Well, I have bitten the bullet and bought my 2000 Millenia S. Oddly enough, the dealer only has a 1998 owner's manual for it. Being fussy, I would prefer the right year manual, but, being practical, are the differences between the '98 and '00 cars enough that I should bother?
On a separate note, I have read the comparison test on Edmunds where the poor Millenia comes 9th and last, although the writers' suggest it would make a good value as a used car. I am concerned about the shakes and rattles mentioned. I thought that the Mazda was supposed to be well screwed-together. What gives?
I happened to check out the Intellichoice website and its review of the Millenia. What a shock, they rate the Millenia a "Poor Value".
So tell me, what makes the Millenia a poor value. Is it the fact that it is as well or better equipped than most cars in its class? Is it the fact that it can be purchased for 8-10 thousand dollars less than most of the cars in its class? Perhaps it's because it has an excellant history of reliability. Well, maybe I'm stupid but those things don't sound like a poor value to me.
So what's left to make this car a poor value. Depreciation? Well we've discussed that one in detail and not only doesn't it matter to most of us but it is probably no worse than many cars in its catagory.
Sarcasm aside, I'm amazed at the narrow minded and nearsighted attitude of these auto analysts. Apparently the real world is not part of their job description.
Fortunately, the average consumer does deal with the real world which makes those who look seriously at the Millenia see real world "value".
Like everyone else they use the fairytale MSRP instead of a real world price.
It also doesn't have the 500 HP V-12 engine attached to a 6 speed manual that these testers think is so necessary to reinforce their manhood, while they watch their Nav system instead of the road they are driving on.
A few reality minded testers would improve the situation, but there don't seem to be any of those working for the Car magazines and web sites.
To show you how skewed the brains of these testers are Intellichoice rates the "best value" under $24000 the Honda Civic. So in other words you would be better served to by a sub compact car with modest equipment, average ride and handling over a car in the same price range with leather, moonroof, abs, ebd, heated seats, plush interior, every conceivable power option, a longer warranty, roadside assistance, loaner car, etc.