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#1744 of 4030 2002 Millenia SE
May 10, 2002 (3:36 pm)
Anyone out there like this model Millenia? I personally viewed the car and think the interior color and scheme make it appear cheap.
The center console looks very cheap, mazda definatley could have done a better job; worst part is the "metal/titanium" finish isn't around the window switches like the standard model's wood trim. The black dash also makes the SE look cheap as well; I would also dread having that ivory leather as well.
What i do like about this model is that it comes standard with the autodimming mirror and the accented front grill is subtle yet adds a nice finishing touch.
The titanium wheels are okay, a high quality machine finish would have been better!
What are your thoughts about this model Millenia?
#1745 of 4030 Re: MMSE by fwatson
May 10, 2002 (3:45 pm)
Quote fwatson: "I find it one of the most annoying fietures ever pushed off on the public. I suppose there are those that like both of those, but for the life of me I can't immagine why."
I guess it's just a "luxury" thing. I too have a second vehicle with this feature and find it quite practical; but it did take some time getting used to. It made all light reflection appear green.
I don't mind an aluminum or titanium trim on vehicles, I just think the kit on the MMSE is low quality, its finish should have been made the same quality as the Infiniti G35 (for lack of a better example)
May 10, 2002 (4:16 pm)
I am light sensitive, and the rearview mirror never dimmed automatically in time to keep me from being blinded by the glare from the following car. OTOH, the autodim headlights always caused me to get flashed by other drivers. Expecially on curves. Even a very wide median in between lanes did not seem to stop this. I replaced the mirror with a manual one, and kept the auto lights turned off. They were a waste of time and money for me, as well as being embarrasing where the headlights were concerned.
#1747 of 4030 Question for the MM board
May 10, 2002 (11:37 pm)
Here's my story....
I was getting the itch for a new car in early '99. I really wanted a Millenia S but could not afford one. I got a good deal on a Base model (that's what they were called then) in Brilliant Black. It was a great car.
Fast forward to late 2001. I've put 60K trouble free miles (and I mean trouble free - not a single problem) on the MM, mostly in the worst kind of N. Calif rush hour traffic. Anyway, I'm starting to get the new car itch again (and I can afford a little more $$). I seriously consider both the Acura TL and Volvo S60 (both great cars) and can't decide. The itch is getting worse and worse - it's decision time... What do I end up with? A 2001 Millenia S in Millennium Red Mica. I guess it's the car I always wanted and after seeing the deals they had I just couldn't pass it up.
So here's my question. Considering you get the Miller-Cycle engine, traction control, bigger wheels and a better sound system on the S - what is the price point that with all things equal you'd be crazy not to buy the S over the P. I'd say it's something in the range of $2000 (maybe even $2500). In other words, if you can get the S for under $2K more then what you can get the P (with no options), absolutely go for the S.
I'm wondering what others think and I thought it might spark some lively discussion.
#1748 of 4030 Re: Autodim by fwatson
May 11, 2002 (8:45 am)
fwatson, This may make me appear to be a layman, but what do you mean by autodimming headlights? I know of auto-leveling but never "heard" of autodimming headlights.
May 11, 2002 (11:56 am)
I had a '90 TBird with automatic dimming headlights. They worked by use of a photocell on the instrument panel facing oncoming traffic. The idea was for them to dim the headlights by seeing oncoming vehicles headlights.
The problem with them is that you are seldom facing oncoming traffic directly head on, and at any angle they didn't operate properly. Heck, they didn't even work right when the opposing traffic was coming straignt at you. I got so tired of them flashing my lights up and down at the wrong time that I just shut them off and used the manual dimmer instead.
May 12, 2002 (12:52 pm)
This is my first post and I must say I am quite impressed with all involved. Therefore I appreciate and am confident in your responses.
I have an opportunity to buy 98 base [but the nada book calls it a premium?]for $13k. The car is spotless and has 53k miles. It is loaded w/ all power options/roof/bose/tcs/leather etc..I drove the car and was impressed. Very smooth, quiet, pretty quick overall. I have a few questions I hope you can answer.
First, does this car require premium fuel? According to the manual, it does not but when I opened the fuel door, it says premium is recommended? Also, I have heard of the expensive miller engine 60k maintenance. This car has the 2.5 L, is the same maintenance required for this engine? When does the timing belt typically need a replacement on this car?
Thanks in advance for your responses!
#1751 of 4030 which is the best color
May 12, 2002 (10:08 pm)
I was just wondering what everyone thinks is the absolute best color (exterior) for the 01-02 Mill S, with the chrome wheels. I saw a black/silver with chrome wheels that was absolutely gorgeous. I'm thinking of which color I should get for the '01 S that I'm considering buying. I currently have a 99 S with the white/sandstone and chrome wheels ( a real looker!) Any suggestions would help.
#1752 of 4030 I LOVE MY SE
May 13, 2002 (4:38 am)
I just purchased the MM SE for $22,500 from Jim Ellis Mazda in the ATL.
I had a 1995 MM P .I love my new car.
#1753 of 4030 masonovich - question on type of fuel
May 13, 2002 (7:36 am)
I had a '99 base model. I never used premium on a regular basis (no pun intended). I tried it a few times and did not notice a difference. I always use premium in my O1 S as it is required (vs. recommended).
I traded the '99 in with just over 60K miles and never had the service so I can't be much help there, however, I can tell you the base and the S have different engines so any "higher-level" service required for the S would only apply to it.