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#3326 of 4030 Does gas brand matter?
Apr 20, 2005 (7:26 pm)
I recently acquired a 2001 Millenia S.. just like new with only 10000 km on it (6000 miles) Occasionally, I notice a sulfur-like odor which seems to be coming from the catalytic converter area. I had it checked out at a Mazda dealer, but they didn't see any problems with the converter. They think it just may be the gas I'm using, since it doesn't occur all the time. They advise using premium gas from Shell, rather than gas from cheaper independent dealers.
I have only been using premium gas in my Millenia, but not always from a big-name dealer. I must admit that the last time I filled up at Shell, I had my best gas mileage yet and didn't notice the sulfur odor. Do the smaller gas retailers really have poorer gas quality?
#3327 of 4030 Re: Does gas brand matter? [mm2001]
Apr 21, 2005 (10:28 am)
Each company varies the amount of sulfur used n the gas, and this again varies from city to city or region to region. I have been using Sunoco 94 Octane for a long time, but if I switch to its 92 Octane I get the sulfur odor. On the other hand 91 Octane from Esso works fine, but the same octane level gas from Petro Canada and sometimes Shell induces the sulfur odor.
I find that my Millenia drives best with 94 from Sunoco - it doesn't take long (for me) to realize that it suffers going dropping to a lower octane rating. If you are happy with Shell stick to it.
#3328 of 4030 Re: 2000S - my experience [wwbradley]
Apr 21, 2005 (12:18 pm)
I'm looking for an independent and reliable mechanic in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge area. I own a 2000 Millenia. Can you provide your mechanic's name, number and address?
#3329 of 4030 Re: 2000S - my experience [wwbradley]
Apr 21, 2005 (12:28 pm)
My experience with my 2000 Millenia S hasn't been so good. I bought the car used in 2002 with 27,000 k on it. I know have 110,000 on the odometer but have had to replace three ignighter coils ($1000 per pop, although I chewed on the dealer and he dropped the price by half. I've also had to replace the front wheel bearing, manifold gaskets, o2 sensor, fuel pump and the latest is the supercharger seal are leaking. They want $7000 for that one.
I understand Mazda has issues M-Tip on the super charger (similar to a tech service bulletin). Does anyone know where I can get a copy?
#3330 of 4030 95 CEL and tranny issues
Apr 21, 2005 (7:39 pm)
I recently acquired a 1995 millenia w/2.5 eng w/127k miles. Here is my issue I bought it from an auction so I did not realize that the car will not shift past 2nd gear. Also when it does shift into 2nd it is kind of a thud. Searching the web i found another place that says tranny is in some sort of lag mode and the cause some connectors to the ECM. Has anyone heard of this before. Also the CEL is on but I figure that is from the tranny acting up. Other than that car is in great shape. Runs well a few leaks but nothing major. For what I paid for the car I can not complain if I have to replace the tranny. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciate. Thanks
#3331 of 4030 Re: Does gas brand matter? [mm2001]
Apr 22, 2005 (2:32 pm)
The sulphur smell is the catalytic. Mazda isn't being upfront about this. Its a very common problem - not just with Mazda. The gas you buy isn't causing the problem. The difference in regular or premium is the octane rating. Your car will run fine on regular. The compression stroke of the piston causes a shock wave in the air/fuel mixture. On high compression engines this shock wave is enough to ignite the mixture sooner than it should. Higher octane fuels will prevent this preignition.
#3332 of 4030 Need a good mechanic in Kitchener area of Ontario
Apr 22, 2005 (2:41 pm)
Hey anyone know of a good mechanic in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge area of Ontario? I need to get the timing belt replaced - anticipated that, but I also need to replace the supercharger (leaking seals, leaks oil into cylinders and I get blue smoke on start up for about 4 seconds. Mazda wants $7000 to do the job. Thanks.
#3333 of 4030 Re: 2000S - my experience [jlmalinowski]
Apr 22, 2005 (3:25 pm)
Hi Jeff. I've found the most amazing mechanic, Gary. He runs Gary's Automotive and his shop is in north Waterloo, sort of in behind the staples/home depot stores. His number is 747-5571. Dead honest, very skilled (rebulds Porsche engines for fun). I would trust him for any Millenia job. He looks after my 2000s and several others. My Millenia is a winter beater for my turbo Supra, and he maintains that as well. He's the corporate mechanic for a lot of guys at Research In Motion (like me). Tell him that Wayne recommended him, swing by and meet him one day.
#3334 of 4030 Anybody with Radio Experience?
Apr 22, 2005 (3:28 pm)
So my Millenia 2000s radio (in-dash player, not the trunk mounted multidisk player) began to skip while playing CDs. I asked everyone around about this and the advice was that even very skilled shops couldn't do anything with the "Mazda Diversity" system because the schematics are not available and parts are not available.
It seems that you could take it to Mazda dealer, they send it somewhere for weeks, the bill is high and then the dealer marks that up 40%. Unappealing.
Current advice is to scrap the player and install a new Alpine/ Pioneer/ whatever.
#3335 of 4030 Re: Does gas brand matter? [jlmalinowski]
Apr 22, 2005 (5:40 pm)
Thanks for the replies. I'm going to stick with high octane premium gas from one of the major dealers for awhile, and see if that solves the problem.
That means paying a buck a litre for gas up here in Manitoba.. but if it means better performance, it's worth the few extra bucks.