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Mazda MPV: Care & Maintenance



  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I replied to your other thread.

  • mpvguympvguy Posts: 2
    You do not say whether you have had the PCV recall work done yet. My 2003 had its check engine light come on just before 30,000 miles. A few days after (though not immediately after[?]) having the recall work done, the light went off.

  • daddioof4daddioof4 Posts: 49
    I need to remove the back door panel on the driver side. The inside door handle has me stuck. How do you remove the door handle in order to remove the door panel?
    Thanks in advance for any advice!!!
  • daleinncdaleinnc Posts: 7
    Hello all. I am the proud new owner of a 2003 MPV ES Mazda. Expanding family recently has moved us into this vehicle. So far we love it. I have a couple of questions though. Our MPV has 30k miles and needs a couple of things....

    1) Tires need replacing...seems odd at 30k, but the fronts are pretty worn.
    any suggestions on replacements that have a great ride?

    2) we have noticed the sulphur like smell a couple of times. I have read in some forums that this problem seems to come from the gas we use, not neccesarily the Cat Converter...any thoughts?

    3) where is the easiest place for me to get an owners manual?
    4) how in the h@ll do you remove the spare tire? I am sure when i get the owners manual i might have an explanation!

    5) How do i get bulletins to see what recalls have been sent out and if i need to have anything done..

    Thanks for all your help. will check back soon.

    Dale in asheville NC!!
  • jc9799jc9799 Posts: 70
    Dale, congrats on the new ride. I may not be of much help, but here goes...

    1. Not surprising, if you got the Dunlop 4000's. According to the consumer reviews at Tire Rack, they seem to wear out pretty fast. As far as replacements, sorry, the MPV is my first minivan and it's only got 1000 miles on it.

    2. Can't help you there.

    3. Did you buy from a dealership? I would guess they would have one.

    4. I haven't even checked my manual on the how to.

    5. I believe that Edmunds has that info if you go to the specific make, model and year.

    Told ya I wouldn't be much help.
    Good luck.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    1)yeah, the OEM Dunlops wear out pretty quickly. 30k isn't to bad. The Michelin Hydroedge or Harmony would be a good bet. Try for suggestions and ideas...don't know what your price range is. Hydroedges are expensive $130.
    2) pass
    3)google mazda owners manual,,,or call e-mail Corp Mazda
    5)ask your dealer, google Mazda mpv recalls and tsb(technical service bulletin)

    Congrats and good luck on your MPV
  • nlsnls Posts: 65
    3. I bought one from E-Bay.

    4. The spare tire is underneath the vehicle, below the middle row passenger side seat. There should be a small opening in the carpet to operate a winch mechanism to lower the spare tire.
  • daleinncdaleinnc Posts: 7
    thanks to all the post to my questions. I did find that winch tool of a thing hidden in the rear seat. will see if i can figure it out myself. I will ebay or go thru local dealer to get me a book though.

    the tires that came on it are the Dunlops so i guess the wear on them is common.

    thanks again..
  • nlsnls Posts: 65
    Some folks have had the winch mechanism becoming inoperable because of rust from road salt, or because of a plastic part in it breaking. So you might have to exercise some caution. One recommendation is to grease it occasionally so that it doesn't get stuck.
  • daleinncdaleinnc Posts: 7
    thanks again for the info. will check on the winch thingy.

    UPDATE ON TIRE INFO.....after reviewing due to the suggestions from many of you...i believe i have found another great option in tires for the MPV. rates the Goodyear Assurance Tripleedge as the number 1 tire overall and the Michelin Hydroedge as the number 2...only problem is that it didnt list on that the Goodyear comes in a 17 inch rim size...which my MPV has (225/60/17). So....after calling a couple of local dealers, one of them found that they could get the Tripleedge in the 17 size....of course...they are expensive...about $165 a tire...but they appear to be the top ranked tire.

    Just thought I would share in case some of you were like me and thought that you only had a couple of options with size 17's (and a couple of them werent very good options either....more Dunlops or the Continentals!!)
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Have never heard of the Goodyear Assurance Tripleedge.Let us know how you like them after they're installed.
  • nlsnls Posts: 65
    I think it is TripleTread. There is also a ComforTread, which is slightly lower in cost.
  • daleinncdaleinnc Posts: 7 are right...triple tread....anyway...getting them on friday...will give an update soon after...
  • vrmvrm Posts: 303
    I plan to buy a brand new 2005 MPV for the *sole* reason that Mazda would have corrected all the bugs and fixed all the recall problems.

    Does this reasoning make any sense? Or is the reliability of the 2004 and 2005 model on par? Will I be "wasting" my money by buying a new 2005 when I can get the same reliability and features by buying a used 2004?

    Thanks in advance! I am eager for your feedback.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Yes, I would say generally speaking your therory is correct. Though the Mazda MPV has always done very well in the area of reliability.You can look at an MPV and tell there is a lot of quality built in. Fit and finish are great. No squeaks,rattles, or other annoying problems. I haven't had any problems with my 2004.

    If I bought a 2004 I would make sure the manufacture date is later than say June 2004. As the first quarter of 2004 the transmission TCM reflash hadn't been addressed yet. Either way you should be able to get a really good deal.
  • daleinncdaleinnc Posts: 7 i put on those expensive goodyears...and i must say they are great. I have the 2003 MPV Es....great trip...had them put on over the past weekend and immediately took a trip from Asheville NC over to Gatlinburg the way...27.5 mpg on the trip. alot of hills and such in our neck of the woods too!!

    These tires are least to me they are....150 each plus....but Tirerack has them rated as the number 1 tire. they do come in a 17 which tirerack didnt list.
  • jc9799jc9799 Posts: 70
    Depends of what the prices on an 04 would be. With many ads for 05's up to $7-8K off sticker, they are, at this time, quite a bargain. Plus, you get the full warrenty.
  • argrdiargrdi Posts: 4
    I have an older 6cyl MPV ('96). About 2 weeks ago I had to jump start the battery 3 times because something in the switch was faulty and the headlights would randomly come on while the car was parked (jiggling the switch would fix that issue). Then last week, we had a hard time starting the car after I filled up the tank. I did notice a strong smell (kind of like burning brakes) but that went away after a mile or so (don't even know if it was my car - we were in heavy traffic). That night I did notice that (with headlights and AC on) the "fuel" & "check engine" lights would come on (though very, very dim) at every stop light . Reving the engine seemed to turn these lights out. The following morning the battery was dead (not due to the headlights coming on). After jumping the battery I drove about 10 miles to a store, came back and again nothing (not even the slightest click. About 3 minutes later, I pumped the pedal about 15 times and eventually the car turned over. After another 5 mile drive to get something to eat I stopped and immediately tried starting the car - again, not even a click - as if there was no battery. Half an hour later we went back to the car, pumped the pedal about 5 times and it started right up. The day after the battery was totally dead. I replaced the battery tonight, car starts just fine - no pumping - just turn the key. However, if I turn the headlights and AC on, I can see the faint lights of the "fuel" & check engine" coming on. They do go off at about 1100rpm. Can anyone offer some advise on what might be going on?
  • exit56exit56 Posts: 9
    Anyone else have this problem: sand, dirt, potato chips etc. collect under the back seat (the one that slides from side-to-side) and get into the grease on the seat rails.

    Once you take the seat out, you'll see the channel that the seat slides in. How do you get in there to clean it? What do you use to re-grease the rails after you clean it?

  • guitarguitar Posts: 32
    I'm wondering whether the 2000 MPV ES works on a timing belt or a timing chain? I'm about to purchase one second hand (at 65000 miles) as I need a vehicle for 18 months while I am in LA. But I'm not sure whether I have to factor in the costs of replacing the timing belt, if there is one. Thanks so so much.
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