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#96 of 209 2005 MPV model more reliable?
Jul 26, 2005 (7:28 pm)
I plan to buy a brand new 2005 MPV for the *sole* reason that Mazda would have corrected all the bugs and fixed all the recall problems.
Does this reasoning make any sense? Or is the reliability of the 2004 and 2005 model on par? Will I be "wasting" my money by buying a new 2005 when I can get the same reliability and features by buying a used 2004?
Thanks in advance! I am eager for your feedback.
#97 of 209 Re: 2005 MPV model more reliable? [vrm]
Jul 27, 2005 (5:00 am)
Yes, I would say generally speaking your therory is correct. Though the Mazda MPV has always done very well in the area of reliability.You can look at an MPV and tell there is a lot of quality built in. Fit and finish are great. No squeaks,rattles, or other annoying problems. I haven't had any problems with my 2004.
If I bought a 2004 I would make sure the manufacture date is later than say June 2004. As the first quarter of 2004 the transmission TCM reflash hadn't been addressed yet. Either way you go...you should be able to get a really good deal.
#98 of 209 goodyear tripletread
Jul 28, 2005 (6:14 pm)
ok...so i put on those expensive goodyears...and i must say they are great. I have the 2003 MPV Es....great trip...had them put on over the past weekend and immediately took a trip from Asheville NC over to Gatlinburg TN...by the way...27.5 mpg on the trip. alot of hills and such in our neck of the woods too!!
These tires are expensive...at least to me they are....150 each plus....but Tirerack has them rated as the number 1 tire. they do come in a 17 which tirerack didnt list.
#99 of 209 Re: 2005 MPV model more reliable? [vrm]
Jul 28, 2005 (9:13 pm)
Depends of what the prices on an 04 would be. With many ads for 05's up to $7-8K off sticker, they are, at this time, quite a bargain. Plus, you get the full warrenty.
#100 of 209 Fuel or Electrical mystery
Aug 08, 2005 (10:08 pm)
I have an older 6cyl MPV ('96). About 2 weeks ago I had to jump start the battery 3 times because something in the switch was faulty and the headlights would randomly come on while the car was parked (jiggling the switch would fix that issue). Then last week, we had a hard time starting the car after I filled up the tank. I did notice a strong smell (kind of like burning brakes) but that went away after a mile or so (don't even know if it was my car - we were in heavy traffic). That night I did notice that (with headlights and AC on) the "fuel" & "check engine" lights would come on (though very, very dim) at every stop light . Reving the engine seemed to turn these lights out. The following morning the battery was dead (not due to the headlights coming on). After jumping the battery I drove about 10 miles to a store, came back and again nothing (not even the slightest click. About 3 minutes later, I pumped the pedal about 15 times and eventually the car turned over. After another 5 mile drive to get something to eat I stopped and immediately tried starting the car - again, not even a click - as if there was no battery. Half an hour later we went back to the car, pumped the pedal about 5 times and it started right up. The day after the battery was totally dead. I replaced the battery tonight, car starts just fine - no pumping - just turn the key. However, if I turn the headlights and AC on, I can see the faint lights of the "fuel" & check engine" coming on. They do go off at about 1100rpm. Can anyone offer some advise on what might be going on?
#101 of 209 Cleaning the Seat Rails (back seat)
Aug 09, 2005 (9:23 am)
Anyone else have this problem: sand, dirt, potato chips etc. collect under the back seat (the one that slides from side-to-side) and get into the grease on the seat rails.
Once you take the seat out, you'll see the channel that the seat slides in. How do you get in there to clean it? What do you use to re-grease the rails after you clean it?
#102 of 209 Timing Belt or Chain?
Nov 15, 2005 (8:29 pm)
I'm wondering whether the 2000 MPV ES works on a timing belt or a timing chain? I'm about to purchase one second hand (at 65000 miles) as I need a vehicle for 18 months while I am in LA. But I'm not sure whether I have to factor in the costs of replacing the timing belt, if there is one. Thanks so so much.
#103 of 209 Parts Shortage
Mar 22, 2006 (6:24 am)
I am interested in purchasing a 2005 left over MPV but I'm not sure due to the comment made by my mechanic. He claimed that it had taken over 1 month to receive a part on a Mazda he was trying to repair. Has anyone else had this problem?
#104 of 209 Changing a Light Bulb - Ugh!
Apr 23, 2006 (8:33 pm)
Ok, it's been months since posting here but here is another issue I have. I need to change the light bulb for the DRIVER SIDE little parking light - the one within the headlight bezel. Do I need to remove the battery to get at this socket?
I can get at the headlight, but not that little light!
Darn, there is a pipe in front of it too!
Any ideas are welcome! If I disconnect the battery, I'll need to reprogram the radio, clock, etc....is there anything else that could get screwed up too? I'd rather not remove the battery if at all possible.
#105 of 209 60000 Maint. Timing Belt?
Apr 25, 2006 (4:48 am)
I heard that it costs 450 dollars for the 60K warranty work; which includes replacing the timing belt! Is this a mandatory thing or just a nice to do thing??
That's a lot of money for just changing oil and rotating tires and changing a belt.
Please respond; anyone who has gone thru this period.
Thank you. TCC