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Mazda MPV: Problems & Solutions

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  • My 1994 MPV is great but....
    After driving on the highway for around 5 minutes I start to hear a strange buzzing or humming noise up front. You can only hear it when you are accelerating. If you stop at a stop light and then start up again the noise is at its most obvious. If you get off the highway and drive around the city for a while the noise goes away. At one point I took it on to a quiet part of highway and went 140 km/h for about 10 minutes. The sound was fairly loud at this point. I stopped, got out and looked under the hood. I gave the engine a bit of gas and could hear the noise well, (normally you can't hear the noise under the hood), it really seemed like an exhaust noise. When this noise happens there seems to be no affect on the performance and the vehicle runs perfectly otherwise. I haven't taken it to a dealer yet. I would like to figure out what it could be first. Anyone have any ideas.
  • my guess is fuel pump about to fail...
  • I had the same problem with my Quest and several of my friends have had this problem. We all were told the same thing. When you put say 87 octane in your tank it may really have been 86 or not quite 87 so your engine light comes on when the fuel circulates. The auto people told all of us to put in one tank of better octane and after about 25 starts the light will go off by itself. They also said the 25 starts doesn't have to be 25 trips. They suggested I start my van, turn it off and do this 3 or 4 times and when I got to 25 restarts it turned off. This occurred several times and the restarts always did the trick. Also, when you put your gas cap back on be sure it "clicks" a few times to create the correct vacuum seal for your vehicle.
  • Hi there,

    I have a 2001 LX with 30,000+ miles on it. For the past month or so I've been experiencing symtoms that sort of indicate the original struts are being worn out - the ride is not as stable as before (during suspension rebound especially) and there is considerable nose dive during braking. I then realized that all four tires were under inflated at around 33psi (I normally keep them at 35). The unstable ride and nose dive effects seem to have been lessened after I inflated the tires back to 35psi, but I still think the ride is definitely softer (in a way that is not as stable) compare to when I first thought the ride was a little stiff after first bought the van. How long do the stock struts last in general? Have anyone replaced their OEM struts that soon, at 30k miles? I thought struts should last longer than that, and I understand the lifespan of struts depend on driving conditions/habits. I will admit I'm not the most "easy going" driver on the road (thanks to the responsive handling the MPV possess), but I sure do not want to believe the OEM struts are shot already at 30k miles.

    Another thing I should mention, I had the front tires replaced (they were Dunlop's before) at around 28,000 miles when I experienced vibration from the front. The ones I'm riding on in the front now are Generals. Could the different brand of tires affect the handling characteristics so much that, it gives you the impressions that you're riding on bad struts?

    I've spoke to my nearby dealer and my '01 LX is already out of warranty (technically over the 3-yr period), so none of the parts/components on the car are convered anymore. Anyone has any idea/opinion? Thanks.

    tl
  • We have a 2004 MPV with less than 6000 miles on it and our transmission gave out while I was driving on the highway. It would not go into any gears, not even reverse. i read that other people had transmissions replaced. How long did it take? They have had our vehicle for sometime and not sure when we are getting it back.
  • bob57bob57 Posts: 302
    From experience with my '01 the MPV is very sensitive to tire pressure and possibly brand of tires.
    Mine came with Yoko's which weren't bad. I changed to Michelin Symmetry at 30K miles. That changed the handling. It took me a month before I found the right tire pressure for these (37psi) and the van handled fine after that. I was disappointed with the tire wear and noise but handling was still good. I just put on two Goodyear Assurance tires on the front and not sure I like them yet. They are smooth, 80K warranty but the handling changed - again. I might have to mess with the tire pressures on these too. I'm not a General Tire fan so I won't comment about yours.... :))
    I just rolled past 71K miles and haven't seen evidence of shock or strut wear yet. I drive 95% at highway speeds so lack of a lot of cornering, potholes, etc., might play a factor in my case.
  • Hello i bought a 94mpv 82K mi. I need a tech manuel. can I download from an internet site? also i have a clicking noise on the drivers side above the valve cover,( the Port shaped like a backwards c) i do not think it is a lifter because the clicking in not consistant, but it sounds just like a lifter. And also what kind of v6 is this all I know it says 18 valve v6
  • Just about brand new MPV 04 ES Bought it from Galphin Mazda in Valencia California Already had it in the the first oil change on time @ about 4500 which the Mazda tech said that's fine. Now about a month ago the Tranny started slipping now its to the point that when you are taking off from a light & the card is shifting into 3rd it will gerk the car & when doing around 50mph if you give it gas the RPM will race up a little til it catches gear. There is even a burning smell coming from somewhere under the hood alomst like rubber. Checked the fluids they are all fine. Its covered up to 50k so I'm going to take it in I just have not had the time & they won't let me drop it off on a Friday & give me a loaner over the week end because they say the car won't be worked on for 2 days & we can't let you drive a loaner for that long...Comon I just bought a brand new van from you! Anyone have any Ideas as to what it could be that is causing this...

    Thanks

    Chris
    t
  • Have an 04 bought from Galphin Mazda in Valencia CA Aug 1st has about 7500 miles on it & its starting to have tranny problems as well. From what you are saying it sounds like Mazda will not do anything if I take it into them. Just wanted to know if you have any more info. I have also noticed a burning smell coming from some where under the hood almost like rubber. This started a little after the tranny started acting up.

    Thanks,

    Chris
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    I just replaced the original Dunlops at 38K miles on my MPV. They were worn bad, although even. I replaced with Bridgestone Turanza's and it seems to have much better ride and traction. The Dunlops did not last long by my thinking...should last closer to 45K miles at least!! The tire dealer carries Dunlops but stated that they really do not last long on tread life.

    Heater: Anyone else have problems getting heat? I turn the dial up and it seems to take forever to get heat to come out. Is this the thermostat or is it the temp control??

    Thanks, TC
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    How long has it had this problem? Does your vehicle have rear heat? Mazda has put out some TSB's(Technical Service Bulletins)reguarding lack of heat.
  • I have 97 MPV 4x4 with 170,000 kms. So far so good. Live in Canada, cold. The only thing I have noticed is that my self adjusting shocks went last week. Do you know about replacement?
    Mirek
  • I have 97 MPV, and I have that misfire (according to the code reader I bought) on the cylinder 1. But this is minor and sometimes goes away with warma up
    Mirekski
  • rickc5rickc5 Posts: 378
    Rizo mentioned a burning smell from under the hood. This happened to our 2004 MPV ES a couple of weeks ago, but it only happened one time, right after I changed the oil (interesting). Anyway, we haven't noticed it since. The smell was sort of like combination of hot brake smell and overcooked electronics. We haven't noticed anything wrong with the vehicle.
  • I have had many instances of my Mazda MPV 1997 model not being able to start. Have had to have it towed in several times and by the time it got to the garage it started just fine. Have replaced everything but the computer and still no luck. However, we were finally told to add upper cylinder cleaner to the gas tank and run a tank of high octane gas every third time or so.
     It is now on its third week of starting, with no problems. However, its done this before. I won't agree that its fixed until it's OK for three more weeks. It does seem to run much better though. My uneducated guess is that some sensor was cleaned and now it might work.
    Interested in other experiences, but bought a Ford in the meantime as a backup.
  • Don't buy if driving in snow or ice is part of your yearly routine. Had a 1994 with rear wheel drive and had to be towed from my driveway. Also, our babysitters refused to drive it in winter. Loved the Mazda though and ended up buying two more with four wheel drive to solve the problem. We're in Chicago area.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Go ahead and buy that MPV if driving in snow or ice. Front wheel drive with traction control is all you'll likely need....come with 16 or 17 inch tires. MPV is very popular in Canada.
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    Yes, my MPV has the 4 season package and rear heat and AC.
    How long ago did THAT bulletin come out? Man, you've got to stay up on all these 'secret' issues on this vehicle!!
    Thanks, Tom
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    I had read that someone had replaced the cabin air filter themselves. If they are on this thread, please explain how much was involved in doing it yourself. I know the filter is $27 at the Mazda dealer and it's located behind the glove box....

    Also, how often is the tranny fluid suppose to be changed? The manual does not state anything on this issue and the dealer said around 50000 miles!
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  • I have exactly same problem. Can you tell me more detail to fix it? Thanks!
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    Dunlop tires that come on the MPV's suck.
    They only last 30K miles and then go bald. Notorious for this. I replaced with Bridgstone Turanza's and they have GREAT traction in snow and water. Ride nice too!

    Heater thing, not sure yet. Need to chat with my 'friendly boys' at the Mazda place.

    Still waiting for someone to reply on how to replace that cabin filter thing behind the glove box....?
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I've seen instructions for replacing the cabin filter elsewhere on the 'net. Unfortunately, Edmunds doesn't allow linking to that club forum, so I'll do my best to explain it (and without pictures that it has).

    Open glovebox. Locate and remove numerous screws for glovebox. Remove glovebox. Filter is against the firewall on the right. Locate the tab on the filter door and pry it open. Remove used filter media and replace with the appropriate one (either a 2 piece unit or a 1 piece filter). Reverse process to reassemble.

    And yes, the tires are not the greatest. But, FWD and being a minivan does take it's toll on tires.

    -Brian
  • We also have a 2004 MPV with under 6k and have experienced very rough shifting but no failure. Took it in and the dealer said there was a recall (not sure if he meant bulletin or really a recall) MSPO3 for 'transmission shift shock'. The fix was just to re-flash the tranny control module. I pick it up today and will see if its any better. But you might want to look into this.
    Regards, Terry
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    it's not a recall, but a TSB for reflashing the TCM. I've read that this seems to address the issue. Our '02 hasn't had the issue though, fwiw.

    -Brian
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    That is old news and has been an issue on this board since the 03's came out. I had mine reflashed several times before the official reflash came out in Jan. of this year. Mine has been fine since. The 03-04 MPV's have been notorious for the tranny problems. At least they finally have a fix. I waited 9 months for the real deal until last Jan.
  • The accelerator pedal on our 2001 MPV LX (with 40k miles) has been "sticky" for a few months now. The problem seems to go away after it warms up, but it's a continuing problem. Anyone else having this problem, and have a fix?
  • Trussville Mazda mazda has free shipping till the Dec/25/04 and they have these cabin air filters for under $20 for 00-04 models. They are not all on their website, so you will have to call them. Get ready your VIN when you call them as there was mid year change on 02s in the filter shape. I ordered two from them and also set of rear and front mudguards as their price is cheapest you can find, I hope to install those mud guards before our upcomming trip to the snow areas. ;-)
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  • Did you ever find a cure for the moaning? Mine just started last month.
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