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Mazda Millenia, Sedan
Mar 29, 2001 (1:59 pm)
Welcome. Do you have a rotary Mazda? I had a 1986 RX7 until the engine seals went. I sold it to help with the down payment on a house. I would have kept it if I didn't have to dump money into it. It's a shame they couldn't have put a rotary in the Millenia. I'm not sure, but wasn't the smog issue the reason the rotary engine died in the US?
I currently have a 1999 Millenia S with almost 20K miles, and still very happy.
Mar 29, 2001 (3:27 pm)
I still love my 99 Millenia and plan to replace it at the end of my lease with a 2002 Millenia S...don't know what everyone in here is complaining about. My parents use to have a 95 Millenia...they loved it...just couldn't afford to get another one when the lease ran up...so I went out and got my own.
#624 of 4030 Love my 95 S
Mar 29, 2001 (8:08 pm)
Hello all, first let me say I come in peace. I have a 95 S with 48,000 miles and have experienced no problems yet. One question though, this morning for the first time I noticed a crackiling sound when turning hard left. I must admit that I'm a car idiot and rely allot on those of you with more knowledge to post what you know. My guess would be the CV joints segwaying to my question. What's the best way to tell if that is in fact the problem? I don't hear it when turning the other direction and actually just had a service done with the Mazda mechanics blessing. Any info is appreciated in advance.
#625 of 4030 emeraldcity, phatpat
Mar 29, 2001 (11:40 pm)
You'll never guess... I've got a Merlot Mica '95 S with 118,000 miles and I'm very happy with my car. In fact, I would consider replacing it with another Millenia. This (almost 7 year old) car has a level of fabrication that exceeds many new cars today. The occasional repairs have been quite reasonable for a car with this type of mileage and age. I am certainly not experiencing the same type/frequency of problems that other posters here are having. Yes, the CU reports represent most (but obviously not all) owner experiences. These people don't have many problems with their cars and thus don't feel the need to post in forums like this. Of course, there are exceptions; information-starved enthusiasts like us, for one. My main gripe is the cost of giving the car a tune-up!
Emerald, since you're a leasing type of guy, the free maintenance for the VW (with what amounts to about a year and a half of b2b warranty) sounds great. Just be sure to get rid of the Passat right after the lease.
Mar 30, 2001 (6:20 am)
Why are you trashing the new Passat? Do you have fact or heresay to support the reliability of the 2000+ Passat?
Didn't anyone ever tell you to believe half of what you read?
As the owner of a 2000 Silver Frost (my friends call it silver) V6 GLS, I am concerned that you are offering our friend advise based on fiction and rumor.
Based on what I read on the Miller Cycle, I could easily tell anyone to stay away from it as well, but I am open minded enough to understand that nothing works perfectly forever, and ALL, including your maroon Mazda requires periodic service and repair.
Mar 30, 2001 (8:53 am)
Ecaf....astounding that you have 118k miles and virtually trouble free? I do agree that styling, fit and finish are among the most appealing (not to be confused with appalling...as is the design of the outright rude Maxima. Gawd! What's with the new trend in optical tail lights? Be gone already). I'm off on a tangent. Anyway, I'm traveling to University Mazda and Carter VW to test the Passat and 2001 Millenia. I'm not the greatest expert on the VW so specifics about what you have learned about the later model Passats would be greatly appreciated. I realize this is Millenia talk but since the subject is fresh... I'll let you know how it went.
Mar 30, 2001 (8:57 am)
Any probs with your VW?
Mar 30, 2001 (9:23 am)
Ecaf, I have same car/color as you, but only 91K. As much as I enjoy the car, and get the looks. (sista's always want to talk with me at a stop light)! Anyway, I would consider a 2001, but after all these years still no optional v8. As good as the milller engine is, it is costly to replace if a any problems since it is a unique engine. Sorry - this kind of an engine for only 210 hp does not cut it anymore.
I am seriously looking at the new Acura TL-S with 260 hp. Throw on the spoiler/ground effects and the gold pkg and your set...
Mar 30, 2001 (9:29 am)
I test drove a 2000 Passat GLS V6 5-spd about a year ago, and I have to say I was impressed with it. It was quiet, with a firm suspension that handled well, and the interior was absolutely gorgeous. I don't care that much for the exterior styling... a little bland and pudgy for my taste, but otherwise the car was amazing.
I'm still a little wary of VW reliability, but I think I would consider the Passat since it is still built in Germany. The quality assurance center I worked at dealt with the VW's built in Mexico. I've also dealt with receiving Dodge Ram trucks built in Mexico. I will share this advice with everyone: If the final assembly point on the sticker says Mexico, DO NOT BUY IT. It was amazing the things they "forgot". Dashboards not bolted on, interior panels missing, entire repaints of vehicles... once, they sent a full ship-load (about 4,800 vehicles) and "forgot" to send the hubcaps, owner's manuals, spare tires, antennaes, etc. Those 4,800 vehicles sat basically untouched for 7 months exposed to the weather and ocean and seagulls. They did pretty good, I guess... only a 47% rejection rate on the shipped vehicles.