Also the Odyssey get better gas mileage, especially the EXL and higher trims 20/28 mpg city/highway.
#4233 of 4469 '02 MPV LX- Choking/Shutter
Oct 05, 2005 (1:08 am)
Just came out of warranty on '02 MPV. Over the last few days; we noticed when at a light or stop--- that the engine or something is causing as my wife describes it: A slight choke/stutter sensation and then the engine shutters briefly, as if it is missing or misfiring--- it appears now to interniitently occur during normal driving conditions. And now noticing it interniitently at idle while parked. Any thoughts/ideas. Definitely not bringing it back to dealer; I have an appt for next Monday at a local garage we trust. Does this sound like a fuel problem or maybe a spark plug issue? MPV has only 28 K miles on it.
#4234 of 4469 Re: '02 MPV LX- Choking/Shutter [lg2207]
Oct 05, 2005 (3:26 am)
Did you have the PCV recall taken care of? That came out last year.