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#848 of 4030 Upgrading my 2000 Millenia S
Aug 24, 2001 (9:43 pm)
I love my 2000 Millenia S, but some of the new feature/improvements Mazda made to the 2001 model makes me go crazy. For sure I will upgrade my Millenia's tailight assembly with the 2001's tail lights along with the center lic plate holder panel. This will cost me about $1400; that's after a 10% discount at a Mazda dealer. Does anyone know a cheaper place to buy Mazda parts? I'll probably do this on My Millenia's 2yr anniversary in Jan 2002; hope I have enough extra money by then. I also love the new "Optitron" gauges on the 2001 Millenia; does anyone knows if it's even possible to replace the gauges?
BTW, to anyone who has driven both Millenia and Millenia S, which one has a quiter engine. when I test drove a used '98 Millenia, I thought during idle, the Millenia's 2.5 V6 engine is quieter; about the same while driving.
#849 of 4030 Can't say which is quieter
Aug 25, 2001 (7:02 pm)
I only test drove the "P". The "S" was out of the budget of what I wanted to spend on a new car. I think if you can spring for it, I would go for the "S" just for the extra 40 HP. Not that the 170 in mine is bad, I have just read too many good things about the Miller cycle engine.
Oh, and the only thing I have found so far that bugs me is the fan control. Say you have the fan on the second setting and get too cold. You can't simply click it back one notch. You have to go through speeds 3 and 4 before you get back to one. Not a big deal, just an observation.
#851 of 4030 Bought One
Aug 26, 2001 (6:15 pm)
I spent the weekend car shopping. Drove MaximaGLE, the best I could get was $23,774. Also the 'O2 Camry, best price $200 under MSRP. Then I got lucky. After hitting three Mazda dealers, I got my new Millenia P, MSRP $28,225, for $21,830. The car is absolutely gorgeous in Sterling Silver Metallic, with gray leather and sun roof standard equipment. Other than less rear seat room, this car so far outclasses the Maxima, that it is no contest. Of course, it does not have the power of the Max, but that is not important to me. It performs very well, even with the 2.5 V-6. The Camry was also gray leather, but the dashboard can't hold a candle to the Millenia, and the car falls far short in overall appearance and ambiance.
Toyota dealers were very courteous, the Nissan dealers for the most part were not a good experience. But the whole buying experience at Courtesy Mazda was by far the most pleasant I have ever had.
There are great incentives right now, so don't wait if you are wanting one of these beautiful cars.
#852 of 4030 Congrats fwatson
Aug 27, 2001 (6:16 am)
on the new car. Now I am not the newest one here! Great price on the car, too. They are really quite the bargain right now, especially for what you get. I don't know how they are selling any 626 ES-V6's now, especially since you can't find one with ABS and side airbags! We came to the same conclusion as you on the power. Sure it would be nice to have over 200 hp, but the 2.5l seems to do just fine in normal driving conditions. I didn't look at the Camry since they are notoriously conservative in and out, and I didn't think they would be dealing on the '02's. The Maxima is nearly the other extreme. My wife has never liked the looks on it. Both are fine cars though.
#853 of 4030 acceleration problem
Aug 28, 2001 (7:38 pm)
Herndon, I was wondering if you could give me a little feedback
My dad really likes the Millenia S. We've tried a 98 and 2000 model and both have a funny vibration at Freeway speeds (70 MPH/120KMH). We didn't notice the problem while gunnning it though, just at that speed. Is this similar to your problem that was solved by shutting off the traction control? My dad loves the car and will probably buy a used one, but this issue really bugs him.
Aug 28, 2001 (7:46 pm)
The only vibrations on my 2000 Millenia S is the result of the low profile tires on a 17" wheels. No funny vibrations from engine or transmission though.
Aug 29, 2001 (5:49 am)
I'm sorry the models we drove were 98 and 99, so no 2000 vibrations here.
Which are better though, 17s or 16s? (apart from the style factor)
Do 17s give slightly more vibration and road noise as a compromise to superior handling?
Aug 29, 2001 (6:05 am)
I agree completely about the Legend, what an amazing car. I think the Millenia is sort-of-kind-of a modern version of it though. You couldn't go wrong with a Millenia. My dad is in the same position. The Legend was his favourite car, but now he likes the updated feel of the Millenia. The Legends were pretty small inside too. Did you ever look at a J30? They're really a 300zx underneath; they even have the same 3.0 block as the base 300zx. They don't handle like the Legend though.
#857 of 4030 Vibration / tires
Aug 29, 2001 (6:15 am)
I just did over 200 miles yesterday, going sometimes well over 90mph. No vibration at any speed, smooth as glass.
Tire vibration can be usually cured by wheel balancing (done by somebody who KNOWS what he is doing) and - if that doesn't help - alignment (more $$$).
I have 2001 S with 17 inchers. I don't think those 17 inchers are necessary, but they look good. There is no significant quality of ride difference between 16 and 17 inch wheels IMHO; 16 inchers are good enough.