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#8138 of 8223 1998 MAZDA MPV 100,000 MILEAGE TROUBLE
Jan 10, 2009 (4:37 pm)
HAS ANYONE EXPERIENCED THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS SINCE YOUR MPV REACHED 100,000 MILES
POWER STEERING WENT
NEW ALTERNATOR NEEDED
VALVE COVER SEALS CRACKED
IN THE WINTER THERE IS AN ANNOYING CLICKING SOUND
THE ABS LIGHT WON'T SHUT OFF
FRONT AXELS CRACKED
DRIVER SIDE WINDOW MOTOR REPLACED TWICE
IT FEELS AS IF IT'S LOSING POWER IT TAKES A WHILE TO ACCERLERATE WHEN DRIVING ABOVE 60.
I ONCE LOVED THIS CAR BUT I FIND MYSELF DREADING THE DAY I PURCHASED IT. I HAVE HAD SO MUCH TROUBLE CAN ANYONE RELATE?
CAN ANYONE GIVE ME IDEAS ON HOW TO GET A COUPLE OF MORE YEARS OUT OF THIS CAR.
Jan 12, 2009 (4:14 pm)
today my car finally had is last ride. I took it to the mechanic and it has a broken piston rod in the engine. it won't accerlerate pass 50 MPH. I was told it's best to buy a new vehicle.
Mar 17, 2009 (12:57 pm)
Its a 1994 Mazda MPV
Mar 20, 2009 (8:33 am)
I have 2001 mazda MPV, that out of the blue just wont start. Now I just had a Major tune up, including Mass Air Sensor replacement,plugs wires filters. It was running great and out of nowhere, Just wont start. I got a new ignition switch 'cause the battery and (new) starter check out. Any body else experience this ??
#8142 of 8223 Re: Just wont start [bassman15]
Mar 20, 2009 (7:02 pm)
I'm having a hard time understanding your post.
Was it running after the major tuneup?
Is it trying to start, is the starter turning over, is it getting spark, is it getting gas?
#8143 of 8223 A very big question
Apr 29, 2009 (6:58 am)
Greetings all, I'm new to the forum. We have a 2003LX which we loved for the first 4 years/50K miles; DVD player, towing package -- really the perfect family car. At around 50K miles we encountered what sounds like the usual laundry list of problems. O2 sensors, oil pan, bad sliding door, more O2 sensors, possible cat converter, PCV valve, etc. Maybe I have a falsely negative impression, but I'm reaching the conclusion this is just not a quality vehicle and we should cut our losses now while we can still get $3K for a trade-in (especially since transmission failure seems pretty common for MPVs). I admit we haven't adhered to the service schedule very well, and I know one has to maintain proper perspective when a Ford engine hits 80K miles, but after driving my Subaru outback for 12 years, I'm not acclimated to this level of mainenace problems. Can a MPV reach >120K miles without a huge maintenace cost?
Trade it or keep it? Thanks
#8144 of 8223 Re: A very big question [texsteeler]
Apr 29, 2009 (9:27 am)
we can still get $3K for a trade-in
That's a rip off. If a dealership is only offering $3k trade-in, I'd either keep it or sell it private party for double that. But, as long as you have confidence in your engine and transmission (Duratec engine is one of Fords' best and most reliable) I think it will last well over 120k miles.
You're right though in not wanting to be nickeled and dimed to death over those minor repairs. If covered under warranty not too bad. So, considering how much you paid for the van only 6 years ago, how much a new or used would cost, it would be better finacially to keep it... at least a couple more years.
#8145 of 8223 Re: A very big question [texsteeler]
Apr 30, 2009 (8:29 pm)
Well, I have the same unit you do. Bought it new in 2003. I've gone thru the same items you have stated. Most recently had the oil pan gasket replaced/updated per new spec and the leaking is solved...for 450 dollars! Stupid designs that put this vehicle in the hot seat - metal oil gasket that warps...come on! I too have had the catalytic code come on numerous times during the winter, but not during the summer. I had it cleared out by AutoZone several times. No problems on that really...knock on wood. Many goofy deals on the o2 stuff too. I love the basic unit and functionality, but it is a basket case on wheels. We live in MN. with long cold winter and hot summers put a lot of stress on her. I have 121K miles on mine!! So I pray it still holds together for a couple more years. DEFINITELY not like a Toyota that can go for 200K miles no sweat!! I have two camrys with more miles on them than the MPV and they are still very solid in comparison!! I'd say, if you can get rid of it and have money for a new vehicle - go for it! Our economy needs you!
I have no money so I am limping along with it. TCC
May 01, 2009 (7:46 am)
Anyone else care to report on the reliabiility and repairs of their MPV thus far? So, far we have been very happy with our 2004 Mazda MPV LX... purchased new. Thus far it has proven to be a quality and reliable vehicle, knock on wood. We did have two coils replaced under warranty, which has been a problem for a lot of MPV's. Had the trans fluid flush at around 27k miles. Coolant flushed last year... filters changed on schedule. Oil changes around every 3k or 4k miles. Engine lags sometimes when you punch it hard to accelerate, but other than that very good performance. Original brakes are still good. On our second set of tires, Goodyear Tripletreds which are great in rain. We have nearly 60k miles currently, and planning another Florida trip for this summer.
#8147 of 8223 Re: Updates... [jipster]
May 01, 2009 (8:37 am)
We bought my wife's '04 MPV LX new in June of '04. It just broke 80,000 miles this past week.
Last month we had the back 3 ignition coils and fan control module replaced for about $650. One ignition coil had already been replaced under warranty 3 years ago. We still have the original brake rotors and are on the third set of tires. The OEMs didn't last that long, but Yokohama AVID tires have worked well for us in terms of cost, road noise, durability, and traction here in So' Cal'. We flushed the transmission fluid around 60,000 miles, and the tech said it needed it again. Hmmm-- I'll check into that. I flushed the coolant around 45,000 miles, so it's probably due again soon. We change the oil about every 5,000 miles.
We preferred the Mazda over the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna because we didn't want a big minivan. Now that I have leased a Subaru Outback we'll probably be taking my car on more vacations and giving the MPV a rest.