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Mazda Millenia, Sedan
#3257 of 4030 Re: Alarm [max05]
Jan 20, 2005 (2:59 pm)
Option 1 - if they included any kind of warranty with the car, then I would take it back. A check engine light indicates either something's wrong and the car's emissions are too high (unlikely) or the system that measures that has had a failure and has indicated a false positive (much more likely). Let them sort this out.
Option 2: If you have no warrenty at all, and any problem is yours the instant you drove off the lot, then I would turn the light off and see what happens. If it repeatedly re-lights, then you will have to have the problem fixed. I'll bet it's showing P042x or P043x which are known sensor problems and were fixed under warranty.
Then again, the OBDII system on a Millenia is so flakey, I've heard of people that put a piece of tape over the light and drive it perfectly fine for years. It should be a Mazda option.
Watch your gas mileage - it should run 23-26 miles per US gallon consistently.
I've had a 2000s for exactly one year now. I bought a code scanner and I've turned off the light (P0421) exactly three times since I got the car.
#3258 of 4030 Re: Alarm [j30]
Jan 20, 2005 (7:49 pm)
thanks for the message back...I called the dealer back today (and also put it in writing)....he said he spent $800 fixing the original problem and is sending me back to the shop that did the work....in the meantime, the light went out today, so if it does not come back when i bring it in tomorrow i'm not sure what to do...the good news is that it passed inspection and runs fine (and now the for the moment at least the light is out).....stay tuned
#3259 of 4030 Re: Alarm [wwbradley]
Jan 20, 2005 (7:53 pm)
thanks for the reply...there is a 30 day warranty so i am taking it back to the shop that did the work originally (the light was on when i put a deposit on the car and having the problem fixed was a condition of sale). The dealer says they spent $800 fixing it and was shocked that the light came back on....anyway, your comment about emmissions is interesting because there does appear to be a large amount of exhaust (compared to my other cars)...although it is white....meanwhile the light (for the moment) is off, so tomorrow will be interesting....
#3260 of 4030 Re: Depreciation [fwatson]
Jan 21, 2005 (7:38 am)
I'm not sure i'm in full agreement with you on the depreciation of maxima vs. millenia. I just traded my 2000 maxima (original price $25k) after 5 years and 60k miles for $11k on a 2005 maxima ($14k depreciation over 5 years). My original plan was to give the 2000 to my son (new driver), but i thought it had too much power and i didn't want to pay for collision, so i bought a 1998 millenia with 82k miles for $5k and put the $6k in my pocket. The millenia was a one owner car put into service in Sept.98 and my maxima was bought in Oct.99, so i got a car with one more year of driving and 20,000 more miles for less than half my trade....not sure what the original selling price was for the mazda in 1998, but it listed for $29k (about the same as my 2000 maxima sticker).
#3261 of 4030 Re: [heybrady]
Jan 21, 2005 (7:56 am)
Is it a "coincedence" that you spelled coincidence wrong?
#3262 of 4030 Re: Alarm [wwbradley]
Jan 21, 2005 (8:12 am)
i checked the manual and where it shows the "alarm" should be, i have nothing but a plastic covering....so maybe it was not standard in 1998. Anyway, there were alarm stickers in the glove box, so i put them on the windshield anyway...since no one listens to an alarm going off anyway...maybe the stickers will keep someone away (and fool my insurance company)
#3263 of 4030 Re: Alarm [max05]
Jan 21, 2005 (4:22 pm)
What's happened is that the original condition that caused the light to go on has disappeared and a set number of restarts has occurred, so the light has been turned off.
The interesting thing is that the code has been retained in memory and can still be read, up to about forty cold-hot-cold cycles. Get the code read and tell us all what it was.
Given the Millenia's OBDII system, (which will illuminate the light on the thinnest of reasons) I wouldn't worry much about it. You will see the light from time to time. Get yourself a code scanner, read the code, write it down and erase it. Standard Millenia procedure. The root problem is that the oxygen sensors they used were out of spec - far too sensitive, and Mazda replaced a lot of them under warranty.
#3264 of 4030 Re: Alarm [wwbradley]
Jan 22, 2005 (12:59 pm)
thanks a bunch. i am quickly learning alot about millenia's and check engine lights/oxygen sensors/knock sensors etc...i had the code read and it was an "idle sensor malfunction"....have driven about 75 miles or so over the past two days and the light has not come back on. Since i am still covered by a 30 day warranty, i will just keep an eye on it. I did stop at autozone and confirmed they will read the codes for free. this board helped me find that out as well.
#3265 of 4030 '99 Millenia S
Jan 24, 2005 (10:55 am)
I purchased my '99 Millenia S new and currently am approaching the 50,000 mile mark. The car has always run great but I am starting to get concerned. Any feedback on the following would be helpful;
1. Chrome wheels seem to be causing the tires to lose air. Could they be deteriorating on the inside?
2. Has anyone had experience with the timing belt ? When does it usually go, and how much to replace ?
3. Is the miller cycle engine still depenable beyond the 50,000 miles ?
Jan 24, 2005 (11:06 am)
1. Generally almost all chrome wheels are theoretically prone to defects and air leaking. Sometimes it's enopugh to clean them, sometimes you have to re-chrome them.
2. Not sure, but seems like timming belt should be replaced for sure in recomended intervals or maybe a bit sooner. From what I was reading, if it breakes, it will ruin your engine.
3. I can't comment on that.