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#2449 of 4030 Looking for Millenia.
Jul 01, 2003 (9:57 pm)
Hello guys, I find Mazda Millenia 2000 S model with 19k miles in pearl white color on Ebay. I already saw this car and now I have a couple questions. I inspected this car with my friend (auto mechanic) who told me that the car in perfect condition (like new). The guy who selling this car is the first owner, he actually has too many cars so he decides to get rid of one. The car hadn't have any accidents, crack, scratches like I said the car in the perfect condition. Seller asking $15,000 which looks good and worth to me. Now my questions. When I turned the engine on the Miller for second makes very specific noise. Is this is normal? Does the model 2000 has cabin filter for air condition? The start of the car is pretty low in contrast with Toyota Campy V6, the tires wonít make any noise I mean the increase speed noise when the car starts to drive and increase the speed. The auto transmition can be feels when the speed changes from 1 to 2. Is this is normal? I heard that this transmition problem in every Mazdas cars. Next. Steering wheel turns pretty hard in contrast with Camry. Air conditioner works loud, brakes requires big push on pedal. Sound in the cabin something high and when the car is on neitral position I can feel some vibration in the cabin. Suspansion is a little strong in contrast with the Camry. Steering wheel, air conditioner, performance when car is starts this all things that bothers me the most. What do you thing about all this? What I like about this car is the disaine. Super class. For only this plus I am able to forgive some of the negative factors about this car but accelarated performance I canít forgive. Now, what about the gasoline, somebody is using the basic gasoline? Does someone know why Millenias so unpopular in US. Please donít take everything I told on your account. I just write what is bothering me when I first buy this kind of car. Again car is 2000 year with 19k miles. Pearl, with perfect condition, seller asks $15,000. Your opinions?
#2450 of 4030 Perfect Condition?
Jul 02, 2003 (3:06 am)
"What do you thing about all this?"
I think you better pass over this "perfect" car. If all that is bothering you, you will hate the car from the beginning. I love my '01 P, but if it was plagued by all that I wouldn't use it.
I will give you one point though. The transmission shifting is a little harsh at time. That car sounds more like my '57 pickup than my Millenia.
Jul 02, 2003 (10:40 am)
I agree with fwatson. Your ideas of a "perfect" car sure are the polar opposite of every other poster here over the years. Just what is this "specific noise" at start up and how can anyone tell if it is normal from that description?
If you mean Camry (Campy?) then go with the Camry if you want to sqeal the tires at startup. With all those problems how can your mechanic tell you with a staight face that the car is in perfect condition? Steering is hard, air conditioner is noisy, brakes require a lot of hard pushing, shifting is harsh (this is normal especially or only when cold), noisy interior and on and on. But it looks great! If it only looks great and has no other redeeming qualities then walk or better yet, run away as fast as you can. fairwood.
#2452 of 4030 Cabin air fillter/dominick33
Jul 02, 2003 (12:52 pm)
Thanks for reply dominick33. Did manage to pull down large plastic vacuum formed panel but there is a long round metal housing or casting and what I could see sure did not sound like what you describe on your 2001S. There are several nuts on extended bolts here and there but nothing that comes close to what you describe. I have a 2000S so looks like they may have changed things in 2001. The service manager did scan his fiche or computer card and could find nothing regarding replaceable cabin filters. He said he had never heard of them (in 2000's ??) and was curious to see if he had missed this previously. Looks like I will have to spray Febreeze or something, not looking forward to that. Maybe Jack Daniels or something would do the trick? fairwood
Jul 02, 2003 (4:23 pm)
I thought I'd to try to answer some of your question, since my car is pretty much the same as the one you're looking at, but 50K more mileage.
The start of the car is pretty low in contrast with Toyota Campy V6 >> it is lower than the camry, it's much sportier and look better too.
The auto transmition can be feels when the speed changes from 1 to 2. Is this is normal? >> it's notmal when the engine is cold, after about five minutes, transmission is smooth, could be jerky sometimes, but it never bothered me in anyway.
I heard that this transmition problem in every Mazdas cars. >> The 1993-1995 Mazda 626's with 4cyl engine got some transmission issues, but no other mazdas that I know of in the past ten years or so has much transmission problem at all. My 2000 Millenia S has 68000 miles now and has zero problem.
Steering wheel turns pretty hard in contrast with Camry >> yes, steering wheel is not as light as camry or accord, but that's the way Mazda designed it. You get better feel for the road that way and very stable at high speed (I mean higher speed than any any camry or accords can ever do)
Air conditioner works loud >> I have to agree with you on this, especially at #2 and up. At #1, it's pretty quiet I think.
brakes requires big push on pedal >> maybe just need a new brake pads. >> mine is fine.
Sound in the cabin something high and when the car is on neitral position I can feel some vibration in the cabin >> I don't feel it on mine, but ask your mechanic friend to look at it.
Suspansion is a little strong in contrast with the Camry >> because it is, remember that this is not a family car, this is a near luxury sport sedan, expecially with it's 17" low profile tires, you won't get as boaty ride as in a camry, but you can alway fix this by getting a higher profile tires or replace the rim with a 16" from the regular millenias
Now, what about the gasoline >> always use premium, it's a Supercharge V6 engine, it needs the premium fuels.
why Millenias so unpopular in US >> because it doesn't have a lexus or acura badge and because when mazda introduced the car in '95, they priced it too high.
My suggestion, look for a 2001 model, which you can get for about $16K has more new featured that you might like or get another grand off the price of this one. It's not that easy to sell a Millenia, so you have the edge there.
Jul 02, 2003 (4:29 pm)
I love my Millenia, it's the perfect car for me. Classy, sporty, reliable and fun to drive. I would only trade it in for a 2001 or 2002 Millenia S and nothing else, well maybe a Mazda6s 5-speed after they come up with HID headlight and nav.
Jul 02, 2003 (6:56 pm)
Thanks fairwood/tomekk for the tire advise. Yes with two days of ownership and the fact that Vancouver won the 2010 Winter Olympics bid I'm feeling good. And, fairwood I do share the sentiment about driving for 'just no reason at all'. If any of you folks have seen the movie "Christine"........
I agree that the price was quite decent based on my observations over the last six months. The prices here have dropped about 6-8 grand since Jan. The last deal that I checked out was thru Budget Rent a Car. The listing for the 2001S was $ 27K Canadian, and sold for $ 25K approximately 18K miles. Maybe the prices are lower in the West coast, don't really know. Cheers
#2457 of 4030 kimmarc: MM struts
Jul 03, 2003 (8:05 am)
Some days ago you inquired about struts from sources other than dealers. I noticed today on eBay that there are TWO used REAR struts for sale on eBay, item number 2422157945. There is also a picture of the struts. I think you needed three but this may get you started. fairwood
Jul 04, 2003 (4:10 am)
I have a 1999 P, which is closer to your 2000S than a 2001, and I agree the transmission can be a bit harsh at times. Especially if you come to a rolling stop and start again, the tranny doesnt get into 1 until you hit the gas, which makes for a real harsh shift from 2 to 1. A little practice and you will be able to stop this from happening. Your a/c fan may be loud due to a bad fan bearing. I have had the same problem and a post on here mentioned that the fan bearing is a known issue and is faily easy/cheap to replace. I have that problem but havent bothered to get it fixed, the radio usually drowns out the noise anyways. The only thing I wish I had is the BOSE stereo and I wish they offered HID on the car. Other than that I absolutely love mine, and get tons of compliments on it. Hope this helps. Brady