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Mazda Millenia, Sedan
#3420 of 4030 Re: 2000 Millenia Supercharger Fiasco -HELP [bummed1]
Jul 05, 2005 (7:50 am)
Unfortunately, I don't have any advice for you at this point. I am, however, thinking about buying a 2000 Millenia S for myself and wanted to know a few things about yours before I do so I can try to avoid the same things happening to me.
Did you have a mechanic (Mazda dealership or otherwise) look at the car before you bought it? Did they check the seals? Did the seals look ok at the time of purchase and develop this problem within a year? I love so much about this car, but I'm starting to get a bit wary after reading about some of the engine issues. I'd appreciate any thoughts or advice you might have.
#3421 of 4030 Re: oxygen sensor cost!?!@# [sassoon]
Jul 05, 2005 (8:47 pm)
I have a 97 2.5 l Millenia, I replaced the All front Oxygen sensors with Generic
sensors. The same product as the originals. You only need to strip the wire and
apply the factory plug.. easy...
The generic plugs go for about 50.00 bucks here in Miami. Try finding those plugs
in your local professional parts store or send me a email (umy304hotmail.com)
and I give you the name of the store in Miami. I'm sure you can work something out with them.
#3422 of 4030 Lots of Fuel
Jul 05, 2005 (8:57 pm)
I have a 97 2.5 L and I have done a complete tune up. I notice that I have been
burning alot of fuel lately. Did I miss anything ? Pls help Im avrg. 16 mpg
The tune up includes:
rotor and cap
fuel and air filter
#3423 of 4030 Re: Lots of Fuel [heckler]
Jul 08, 2005 (8:57 am)
Sorry, its not 16 mpg its 13 ....
Let me also mention that I had my throttle body cleaned.. can that have something to do with it ?
#3424 of 4030 Are these problems real, or am I being taken for a ride?
Jul 08, 2005 (5:46 pm)
I recently took my 1999 Mazda Millenia S (65,000 miles)into the dealership where I purchased my car for a routine check-up and asked them to replace the timing belt and other belts. They charged $794.00 to change the belts, rotate the tires, and replace the oil and filter. I felt this was pricey, but I was willing to pay it because I love my car and it rides/drives like a dream. However, I received a call from the dealership saying that when they test drove my car, the tranmission was sputtering and slipping , something that had never happened while I drove the car. They say that I must have a new transmission ($3600) but fortunately I have an extended warranty that will cover all but a $50.00 deductible. My question is could the mechanic possibly have messed up the transmission during the test drive? Could changing the timing belts have caused transmission damage? They also said that one of my catalytic converters went bad and they replaced it for free. Is it possible that my car just happened to start falling apart during preventitive maintainence, or am I just being taken for a ride? Please help!
Jul 09, 2005 (4:39 am)
I don't see how any of us could answer whether you have run into a dishonest dealer.
Why not check with the BBB in their area. You could also take the car to a known honest dealer for a second opinion. But from the prices I have seen on servicing the S, the $794 is in line with others I've seen on this forum. And if you don't feel any "sputtering and slipping" it probably doesn't exist. If you do, $50 for a new transmission is a great use for that extended warranty that usually doesn't pay off.
#3426 of 4030 Re: Are these problems real, or am I being taken for a ride? [carchick2]
Jul 09, 2005 (6:15 am)
Hi - sorry to hear of all this happening to you. You can follow up on fwatson's suggestions, but you might also want to post this in our Got a Quick, Technical Question? discussion to see what the resident gearheads think.
Good luck - let us know what happens.
#3427 of 4030 Poor MPG (heckler)
Jul 09, 2005 (5:22 pm)
I am assuming that your poor mpg started after the tune-up and the oxygen sensors were replaced. A couple of suggestions: replace your PCV valve and also check to make sure that your generic sensors are the correct size and that the are not restricting the exhaust system. I also am assuming that your acceleration is fine and that you do not have a compression problem.
Jul 09, 2005 (5:39 pm)
Have you actually driven your car since the work has been done? If the timing belt was installed wrong you would have low engine compression which will cause a lack of horsepower. I agree with Frank and take the extended warranty option and pay the $50 for a NEW transmission, and not a rebuilt one. I would also give them an ear full about how they screwed up your car for just doing some routine maintence on it and see how they react to that. I also find it strange that one of your catalytic converters went bad and that they found this out, considering they should not have even been looking at that in the first place.
Jul 12, 2005 (8:33 am)
Getting mine replaced on 98 S, both sides totaling $270 for re-manufactured, around $300 labor. Not bad?