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#2405 of 4030 A Few Questions regarding 2000 Millenia S
Jun 06, 2003 (12:23 pm)
Just signed up a few days ago, glad I found this site. I have a 2000 Mill S with 37,500 miles on the clock. I have only put about 150 miles on it in the 8 days I have had it. I notice that the temperature readout for both inside and outside temp seems to be full of BS, reading higher than reality. Is this common? Also I would like to change the digital readout from C (celsius) to F. There is no mention of this switchover in manual nor is there a button to push etc. Surely they wouldn't have two different pc boards, one for cars destined for metric countries and a different one for Imperial measurement countries.
Any problem with adding injector cleaner in next full tank of premium? Also the driver's power seat still feels a little low at full up position (I am not that short but would like it a little higher). I raised the passenger seat up to its upper limit and it feels much better. Has anyone dug into this "problem"? Yes, I know the dealer is the one to see but I thought I would pick the brains of all smart Mazda owners. !! Thanks in advance folks.
#2406 of 4030 Does Anyone Ever Read These Posts?
Jun 10, 2003 (5:34 am)
I am disappointed that no one has taken the time or effort to respond to my questions above. Surely someone out there must have some thoughts!fairwood.
Jun 10, 2003 (9:21 am)
I do check in here as do a few others. Problem is that I don't have an answer to most of your questions. There aren't that many Millenia owners as compared to Camrys etc. Only about 20000 were sold in a year, which puts us in a pretty small class of model owners. Mine is an '01P.
I have my auto-air set at 77 most of the time and it seems fine. I am 5-10 and have no complaint about the height of the drivers seat. It would be nice if it was a couple of inches longer in the thigh support though.
A mechanic is going to have to answer the rest of your questions. Good luck.
#2409 of 4030 Re: 2000 Millenia S
Jun 10, 2003 (7:03 pm)
It is possible the sensor for the outside temp is faulty. It happened in my family's Caravan, quick fix. I dont know of any way to toggle Celsius to F. It might be a programming issue. A dealership would know on that one. Not too sure on your driver's seat issue. I am 6-2 and I like to sit as low as possible anyways, so I am content. From what I remember it seems to go up high enough, it is just a matter of personal preference.
Question for readers: I have 40k miles on the OEM Goodyear tires and need to replace them. Any suggestions? I am looking at Continental CH-95 and some Michelins. Any help is appreciated.
Jun 11, 2003 (5:51 am)
Thanks to both fwatson and heybrady for your thoughts. I did a search some days ago out of curiosity for tire replacements. Best info seemed to be at tirerack (don't have details at hand but likely www.tirerack.com). Many more tires/brands available in 205/50/17 size than locals would have me believe. Most expensive not always best. I will try to find my data and get back to you. Watch this space for further data! fairwood
Jun 11, 2003 (8:15 am)
I'm not ready for tires yet, only 11000 miles on the OEM MXV4's. But Consumer Reports has tested this type tire with H speed rating on page 63 of the Nov "02 issue.
The top 3 overall in order are the Dunlop SP Sport A2 at $70, Michelin Energy MXV4 Plus at $120 and the Continental Conti Touring Contact CH95 at $70.
I am seriously considering the Conti CH95 which they rate best in handling. It's only caveat is wet braking if you don't have ABS. Our MM's do, so that seems to be a non-issue in our case.
They were tested on an Accord with P195/65R15, but according to their judgement the ratings should also be good for 14, 15 and 16 inch sizes. It didn't state if all these models are available in 17's since you have a MMS.
#2412 of 4030 RE>Hold Light Blinking (95S)
Jun 12, 2003 (8:47 am)
I don't have an S but the blinking hold lamp indicates a problem detected by the transmission control computer. There are many errors that can cause a lamp on and without a code reader you are guessing. Even if you knew the code there is not much you could do except have the fluid power flushed and hope it is just "gunk" buildup after all the miles. So for less then $100 get the trans flushed, this is probably good preventive maintence anyhow.
Jun 12, 2003 (5:28 pm)
The temp sensor on my 2000 Mill S seems to be fairly accurate, it does need about a minute before it showed me the correct temp outside. One thing that I find annoying is that the display seems to maxed out at 99 degree Farenheit. Seems like it won't do any three digit number, eventhough I can see that the display seems to be have three digit display, oh well.
As for the drivers seat position, I finds out that most Mazda sedans tends to have the drives seat lower than most other sedan in its class, which I like. I always thought that they're trying to make their cars feels more sporty by having the seats lower than its competitors(which works for me, yes, I'm wierd), plus you get more headroom that way .
Now, about tires. My car came with Dunlop SP Sport4000 A/S, which last until about 36000 miles, then I replaced it with sets of Falken Azenis ST115 same size (215/50/17). Both are V-rated (up to 149Mph), while Falken claimed that the ST115 is a "quiet performance tire", noise level is about par with the Dunlops, maybe a tad noisier, but when the car is loaded, the tire noise is much more noticable compared to the Dunlops. Performance wise, the tire is great, I've had no problem with it at all in dry or wet condition or at high speed. However, now I'm ready to replace it at 67000miles. I'm trying to find a quiter tires, but I don't think I can find a quiet one that's a V-rated, like fwatson said earlier. I'm looking at Falken Ziek ZE512 (V-rated), which has both 215/50/17 and 225/50/17 size and hoping that it would be quiter than the ST115. Well, according to the Falken sales rep that I contacted, the ST115 is actually a quiter tire than the ZE512, but the ZE512 gives you better comfort than the ST115. He mentioned that even a 215/45/17 ZE512 would be comfier than the 215/50/17 ST115, eventhough the later has a thicker/higher rubber. So now I'm still confused as to which one to get. I'll let you all know what I decided to get in these next few weeks.
Jun 13, 2003 (6:24 am)
Thanks to csuftitans for replies. The problem I have with the low driver's seat (thanx for confirming that by the way) is that I can't rest my left arm on the sill the way I could with all the other cars I have owned over the past 40+ years. Also I am afraid to stick my hand out because someone may walk on it!! There is no need for Mazda to have such lousy temp. readers in this day and age of microchips etc. Yes, I too find the outside temp. readout to be off by a country mile and the inside temp lies like a rug. That too should be instantaneous. Imagine an oven that read the set temperature plus or minus 25 degrees. I have had this 2000 Mill S for less than 3 weeks and have a love/hate relationship. I love how it handles but hate trying to get up and out of low seat. I have to wonder about the mindset of the designer(s) who decided to have an electric steering column positioner. I want to get out for a moment with the motor running. Not possible with wheel pushing against my too-ample gut. The Lincoln I turned in had a mechanical setup, push the lever and move the column up at any time. A lot cheaper, a lot simpler and you don't need a battery. Having said that I still think it is a great looking car and am delighted in general. Just checked mileage and even using premium vs regular in Lincoln the miles/gal is much better so cost is not a concern, may even save money over a year. (If you have to ask then you can't afford it??). Lots of tire reviews at www.tirerack.com and 18 tires in 215/50/17 size. Most expensive not always the best.
fwatson: How does your Mill handle on I19?
Finally: when I checked the tire pressure the day after I picked car up the tires were about 40psi. I dropped them back to manual setting of 32 front/29 rear but have since upped that to 34/31. What settings do the others here find is best for ride/comfort/economy? fairwood