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Mazda Millenia



  • me personally i would do it off the cap that way ur wires will match up with no problems
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,419
    I should have been more clear. Squeaky rear bushings (above the rear tires) are enclosed in a little rubber boot. Just make a hole big enough for some silicone grease to be sprayed in via a straw connected to the aerosol nozzle, and re-seal the are all set.
  • srustsrust Posts: 2
    In my previous experience, thermostats have always failed open, that is, causing a too-cold problem. However, last summer the thermostat of my '98 Millenia P (2.5, obviously) failed closed, overheating. As it turns out, the thermostat is a multifunction device, opening and closing as many as three different openings. The silly thing was warped and deformed.

    Our local good guy radiator shop told me that cars like Mazdas tend to be finicky about their cooling systems. You have to be very careful to get the system well-burped, eliminating all air bubbles in the system. I had the radiator out for inspection (no leak or low-flow rate problems) and replaced the thermostat and hoses. Having been warned, I was extremely cautious about bubbles.

    Cooling system now fine. Recently drove from Fort Wayne to Evansville with no problems and honest 28.5 MPG (adding acetone) on the way down. That was the best it's ever done.

    By the way, I think the car gets 15% better mileage with acetone than without.

  • Hi,
    just found this site and appreciate all the wonderful info. I bought my son a '96 Millenia S lst year with 84K miles. It now has 92K and I have no idea if the timing belt has ever been changed.

    Any thougths on the cost of changing the timing bet? Should water pump be replaced at the same time?

    it's been an excellent car so far. Thanks!
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,419
    The timing belt should usually go 100,000 with no problems, regardless of recommendations. He should probably be thinking about changing it soon. And certainly do the water pump at the same time. In any event, it is not an interference engine, so if the belt fails before replacement, it will not destroy the engine.
  • Thanks Gregg VW.

    I've been told by 2 different mechanics that this is an interference engine? Is the Millenia S different than the non "S" engine for timing belts?
  • wilcorwilcor Posts: 3
    I have a 2000 base model with a straight six cylinder engine that threw a rod through the crankcase at 58,000 miles. This car was well maintained and driven by my slow poke wife since it was new. This occurred after the 60,000 mile service was done and the timing belt changed two months before it blew up. It was out of warranty and the Mazda factory rep supposedly inspected it but only offered S class pricing on a new one and no engine replacement. S class pricing was no better than normal pricing. I declined to buy another one and spent $5 grand on a rebuilt engine since they offered me $200 for the car. Everyone knows that this should not have happened at this mileage. Has anyone else had this happen at under 100,000 miles. This does not seem right and am thinking about rediscussing it with Mazda. I offered to pay the local Mazda dealer $2000 for labor to replace it if Mazda would give me another engine at cost to no avail.
  • wilcorwilcor Posts: 3
    I had the same problem but cured it in mine by switching to a K & N free flowing air cleaner. It might be worth a try for $45. I am not a full time mechanic but I usually feel some difference in accelleration on smaller engines that I have but none on my larger V-8 engines.
  • uscxvuscxv Posts: 8
    As long as you have maintenance records you definately need to rediscuss with Mazda. I have over 130k on my 2002 Millenia and all is does is run and run and run.

    You also need to call 1-800-lemon law. Sometimes thats all that works.

    Good Luck
  • wilcorwilcor Posts: 3
    Thanks. I think that everyone but Mazda would agree that they should have stepped up to the plate on this one. No well kept engine that was never pushed very hard should throw a rod at 58,000 miles. I think I will call the 800 lemon law number and discuss it with them.
    Thanks for the advice.
  • I have a 1996 Millenia with a 2.5L V6 the standard motor with the car and I was wondering what I need to get to upgrade my moter to the KLZE-2.5 V6. I was wondering what would I all need to to make this motor work in my car.
  • If you have unsuccessfully attempted to put in the code 3 times the book states that it will make the audio permanently inoperable and will have to be replaced by the dealer at you r expense. If you have an owners manual pages 4--55 is were to start reading at. I was fortunate enough that mine has never been set.
  • My boyfriend bought 95 Millenia in November for $1300 and gave it to me. The guy was working on fixing it up and got tired of sticking money into it. He told me he had replaced the transmission, spark plugs and the O2 sensor as well as the sensor in front of and behind it. He also told me there was a miss that he couldn't figure out. He said there were not any more codes on the car so he couldn't find out what the problem was. He told me he would suggest that I take it to the dealer and have it checked out. The miss was not really bad. It was just after it warmed up and until you would reach about 30 mph and it's stop. Now the miss is bad and to the point that it died on me twice when I stopped at a stop sign. It also takes it a minute to crank if I cut it off when I go somewhere. It seems to be idling at 500 rpms which I am pretty sure is to low and it has been that way since I got it. I am going to get new boots and sparkplugs and change those before going to the dealer. I priced a distributor and I thought I was gonna have a heart attack from the cost. Do you have any other suggestions before I take it to the dealer and spend alot on it?
  • I went to and registered and put in my car info and they have all kinds of information such as repair guides and descriptions of parts as well as were they are located in or on the vehicle.
  • You mean you just cleaned the outside of the motor and that was it?
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,419
    If it is the S model 2.3 liter Miller cycle engine, I don't think 500 rpm at idle is too low, especially if it idles smoothly.
  • This is the specs I have on it:
    Transmission:4-SPEED AUTO OD TRAN 2W FWD
    Engine:2.5L DOHC V6 24 VALV
    I entered my VIN on the mazda website and this is what it came back as!
  • The only thing I know about it is that it has the following specs per Mazda's owner website:
    Transmission:4-SPEED AUTO OD TRAN 2W FWD
    Engine:2.5L DOHC V6 24 VALV
  • Hello from the Tennessee mountains! I hope someone in the forums either can help me with this oddball problem, or can refer me to an expert on 1995 Millenia transmissions. While driving in the remote mountains, I came to a "T" intersection that was so steep that the front of my car bottomed out hard on the pavement of the intersecting road. Immediately the torque converter lockup engaged and has not disengaged since. Local Mazda dealer refuses to even look at transmission problems in cars out of warranty. Local transmission shop gave $1300 "estimate," exclusive of additional problems that they may find--wanna bet they won't find any on this 155,000 mile vehicle?! I have driven several thousand miles since the incident, Cold starts are a problem as either the engine stalls or the transmission engages with a bang. If there is no simple fix for this, I'll just drive it this way until something breaks from the abuse. But I hate to do that because it has been a wonderful car--any help will be sincerely appreciated.

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Welcome to CarSpace! You might also want to post your question in our Answers section while we're waiting to see if someone can help you here. Good luck - hope we can help.
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