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Mazda Millenia

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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    The Town Hall Membership Agreement forbids using these boards to sell or buy things. Sorry.
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    Test post. I get "Connction Dropped" when trying to post an answer in the maintenance section "Oil Filters, Whose is best and why" thread.
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Just took delivery of 2002 Millenium. Noticed that daytime running lights are in the headlight assembly and come on with headlights. How can they be activated as daytime running lights only?
  • doepeldoepel Posts: 20
    Have any 99 MM owners experienced a ringing, whinning noise coming into the cabin when the car is going up-hill between 40-70 mph?

    Mine has done this since new. I just discovered that there is a TSB out on this (at NHTSA web site), which involves replacing the transmission shifter cable with a re-design having an integrated vibration dampener.

    The replacement procedure requires 4 hours of labor, with most of the time spent removing/re-installling the dash.

    Has anybody had this TSB applied and if so how much of an improvement did it make? Did the dealer have any problems getting the dash back together (i.e., no resulting damage/scratches and no rattles).

    I'm wondering if the benefit of having this done out-weighs the risk of damage to the dash. The work will be done under warranty.
  • Does anyone know how much the new M6 is going for? I looked at it on the website and kinda like it. I can't really tell how long it is but it looks to have a millenia style rear. We all know how good that looks. 220 hp isn't bad either.
  • Hello,

    I have a 2001, Millenia S that is just about finishing 1 year since I bought it. However, for the past several months, I have noticed a distinct rust formation on the caliper (near the brakes/tyres). Is the NE weather an issue? How do I remove the rust. The wheels look unsightly since the rusty caliper is clearly visible. Do others face this problem?

    Please offer any advise that might help...
  • tomekktomekk Posts: 310
    I've got the same thing, but I don't worry about it...
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    Just go to WalMart or HomeDepot and get the High Heat Rustoleum spray paint in the color you like best.

    Jack up one corner, remove the wheel and support the car with a jack stand.

    Lightly wire brush the surface rust off the casting, but don't brush the rotor. Blow the rust dust off, then using a solvent such as lacquer thinner, damp clean the casting to finish removing the dust and any oil products. Now cover anything you don't want painted and spray paint the caliper. Repeat on all four corners. There is no harm in painting them, but keep solvents and paint off any rubber parts and the rotor.

    Yes, the road slush and salts etc are causing the harmless surface rust. But like you I wouldn't be able to look at it. I live in Florida, and my 2001 P is one year old this month. Not a speck of rust anywhere. It is garaged when not in use, and I do not live on the rust coasts. Enjoy the "new" calipers, it will be well worth the time and very minor expense. Less than $10.
  • I start the car in the morning (cold), and begin the trip to work. At a steady 55mph, and about 3 minutes after starting the car, the engine seems to miss out and runs rough for maybe 30 seconds, then it clears up. It does this without fail, everyday, at the same time. Could there be something that happens in the fuel mixture or timing that is triggered at a certain time after startup? I don't believe it is relative to speed, but to the time the car has been running. I love the car, and this isn't really a big deal, but I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this with their Millenia.
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    Mine is an '01 P.Symptoms slightly diferent. Upon first starting mine in the morning and driving away (I don't warm a car up before driving)it does not totally smooth out for a period of something less than a minute. In my case at least I don't think it is anything wrong, just the time it takes for the ECM to adjust. After that everything is silky smooth and quiet.
  • I have a 98 Mill S with 60K miles. For the most part is has been trouble free. I've only changed the battery, tires w/slightly oversized (Michelins), and I replaced the steering-tilt relay which caused an engine light and tilt was stuck in the up position. Overall a fun car to drive and own.

    Pros:
    Fast (after superchargers kick in). Too bad they didn't up the engine to a 3.0L

    Looks: Still think it is one of the best looking cars.

    Cons: Only one cup holder, what's up with that? Did they correct this in the newer models?

    Front wheel drive

    Suspension has sagged somewhat(springs in struts have sprung). Happened after carring 4/5 adults around for awhile.

    Windnoise is excesssive for a car of this caliber

    Ready for a new car....thinking of the new G35 Infiniti. My wife is happy with her Millenia.
  • Hi ExcessNoise,

    Several members of this forum have mentioned a sluggish or inoperable tilt away steering. How did you replace the relay? Was this easily done? Expensive?

    I have currently turned off my steering tilt because I'm afraid it will get stuck in the top position.

    More info on this relay replacement please!!!

    Steve
  • The relay is up above the steering column. If it is bad as mine was (my s/wheel was stuck in full upright postion), when you try and move the S/Wheel with switch, it will click which helps to locate it. It is a little difficult to get to but no too hard to replace. It is held by a rubber sleeve which made it hard to remove.
    Price $$$, expensive for a relay. I don't remember but I think it was approx. $85-100. It worked for a few weeks and then started acting up again for a few days but then it cleared up and has been fine for 6 months now.

    PS: how do you turn it off other than removing a relay or fuse. I don't drive mine much anymore, my wife does. I didn't see any on/off switch when I worked on it.
  • FYI- For those looking for an excellent used vehicle -Consumer Reports 2002 gave the Mazda Millenia a 'CR Best Bet' approval. Lexus and Acura were the other alternate CR endorsements (for luxury cars).
    Those looking at Maximas, etc. should really do the research AND drive them. I'm more than happy with my '01 P two-tone with 24K (flawless) and after 3 family Maximas (and continous repairs).
  • On my '97 S, there is a push button switch on the left side of the steering column, next to the paddle switch for raising and lowering the steering wheel. This button turns the auto tilt feature on and off. I have mine turned off at the moment.
  • My 2000 Millenia S overheats when I take it on a long (2+ hours) trip and go up a long hill. This has happened three times this summer, even at fairly mild temperatures. The issue seems to be having the car loaded with people and luggage and pulling a long hill. It has happened on hills that are 5+ miles long in temperatures in the upper 70s and on hills less than a mile long in temperatures in the 100s. In order to prevent the engine going into meltdown, I have to turn off the AC, turn on the heater to the highest temp (95) and open all the windows. Then the temperature inches back down to near normal.

    The dealer is no help. They can't duplicate it because the car was not heavily loaded and/or there are no hills around here that are long enough to cause the problem at the temperatures during their tests. The service consultant acted as if I was delirious and the car really didn't overheat, which really ticks me off. The guy was a real a**h*le. They said Mazda won't authorize any part replacements unless the problem is duplicated. They expect ME to pay for the parts. (AutoWest Mazda, Roseville, CA).

    Mazda has so far been no help either. They have also walked away from the problem saying, and I quote, "Driving up a long hill with the air conditioning causing the car to overheat could be considered a normal condition". I just sent a letter to the president of Mazda North American Operations. It's the last recourse I have other than to file a lawsuit.

    I KNOW this problem will surface again and again until something gets fixed. And since the warranty period is ticking away and fall is approaching (cooler weather), I will lose the ability to verify the problem has been fixed, until next summer.

    I have told Mazda that it's time for them to start replacing parts at their expense and I will commit the hours it takes to determine whether the problem has been fixed.

    After all, this is the mighty Millenia S, the flagship of the Mazdas, the 'Amati'; competitor to the baby Lexus. Somehow I think I would have been treated differently by a Lexus or Infiniti dealer!

    If this happened to you or if you have any ideas as to what the most likely cause might be, please post.

    Thanks
  • Hello nhinman. Did the dealer suggest *any* possibilities .... water pump, thermostat? Did they hook it up to their electronic engine do-dad, the one that checks engine error codes. If they didn't, some on this forum have stated that AutoZone has the equipment to check for these error codes and will do it for free. Maybe during the overheating something got flagged in the memory that could help you.

    Or, you could schedule a service appointment with a dealer that is close to those hilly areas and try to recreate the problem. A little more hassle that way but might get you closer to a solution. Let us know how it goes.
  • Hi Steevo2,

    The dealer was no help. They said there were no overheats stored in the ECU. The reason why there weren't any is because I used the heater to add the additional cooling necessary to prevent the engine from going critical. They are a big city dealership and have little or no customer advocacy. Hence, they offered no possible causes. The attitude was 'we can't duplicate it so go pound sand, buddy...'.

    It must be something just out of tolerance, though, because I can drive the car around here (Sacramento, CA, area) on the flat and up small to medium hills and it never overheats. Even when it's over 100 degrees out (which happens all too often around this place!!). It only happens when I am driving in the most demanding situations. Quite an annoying quandry.

    As far as dealers near one of the 'hills of death', even the dealer in Redding, CA, (closest to one of the hills where it happened), is an hour from the hill. The other hills are in the middle of nowhere, at least two hours from a dealer (exactly the kind of place where you DON'T want to break down). My guess is that if this car 'lived' east of the Mississippi, the problem would never surface.

    I am going to take it to another dealer around here in hopes they'll work a little harder to diagnose the problem.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
  • tomekktomekk Posts: 310
    My '01 Millenia S overheated twice - once it was very small cooling system leak (caused air pockets), fixed under warranty in 1/2 day; second time it was thermostat "showing signs of sticking" - also promptly fixed under warranty. Both times they gave me free loaner. I was not charged for diagnostics, but they did take some time on the thermostat to duplicate the problem and show Mazda that it was, in fact, malfunctioning.
    Good luck -
    Tomek
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Is there still a mazda dealer in shingle springs on the way to Tahoe? They might be the ones to see it happen.

    Also, what happens if you just blow the thing up? new engine?
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