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#330 of 4030 1995 Millenia - part II
Dec 12, 2000 (6:03 pm)
Oh, and some more back ground info on our 1995L - we got it for a killer deal - paid $13,000 for it like 3 years ago with only 30K on the tach! Here is what happened when we got it home that day:
1) Dash lights not coming on. Turns out that the CPU was shot and thank god it was replaced under warranty (by a month!) - radio replaced as well.
2) The remote we got did not work - only to find out that the car was NOT equipped for remote door locks. I verified this through a Mazda VIN check. Thus, not all 95 Millenias come with remote door locks (as stated by Mazda/USA). You can reprogram your door remote by holding down the door light switch and holding down your remote key - you may want to verify this with your Mazda mechanic.
3) Some paint flaking off the front bumper - this still may be a recall.
4) The head liner - sheesh, this headliner is deteriorating in the back of the car. We are not too happy about this one.
I think over time, the Millenia will have its problems - like any car, but the difference is in the parts that are failing and pretty scary.
I have had my share of VW/Toyota/Honda/Mazda/Ford/Pontiac - but this car seems to have had more repairs than normal.
#331 of 4030 Re: 1995 Millenia - see what I have been through so far
Dec 12, 2000 (10:52 pm)
What was the time intervals in which each problem manifested? Your primary summation about the '95L Millenia, is probably accurate.
Dec 13, 2000 (3:57 pm)
well, i have posted many times here to see the latest scoop and voice my opinion. overall, i am pleased with my 95 S. I take care of it religiously. yep, nothing on this car is cheap. most of my costs have been maintence related. however, i did just get done with several repairs:
1. valve cover gaskets(2) both leaking a bit approx $450.
2. right axle seal leaking. approx $250
3. wheel bearings(2) approx $500
unfortunatley, gaskets do break down and need to be replaced. it is not so much the part, than the labor to fix it.
wheel bearings( a loud hum noise from the front) yes, i think this was unnessecary- maybe due to I drive fast...
i am starting to hear a clipping/distortion form the bose rear speaker. aprox $375 for the speaker/built in amp(part only) yep, i play my music load.
right now i have approx 87K, plan to keep until before my 120k service(timing belt change)!
Dec 16, 2000 (7:20 pm)
What kind of HID lights did you install. Simple after market 12V bulbs with xenon gas or the complete high voltage HID kit? The S-Class HID are factory installed with 14,000 Volts transformers inside the light assembly.
#334 of 4030 Re: Brian N. by jean7of9
Dec 18, 2000 (7:04 am)
I am using the Phillips D2R Xenon Bulbs with Phillips Ballast. This kit is basically a raw HID Light Mechanism that is used on vehicles with factory HID Lighting.
Dec 18, 2000 (8:42 am)
Thank you for the info. I installed the Hella xenon Gas Bulbs on my MB They provide a white beam with a nice contrast and better reflexion than original halogen lights under a relatively low cost (but they are no match to the HID option at MB). The Hella Korean production line is closed now. I will look into the Philips kit for my MilleniaS.
Dec 18, 2000 (11:10 am)
Brubaker: Our '99 S has close to 30k miles on the original 17" Dunlops, but the tread is just about gone. Based on how fast they appeared to be wearing, I'm almost happy they've lasted this long. I knew we'd get stung buying 17 inchers, but I didn't think it would be this soon.
On a related note, people often suggest getting replacements through tirerack.com, and the prices look good, but how do you get them installed? Getting 4 tires dropped off at my house by the UPS guy doesn't help me much. A mechanic I used to know had a favorite saying "You don't bring the steak to the restaurant" if somebody asked about bringing in their own parts for him to install.
Acabral: I don't want to spend close to $200 for a tire. What do you think about the cheaper Goodyears? (or similar)
#337 of 4030 Re: Tires by rbrenton88
Dec 18, 2000 (12:23 pm)
It was about 10 years ago since I used Goodyears, had a set of Goodyear GT's on my '88 Fiero GT - can't remember the series anymore, however I do rememeber that they really performed well on wet/dry pavement.
My speculation is that, if the Goodyears were performing well ten years ago, they should be an excellent choice of tires for value and performance today.
I personally, would not purchase a completely "no-name" tire for warranty/saftey,performance factors. Unless your wallet is dictating you to do so.
#338 of 4030 Auto-Tilt Steering Wheel
Dec 18, 2000 (6:48 pm)
I guess the dealership didn't know what they were doing last week when they thought replacing the steering column would fix my auto-tilt problem. Today when I got out of the car at the gas station...the steering wheel didn't go up!!!! My dash is squeaking again too.
Dec 19, 2000 (6:38 pm)
You can try Tirerack.com or discounttiredirect.com, but the problem, aside from getting them installed, is what happens if you need to file a warranty claim. You have to ship the tire back! What I did was find a reputable shop that would match any advertised price, and brought them the ad. A decent local tire store should be willing to do this if they want your business.