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#86 of 209 NEW MPV Owner
Jul 18, 2005 (7:22 pm)
Hello all. I am the proud new owner of a 2003 MPV ES Mazda. Expanding family recently has moved us into this vehicle. So far we love it. I have a couple of questions though. Our MPV has 30k miles and needs a couple of things....
1) Tires need replacing...seems odd at 30k, but the fronts are pretty worn.
any suggestions on replacements that have a great ride?
2) we have noticed the sulphur like smell a couple of times. I have read in some forums that this problem seems to come from the gas we use, not neccesarily the Cat Converter...any thoughts?
3) where is the easiest place for me to get an owners manual?
4) how in the hll do you remove the spare tire? I am sure when i get the owners manual i might have an explanation!
5) How do i get bulletins to see what recalls have been sent out and if i need to have anything done..
Thanks for all your help. will check back soon.
Dale in asheville NC!!
#87 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [daleinnc]
Jul 18, 2005 (10:06 pm)
Dale, congrats on the new ride. I may not be of much help, but here goes...
1. Not surprising, if you got the Dunlop 4000's. According to the consumer reviews at Tire Rack, they seem to wear out pretty fast. As far as replacements, sorry, the MPV is my first minivan and it's only got 1000 miles on it.
2. Can't help you there.
3. Did you buy from a dealership? I would guess they would have one.
4. I haven't even checked my manual on the how to.
5. I believe that Edmunds has that info if you go to the specific make, model and year.
Told ya I wouldn't be much help.
#88 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [daleinnc]
Jul 19, 2005 (4:48 am)
1)yeah, the OEM Dunlops wear out pretty quickly. 30k isn't to bad. The Michelin Hydroedge or Harmony would be a good bet. Try tirerack.com for suggestions and ideas...don't know what your price range is. Hydroedges are expensive $130.
3)google mazda owners manual,,,or call e-mail Corp Mazda
5)ask your dealer, google Mazda mpv recalls and tsb(technical service bulletin)
Congrats and good luck on your MPV
#89 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [daleinnc]
Jul 19, 2005 (6:22 am)
3. I bought one from E-Bay.
4. The spare tire is underneath the vehicle, below the middle row passenger side seat. There should be a small opening in the carpet to operate a winch mechanism to lower the spare tire.
#90 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [nls]
Jul 19, 2005 (7:29 am)
thanks to all the post to my questions. I did find that winch tool of a thing hidden in the rear seat. will see if i can figure it out myself. I will ebay or go thru local dealer to get me a book though.
the tires that came on it are the Dunlops so i guess the wear on them is common.
#91 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [daleinnc]
Jul 19, 2005 (4:08 pm)
Some folks have had the winch mechanism becoming inoperable because of rust from road salt, or because of a plastic part in it breaking. So you might have to exercise some caution. One recommendation is to grease it occasionally so that it doesn't get stuck.
#92 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [nls]
Jul 20, 2005 (4:16 am)
thanks again for the info. will check on the winch thingy.
UPDATE ON TIRE INFO.....after reviewing tirerack.com due to the suggestions from many of you...i believe i have found another great option in tires for the MPV. Tirerack.com rates the Goodyear Assurance Tripleedge as the number 1 tire overall and the Michelin Hydroedge as the number 2...only problem is that it didnt list on tirerack.com that the Goodyear comes in a 17 inch rim size...which my MPV has (225/60/17). So....after calling a couple of local dealers, one of them found that they could get the Tripleedge in the 17 size....of course...they are expensive...about $165 a tire...but they appear to be the top ranked tire.
Just thought I would share in case some of you were like me and thought that you only had a couple of options with size 17's (and a couple of them werent very good options either....more Dunlops or the Continentals!!)
#93 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [daleinnc]
Jul 20, 2005 (5:43 am)
Have never heard of the Goodyear Assurance Tripleedge.Let us know how you like them after they're installed.
#94 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [jipster]
Jul 20, 2005 (7:16 am)
I think it is TripleTread. There is also a ComforTread, which is slightly lower in cost.
#95 of 209 Re: NEW MPV Owner [nls]
Jul 20, 2005 (2:09 pm)
ooops...you are right...triple tread....anyway...getting them on friday...will give an update soon after...