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#4244 of 4469 High Mileage MPVs?
Oct 11, 2005 (12:24 pm)
With so much talk about the transmission problems in MPVs, I'm wondering if there are many folks who have a high mileage on theirs without having any problems. We have a 2000 MPV with 86,000 without any transmission problems so far (although it has always shifted hard at times). Is it rare to have had no problems so far? Are there others with more miles?
It's gotten to the point where I'm almost expecting it to break down every time I drive it after reading so many horror stories! (and because of all the other problems we've had so far) I'd sure love to know if there are folks out there who have higher mileages without any transmission problems since we're not in a position to get rid of our MPV yet. It'd be nice to know that it COULD last a good bit longer!
#4245 of 4469 Re: 2005 Transmission problem? [criledo]
Oct 11, 2005 (12:38 pm)
hi criledo, I looked at a few of your past posts. You had a faulty tempeture sensor replaced Aug 25th when you took your van in due to sudden acceleration. When you got it back you wrote your mileage seemed to be up 50%. And now it is back down to around 15mpg combined? What does it get on the highway?
I read a post on the Honda boards somewhere about a Corolla that got the mpg it was suppose to on the highway ...but poor city mileage dragged down the overall.
I'll try to find it and report back here as I can't recall what solved the problem.
Your Mazda mechanic wasn't able to find the problem so now he is saying it is normal for the van...hmmm. Well, it is certainly not normal. Normal is 19mpg combined....we got about 24 mpg(mostly highway) on a recent trip to Florida.
If there are other Mazda dealers in your area I would try one of them...maybe a fresh brain can figure it out. If you would care to drop me an e-mail I could write back a possible solution that I am not allowed to suggest here on Edmunds. You still have 12k of warranty left on your MPV...so at the very least I would keep it another 10k miles. Warranty will cover any repairs. Selling it with 2k left on warranty would make it more attractive to potential buyers. Gas is high....but purchasing another vehicle and paying sales taxes and fees will be much more expensive.
#4246 of 4469 Re: High Mileage MPVs? [jims2]
Oct 11, 2005 (2:01 pm)
My 2000 MPV LX is at the same mileage, and while there are no transmission problems so far (knock on wood!), there have been other issues - IAC valve, leaking rear heat coolant lines, alternator, and the most recent, and most expensive one - timing chain replacement because of bad tensioners.
#4247 of 4469 criledo - Transmission
Oct 11, 2005 (8:44 pm)
I think from all the past posts most of the transmission hiccups were on the 2002 models and above - that's when Mazda went to the higher horsepower and different transmission. (if it ain't broken - don't fix it..)
My '01 with 83K miles runs fine - transmission and all. I'm getting about 22 on the road and around 17-18 in the city (I haven't changed plugs yet) and it's driven everyday on the freeways - avoiding the 18 wheelers....
#4248 of 4469 Squeaking Steering Noise
Oct 12, 2005 (9:43 pm)
I know it's been a while since I've posted here, but I'm wondering if they have come up with a fix for the creaking or squeaking sound that comes from the steering mechanism on MPV's. I have a 2003 and have had it looked at several times, but they have not been able to find the problem. They say it's normal for these cars and even state that Chevrolets have this issue. They have greased it several times....once they even stated to turn the radio up louder and you won't hear it....nice!
Anyone heard or a fix yet?
Also, anyone heard of the creaking sound when going over things like speed bumps? My front end makes a squeaking/rubbing sound when going over a bump....
#4249 of 4469 Re: Has anyone heard of this problem? [jims2]
Oct 12, 2005 (9:58 pm)
You mentioned the noise coming from the steering column....being common.
Have you had them check that noise out yet? I had my 03 MPV in for that noise last spring and they said it was normal too! Have you heard of fix for this noise yet?
#4250 of 4469 Re: trans issues [wheeter]
Oct 13, 2005 (3:09 pm)
Regarding your 'clunking' sound when turning - sounds like the CV joint. I had the same thing with a Subaru. Make sure the boot isn't leaking the joint lube. CV joints are expensive to replace. Good luck.
#4251 of 4469 Rear wiper motor on 2000 MPV
Oct 17, 2005 (10:30 am)
My rear wiper motor seems to have lost all of its power, as the slightest friction from the rubber against the windshield is enough to stop it. Has anyone replaced one of these? I'm looking to buy one on my own and pay the garage to put it in. I'm not sure if it's an easy enough job to do myself. Any advice appreciated!
#4252 of 4469 Re: '02 MPV LX- Choking/Shutter [cubby66]
Oct 17, 2005 (2:51 pm)
Help - my 2000 MPV loses power intermittently - especially going up hills and inclines. It's been at the mechanics for a week and they have tested everything and can't find the problem. They are thinking possibly that it's the transmission but don't feel 100% about that. Anyone else have this problem??? It's got around 70,000. The manifold was replaced at the dealer at around 38,000 miles.
#4253 of 4469 Starting problem on a 1990 MPV
Oct 21, 2005 (7:27 am)
This is my first post.
I've owned a 1990 MPV since '99. Bought it with 75k on it. It now has 195k miles. Great car!
Getting ready to sell it - empty nest syndrom - kids grown don't need to be toted around any more.
Went to start it yesterday - someone's interested in buying it - to my horror nothing. Not even a click. Of course, checked the battery - even charged it up some. Tried jumping too.
In the past this car has had an issue with what I think is either a starter relay or the starter itself. First turn of the key all you would get is a click. Then after a couple of attempts the starter would go and the engine starts - every time. Never had a problem. Suspected the neutral safety switch but was never actually able to do any good moving the shifter around. It always simply seemed that the relay/starter needed just a couple of go's before deciding to work. I'm convinced this is my problem.
So - is it:
Thanks from Oxford, Maine