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  • alexv1nalexv1n Posts: 248
    About the glove box light. Don't yours have one? Mine shurely has it! I have 2000 LX. There's one catch. The key should be in the ignition for it to work (I'm not sure if it just needs to be in, or in ACC position at least)...
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Alex, Rutger3,

    The key needs to be in the same position that gives the radio power (ACC position?). I had to go back and look, since it's so light here these days, it never seems to get dark.

  • likaglovlikaglov Posts: 82
    Nice pics of the roof rack. Reminds me that my wife would like to add a bike rack which attaches to a tow-bar. Anybody have a tow-bar installed on their MPV? I'm sure it's not really rated for towing, but we like the idea of using it for the bikes. She can't really use the roof rack and those temporary ones you attach to the trunk of a car is a PAIN (and may not even work on the van).
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    My factory hitch should be in next week. It's a class II(smaller receiver) but it should handle a bike rack no problem. I'll let you know once I get it installed.

  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    I really like Yakima's Roc'N Gate system. It holds four bikes and will swing around so you can open the rear hatch of the MPV w/o unloading the bikes. It is expensive at around $450, but it's the best of the best, and will last for years and years. Besides, pricing all the racking accessories for a roof system adds up quickly also. What price, convenience, right?
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Sorry, too late to edit this...the Roc'N Gate is available only for 2" hitches, and not for 1-1/4" hitches, although there are other models available that would fit the smaller receiver type.

    Drew...your neighbor needs to get a fairing for that rack...the noise must be incredible.

  • cutter44cutter44 Posts: 42
    I'm bringing in the beast for its 6k mi. service tomorrow (with 7k mi. on it...oh well). I was checking the owners manual to be aware of what should be done and I happened to notice that it suggests tire rotation every 3750 mi. Maybe they're aware of abnormally quick wear. Isn't 7500 or so, more normal for tire rotation? I know my dealer didn't rotate them at the 3k service. Also, the dealer only mentioned oil & filter change and tire rotation. According to the manual they should be checking fluid levels and lubing latches, etc. What's been your experience with dealers service?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    She has an aerodynamic piece on the front crossbar of the rack. Yakima says that it's supposed to reduce wind noise by a fair amount. You can see it in the picture below:


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  • h20guyh20guy Posts: 64
    admit that is a beautiful van.
  • azsandazsand Posts: 2
    Hello everyone,
    I apologize for jumping in without a proper introduction, but I really do feel like I'm amongst friends. I've been reading these MPV discussions for quite awhile and used some of your comments as part of my decision to buy a '01 MPV DX - Sand Mica. Since I live in Arizona and we have plenty of sand and considering the color of my MPV, I guess it's pretty obvious how I chose my logon name.

    I noticed several recent posts about trailer hitches so I thought this would be a good point to make a comment. Just last Saturday I bolted up a Drawtite class III receiver hitch to my MPV. Other than fighting over 50 lbs. of steel while lying under the van, the overall process was pretty straight forward. It takes 5 bolts and no drilling whatsoever. I would suggest having some help in holding the hitch in place while starting the bolts, but I managed to do it with two hydraulic jacks. Also, you have to hold your mouth just right to wiggle the right end of the hitch past the muffler.

    I bought the hitch at for $99.95 plus shipping, which was the best deal I could find. I think they have the class II hitch for about $10 less, but I wanted the versatility of the 2 inch receiver. I was concerned about the larger hitch detracting from the appearance of the van, but my wife says it looks fine, so who am I to argue. I might try to post some pictures if anyone is interested.

    I guess I've used up enough band width for now ...

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,984
    Thanks for the report azsand. Now for to take up some more of that bandwidth, we have a clip on "How to Tow a Trailer."

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  • garyjwmsgaryjwms Posts: 28
    From one newbie to another -- you truly are amongst friends! Hope you got a good deal on your new ride, and curiously, what will you be hauling with that nifty hitch?

    Cool color -- I got the Sand Mica too -- looks even better than brochure!

  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    I must be missing the correct codex on MediaPlayer...sound no vid. Great sound tho...:)

    But, great bw waster...

    --java (couldn't come up w/ any MPV content)
  • pjd58pjd58 Posts: 366
    welcome aboard. I hope you get your Sand Mica DX windows tinted ASAP. I wouldn't want to live in AZ and not have tinted windows, unless you live north of Flagstaff.

    Again, welcome and many safe miles !
  • billmckinleybillmckinley Posts: 167
    Welcome aboard, and kudos on your tasteful and well-bred choice of color (which, among other benefits, NEVER shows how dirty it is).

    Practical question, though. With a Sand Mica van in Arizona, how will you ever find it when you need it?


    Happy miles!

  • azsandazsand Posts: 2
    Since several you asked questions, and I'll assume they weren't just rhetorical . . .
    garyjwms - Right now just about the only thing I'll tow is a small utility trailer. Its a good way of hauling bags of cement home from Home Depot without having to throw them on that light colored carpet.

    pjd58 - We live well south of Flagstaff so we did get the front side windows tinted right away. Can you believe when we were shopping for our MPV we saw a brand new '01 at a dealer that already had the windows tinted as a $400 dealer add-on? My dealer told us to bring ours in after the sale and they would have their regular tint place do it at cost - $60.

    billmckinley - Just look for some guy wandering around pushing the panic button on the remote until the horn goes off ...

    And I do agree with all those who think that Sand Mica is great!!!

  • pjd58pjd58 Posts: 366
    glad to hear you have tinted windows. Some dealers add on alot of extras, at a high markup, to increase their profit. My dealer didn't play any games.

    We have a Sand Mica 01 LX and love our van. Sand Mica is a very nice color, it seems to be the most popular color, at least in my area (midwest).

    Welcome to the club! Post often, with your thoughts, ideas and questions. The MPV owner's on Edmonds are a great bunch of people.

  • sd1228sd1228 Posts: 46
    I am in the market for new MPV and intend to make this purchase over next 4 to 6 weeks.
    I was wondering if anybody has tried to buy MPV
    using fax/internet for negotiation. (Motley Fool
    site details how to go about it)
    Also in any case I am looking for good/bad experiences with Austin,San Antonio (and may be
    Houston) area dealers.
  • drrocketdrrocket Posts: 67
    I went to my friendly Mazda dealership yesterday for an oil change (synthetic), the PCM recall (which they were supposed to have performed at a service long ago but apparently didn't), and to switch over to [Red Line] synthetic ATF.

    I brought a whole case (12 qts) of D4 ATF to the service appt expecting to only need ~8 qts, but they informed me that to thoroughly flush all the old ATF out and replace it with synthetic would require 15 to 16 qts(!) [and cost $170, less the charge for the ATF since I was providing it].

    Before I go out and purchase more Red Line D4 ATF, and reschedule another service appt, would the experienced car-people who have already performed this change-to-synthetic ATF on their '00+ MPV please confirm the information I've been given.

    Thanks in advance.
  • garyjwmsgaryjwms Posts: 28
    Howdy prospective MPV Owner!

    I had also read with great interest the negotiation process you mention on the motley fool site ( -- an excellent site, BTW). I especially liked the insider info about what really goes on in the dealership, and the advice to avoid dealing face-to-face seems sound -- that way you steer clear of their games and their traps.

    The fax approach is interesting, but also seems like a lot of work. If you go that route, please do share with us how it works out.

    But the reason I wanted to respond to your inquiry is that I thought that you also might want to include a quote from Carsdirect as a baseline comparison -- not necessarily to show the dealers you're dealing with, but to see if they can match or beat it. In my experience, 3 area dealers couldn't come close to Carsdirect's price. I didn't use the fax method -- just went into the dealership with carsdirect printout in hand.

    As for buying cars "online" there really isn't such a thing -- in the end all the online services (Carsdirect, autoweb, autobytel) are referral services. The difference between these companies seems to be who controls the transaction. Carsdirect transacts the deal with the customer, and then pays the dealer cash for the car which the customer then picks up at the dealer. (So said the dealer rep on the day I picked up my vehicle). The other two services (autoweb & autobytel) essentially refer you to a local dealer who then transacts the deal directly with you. The pricing from the latter two wasn't all that great either.

    Oh -- another nice thing about carsdirect -- for any options on your vehicle, they only charge invoice, rather than MSRP -- for example, I got Rear A/C for the invoice price of $512, rather than for the $643 retail that you're likely going to pay at the dealership.

    Oh, you might hear all sorts of grumbling about Carsdirect from anyone at the dealerships -- from what I can tell, dealers really hate the online services (with good reason obviously). And, it appears that Carsdirect has a pretty good idea which dealers want to play ball with them and which don't.

    While I can't help with the part of your question about dealers in Texas (I'm in CA), I just thought I'd add my dos centavos . . .
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