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#2250 of 4030 Replace timing belt @ 60K or 105K?
Dec 26, 2002 (7:55 pm)
Fellow Millenia owners,
First, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and will have a festive New Year's!
I own a base model 1998 Millenia. It currently has 80,500 miles. When I bought it, it had 67,000 miles. The owner's manual suggests that if the car was purchased in California or MA, the timing belt needs to be changed at 105K miles; any other state at 60K.
Of course I don't understand the logic behind it--Are California models built more sturdy? The Mazda customer service were of no help.
If anyone can part wisdom upon me on this topic, including when is a good time to replace the timing belt, shall be the receipent of my adulance! LOL. Thanks.
#2251 of 4030 timing belt at 105K
Dec 27, 2002 (2:19 am)
I think it's because in California, with the tighter emission standard, all manufacturers are required to have it's timing belt warranted until at least 100K (I read this somewhere on this board), so Mazda doesn't require you to replace it until 105K. I believe this is true for year '00 and up or maybe even '99, but please check your owners manual for that.
edmund2460, the ride on Millenia P is very smooth and quiet, unlike any current protege; not even close. Hoever, the S model is a tiny bit noisier and bumpier than the P model, but still better than a protege. If you're buying new, then you won't have to worry about changing the timing belt until 105K miles for the S model, I'm not sure about the P model; it might not need it, don't quote me on this. Good Luck, it's one heck of a car for the money.
#2252 of 4030 Advice to 1st Time Buyer
Dec 27, 2002 (5:41 am)
I have a 2000 Millenium Base (now P) and have been nothing but thrilled with the car. It has great styling, and it is nice to drive something a bit unique in this Accord/Camry world. In my opinion, it is the most value for the money, when you consider the hefty rebates and discounts.
There are those who sing the praises of the Miller engine in the S, but I believe the 2.5V6 is adequate. It will not win drag races, but it can give you power when you need it. My previous vehicle, Probe GT with same Mazda 2.5V6, performed well over the 6 years I had it.
Reliability has been reported to be as good as Honda and Toyota. The only problem I have experienced is some squeaky rear sway bars, which were replaced under warranty.
I, too, once had a Protege years ago. The Milennia ride is head and shoulders above the econobox.
I do not think you will go wrong with a choice of the Millenia, unless you are looking for resale value. The hefty discounts erode resale value significantly.
#2253 of 4030 RE: timing belt at 105K by csuftitans
Dec 27, 2002 (1:58 pm)
Thanks for your advice. I called up Mazda's customer service again and spoke to another person who turned out to be a lot more helpful.
The reason for the discrepancy is what you said--California's environmental law where the part is required to be in the car. However, Mazda nevertheless recommends servicing at 60K.
I asked the Mazda rep if the timing belt in CA is built to last 'til 105K, and she flat out said "NO!"
What I don't understand is why would they then put in the owner's manual to have it serviced at 105K? Wouldn't that be negligible?
Anyway, I have to find out a good place to get timing belt serviced.
Dec 31, 2002 (7:07 am)
Hey guys just letting you all know that I finally landed a somewhat good deal on a 2003 Acura 3.2TLS.
I got it at $200 over invoice-picked it up yesterday,so far so good.Apart from the snowy streets that keeps messing up the lovely White diamond pearl paint.
I will be dropping by on this board now and then because I still have love for the Millenia.
Between us-its a much better looking car than the TL.
#2258 of 4030 New Car!!!!!!! by billyperks
Dec 31, 2002 (11:59 am)
how's the transition? Whats different (for better or worse) compared with the Millenia? (you had S, right?)
And do you know if next year's TL will be based on the new Accord or they'll keep the old platform?
Dec 31, 2002 (3:57 pm)
Does anybody have any suggestions for a repair manual for a 2002 Millenia S? The only thing I've been able to find online is a Chiltons that covers just about every car Mazda ever made, and ends with the 1998 models. I'm skeptical about how much info will be on the Millenia when so many different models are covered ( 323/MX3/MX6/Protege/626/Millenia/etc ). And ending with the 1998 model year, I suspect there are some differences in the 02's that would not be there. I asked my dealer about getting one of their shop manuals, but they are a tad pricey ( over $100 ), and they said not geared to the average do it yourself person.
Also, anybody have any experience with a bra on their car? I personally do not like the way they look, and have heard they can do more harm than they prevent. But there is a gravel quary about 7 miles down the freeway, and the debris those gravel trucks drop on the road is starting to beat up my front end pretty bad. So I thought a bra might become necessary. My dealer says Mazda does not even offer a bra as an option for the Millenia.