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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    Did you try the dealer locater at Kumhotireusa.com? Maybe Sears could order you some.

     

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    The upcoming Mazda 5 is a cousin to Ford's European Focus. We take a sneak peek here.

     

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  • vinnygvinnyg Posts: 57
    Mchuchra,

    Sorry, I don't know of any other merchants that carry the Kumhos. The only thing that I can tell you (which doesn't help at all) is that I replaced the OEM Dunlops that were shot at 30,000 miles with all season Kumhos for a great price from The Tirerack, and they are holding up very well, so I would think that the Kumho snows would be a good choice as well. Good luck in your quest.
  • I just test drove and 04 LX with 270 mile on it. Overall I was impressed with the engine upgrade and the exterior restyling. However, I cannot beleive the interior carpeting, it looks and feels like indoor outdoor carpeting.

     

    I can live with it, but I wondered if anyone can tell me how it holds up and how easy/hard it is to clean. And when did they change the carpeting, my 01 looks like luxury carpeting after seeing the 04.

     

    Thanks
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  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    We put down small matching in color area rugs in the back where the kids sit to help protect the carpet. You could also scottsguard it. To me the carpet looks fine though.
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    Several things.

    Has anyone here heard/done about adding the silver circles within the gauge area like the 2004 and newer MPV's have? I know there is a kit you can buy ( $120-$180), but wanted to know how to pull out the gauge area to snap them in...just to add some class to the gauges I guess.

     

    Also, went in today for the latest recall notice regarding rear heat/not getting good heat. I have the 4 Season Pkg..

    With the temps below zero in the Twin Cities now, I find that the heater on my MPV really sucks. You have to have the fan on full blast and dial all the way over to keep the cabin comfortable...anyone else had a fix on this issue??
    I now remember this being a problem last winter, but it was not as cold as it is now and I forgot about it since then.

     

    ONE MORE THING: Has anyone had that creaking sound in the front end when it's below 20 degrees?? I went over some speed bumps and heard this horrid sound form the front...I DID go at a slow speed too! I called my local friendly Mazda dealer and they said it was normal; plastic rubs and gets cold and creaks. You would think they would have a better design for this issue...?!?

     

    Thank you.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Our '02 ES heats very well IMO, front and back. I think we have the temp selector set to 2 or 3 clicks from max on both, seems to be fine for the 7F it's been. I know there is a valve in the engine bay that is supposed to be ON in order for the rear heat to function. Not sure if having it partially ON would affect things.

     

    I think there is a TSB to trim some plastic that can rub against one of the front struts.

     

    -Brian
  • bean3422bean3422 Posts: 183
    I have always had the strut noise in every vehicle I have owned when it gets really cold. (Of course, three out of the 4 new vehicles I have owned have been mazdas, go figure).

     

    You might want to check out the TSB though...that sounds interesting.

     

    Our 02' ES heats extremely well...we have only gotten down around 10 degrees here in Northern Virginia this winter, though I don't recall having problems in the past either.
  • vinnygvinnyg Posts: 57
    ANYBODY KNOW IF THE CUPHOLDER/ASHTRAY UNIT IS REMOVABLE ON MY '03 LX, AND IF SO, HOW DOES IT COME OUT? I WANT TO GIVE IT A GOOD CLEANING AND CAN'T SEEM TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REMOVE IT. THANKS.....
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    Not sure if/how it can be removed. Mine was rattling so bad though that I had my friendly dealer lube and tighten it up last week at no charge. I now have 40K miles on my 03 and hate rattles. It DOES need a cleaning with spilt coffees and pop at times!!
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    Again, has anyone removed the plastic facing on the gauge area to install chrome trim rings to the gauges on their 03 or older MPV? I heard that this can be done with much care. I am thinking of ordering the rings online from a contact in TX. I have worked with...but am concern about removing the bezel and breaking something myself!! This may sound a bit anal, but I'd like to dress up the gauge area a bit like the 04-05's have.
  • elieelie Posts: 15
    I own a 2002 MPV ES. Great van--only annoyance at moment (at 18K Miles)--is that there is a lot of rattling from the moonroof if the interior sliding panel is open, even if the actual glass panel is closed. It makes quite a racket. Any one have the same experience, and is there anything that will help (or are rattles just something one has to live with)??
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    I have an 03 that had that same issue. My local 'friendly' Mazda dealer had to tighten it up under warranty. This was after about 30K miles.

    Must be a 'normal' thing.
  • at 27k, we just finished a 340 mile trip with 3 adults and 2 kids, 90% highway at 70 mph and rain much of the way. It gave me 27.4 mpg!

     

    I am very pleased with the MPV, it has performed flawlessly. The only issues have been the recalls for the foglights, PCV hose, and door sticker. I like the Duratec and 5 speed very much, they work well together. The Duratec has much less required maintenance than my Subaru.

     

    John
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    I went into my friendly Mazda dealer again today to pursue what the problem is with lack of heat in my 03 MPV. They adjusted the 'door' which is controlled with the heater dial. Otherwise, they said it's normal that the MPV does not heat up as fast as a car or some other vans on the market. Nice to hear that in the land of 10000 iced over lakes!! (aka; MN.)

    Does everyone elses temp gauge register about 1/4 up the dial at full warm-up?? I think that seems rather low. My camry runs about half way on it's gauge.
  • jaserbjaserb Posts: 858
    and the heater will cook you unless you turn it down from full hot. We have the 4 seasons pkg with the rear heat. Maybe that makes a difference.

     

    -Jason
  • gauge is 1/2 way up the dial. Sounds like your thermostat is stuck open.

     

    John
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  • ldl20ldl20 Posts: 10
    You know, it's just my luck. Wife, 2-year old daughter. We had been eyeing the MPV since 2002. Finally get a good deal on a new one in Oct. of 04, and promptly watch it's value drop like a ton of bricks. Those incentives are great at the time of purchase, but they come back to bite you if you want to sell. I was looking to sell it (new job--it's a long story), but I couldn't even give it away. With taxes, and all the other fees and options, I paid 22,400 for my LX. Four weeks later, my dealer wanted to give me 15,500 if I traded it in. Here's the best part. In Oct., they had only 2 used MPVs (old 2.5 engine, not interested). Now, they have over 10 (seriously) 2004s with about 15K miles on them for anywhere between 17 and 18,000. Anyone else have similar gripes about the resale values of their MPVs? Thanks. LDL20
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