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Mazda MPV: Problems & Solutions

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  • davehenrydavehenry Posts: 8
    Hello:

    Mazda seems to have a problem backing their products when it comes to service problems. In any case, my 03' MPV get at best 23.5 mpg on my daily commute (mostly highway miles @65 mph). I get around 21 mpg if I travel at 75mph.

    You are in need of a services dept that cares.
  • tcc21tcc21 Posts: 69
    Impressive figures on mileage there!
    I generally get 18 around town and 22 on the highway.
    I try to go light on the gas too.

    Yep, I think SERVICE is a key thing here and to find the right one to go to! We are limited in the Twin Cities, so we get stuck with location issues that may not be the best for SERVICE.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Who have you used for service? Anyone better than others?
  • criledocriledo Posts: 27
    I have used two dealerships here in Houston, one of them is JH (I'm not sure I am allowed to mention their full name here). I am aware there are other ones, but with Houston traffic, they are just too far away. It really gets me that for vehicles that are under warranty and have such an obvious problem as we do (15 mpg), there is nothing to be done about it. Dealers know their way around lemon laws, so thats not an option either. Someone pointed me towards leaking intake manifold gaskets, well, if I change them I will nill my warranty and the dealer won't change them because they say 15 mpg is normal. To answer tour question, I did not notice any difference between the service philosophies amongst dealerships.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Thanks, but I was specifically asking tcc21 because they live in the same city I do.
  • tcc21tcc21 Posts: 69
    I use the Polar Bear Express on the north side since it's the 'closest' to me..not really, but my other option is BURNSVILLE and that's a haul from the east metro. When I bought this thing, there was another dealer on the Bloomington Strip that no longer exists...it wasn't TOO bad to get to.

    They're nice enough at the Polar Bear store, but I know they are greasy as any of them when you get down to the issues!! Everything is 'normal'; from the $400 60K check in to the squeaky steering wheel to the creaking front end when it's below 30 degrees! It's all just a normally and I'm being too picky! Turn up the radio is what they say!!

    I think the Burnsville location would be a better dealer since they are more noted locally and deal with MAZDA's ONLY! Unlike the Bears on the north! If you live in the south metro, they would be worth it! I have never gotten there since the distance is not convenient.

    Hope that helps. TCC
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    I don't think Mazda service centers are the only ones that use the "normal" claim. More and more manufacturers are using it to avoid coviering warranty items.

    Also, in defense of the dealership, there are so many variables that determine the gas mileage. where do you start?

    If I was getting that bad gas mileage, I would check a few basic items like the air filter, tire pressure and the fluids. Then I would start tracking each tankful of gas using a small notepad. Very simple: Date, Odometer reading, miles between fill-ups, gallons of gas, MPG. this way you can see exactly what your MPG is and do a quick analysis of the type of driving and gas mileage. I've done this with my last few cars. It only adds a minute at the pump.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Thanks, I do live closest to Walser Mazda in Burnsville, although Morries is not too far from me either.
  • 321skippy321skippy Posts: 1
    I was reading your issue-
    did it get fixed? what was the solution?
  • pernstpernst Posts: 2
    Hi all,

    Recently I have been hearing a very faint electronic beep when I depress the brakes. Doesn't happen very often, just every now and then. Anyone know what this is? You can barely hear it. Can't find anything about it in the owner's manual.

    2005 MPV, 27,000 miles

    Thanks!
    Pete
  • pernstpernst Posts: 2
    Actually, I just checked my brake fluid and it is low. Could this cause the "beep"?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    Top off the brake fluid and see if it still beeps.
  • mbaitymbaity Posts: 1
    I'm having a similar problem. Does anyone know what causes this?
  • jimhefpghjimhefpgh Posts: 7
    I have a 2003 MPV with 75,000 miles. Changed the spark plugs about 3 months ago. That didn't fix the hesitation I get when accelerating. Actually the hesitation is there just about all the time. It feels like the engine is missing a beat every so often-hiccupping. The check engine light has been on for a while also. I have read about similar problems from other members on this forum - but have yet to see how they actually got it fixed.

    I remember reading one posting about a new coil pack fixing it.

    I'm trying to learn all I can before taking it to the dealer.

    Is there just one coil pack or is there six of them? How much does one cost?

    Thanks! This is a great forum!
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Go to an automotive parts store and ask them to read the codes and post it on this forum. Someone will be able to help you.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Reading the codes is a good idea to help determine that it is indeed the issue with the coils (individual ones too). Did you have the PCV recall performed - if not, that could cause hesitation and a CEL as well.

    Elsewhere on the 'net I have read of a few owners replacing just the rear coils and not needing to do the fronts just yet. You may be lucky and only have one coil acting up, so you could try replacing one at a time as well.

    -Brian
  • dannyp3dannyp3 Posts: 2
    FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS I HAVE HAD MY DEALER TAKE CARE OF ALL MY ALIGNMENT, THIS TIME I TOOK IT TO SEARS AND I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR THAT MY REAR ALIGNMENT WAS OUT OF WACK. SO I WENT THROUGH ALL MY PAST ALIGNMENT RECORDS, AND THIS IS WHAT I FOUND.

    YEARS TOE LEFT REAR TOE RIGHT REAR DONE BY

    2003 + 0.24 DEG + 0.10 DEG DEALER

    2004 + 0.28 DEG + 0.10 DEG DEALER

    2005 NO READING GIVEN TO ME DEALER

    2006 + 0.57 DEG - 0.36 DEG SEARS

    (SPECIFIC RANGE - 0.04 DEG TO + 0.32 DEG)

    AS YOU CAN SEE IT HAS BEEN GOING OUT OF WACK EVERY YEAR. WHEN I WENT TO THE DEALER TO HAVE IT FIXED I WAS GIVEN CRAP ON THE ALIGNMENT, AND THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY CANNOT FIX IT. THE CAR HAS NEVER BEEN INTO ANY ACCIDENTS, OR ANY MAJOR BUMPS, OR HIT ANY CURBS. ANY ADVISE GIVEN WILL BE VERY APPRECITED.

    P.S. ALSO MY THRUST ANGLE SHOWS + 0.46 DEG
  • viaductsviaducts Posts: 1
    Hi
    I'm interested in knowing which componets to remove and in which order. :) I'm hoping to change the spark plugs tomorrow.

    Thank You
  • tcc21tcc21 Posts: 69
    Been a while since posting here. I'm always afraid to see what the latest problem is with this unit! I still have my squeeky steering wheel issue and learning to accept that it's just normal.

    2 things.
    Anyone had a period of rough running and CHECK ENG. light come on after driving in severe rainstorms? This has happened to me 3 times now. Heavy rains and all of a sudden it starts to shudder and run rough; chk. eng. light comes on. After a day of drying out all is normal again!

    Has anyone noticed the sizable loss of power when using the AC on their MPV? I certainly do! Feels like it has no guts at all; need to thrust the gas just to get up to cruising speeds of 65 MPH. When I shut the AC off it seems just fine. Mine has 65K on it now. Almost reminds me of the days of having an old 4 cyl with air and how it would drag the power down. I thought those days were gone with this V6 engine!
  • mazda01mazda01 Posts: 1
    have a 2001 mpv lx when i shift into rev the trans shacks and shutters till i put i in forward anybody have the same problem and how did you fix it help :confuse:
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