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#3718 of 4030 Re: 2000 Mazda Millenia S Nightmare! [matttwitchell]
Sep 21, 2006 (1:10 pm)
I wish I could do that. I have already contacted the used car dealer where I bought the car and they would not take it back. Since then I have also had the cats replaced which lucky for me were replaced under warranty of 80,000 miles. BUT almost every time I start the car white smoke comes out of my exhaust! It seems like I'm constantly putting more oil in the car. Along with that the Check Engine light keeps comming on. For now it seems that if I disconnect the battery the light goes off for a few days. In the process of sellling this monster. I will never buy another Mazda and I warn anyone looking to buy a Millenia, DON'T especially one that has a supercharger. IT'S NOT WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY!!!
#3719 of 4030 Re: 2000 Mazda Millenia S Nightmare! [wrd88]
Sep 21, 2006 (5:03 pm)
FWIW: White smoke is usually OK, that's water. A natural byproduct of combustion, and often visible at startup. Burning oil means blue smoke. Best and cheapest fix is thicker oil (20W50) but use synthetic (Mobil 1) so that you still get good flow when the car is cold.
Perhaps more to the point: If you are going to buy a seven-year-old luxury car, especially an obscure one, you have to have a good mechanic. And you HAVE to have the car checked out before you plunk down any money for it.
I didn't, and I got (mostly) lucky.
Paid $1,800 for the car, and could easily double that with suspension work & two new axles. Did the most necessary things for $800 and been driving it for 5 months now...
A car like this, you either get it and keep it in top-notch condition -- or you get it cheap and milk it for as long as you can. And personally, I'd only buy older cars for cash. No payments when you have big repairs hanging over your head... the darned thing has 4 (four) ball joints at every corner, fer cryin' out loud!
Most of all, you'd better know about cars or have a good relationship with a competent mechanic.
1996 Millenia L, 152k
#3720 of 4030 Re: 2000 Mazda Millenia S Nightmare! [steine13]
Sep 23, 2006 (6:43 am)
I take issue with the "Don't Buy A Millenia" statement of the poster before you. Sure, maybe the "S" has problems, but not the the non-Superchgarged version. In fact the 2.5l engine is critically acclaimed as one of the best V6's ever made.
My '95 Millenia just turned 170K. Total repairs to date are less than $4k and included routine stuff like timing belt, cooling pump, distributor, battery, etc. Tranny's fine, engine's fine, shocks are fine....I expected it to be closer to death by this point.
It is by far the most reliable vcar I've ever had.
The one complaint is that goddamned Check Engine Light. It has been on for 4 years. I have my mechanic tweek it so that I can pass my smog check. He runs the diagnostic, it resets itself and then 30 miles later, it comes on again. I simply ignore it.
Any comments out there about the regular millenia being a great car?
#3721 of 4030 Re: 2000 Mazda Millenia S Nightmare! 
Sep 26, 2006 (12:51 pm)
I have a 99 Millenia L with about 125,000 trouble free miles on it. It still looks and runs great. By far, it is one of the best cars I've ever owned.
#3722 of 4030 Re: 2000 Mazda Millenia S Nightmare! [misty8]
Sep 30, 2006 (6:54 am)
I just talked to another Millenia owner this week, who shares our praise of Millenia's. his too was a non-"S". The fact that Consumer Reports recommends it as a top pick for used car year after year, indicates that it is such!
Sep 30, 2006 (6:59 am)
Who here agrees? I love my car. '95 Millenia L with 171K. You can pick these up used for a song and they drive as well as any similar yeared Lexus ES, Acura TL, Toyota Avalon and better than any GM or Ford Sedan! They actually handle better than most of those spongy Sedans. When my Milly dies, she'll be replaced by another high quality, low mileaged 2001 or 2002 Millenium.
#3724 of 4030 Re: 95 Millenia 2.5 Know These P Codes? [milleniasmoov]
Oct 02, 2006 (9:25 am)
Hey there, it looks like our cars are (were) having the same problem. Do you still have the Millenia and did you ever get the stalling and not starting problem fixed? I seen it has been almost a year since your post.
I might have a lead for you if you are still stumpped.
#3725 of 4030 Re: Check engine light on and TCS off [chetti]
Oct 02, 2006 (12:20 pm)
We may have the same problem. Mine is 95 but with the 2.5L engine experiencing a similar problem. Mine however ends up dying after 15-30 seconds of really low and variying RPM (if it doesn't just suddenly die at once.) Did you get this problem solved? Let's discuss, I'm still stumpped.
#3726 of 4030 Re: Check engine light on and TCS off [97millenia06]
Oct 02, 2006 (12:29 pm)
I have a 95 that is doing what yours is doing now. Rarely does it not die 10-20 minutes into a trip and will not restart for 5-15 minutes. My dealer tested the car for about a week and said it needed a new Throttle Body and tune-up along with the EGR cleaned. I don't recall the codes on the computer but yours look familure.
I was told that there is no way the TCS (which was explained to essentially be the ABS control) could be causing the stalling, but it seems to me that the computer controling TCS is also controling the fuel or ignition or whatever is causing the thing to die.
Have you had any success getting to the bottom of this?
#3727 of 4030 Re: 95 Millenia stalling and shutting off [jahmikes]
Oct 02, 2006 (12:54 pm)
jahmikes, I see your post was a long time ago, did you ever get the problem solved? I am having the same thing happen to my 95.