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  • rumor24rumor24 Posts: 74
    No problem. Anderson nissan/mazda/suzuki in Rockford IL. They will treat you right not only in the service area but in the sales area as well. If you want to email me, I will give you the phone number for the dealership and easy directions on how to get there from I90. I have had really good luck with them at this dealership and they own a toyota dealership which treated me well also. They also have a mazda dealership in sycamore as well but I just don't know how there service is. The ones in Rockford are really good to work with.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    Anderson direction
    I-90(W) > I-39(N) > Rt-55W (3 mi) > R-Turn on N Alpine Rd. (between Rt-55/Rt-25)
  • rumor24rumor24 Posts: 74
    Well, there you go. Bigdadi must have been there before. Ther is 2 people who are familiar with the dealer then. Must be ok.
  • tom2003tom2003 Posts: 1
    bottgers, I've been trying to figure out what to do with my 2003 MPV with 4 seasons, re: trailer hitches. I read you post and was encouraged.
    etrailers.com looks good. Do you have any advice? Can you tell me the specific hitch and harness you bought? At this point, I'm planning on calling etrailers.com to place the order so that they can help me out getting the correct stuff. The hitch looks straight forward - I think I'll get the Hidden Hitch class III round tube hitch they have (my MPV does not have the GFX package), but the harness (or hardwire kit?) is confusing to me. How bout Wiring Harness Mounting Brackets? Are they necessary? I just want to make sure I get everything I need.

    Thanks in advance!
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    I think it is not a bad idea to call mazda re whether it'll affect b2b warranty before purchasing the trailer hitch from outsider instead of OEM. The hitch installation involves hookup of elec. wiring to the car. Later if there is a problem on something then they may blame on the hitch wiring since it's not approved or installed by Mazda.
    I heard horrible story that under warranty but dealer refused service / repair due to a remote starter was installed and dealer won't touch the car until the remote starter is UN-installed even there's already a svc bulletin re same problem.
  • kolt1kolt1 Posts: 25
    Question about changing the oil filter on a 2004 LX. Do you have to remove the plastic shroud directly below the filter (or at least loosen it)? After removing the filter, how much work is it to clean off the manifold pipe which is also located below the filter? Last but not least, what size socket removes the drain plug? Thanks in advance for all answers/suggestions.
  • owr084owr084 Posts: 46
    On my 2002, I remove the bolts from the shroud in the middle and passenger side. Cover the manifold with foil and you will have no clean up problem. Not sure off the top of my head the size of the drain plu, but it is metric ;)

    RBB
  • once_for_allonce_for_all Posts: 1,640
    MPV market. While it is true that I don't see nearly as many in Fresno, CA. as the Odys, Siennas, etc. it fills a great niche market as a "mini" van and its interior space is hugely functional. I would hate to see it disappear.

    John, '02 LX
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    It seems the MPV posting areas are pretty quiet for past week. After the hardshift problem is pretty much settled by reflash of TCM & PCM, probably no new problem pops up. I love my PeeVee.
  • rickc5rickc5 Posts: 378
    No problems, good mileage (23.3 calculated on the last fill-up). Quiet, comfortable, as much room as we need. We love it!
  • kolt1kolt1 Posts: 25
    a couple of weeks ago.

    2004 LX
    -LX Plus Pkg
    -4 Seasons Towing Pkg
    -Traction Control w/Side Air Bags
    -Power Sliding Doors
    -Whitewater Pearl Paint

    So far, very satisfied. The firmer driver's seat is going to take awhile to break in.
    I traded in a 13 yr. old Chevy Lumina APV (bought new) with 144k on the odo. I figure this one should last me at least 20yrs and 200k miles.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,027
    The hitch I ordered from etrailer.com is the class III HiddenHitch with a 2" receiver part #70583. The wiring kit I used is the 4 pole hardwire kit part #18251. You don't need to oreder anything else as the hitch and wiring kit come with everything you need.
  • rotarykidrotarykid Posts: 191
    15mm wrench for the oil drain plug......
  • Here's a link to an AutoWeek.com Driver's Log where they have tested an '04 MPV, looks like an ES. http://autoweek.com/cat_content.mv?port_code=autoweek&cat_cod- e=carboard&loc_code=index&content_code=07078084

    I'm very happy with my '04 Sunlight Silver ES and I am glad to read favorable reports on the MPV that don't also include "great vehicle but not as big as the others". Sometimes smaller really is better!
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,027
    .....could just get the PeeVee's gas mileage up there where it should be......
  • mikmmikm Posts: 1
    I want to know if anybody out there has any information on the 2005 mpv and what, if any additional features it will have. Will it get a horsepower boost? Also will it have any additional safety features such as stability control and three row side curtain airbags? No luck contacting Mazda.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,589
    Try looking in the Mazda MX-Flexa / Mazda4 discussion. (Post #1 suggests few changes for '05).

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  • kolt1kolt1 Posts: 25
    I'm closing in on 1000 miles and would like to hear some opinions on whether I should change the oil or wait. I've read some of the past posts regarding this topic and was also wondering about whether I could/should change grades and/or go with a synthetic. I've been using 5W-30 in all of my vehicles (every 3k) since the early 90's and have not had one major engine problem. I understand that I would probably see a drop in mpg if I changed to a 5W-30, but I believe it would be minimal. One side note... I will be taking a 400+ mile road trip this weekend and am strongly considering changing it over to 5W-30 synthetic. I welcome all suggestions and opinions. BTW, the thing runs like a top, can't wait to get it out on the open highway for a few hours.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I changed the oil at 5k at the dealer with 5w-20 and then at 6.5k I started 5w-30 Mobil-1. I've been doing 6 month changes, as that seems to be about 5-6k for us. Most of our mileage is city, so we're averaging 19mpg overall, but when we do a good highway trip, we get 22-24mpg (have gotten 25mpg once).

    -Brian
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    The manufacturer site has the answer on synthetic oil.

    Goto www.mazdausa.com > Talk to Us > FAQ >
    Does Mazda recommend the use of Synthetic Oil?
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Sure, that's valid. It does NOT say you can't use it though.

    Mobil-1 has their own statement at http://www.mobil1.com/why/myths.jsp indicating it's fine (except for the Mazda rotary engines) and won't void your warranty since it "meets the oil requirements of all automobile manufacturers."

    -Brian
  • sarakaysarakay Posts: 19
    Hi folks, I went to the local Mazda dealer to see the MPV for myself and take a test drive. The sales guy told me that if the van is in a frontal crash, the engine is designed to go under the passenger compartment, instead of into it. I was unable to find any confirmation of this on the Mazda web site or in the brochure, and was wondering if anyone here knows if it is true.

    Thanks,
    Sara
  • crissmancrissman Posts: 145
    I imagine all manufacturers try to minimize the chances of engines entering the passenger area. I've not read anything specific about Mazda's designs, so I think it's just typical salesman talk.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    just because you never read anything does not mean its just salesman talk....all mazda's are designed to have the engine drop down under the safety cell so the engine is not in your lap during a severe frontal crash....mazda is not the only mfg who builds cars this way.
  • crissmancrissman Posts: 145
    I was certainly not trying to slight Mazda in my statement, but to merely imply that any salesman of any brand could probably say this and not be incorrect.
  • moonpie2moonpie2 Posts: 26
    My dealer is pushing significantly more "scheduled" service then the manual for my '03 MPV ES recommends.

    It is my belief that they are just trying to get more money out of me by guilting me into unnecessary services. After all, if the oil needed to be changed every 3000 miles, wouldn't Mazda recommend that in the manual?

     I plan to do as the manual recommends and blow off the dealer.

    What do ya'll think?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,589
    I follow my manual - oil gets done at 7,500 miles etc.

    Car nuts, like our editor, Karl Brauer, think differently (Oils Well That Ends Well). Actually I just think he likes to tinker with his cars.

    Follow the money?

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