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Mazda MPV: Problems & Solutions

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  • jaserbjaserb Posts: 858
    Okay, Karen, maybe third time's the charm ;)

     

    04-007/04 is the TSB number. Apparently the gov't and Edmunds lag behind somewhat on the very newest TSBs. My dealership still hasn't gotten the new brake pads in, so we're just living with the problem for now. If you'd like more information, better e-mail me directly at the address in my profile.

     

    -Jason
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    I had the BS Turanza replaced also. 80,000 miles warranty. The grip isn't as good as orig Dunlops, maybe the rubber is harder, touring is pretty good. The ride seems to be better at 36-lb for driver in car only.

     

    I live in Massachusetts. The heater warms the car in 5 to 10 mins (split dash/foot setting) when I warm up the car every morning. If the temp is quite cold outside, I put the air recirculate and press back to fresh when get in the car. Warmer air comes out from the center out than the air out near windows.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    My 04 MPV tranny problem was fixed in 1st try.

    It has to be 2 part procedure, reflash the TCM, then reflash the PCM. Maybe it is not good enough without the PCM reflash. Sometimes the TCM unit has hardware failure also, worst to the worst Mazda will change the TCM hardware b4 doing the reflash things.
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    ...thanks for stating about the ticking sound in the engine. I have heard that periodically, and now see there is a tsb on it..?

     

    Now another problem: When temps are below roughly 20 degrees, the front end has a stiff creaking sound when going over bumps. It sounds like something needing lubrication. I took to the dealer and they stated all was ok. Any fixes on THIS problem?!?

    I told them that I thought I heard about some plastic that needs to be cut off around the struts and he laughed...but still no fix!
  • My wifes MPV is in the shop. STarted making "knocking" noises last week. CHecked the oil level and it was a little low so put some in and didn;t notice the noise again until yesterday. Oil level was low AGAIN and put in another quart but noise persists.

     

    Brought it into the shop today and they say the noise is from the bottom part of the engine. THey are dropping the oil pan tommorow to see if they can do anything. But if not, they way its a NEW ENGINE!

     

    My god! I'm panicking!

     

    How much will this run? How can the engine go bad after 42,000 miles? Oil was last changed about 6 months ago, but we only drive 8K a year anyway!

     

    Anybody know if there is some help from Mazda on this? HELP!
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    I have not heard about a knocking problem. Mine only has a tappet problem. I still have the creaking in the front end when temps are below 20 degrees and I'm told to live with it!!

     

    I'm tired of living with abnormalacies!! It seems this vehicle is a time bomb waiting to disinegrate. Mine has 42K miles on it too! Yikes!
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  • I am currently taking my '03 MPV back to the dealer tomorrow to replace another spark plug that is causing a misfire. This is the 3rd time that I am doing this. I even had them changed outside of the dealer and was told by the dealer that the wrong ones were put in. Last month , one plug and one coil were replaced , now the same problem has started .. has anyone seen any SRB on this or had the same type of problems. I currently have 37K on it and my reliability of the car is shrinking.
  • 2000 mazda mpv lx: I am familiar with changing/removing brake pads in general. There seems to be two bolts that need to be loosened in order to release the pads so they slide off the rotor to be replaced. I cannot get these bolts loose. I put so much pressure on the bolt in an attempt to turn it that I broke my brand new socket wrench. Has any body experienced this problem? Changing brakes should not be this difficult.
  • I had that same problem with my 2000, which was resolved by bringing the van to a spray wash and hosing down the engine.

    Cheers,
    Ian
  • My 2000 MPV emits a smell of exhaust and/or burning oil after starting in cold temps, for the first minute or two.

    Anyone else have that?

    Anyone know what it is?

    Thanks,
    Ian
    Ottawa
  • The engine on my 1991 Mpv started idling at over 2000 rpm. It slowed and then would speed up during its idle. I shut it off and it did not start even though there was not a hint of it stalling before it was shut off. What's the possible problem?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,258
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  • I could use help from somebody for a 2002 MPV with 50700 mmiles but not three years old. The transmission "blew" three weeks ago. You would think that they would honor the warranty and replace the transmission but so far they are refusing. Transmission has been checked, but not servicesd over the years AND the car was at Mazda for engine light recalls in December and they should have noticed an impending failure, I think. What do you think?
  • Hello mpvntexas,

    I have a 2003 with the same problem. I've only taken it in once, with no results, in correcting the issue along with a bad water pump. Like you said, it is difficult to duplicate the problem on demand. I've noticed with mine is if you get on the gas a little harder than usual, and let off (say as to make a red light and then turn a corner) and then back on the gas, it can feel as if the transmission is ready to fall out. A significiantly hard knock.

    I would be very appreciative if you could tell me if anything has been resolved with your vehicle. If any progress has been made, the name of the service center would also be very helpful. My wife and I have had to deal with our service center here on a VW Beetle, and basically we have come to the conclusion that they are basically idiots. (Moffit VW, Mazda, Audi, Porsche) But that another story.

    Thank You,
    Russ in Shreveport
    rshenry@morrisdickson.com
  • nlsnls Posts: 65
    Has anyone got the work listed in TSB 07-001/03 performed at a dealership to resolve the odor problem from the vents when the a/c is turned on, and if so, did it work, and how much did it cost? It doesn't seem to be a do-it-yourself type of a thing, looking at the applicator and the cooling coil coating liquid that are indicated in the TSB.
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  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    OK, guys. MY 2002 MPV only has 20k miles & Dunlop tires are pretty much gone. We all agree that Dunlop tires aren;t good (based on previous discussions).

    Which one would you recommend ? I need softer/comfortable ride. Don't like current MPV's tight ride
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Start out at Tire Rack and plug in your MPV. There won't be much to choose from in the stock H-rated tires if you have the 17"-ers. Then try the 'other' available sizes and possibly stepping down to a lower speed rating. Try to keep the load rating of 95.

    That'll get you started.

    -Brian
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    I've heard a lot of good things about the Michelin Hydroedge.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    in fact, another mpv site I follow mentions someone who emailed Mazda about the 17" tires and stepping down to a T rated one. 225/55-17 in T will work.

    -Brian
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    waht is H, T ?
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    H and T are speed ratings. Tirerack has more information on them, but H is typically a stiffer tire than a T rated tire. Like I said before, the often forgotten piece is the load rating which is 95 on the MPV. You want the tire you get to replace the OEM's to have the same load rating.

    You want me to email more?

    -Brian
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    brian,

    called the tire dealers around, i am really interested in Michellin Hydroedge 215/60/17 inch but it is T rated, load rating is over 95. Some dealer say they will NOT step down from what manufacturer says & it is dangerous to do so. others say i can step down one notch which is from H to T.

    Please help, can i step down from H to T ? any dangers ?
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I've read/seen several other ES owners go to the Hydroedge w/o a problem. You *can* step down to a T rating, I noted text from a post on another site for you that stated it was ok to do so.

    I can't post a direct link to that information because it is not allowed here.

    -Brian
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    Thanks a lot. Tell me which site. you can mention the site not post links.

    I am so sick of the dunlop tires, i can count every bump on the road.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I've gotten posts pulled for just mentioning the site even without an actual link.

    Again, from what I've read on another mpv/mazda5 site, stepping down to T rated tires on the MPV is acceptable according to an email from MazdaUSA.

    I suppose you could email me.

    -Brian
  • i live in northern ohio and have a 2001 mpv...only 24000 miles....out of warranty for sure....had a leak in the supply lines to the rear heater and have had it suggested that is an$800 repair bill.....3.5 year old car and only 24000 miles....probably only about 8-10 thousand of those miles in the winter months....i will never buy another mazda and will make sure my friends and family hear my case too
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    call mazda & push them to pay. they will at atleast take 50% of bill, even if it out of warranty. my friend did it
  • sweet_subiesweet_subie Posts: 1,394
    thanks.
    no email address in your profile.
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