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#136 of 191 Re: transmission replacement [pkersey]
Aug 29, 2009 (1:22 pm)
I have a 2002 MAzda MPV that initially got 20mpg and gradually increased to 23mpg over 80,000. In May while away from home the transmission went kaput and would not stay in gear. I had it towed to a garage that I knew nothing about and was at their mercy. The owner determined that the hydrolic pump failed and would not hold the trans in gear. My options were a new Trans at $8000, a used as is trans at $2100 or him rebuilding mine for $2600. I chose the latter. It now shifts better than ever and on a recent 2000 mile trip to Colorado I averaged 26+mpg with the car top carrier on and driving 80mph in Nebraska and Colorado. What could the mechanic have done to get these improvements?
#137 of 191 Re: transmission replacement [namberl]
Aug 29, 2009 (2:15 pm)
I have no idea what he could have done. When our 02 MPV transmission went, the dealer quoted $3,000 for a replacement, but we went elsewhere and had it rebuilt for $1,200. It failed 3 times within weeks of the rebuild, we paid another $1,000 for other fixes, but it never worked properly again. After a couple of months, we gave up and traded it in for $2,000 on a new vehicle.
Will never buy another Mazda again.
#138 of 191 Re: 02 MPV transmission failure [rcps]
Sep 15, 2009 (5:47 pm)
Well, may be a little late ..but still share my experience - Mine gave up last month - 2001 MPV - Reverse will not engage and in neutral moves forward and sometimes just shudders when starting - "Rebuilt" offers are available for $1300-1500 - Parts + labor - Transmission is real complex and I wonder how much of "manufacturing accuracy in alignments " can be achieved with rebuilds - More issues are often reported with rebuilds - I settled for a "used" transmission ...for about $900/=( 90day 5k warranty)
and got the van fixed for total $1500.00. Runs smooth and well so far. The only risk is the what the part guy claims - the tranny I got is supposed to be 120k-km. Well it is like replacing the entire block than opening and closing the block which possibly needs very well controlled environment for assembly and caliberation.
#139 of 191 02 Mazda MPV -- Bad Quality
Feb 01, 2010 (2:37 pm)
I have a 03 Mazda MPV with 78000 miles on it. I've already had the water pump replaced twice, first time at 47k miles and then at 77k. Oil pan leaked at 77k as well and the gasket was replaced. PCV hose was recalled in '03, then I had a CEL appear at 50k and had to get it replaced again. Apparently the replacement part in '03 through the recall was defective as well. I had few other sensors go bad around 45k and those were luckily covered by the 48month warranty, but it had to be towed. I can't believe I have so much problem with the minivan even before it ever got to 100k. It's a freaking money pit and every time it has issues, my wife want to trade it in for a Honda. For now it's still cheaper to fix it then getting a new car. I'll probably never buy Mazda again....too much head ache.
#140 of 191 Noise in Reverse
Feb 26, 2010 (8:18 am)
Just purchased a used MPV with 83K miles. Works great, but makes a chirping noise like some brake pads when we put it in reverse (without brakes being applied). Any ideas? So far, haven't noticed any adverse impact, but don't want to let it go if it's something we can/should fix. Thanks.
#141 of 191 Re: Noise in Reverse [farney1]
Mar 02, 2010 (4:38 pm)
Just a guess, but a chirping noise sounds like a belt to me. Might try your question in the maintence board if no one else chimes in here.
#142 of 191 Re: Noise in Reverse [jipster]
Mar 02, 2010 (7:29 pm)
Should clarify the noise -- instead of a sharp chirping sound, it's more like a humpback whale moan sound.
#143 of 191 Re: Noise in Reverse [farney1]
Mar 02, 2010 (7:32 pm)
Noise coming from the engine area or the wheels (front or back)? Does it change when you apply the brakes?
#144 of 191 transmission slipping
Mar 18, 2010 (5:00 pm)
I bought my automatic 2005 Mazda MPV new and have put over 50,000 miles on it. For about 1.5 to 2 year it has been slipping at times when it goes from 2nd to 3rd gear. It only did it ever now and then to start off with. Usually when one of my boys would drive it and then if I drove it again. My son and his wife use it everyday right now to go to work and take their children to daycare.It has gotten worse and I have taken it to a shop twice now, each time the mechanic test droves the van, but it won't slip when they are driving it. They tell me there is nothing they can do because they don't know what it is doing. The first mechanic I had test it, was at the place where I got the car, however he lives over an hour from here. I had him test it about 2 month ago. today I had a transmission place test it again. I am afraid it will leave me or my kids with the grand babies and then I will also have a repair bill. was told by someone that the van has a memory chip that gets used to me driving it and then when someone else drives it, it will want to shift at the same time. I have had other people say "no that is not true". Has anybody else had the same problem. Oh and by the way when I took the van the first time it had a little over 35,000 miles and not quite 5 years but they said the warranty had expired. I love my van and haven't had a whole lot of trouble with it, and I would like to nip this in the butt before it becomes worse. I read all the forums and people have wrote similar things. Makes me nervous. I was hoping I wouldn't have to buy another vehicle. Any suggestions?
#145 of 191 Re: transmission slipping [2005mazdampv]
Mar 18, 2010 (6:32 pm)
I had a transmission issue with my 04 I think the issue is called "shift shock", our MPV would shift into 2nd or 3rd extremely hard, so I'm not sure we have the same issue but I took our van to Mazda and they re-flashed the computer and that solved the problem (it took them two tries) now our MPV shifts flawlessly. I thought that this issue was resolved on the 05 and 06's, your van does have "learning" computer so MPV owners have had transmission issues resolved for a short time until the computer re-learns certain shifting patterns.
You may want to visit MPVclub.com and try posting your question, they have a lot of knowledgeable people on that forum.
All the best,