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Mazda Millenia, Sedan
#316 of 4030 disappointment
Dec 05, 2000 (2:21 am)
I saw the 2001 Millenia for the first time today. I was a little disappointed in the so call restyle. The restyle is very minimal. I am in the market for a now car and I am looking at the Millenia, Lexus ES300, & Nissan Maxima. I was waiting to see the Mazda in person before I decided. The Lexus is on my list and is the leading candidate but since it is schedule for a make over next year, I wanted to see what else is out there. I have always liked the Mazda Millenia but thought the current design and technology had been on the market to long. I like the Maxima is on my list for performance. I was hoping that this would be a welcome refresh.
#317 of 4030 Xenon HID for the Millenia! ATTN: simile007
Dec 05, 2000 (7:08 am)
I've got a '95 S with over 100,000 miles. You asked about a 9006 xenon HID conversion kit. I had a 9006 HID conversion kit installed last March. Ordered from Phoenix Micro-Lite (http://www.phoenixhid.com), itís called the "9006P" kit ($600 + CA sales tax + shipping). It's optimized for projector lamps like mine. The parts donít look ďcheesyĒ; the kit uses Philips ballasts and Philips D2S Xenon bulbs. That bodes well in terms of the quality of parts. Installation of my kit was simple; plug the car's bulb connector into the ballast, which twists into bulb that connects to the lamp assembly. The hardest part is finding a place to mount the ballasts in a crowded engine compartment! Installation is easily reversible if I wanted to put it in another 9006 car.
In terms of output, my eyes tell me that we have at least 2.5 times the lumens. The halogens were yellow and dangerously dim by comparison. The light on the road is pure white, not blue (thank God). The color resembles that of the latest Acuras. Stock BMW HID lamps look a little bluer. My lamps still look a bluish in a sea of yellow halogens.
In terms of beam pattern, the projector lenses do a superb job of controlling glare and putting light exactly where I want it. Behind the wheel, I see a very uniform blanket of cool white light. Iíll even argue that my beam pattern was better defined than a í00 Acura TL I passed up one night. Itís kind of spooky. Iíd be more concerned with a conventional reflector lens setup; reflectors designed to handle half the lumens will likely make glare a problem. Despite the well-controled beam pattern, no HID conversion kits will be officially sold as DOT/SAE compliant devices. But Iíve passed many cops; they donít appear to be distracted as I drive by (knock on burlwood).
Customer service was excellent. Phoenix is small, but their staff (especially Bob [superliteearthlink.net]) is very eager to please. They are extremely knowledgeable, professional and prompt. Iíd buy from them again. My kit has been working reliably so far. The ten-year warranty is indicative of how confident they are in their kit. Hope I donít need to use it any time soon.
Also check out other HID dealers:
Educate yourself! Check out the Philips lighting forum. http://www.lighting.philips.com/forum/forum_6/wwwforum.cgi
Hope this helps.
Dec 07, 2000 (8:18 pm)
I test drove a 2000 and a 2001 Millenia S back-to-back yesterday. I must say that the 2001 improvements were apparent. The 2001 seemed more refined with better materials and sound dampening. Plus there was less body roll and the brake pedal felt firmer. Actual cosmetic redesign was minimal though, the most major being, of course, the front fascia and the guages. Also, the grey colors of the 2001 interior was much classier than the beige/brown of the 2000. (I just can't stand brown dashes. Gross. Black, Grey, Tan or Cream are fine though.)
Coming from the 1999 Protege I regularly drive, the steering on both Millenias was perhaps too light for my liking and the gas and brake pedals were a tad too close together for my boots. Other than that, it didn't take long to get used to. I liked it a lot overall, though the only other comparable car I've tested so far is the Maxima (which had that spongy, artificial steering seemingly characteristic of all Nissans).
#319 of 4030 Auto-tilt Steering Wheel
Dec 07, 2000 (9:26 pm)
My Millenia is currently at the dealership...they are overnighting a part that is suppose to fix the problem with my steering wheel not going up.
#320 of 4030 Help! Dunlop tire blues
Dec 08, 2000 (7:16 am)
Well I've owned my S for 15 months now. This car is great. I love its' style and performance, especially at the price I paid(24.5K).
I love everything about this car except its oem tires(Dunlop Sport 4000). In 15 months, I have gone through 3 tires with the same problem. All three developed bulges in the sidewall. They attributed the problem to me hitting a pothole or a curb. I attribute the problem to a bad tire. Is anyone else experiencing this problem? Can anyone recommend another brand of tires? What is the optimal tire pressure for these tires?
Dunlop has agreed to trade me up to the Sport 5000 for about $500 for all four. I don't know if I should accept or look elsewhere.
Thanks in advance
#321 of 4030 Dunlop Sport 4000 tires
Dec 08, 2000 (5:21 pm)
How many miles are you guys getting on these tires? At the rate I am going, I will have to replace them at 20K miles. Has any one else experienced a radial pull from any other tires?
#322 of 4030 Re: Dunlop Sport 4000 tires
Dec 08, 2000 (7:49 pm)
I haven't had any problems with my DS4000's on wet or dry environments. Since, you are having a lot of "bad luck" with this particular series/make. Consider Pirelli's or Yokohoma's, I have used these in the past for 18" and 17" applications and haven't experienced any problems with them besides the standard downfall of using a V rated tire,. (less tread life)
#323 of 4030 Auto-Steering Wheel/Fuel Gauge
Dec 11, 2000 (3:34 am)
The dealership ended up replacing my steering column and both fuel gauges.
Dec 11, 2000 (6:31 pm)
Ae86/Acabral1 - I have to agree with you with the 1996 Millenia S performance. Sometimes it's great, other times, your so embarrassed with 210 horses. I've noticed that on level ground, the S is pretty good pass 2000 rpm, but on a slight grade, the transmission doesn't downshift when flooring for over 2 minutes and when it does, the rpm screams to 5000 but the car doesn't go any faster. This happened many times already. I have a Miata and at 5000-6000 my Miata pulls like a train. I love the looks and styling of the Millenia S but I have to say performance is weaker than a 626. I also owned a 626 before and it was going up a grade at 80-90 mph like nothing. The Millenia at 5000 rpm couldn't even pass 60 mph. How embarrassing for a car of this class. I'm still amazed at the styling though.
Last month, I had HID installed. It's suberb. I was next to a 2001 Mercedes S500 and I must admit, my lights were brighter and better spread.
You know what car has one of the best headlights. Try Honda S2000. The lights are super white and bright and gives an amazing purple flicker at a distance.
#325 of 4030 Re: Alternate tires (guz)
Dec 11, 2000 (9:46 pm)
Hmm..... that's the first I've heard about Pirelli,. was statement you read, targeting all Pirelli makes or just a particular one? I can't recall of hand which make Pirelli I had, but I can tell you this much, the model I had worked fantastic on wet roads.
You can change some of the 17" tire specifications without any worries for the majority of the times. However, consult with a couple tire specialist to better help you determine with using a different series, i.e 40, 45, 50 ect,. will be of any major nusiance to you.
I was using a 35 series 18" tire on my previous car therefore, a coarse ride doesn't really bother me much, if you are accustomed to smooth, rides than you may want to consider not using a lower tire series.