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#1142 of 4030 2001 Millenia S Pulling to the right (follow-up from 1093)
Jan 07, 2002 (1:40 pm)
I agree, lets talk about Millenia and forget about Maxima for now (don't forget I used to own a 99 Maxima as mentioned on my previous posting).
Next morning I call up a few Dunlop tire dealers for advise regarding radial pull and surprisingly none of them interested in solving the problem (these tires are basically as good as out of warranty). I went back to the Mazda dealer and they refer me to another tire dealer. This is where the action starts; First of all the technican measure the tread depth of all tires and then proceed to up my car up the hoist and start manually spinning the wheels. Turn out one of the alloy rim was wobbling badly, it must have hit something real hard. The dealer is now ordering a new rim for me and we will know whether it will eliminate the pulling problem hoping by the end of this week. I will keep you folks posted.
Jan 07, 2002 (3:01 pm)
How much are going to charge you for a new rim??..and do you the alloy's or chrome??...in 17"??...Just wondering...........
#1144 of 4030 ? about fuel
Jan 07, 2002 (8:04 pm)
I own a P model and was wondering how much difference the fuel will make - I know with the S you must use Preimum fuel but do you need to also with the P?
#1145 of 4030 P Fuel Requirement
Jan 08, 2002 (4:29 am)
My new '01 P has about 4500 troublefree miles at this point. Except for the initial fill of 93 octane the dealer supplied, it has seen nothing but 87 octane.
The performance of the car has been flawless, and uneventful. I see no power decrease, and there is no sign of ping or knock. This is an old subject, and there is also a thread about using regular gas in V-6 engines in the "Sedans" catagory of Edmunds.
In my experience with my previous V-6's, unless you have a high compression engine, or the car pings on regular, there is no reason to run premium fuel in it. The compression ratio of the Mazda 2.5L V-6 falls well within what is normally accepted for 87 octane fuel. And regular gasoline has the same injector cleaners premium does.
Others will disagree with me on this, and say you have to run premium. It will have to be your decision in the long run. But with the 2.5L Mazda, premium is "recommended", not "required". Check your owners manual, but it only briefly touches on this subject.
Incidentally, with the complaining I have seen in this thread about fuel milage, I must add that I am averaging 21/22 MPG overall. With my lowest being over 20 MPG, and my best about 28. I find that satisfying for an almost two ton car, and better by about 2 MPG than my 3.8 V-6 Oldsmobile 88, which weighs within 65 pounds of my Millenia. This is not an econobox. It is a beautifully executed, and very European near luxury vehicle.
Jan 08, 2002 (11:36 am)
both engines have a knock sensor that retards the timing when you use lower grade fuel. Power will be off a bit due to retarded timing, but this will depend on temperature and engine load.
#1147 of 4030 maltb-Timing
Jan 08, 2002 (1:17 pm)
Thanks maltb, and I am aware of the automatic retarding of timing. That is the reason for saying I have seen no power decrease, and the power is very good, despite some leadfoots complaining it needs more power. To that I would say, if you are looking for a Japanese version of a '60's era muscle car, look elsewhere. That is not the message sent by the Millenia at all. It is instead an excellent all around drive, and a great sport touring sedan.
I researched for months before buying a Millenia. I considered and drove Maxima, Camry, '02 Altima and others. None are perfect, but I preferred the Millenia to all the others, and the deal I got on my new '01 P ($21650) knocked the others out of any consideration. This is truly a superb car and can be bought at givaway prices.
Jan 08, 2002 (2:19 pm)
Thanks for your input on the fuel.... I find that this car has very good mileage (my other car is a Jeep) and good enough pick up for my needs (if I want to race then I will get out the RX7).
One thing I do like is the transmission (I have an '02) - the transmission based on how heavy your foot is will switch between Econo and Power shift mode - this makes a big difference in the power of the Mil.
These are great cars - with an even better price!
Jan 08, 2002 (3:16 pm)
Great deal on your Millenia! Question for everybody - I know Mazda is offering $4k back on 2001s. How much more of a discount do you think is valid for buying a 2001 car in 2002? I understand that there may still be plenty of '01s out there.
Jan 08, 2002 (7:58 pm)
Offer them 5k below invoice - one thing that I have heard though is that the '01 had a rough transmission that was fixed in 02 - I'm not sure as I have an '02 - as there were no '01 left in Atlanta. I would try offering about 20,000 for a P and then add option.
#1151 of 4030 '99 S Grey Smoke on Startup
Jan 08, 2002 (11:48 pm)
I have seen posts from other '99 S owners who are experiencing a puff of grayish exhaust smoke upon startup after the car has been sitting for a couple days.
Mine too does this and I would like to identify whether any owners of models after '99 are also experiencing this. Also if anyone has gotten the dealer to resolve this, please let me know whether it was a leaking supercharger seal or valve seals.
I'd like to get this resolved before my lease expires in 6 months so I feal comfortable buying it.