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Mazda Millenia, Sedan
Sep 05, 2001 (2:39 am)
My Milennia is a P, not an S. And is also brand new with only 520 miles so far. Therefore I can't speak from much experience, except to say the car seems flawless in every respect. I think this is the best kept automobile secret in the world.
I did extensive research before buying the Mazda, and everything I find ranks it at the very top in reliability, fit and finish, and everything else I could find except engine power. As I am no hot rodder, I bought the un-supercharged version and saved $2000. As expected, the car is no drag racer, but it DOES NOT lack for power in everyday driving, and is great at highway speeds. 2750 RPM at 65 MPH, the car is loafing. My deal on a $29600+ stickered car, was $21680. That would have put the S at about $24000. This is in Tampa, Florida.
I also drove a 2002 Camry stickered at $29500+, and they would only go down $200 from sticker. LOL. The other car I test drove was Maxima. It rode much stiffer, and had more tire noise reaching the passenger compartment. The best I could manage on a 2001 Maxima, a $28200+ car, was $23783, Or more than $2000 higher than I paid for the Millenia.
Incidentally, the problem with the "95 engine, was not mechanical, but rather spark plug wires that are easily replaced. And the S engine also rates an almost perfect record for lack of problems.
Happy car hunting.
Sep 05, 2001 (4:25 am)
I too did a ton of research on this car and found out the same thing as fwatson. The car has a great reliability record, but is cursed with Mazda's lack of marketing! The good news is you can get a great price. The bad news is that we will probably take a hit should we have to sell it anytime soon. I can live with that though. The car looks great, drives great and you don't see one every second. Most of the reviews I read pretty well agree with us that this car is a great secret.
#876 of 4030 Wood dash replacement
Sep 05, 2001 (8:41 am)
Try these website:
www.exoticwooddash.com and www.dashboardsplus.com, not only you can find replacement for the center console wood panel, you can also add wood trim to the door handle trim, etc, etc.
#877 of 4030 60,000 mile Maint. (How can I tell if it's been done)
Sep 05, 2001 (1:03 pm)
I just bought a used 95 Millenia with 69,000 miles on it from a car lot. The car appears to have been kept up well but there were no maint records (BIG SHOCK). Are there any outward signs that would tell me weather it's had the 60,000 mile maint? I do have an extended warranty on the car, but I would like to know.
#878 of 4030 '01 Millenia S - har1bush
Sep 05, 2001 (4:59 pm)
I've had my 2001 S for 2 months now (3K miles) - so far, exactly 0 problems. Of course, time will tell...
I've paid $26K for it (sticker was 32.5) - they deal was better on the P model, but I did want the extra power. I'd say get an S - after the engine brakes in a little the power really flows!
I enjoy this car more and more every day.
#879 of 4030 Heated Seats
Sep 05, 2001 (8:26 pm)
I have a 95 Millenia and when i click the switch for the heated seats they dont seem to heat can anybody explain to me how there 95 heated seats work
#880 of 4030 heated seats
Sep 06, 2001 (6:48 am)
You press the switch, juice goes to the seat. heater wire in the cushion gets warm, you feel it in your butt. Any questions?
If it doesn't do it, I'd check for continuity in the cushion coil. there is a small white connector that goes into the seat trim. check for continuity between the white and black wire. If it there is little or no resistance, the heater is fine and you need to look for a bad switch or relay. If the resistance is infinite, the coil is burnt and you have to replace the seat trim at a hefty price.
Let us know what you find.
#881 of 4030 fwatson - Tampa Florida Mazda Dealer
Sep 07, 2001 (7:07 am)
The price you reported for a 2001 Millenia P of $21680 sounds pretty good. I live north of Tampa.
Did that include delivery? Who was the dealer and can you tell which sales person yu dealt with and how that went?
Any info will be appreciated.
#882 of 4030 Courtesy Mazda
Sep 07, 2001 (1:41 pm)
on N. DaleMabry. Out the door total was $23779, including tax, tag and everything else. The $21680, is $21830 minus $150 in free gasoline. Salesman was Ed Pushard. Excellent buying experience. I just told him I wanted rock bottom "out the door" price. He went to the manager who came back with that price. I bought it on the spot, cash, no trade-in.
After a lousy two weekends of arguing with other sales people, at other dealers for Nissan and Toyota in Orlando, I was shocked at the friendly service I got at Courtesy.
The car is Platinum Silver, and appears to be flawless. I have thoroughly inspected it, and now have the requested 600 break-in miles on it. So far uneventful, the car has performed perfectly. As I have said on this or other forums, this has to be the best kept auto secret on earth, especially at the price of a stripper '02 Camry, and $2000 less than an '01 Maxima GLE.
Tell Ed that Frank Watson sent you. He said if I referred someone and they bought, they would send me $50. Thanks for that if you do. Happy car hunting.
#883 of 4030 2000 Millenia S
Sep 08, 2001 (9:01 am)
csuftitans, commented by stating that the Millenia S was not very quick off the line. Csuftitans, I have found a "discovered" a method of maximizing the S models standstill acceleration, which I know for fact works; I have conducted several standstill runs against manual transmission vehicle of lesser weight, equivalent power and even vehicles with more ponies..... than the Millenia S.
Here is a short list of vehicles so you have a clearer picture: Ford Probe GT (5spd) Lexus ES300, Maxima SE, BMW 330, Audi A4 (5spd) the list goes on.
My method will/should increase standstill performance for any stock Millenia S; but for the record I own a 2000 with 30,000 miles on it.
Now here's what I do, if you already haven't been doin so:
(1). Downshift to L-1 or L-2, the engage the "HOLD" button. Most importantly disengage the TCS!
(2). When the light turn greens "slam on the accelerater - floor it" then upshift to the next gear when your tach reads 5500 or 5800 RPMs
(3). Now this is the critical stage.... the moment you upshifted, the tach should reset to approximatley 2800 RPMs - continue to accelerate during this entire process. Now when the tach reads between 4000 - 4500 RPMs disengage the "HOLD" button - do so while accelerating! This will cause the supercharger to unleash a rush of high end power.
*NOTE - during this manumatic shifting process you should never remove your foot from the gas pedal! Alway provide full throttle during this entire process.
Please note that these are the shift points that I like to use, I advise experimenting with this method a few times to determine which shift points are more effective for your situational needs.
The biggest draw back about the Millenia S, is that its power peaks at a low 6000 RPM, so there is never really a chance to ride out the engine's natural power curve. The Millenia S, redline should be no less than 8000 RPM in my opinion.