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Mazda MPV, Van
#7204 of 8223 MPV Brake Life
Jan 21, 2004 (5:34 am)
The OEM rotors seem to wear out faster/at the same rate as the pads. However, I did find out that aftermarket good quality rotors only cost about $40 each. One thing, be careful to torque wheels to correct spec otherwise you can warp the rotors.
Interesting story: at the last service for my wife's 2000 LX (55K miles), I asked the dealer to check the brakes as the pedal was a little low. He wanted $30 just to check. Told him to forget it. After they finished the oil change, I took the car to Direct Tire where they put the van on the lift, took all tires off, the rear brake drums off, measured the rotors with a micrometer and checked against specs, inspected the underside---all for free. I had them adjust the rear drums for $35 which fixed the low pedal. They also torqued the wheels back on. And they invited me into the shop to talk with the mechanics while they were doing the inspections.
Hey Mazda service, I hope you guys are reading these posts. You will eventually get your clocks cleaned if you don't improve drastically.
Jan 21, 2004 (7:08 am)
Dan, that's pretty impressive service. And, of course, it's now guaranteed you'll go back there if you need any work done.
#7206 of 8223 dan2004, that is exactly
Jan 21, 2004 (8:44 am)
what makes America great and capitalism work. Problem for the dealers is that they are selling their cars at fairly low margins ('cause us consumers have most of the cards and can easily shop multiple dealers electronically)and they make up their profit margins by increasing the service costs, selling extended warranties and service packages, etc.
I suspect that the low vehicle sale price (at or below invoice price) are being countered by subsidies from the manufacturer. In other words, the "invoice" price is not really an "invoice" price anymore, but is more similar in idea to the MSRP. Semantics, but the internet has greatly helped consumers shop for bargains.
#7207 of 8223 Discount cabin air filters? Anywhere? 2001
Jan 21, 2004 (8:59 am)
my dealer wants almost $30 for a cabin air filter replacement on my 2001 MPV ES. No one I have contacted has after-market ones. Anyone know of a source for discount cabin air filters?
#7210 of 8223 Invoice Price
Jan 21, 2004 (9:07 am)
Who set the invoice price? Mazda.
Mazda can set the invoice price at any numbers they want just to ensure dealers are making money.
Invoice Price is $19,500 including a secret rebate $1,000 to dealer (or any name instead of secret rebate).
When buyers phone in, email online or visit the dealer, the price dealers want to sell the car is $500 over invoice. If the buyers agreed, then dealers actually make $1,500 each car sold.
Plus, the fees and commission from car financing. It is the reason dealers always say the 'price is for today' so buyers don't have time to do outsource financing, to force buyers to do financing application at the dealers' offices as it can be approved in a short time.
Jan 21, 2004 (9:11 am)
The invoice mostly has some money concealed inside, like dealer hold-back, advertising allowance, something I that.
Jan 22, 2004 (1:59 pm)
The nvoice has to have some "hidden" charges. How else would th manufacturere be able to pay the workers, develop new models and engines, advertise, etc. I remember reading an article in late 2002 on how Ford made over $6000 profit on the Explorers and close to $10k on the F-150. That was before the rebate craze.