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#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?
#3430 of 4030 CEL, Airbag light, Trans
Jul 13, 2005 (1:38 pm)
I purchased my 2002 Millenia a year ago w/32k miles I thought it was a good vehicle(I now have 63k), I was wrong. The CEL comes on and off whenever it feels like it. Brought it in to the stealership and they canít duplicate problem. The airbag light likes to come on only when itís snowing, and most recently the car is just sluggish and the trans feel funny at take off. To add insult to injury the stealership where I purchased the vehicle (Sam Leman Mazda) has a terrible service department. Of course they were unable to duplicate any of the problems, all the while wanting to charge 70per diagnostic per problem. Well I have gotten rid of the Mazda and purchased a 2005 3.5 V6 Nissan Altima and Iím glad I did, I love it, simply put I will NEVER purchase a Mazda again.
#3431 of 4030 Re: CEL, Airbag light, Trans [enigma02]
Jul 13, 2005 (10:11 pm)
I love my 02 and will have it for a long time, thanks for letting us know you sold it, have fun in the Nissan boards. Remember no car is perfect...
#3432 of 4030 O2 Sensors......What issues???
Jul 14, 2005 (3:04 pm)
What are the typical indications that an O2 sensor may be going out? My 1999 Milli has excellent performance when it is cold, but once it warms up it is sluggish and feels that it surges a bit. Off of the line it actually has a hesitation at times once it is warmed up. But as I said, the first few minutes of driving in the morning are a blast as the car has an excellent amount of power. Has anyone else had a similar issue?
#3433 of 4030 My 97 Millenia won't turn off
Jul 16, 2005 (7:20 pm)
My 1997 Millenia 2.5, with 134K runs great. The problem is, when I turn off the key, the engine continues to run. This only happens if he engine is warmed up. If it's cold, it will turn back off. I changed the ignition relay and the ignition switch (electronic part). The way I turn the motor off is to pull out either the "engine" fuse or the "IIA" fuse. When the key is off and the motor is running, the "key in ignition" bell doesn't sound when the door is opened, the turn signals work, and the cruise control light turns on. The A/C, radio, and other key on accessories don't work. I had the after market alarmsystem removed, and that didn't solve the problem, so I had it reinstalled. Does anyone have an idea?