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#3365 of 4030 NEED HELP WITH CAR PURCHASE
May 06, 2005 (8:56 am)
Hello Edmunds Family,
I'm hoping that some of the car educated members here can help me make a choice about a car.
I'm currently trying to make my mind up between the following vehicles:
2001 Mazda Millenia P, 27K miles, dealer asking $ 14,500
2003-04 Mazda 6i 2.3L Automatic, $ 14000-$15000
2001-2002 Acura TL-S, 45-50K miles, $ 16000-$ 17000
My concerns are: The Mazda Mill P, I've read some concerning posts on Edmunds with the Mill.I'd like stick with the P, because it's non supercharged and possible problems in the future with the supercharger. I'd like to have the extra power, but I'd like to hear from owners if the 170 2.5L P is really underpowered in day to day driving? Would this car be a safe purchase also considering it's a 2001 model and is the asking price right?
I like the handling of the Mazda 6i, I just wished it had more power from the 4cyl automatic. From what I've read, the 6s, with the 3.0L V6 is not a major upgrade over the 4i, due to both engines do not have a lot of low end grunt.
My concerns with the Acura is, higher miles, asking price, and 2001-02 having transmission problems. Many were replaced during 2001-02 years.
Please post your thoughts. I'm looking to purchase a car this weekend or within the next week.
#3366 of 4030 Re: NEED HELP WITH CAR PURCHASE [cbass2]
May 06, 2005 (9:22 am)
All I can tell you is we are very happy we bought our 02P, as far as it being underpowered, mine is fine although I live in flat Florida. I never have to floor it, the power is just fine and I average 26MPG, I hope to have this car for another 7 years...
#3367 of 4030 Re: NEED HELP WITH CAR PURCHASE [cbass2]
May 06, 2005 (11:35 am)
Being partially biased, I think your best bet is the 01 Mill P.
Reasons: Mazda6 have shown poor reliability from Consumer Reports and is off their Recommended List (First Mazda Mill/626 in a long time not to make it). Most likely due to being the first model year on a complete redesign.
Acura is a little expensive for a car with 50k on it. Plus you already mentioned tranny problems and you would be outside warranty already.
I have a 99P, which I bought 2 years ago with 34k, and now have 88k. It is exactly the same car, save some interior and headlight/taillight changes. If I am not mistaken, it is 180/85hp on the P. Either way, yes, it is not a racecar from a dead stop. With that being said, going from 55-85 is a breeze, and very fun to do. This car feels right at home doing 80mph cruising on the highway. No shakes, rattles, etc. I have also had no problems other than replacing front wheel bearings, which was very inexpensive. Very satisfied with the fit and finish of this car. Not to mention, you wont be driving the same car as 99% those in the parking lot with you.
May 06, 2005 (3:55 pm)
i paid $15,400 for my 02 L in may of 04, the car had 13,400 miles on it when i bought it, guess i got lucky
May 07, 2005 (4:49 am)
My '01 MMP has just under 16000 miles, and has a flawless reliability record other than having to replace the Knock Sensor at about 10000 miles. If it continues to be the outstanding car it has been to this point, I will drive it until it dies of old age. I really do enjoy it that much. As far as being a dog, that is subjective. It is no Viper or 'Vette and I wouldn't try to drag race a Maxima. But not being a member of the Stop Light Gran Prix Association I find the power far more than adequate for normal use and the car is a joy to own and drive. Having had at least 20 cars in my life I find my MM by far the most pleasant of the bunch which includes American, French and other Japanese brands.
I believe you will enjoy it as much as I do. And the 9.2 (out of 10) "Consumer Rating" above this column, as well as the Consumer Reports reliabillity rating in their April issue should give you a good idea of what others think about their MM's as well as their outstanding reliability. Click that link at the top and you can read a lot about Millenias.
#3372 of 4030 Re: Hold Light Blinking (95S) [phatpat]
May 11, 2005 (6:33 am)
New to this for this reason, I have an 01 MM, the airbag light started blinking about a month ago, blink for a week quit for 2 days etc., yesterday, it went of the check engine light then came on, 2 minuts later the tcsoff light, then the hold ligh, and then the TCS. I pulled the battery and everything went back to normal for about 15 minutes, now the hold light is the only thing blinking. The car has been well taken care of and has 78K on it, any ideas????
#3373 of 4030 blinking instrument lights
May 11, 2005 (6:41 am)
I have an 01 MM with 78K miles, well taken care of. About a month ago the airbag light started blinking go for a few days then stop, then start again. Yesterday, I started the car the airbag light went of and the CEL came on, then the TCS OFF light, THen the HOLD light, and then the TCS. I can not tell any drive differences. I pulled the battery and reattached it and everything was normal, for about 15 min until the hold light has come back on. Any Ideas would be great, I do not want to pay 85 bucks an hour to have a 19 year old investigate for a day and a half before he says IDUNNAKNOW.
#3374 of 4030 Re: blinking instrument lights [loukymazmil]
May 11, 2005 (7:56 am)
I'm no mechanic, but I would go to Auto Zone and have them read the code from the CEL. They will do it for free and give you the code that is output. Once you have the code, it isn't too hard to find the description using google. There may even be a link in past posts. That will at least point you in the right direction, rather than that 19year old paying for the dealship's kids to go to college.