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Mar 16, 2005 (1:41 pm)
the technican at mazda says its the parking brake heating up and rubbing on something, they even replaced the parking brake, but they still havent gotten it to go away yet, im sure its nothing major, but its very annoying and i guess im being picky about it, but i cant drive around with that noise, they have the car right now for the 7th time, i have a 2002 mazda millenia s for a loaner car, its under warranty so i ahvent paid a dime for any of the work theyve performed on it, so far theyve resurfaced the rotors, new calipers new brake pads, new parking brake and hardware, sanded rotors down, still havent gotten it to go away yet
#3281 of 4030 Buy extended warranty for 2002P?
Mar 20, 2005 (2:11 pm)
I just bought a 2002P with 38K miles from Carmax with 36/36 extended warranty. I have three days to rescind my contract on the $1,300 warranty if there's no strong reason to keep it. Has anyone had any covered repairs up to 74K miles? On my last used auto purchase (1994 Isuzu Trooper) the dealer actually recommended I not buy the extended warranty because he'd never seen a Trooper come in with major problems under 150K miles. He was right. I never had a penny's worth of problems under 150K. Can I expect this out of my MMP 02? Thanks for your help!
#3282 of 4030 Re: Buy extended warranty for 2002P? [vafox]
Mar 21, 2005 (1:30 pm)
Please, do yourself a favour get the extended warranty. I own a 2000 S and i'm happy i did.
Bear in mind that it's a pricy car and like all higher end vehicles, nothing is cheap on it!
Browse this forum and you see for yourself.
The Mazda supercharger has an " history" and only that itself is woth more than the warranty.
Melcome to the forum!
Haven't posted in a long time, but i oftently log on to see what's going on.
#3283 of 4030 Re: Buy extended warranty for 2002P? [vafox]
Mar 21, 2005 (8:16 pm)
I also have an 02 P and I have about 3K left on the factory warranty and when I was quoted the 1200 for the extended warranty last month when I looked into it I almost laughed at him. I am not saying that not one thing will break on your car, but do the service and take care of it...
Who knows, you may total the car next month!
If you had an S model, yeah maybe, but the P is just a simple V6 with above average reliability.
Just my two cents.
#3285 of 4030 Extended Warranty
Mar 23, 2005 (7:08 am)
Since you have the P model, there is no supercharger to repair. I have a 99P that I bought 2 years ago with 34k that now has 88k. The only problems I have had were the 2 front wheel bearings needed replaced. That totaled 350 bucks. Other than that, no problems at all. I would save the 1300 bucks, invest it, and by the time you get to 74k, you may have earned enough interest to cover the minor repairs. Extended warranties are generally a ripoff once you consider most stuff isnt coveredf (seat heaters, etc) and there is usually a deductible. Some may find the warranty useful (if you have an S) due to complexities of the engine, but the P has a normal 2.5 liter v6. Nothing fancy about it.
#3286 of 4030 Should I buy one??? need some frank advice.
Mar 23, 2005 (2:41 pm)
Hello, I'm new to this forum but have read the last 30 or so posts.
I have been closely monitoring Millenia listings on ebay, cars.com, autotrader, and some dealer auctions: I want to buy a Millenia for a good price.
My problem, however, is that I keep going back-and-forth on the issue of "to S or not to S". Can you owners out their please give me your opinion of buying a 4-6 year old turbocharged car, or not? Price doesn't seem to be a factor when listing "S" models versus "P" models, so it comes down to this: are the extra-cost risks worth the benefits of the 2.3 turbo engine?
What do you think, experienced owners?
Thanks so much for any input. Rick Schmidt.
#3287 of 4030 2000S - my experience
Mar 23, 2005 (5:12 pm)
I bought a used Millenia in January 2004. The car had 120,000 kilometers on it (about 72k miles. It's March now so I've owned it 14 months and driven it 35,000 kms. This would be my assessment:
- the best car that I've ever owned by far. A steep depreciation curve makes this a great buy as a used car. A lot of vehicle for the money.
- I've had great luck - the only thing besides oil changes I've done is the rear brakes which were $300 cnd for rotors and pads. Same as any other car. I fixed the broken seat heaters too, but that's kind of a vanity thing. You can find that post a while back.
- this thing seems to turn its check engine light on once in a while. Overly sensitive oxygen sensors trigger this about once a month. I bought a OBDII reader, and I just turn the thing off.
- Fuel mileage is great, about 24 miles per US gallon.
- I would pick the S everytime. Nice and quick, and as long as you don't abuse it, and you get a bit of luck, that supercharger might go 400,000 km.
Last word of advice - don't take it to the dealer. Find a skilled and honest independent mechanic and trust him.
#3288 of 4030 Re: 2000S - my experience [wwbradley]
Mar 23, 2005 (9:22 pm)
Thanks for the review.
Just got a 2001 Millenia S myself last month. Just like new with only 8000 km on it. Really enjoying it so far.
As for gas mileage, I've been averaging only 19 mpg, mainly city driving in winter conditions (Manitoba) using premium gas (93 octane). Hopefully, the mileage will improve as the weather does.
Just curious why you recommend staying away from dealers. Bad experience or bad reputation?
#3289 of 4030 Re: Warranty. Thanks for your advice!
Mar 24, 2005 (6:24 am)
Thanks to all of you who wrote to help me decide about the warranty. I decided to drop it and risk that I won't have $1300 worth of repairs before 74K. I always keep up with maintenance a little ahead of schedule and my cars last me close to ten years.