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#7128 of 8223 Me and the 2000 MPV part ways
Dec 20, 2003 (4:49 pm)
Wretched Ford Contour engine! Read this if you have one of the original engines.
I hope I am one of a few unlucky ones. I have one of the first 2000 MPVs, bought it in September, 1999. It is a 20th anniversary Mazda Miata blue ES.
The check engine light has always gone on and off a lot. I had it checked out several times but gave up when they never found anything. It would usually go on when I drive uphill on the highway and go off a few hours later. I also noticed that my mileage seemed to be lower than some of the other 2000 MPV drivers. I usually got between 210 and 218 per tank. I think most other people did better than that.
Anyway last week the check engine light starts flashing. I call the dealer and have the car towed in. I was guessing the exhaust system was shot. Not! They tell me to have some hoses replaced and replace the spark plug wires along with the spark plugs. They pull the plug on cylinder number 4 and it is fouled. The Mazda tech rep happens to be there so he tells them he has seem 3 MPVs with the problem in New England. It is always just cylinder #4 next to the radiator. They run the compression test and yeah, I need a valve job.
I have 67,000 miles on the car so the dealer is less than helpful and wants $2500 to do the valve job which will take 2.5 weeks because it is the week before Christmas.
I have decied it is futile to sink more money into the MPV. It is too bad. I really enjoyed driving the car. It was a little more expensive to maintain then I would have liked but it was a great car to drive.
I really didn't notice any problems with the way the engine was running. What I did notice was that my mileage per tank was about 10 gals less than what I had been getting before. There was a gas price war going on in my town so I thought it was just the cheap gas.
Looking back, I had to replace the alternator at around 55,000 and two of the stupid alloy wheels. One wheel over the last two winters. Ouch. I live in New England (pot hole heaven) so I suppose that is the breaks. I had the CD player, radio tuner replaced under warranty. There were little annoyances that got fixed under warranty but I still really liked the car. Too bad. I will miss it.
Dec 22, 2003 (10:17 pm)
Can anyone suggest an alternative to the highway robbery that Mazda dealerships wage against those MPV owners who, like myself, need extra microchip keys? I was quoted by one dealership a cost of $130- the blank would cost $40 and the programming of it would cost an additional $90. What to do is; is there anything more reasonable available?
#7131 of 8223 Adding Dash Speakers to an 03 LX
Dec 24, 2003 (9:31 pm)
This was discussed at length months ago, but I just got around to it now. My LX didn't have the tweeters on the dash as do the ES models with the 9 speaker system. I decided to add some high end speakers to my 4 speaker LX unit and found it was very easy to do.
Those plugs on each corner of the dash have the wiring under each one to just add the Mazda tweeters in their place. I found a source called MAZDA SOUTH out of TX.. Richard is the contact name. Pretty simple approach. I've included the link here; partstexasmazda.com
The total for two speakers with shipping was $172. Each speaker lists thru Mazda at $108, but I picked them up thru this source for $83 each. I know this seems a bit anal, but I wanted to add more punch to my system and this really does add 'high end' sound. The speakers simply plug into the same place where the plugs are with no modifications. As stated in earlier posts, the subwoofer addition in the rear is another story and much more complicated to add.
Dec 25, 2003 (5:56 pm)
Do the Kumho tires you bought ride any nicer than the Dunlops? Our '03 LX has the 16" Dunlops, and though I can't complain too much about how they handle in the snow, I hate the way they ride. They are a very choppy riding tire. It's as if the sidewalls have absolutely no give to them. When it's time to replace the Dunlops, I'd like to find something a little nicer riding.
About the heater. The MPV has a very good heater, but the defroster can be outdone by the overabudance of windshield. We took a drive of about 50 miles about a month ago in somewhat of a snow storm with a windchill of -10 deg. I had to keep the selector all the way on defrost with the fan on high the entire time or the defroster wouldn't keep up. Even then, the outer portions of the windshield would not stay defrosted. I guess that much windshield is pretty tough to keep clear.
Dec 26, 2003 (7:32 am)
The defroster issues also happened in my camry, as well as the mpv. I think it might just be a foreign car issue, the buick I had before didn't do that. I think it just depends on the vehicle I guess
#7134 of 8223 a foreign car issue?
Dec 27, 2003 (7:39 am)
I never thought of it that way, but now that you mention it, I do see a corrilation. I have a Toyota tercel that is absolutely horrible with the windows fogging. If there's more than one person in the car and it's the least bit chilly outside, I have to run the defroster full blast to keep the windows reasonably clear. I can't run the heat (pushing air out on the floor) at all. It all has to be directed at the windshield. The upper half of your body ends up roasting, while your lower half freezes. Our previous car, a Dodge Intrepid didn't have this problem at all and it had as much windshield as the MPV has. I wonder what the deal is here?
#7135 of 8223 It's a design issue
Dec 27, 2003 (7:44 am)
My '99 GCS has a bigger windshield than the MPV and the defroster has no trouble keeping it clear. My '01 Elantra has one of the most effective heaters and defrosters (and A/C units for that matter) I've ever seen. So it's not a matter of domestic vs. foreign, IMO--it's a matter of design.
Dec 27, 2003 (12:37 pm)
Design of what?
#7137 of 8223 bottgers
Dec 27, 2003 (2:04 pm)