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#172 of 4030 Millenia S Fever
Oct 01, 2000 (6:17 am)
jfb7, I'm glad that you have the same feeling about Millenia S as most of us here. It's definitely a good buy at $25K range, heck I paid $30 OTD in January and didn't regeret it a bit. I'm very pleased with my 2000 Millenia S so far, 16000 miles driven so far. About your question,
#1, I would get the '99 leftover if it's more than $22K. For 2000 model, I know several dealers in Los Angeles ares are advertising the car at $25500 either Millenium ed or regular S, so you shouldn't have to pay more than that (They will sell you the car at that price, they're desperate to get rid of it for the 2001 model). The 2001 model actually have several new features, eq New Front and Rear re-design, New instrumentation (Optitron, which loos like Lexus's gauges), 35 percent increase in torsional rigidity, power lumbar adjusters in the seat and steering wheel-mounted audio control (got this info from Edmunds review and Automotive news mag). My only concern about the 2001 is the overall design, I just hope it loks better in real life than in photos. Other than that, I would wait for the 2001, which going to cost you around invoice price when it comes out.
#2, the only thing I would say about the auto-trans is that you have to learn how to drive with millenia's trans. when you're used to it, then you'll figure out how to ride it. Not the best trans out there, but it works fine for me.
#3, I drive 70-80mph whenever possible on LA freeways, I don't encounter any problem at all with the steering. It's light and direct. Even at higher speed, like 130mph, it's still very much controllable and stable.
#4, Mazda's service guys is definitely not in lexus/bmw's class, some of them are very ignorant and not knowledgeable, but I don't have much problem with my service advisor at Puente Hills Mazda and Santa Monica Mazda.
#5, if any of you see a black\grey Millenis S on LA freeway going in and out of traffic like crazy, that's me. Zoom, Zoom.
#173 of 4030 To: csuftitans - STILL GOT THE FEVER!!
Oct 01, 2000 (1:17 pm)
Thanks for taking the time to answer all of my questions! I went to my local Mazda dealer yesterday to see what S models they had in stock ( they were the ones who had the leftover 99's) and, HORRORS!!!, it looks like they're out of business! There were a few cars there, but the showroom was DARK! I was shocked - I had just spoken with a salesman on Tuesday! I may have to concentrate on getting a '00 leftover and pay a couple more K. Maybe that's not so bad though, I hear they tweaked the steering a little bit! I'll let you know what happens. Thanks again! Zoom, Zoom back at ya! - John (jfb7)
#174 of 4030 Question, your opinions, please.
Oct 02, 2000 (2:51 am)
I love my 1995 Mazda 626, but it's time for her to go, 112,000 miles! The 626 has treated me very well, and I hate to put her out to pasture. I am moving up a class and will give the Mazda Millenia, the first shot at my wallet! What do you folks think? A 2000 Millenia S left-over or a 2001 model? Please, the pro's and con's as you, see them.
#175 of 4030 HID wannabie's saga continues
Oct 02, 2000 (2:23 pm)
Call me stupid but for the hell of it i went ahead and ordered a pair of HIPER xenon lights from that ebay auctioneer. They arrived fast in in the brand new packaging. The specs are : 9006 lamps for low beam, 12v 81w, supposedly 100w output. Installing them was a snap as soon as i figured out how that little gadget in millenia's headlight worked(metal holder). Bulbs draw 81w as opposed to 51w for the stock ones but i have not noticed any problems(other lights don't get any dimmer). I must say i am very pleased with the output. They produce white-bluish light which makes you headlights look a lot clearer(no yellow tint). Drove yesterday for an hour and a half and today for about half hour with the lights on. So far nothing melted and wiring seems to handle the bulbs. The only problem is that the sidemarker lamps now look very yellow sitting next to these. Done a little research, you can also get 9005 bulbs which will replace your high beams. The best company that makes these kind of bulbs (9006,9005 and H4(fog lights)) is PIAA www.piaa.com. Pair of PIAA's 9006 on ebay goes for around $50. HIPER are much cheaper, but shop around you can get 9006's for $18 + 3.20 S/H on ebay. Then there are POLARG don't know much about those. There are also a lot of no-name bulbs on ebay, but i would not risking buying those. Overall HIPER bulbs made my headlight's look a lot better without having to spend $650-$900 for HID system.
Oct 02, 2000 (10:08 pm)
I have a 99 base Millenia with the premium package...which is basically identical to the 2000 base. Before the Millenia, I had a 94 626. You could probably get a good deal on a 2000 leftover, but if you plan on keeping it for a while it might be worth it to the 2001 model. The 2001 has a lot of stuff that was missing before...like side airbags, radio controls on the steering wheel, 4 cup holders, etc etc...I'm thinking about getting a 2002 Millenia S when my lease runs out or I might go for the new Mercedes C-Class. You just need to weigh out the improvements...if it is worth it to you go for the 2001...personally I still prefer the exterior of the 2000 model. Good luck!
Oct 03, 2000 (2:01 am)
If I'm in the market for a Millenia right now, I would wait and see how the 2001 would look in real life. The pictures on Edmund's review and Mazda's sites kinda grow on me; except for the two-tone exterior color. The fact that it has 35% better torsional rigidity, new Optitron instrumentation and digital odometer which replaces the outdated analog odo, and two-tone interior and steering wheel makes me want it more. I might even try to have someone to replace the instrumentation on my 2000 with the optitron; if it's possible at all; darn. The price for 2001 would be more though, probably around $3000 OTD, but I think it's worth the extra money.
milleniabase $ Everyone else, about the PIAA 9006 super white bulb, it DOESN"T FIT in Millenia's Headlights; the bulb is too long. I wasted my $60 on it. It did try it on without the lock, and it looks about 25%-30% brighter than the original bulb.
#178 of 4030 2000 Millenia
Oct 03, 2000 (10:11 pm)
This forum appears to have attracted many more enthusiates since my brief absence - excellent topics and advice circulating throughout the forum!
#179 of 4030 HID Conversion Kits
Oct 03, 2000 (11:34 pm)
Also consider visiting http://xenonlamps.com/ if you are interested in a conversion kit for your Millenia. Installation on a Millenia will not require any permanent modifications - besides the drilling of two holes behind each of the lightbulb dust-covers. If any of the mentioned websites, state that you will require modifications other than I mentioned, explain to them, that you know first hand that it isn't necessary. I will be posting installation photos of my conversion kit buy the end of the week or beginning of next week at the latest.
#180 of 4030 Milleniaman1 and vp123
Oct 04, 2000 (4:50 am)
Sir, thank you for your opinions on the 2000 vs. 2001 Millenia. I think, I need to spend a couple of more weeks doing some research. I will lurk here to keep up with the latest thoughts and opinions. Thanks again.
Congrats. on the new 2000 Millenia S! I also like the sand mica color. You need to get a nice coat of wax on that baby, before the infamous Canadian winter kicks in! Please update us on the gas mileage as your new S breaks in.
#181 of 4030 MPG on my Millenia
Oct 04, 2000 (6:08 am)
FYI, I've consistently getting 19.5mpg on my 2000 Millenia S, I think this is because of the way I drive. When my wife drives the car, it's getting close to 21mpg.
VP123, Congrats on your beautiful new Millenia S.
acabral1, good to see you back here.