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#70 of 209 Automatic Transmission
Nov 29, 2004 (6:16 am)
We bought a 2004 ES in August after reading all the Consumer Digest ratings which included the 2004 MPV as "Recommended." Now, the latest Consumer Digest ratings have removed the MPV from "Recommended" status and rate the transmission as unreliable. Did Mazda change transmissions after apparently having years of good ratings? We previously had a Dodge 2000 Caravan which also had lousy transmission ratings. We changed the transmission fluid, as recommended, every 30K and never had a problem. Is the issue with the MPV transmission a similar one? Or, do we need to rethink purchasing the extended warranty? Thanks!
#71 of 209 Re: Automatic Transmission [grubbs]
Nov 29, 2004 (10:55 am)
Don't go underground on this one grubbs.Consumer Reports didn't rate the transmission unreliable. It was rated less reliable than the average new model.All the data collected by Consumer Reports was from April of 2002 until March of 2003.So, the reports on reliability are for the 2003 model. The transmission problem you are speaking of is a rough shift between 2nd and 3rd gear.Affected 2% to 5% of MPV's that were scored in the survey.Affected mostly 2003 and early 2004 models. Taking the van in to have the TCM "reflashed" or reprogrammed fixes the hardshift problem. Now...you are free to Zoom Zoom with an unincumbered mind.
#72 of 209 Re: Automatic Transmission [jipster]
Nov 30, 2004 (9:53 am)
Thanks for the info. I also found some good info on the subject on the "Town Hall" site.
#73 of 209 Bumper Plate Installation
Feb 18, 2005 (8:29 pm)
I want to purchase the rear bumper plate for my 2004 MPV. Can i easily install this myself or should i have the Dealer do it for me. What about the bug deflector, should i get the dealer to do that as well or can i do myself.
#74 of 209 Transmission Issue
Feb 18, 2005 (8:39 pm)
Just bought a 2004 MPV, 18,000 Kilometers. I have only had for 2 days. I have been reading all this talk about "hard shifting" between 2nd and 3rd gear. Not sure what i should be looking out for and at exactly what speeds. What will this hardshift feel like, will it be obvious that something is wrong or subtle?
#75 of 209 Re: Transmission Issue [dcournoyea]
Mar 25, 2005 (8:41 am)
Don't worry, you'll recognise it if it happens...
#76 of 209 Another Transmission Issue
Mar 26, 2005 (9:07 pm)
We have a 2002 MPV with 62,000 miles. The transmission is now slipping into nuetral whenever it gets above 45 mph. What could have caused this and could anything have prevented it. And what will need to be done to repair it if anyone knows?
#77 of 209 Transmission fluid change
May 20, 2005 (7:31 pm)
here is my concern: I could not find any recommendation for transmission fluid change in owners manual. Went thru all the pages. Dont see it. So does it need to be changed? If so, why Mazda (as manufacturer) does not include this on maintenance schedule?
Now, dealers recommend to change it every 30k if not even every 15k miles! Are they so much money driven?
Please comment on this.
Who is right? Who do you trust? What do you do?
Just to add something, I have a Honda Civic, and a very good mechanic - a friend. Both him and owners manual for Honda suggest changing the transmission fluid at 90k miles. I understand this. Makes sense.
But the difference on Mazda really puts me into trouble...
#78 of 209 Re: Transmission fluid change [johnbullus]
May 23, 2005 (5:54 am)
It is my understanding that unless you operate your Mazda under severe conditions(towing, a lot of driving in mountains etc) there is no need to change the transmission fluid. Though it still should be checked every so often.Despite this...some people still like to do a fluid change every 60,000...just to be on the safe side.
#79 of 209 Re: subearu thanks [oldmedic]
Jun 09, 2005 (4:28 am)
Am about to replace my wore out dunlops w/ Yokohamas new AVID TRZ 22560TR17s. Research indicates good allround all season performance, w/ 80,000 mi. wear.Discount Tire quoted me 481.16 for 4,includes tax, lifetime rotations, flat repair. It is not a directional tire and looks pretty good too. Oh, I'm driving a 2003 MPV ES. Hope this helps.