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Mazda MPV: Problems & Solutions



  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    I'd probably classify the popping sound people are experiencing as a "driveability" issue, and not necessarily a safety issue. The same goes for the van doing the shimmy-dance because of the tires. Of course, tie rods are an integral part of the steering system on a car. If those break/detach...well it's not a good thing (think loss of steering). Just having them loose could mess up the alignment AND possibly the tires.

    I'd leave the clock broken too. That way I won't know that I'm always late. ;-)


  • jessjimjessjim Posts: 4
    We finally received a fix from our Mazda Dealership on the lack of AC air coming from the Bi-Level AC setting . To the many of you out there with the same problem , Mazda issued a technical bulletin on how to repair this problem. It is an adjustment of the vent control cable , requiring the glove box to be removed to take up the slack in the airflow mode linkage . Ours works great after this fix . Part # is LC70-61-C35 .
    Kudos to the Mazda Gallery service manager in Massachusetts for his diligence on this problem .
  • julyarjulyar Posts: 35
    I wonder if my problem with rear A/C not blowing out very cold air is related to this problem as well...any ideas anyone?

    Also, does anybody know if the rear air means there is a separate compressor? I thought that was the case with our 97 Quest. I will be very disappointed if it is not the case with the MPV. Why did most of us pay the extra $500, if there is not a separate compressor?
  • mwiklemwikle Posts: 62
    Educated guess is that front cable is not linked to rear...rear is apparently just an extra evaporator, blower and ductwork on non-4 seasons pkg. equipped vans.

    Easy for dealer to check AC performance on next service visit with a thermometer, dealers have specs for cars that indicate normal at given external temps and humidities.

    Their is only one compressor...especially if incremental cost is only $500 for rear air. I think that is an advantage actually; fewer moving parts to break and more efficient to have one larger unit and than two smaller units.

    Thanks jessjim for Service Bulletin info, will check my van for bi-level function (rarely used by us)!

    Anyone know where we can get *current* access to service bulletins? I think I remember a site somewhere with SBs that are running about two years behind, that might carry Mazda...but I want to check for possible issues before Warranty is out.
  • Is anyone having a problem with excessive wind noise coming from the windshield.
  • dlncmaydlncmay Posts: 27
    I have no problems with excessive wind noise, but occasionally I have read in this or other MPV conferences that a few owners have commented about excessive wind noise. I am not sure of the source, whether the windshield or from some other place. I believe I recall that one owner had removed the antenna before sending it through the automatic car wash. He/she did not reinstall it properly causing windnoise. It took him/her a while to figure out. Howevever, I believe this owner complained of "whistling." Oh well, let's see what others have to say.

    Take care.
  • We have a problem with wind noise -- seems to come from passenger's side. Technician (twice) confirmed this with me, and then service dept. gave me a loaner to drive while they investigated. THEY told me that the MPV just had a lot of wind noise and drove me in a demonstrator that also had some, but I thought it was much less intrusive, as it seemed to come from both sides. Anyway, they told me that district service mgr rode in my car and pronounced the noise "normal." They also had a water leak specialist examine it. I do think now that I've read other posts, I'll take a look at antenna. If they pumped my tires up to 45 psi before delivery, it's just possible that antenna was not screwed in perfectly either. What a great fix that would be!
  • offhamoffham Posts: 344
    I although I am not a MPV Owner,I do read some of the posts overhere. Suggest that you go to the site and go to archive and pull up the initial report on the MPV in the September 99 issue. The wind noise is caused by poorly adjusted doors, which Mazda said they would fix in the production line.

    May assist in determining the cause. mykids driver aren't I nice guy
  • rowbonerowbone Posts: 1
    Last week my wife was in our 00MPV, 13,000 miles, on the interstate when the right front 15" Yokohama tire came apart. We took it to Sears, at Mazda's request, and they deemed it definitely defective. They ordered a new one and replaced it three days later. Yokohama is behind schedule in tire production.

    Not sure this is a large scale problem but for all you MPVers be careful. Post if you have experienced a similar problem.
  • dlncmaydlncmay Posts: 27
    Wow!!! Glad to hear your family is fine. Thanks for the post!

    Take care.
  • ryang4ryang4 Posts: 1
    We are looking into purchasing a 2000 MPV LX. We found one we like, but it doesn't have the 4 seasons pkg. We are concerned about not having heat in the rear because of our cold winters. Has anyone found this to be a problem?
  • brmudabrmuda Posts: 50
    Everyone I've talked to in Chgo area (a few dealers & Mazda cust relations in CA) has strongly suggested the 4-seasons pkg for anyone that plans on having rear passengers. It is NOT an expensive option (considering price for the vehicle itself).

    I've also read a few posts on this site from those that didn't get the 4-seasons pkg and are sorry they didn't. It seems as if some buyers weren't fully aware of its functionality when making their purchase.
  • I am thinking of purchasing a 2000 Mazda MPV LX with a towing package, to tow my small Dutchman popup camper. The hitch wt is around 120 lbs and the whole unit weighs 1200 lbs not loaded. I am a little worried since most reviews say the vehicle is way underpowered. I am currently towing the trailer, 4 bikes and a canoe with my 4 cylinder Toyota Corolla wagon (101 hp). I would appreciate any views people have on towing with this vehicle.
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    I don't think I'd tow with my new MPV, but that's just my opinion. Now, if they came out with a Cummins powered option, I'm all about towing (wink). I believe the new MPV is rated at 2,600# towing (properly equipped), according to Edmunds. Power-wise, towing 1,200 pounds will slow you down, but you will be okay, I should think. When towing, you are always better off using trailer brakes on the trailer. Safety first. Expect mileage to plummet (of course) when towing to about what you'd get if you owned a Ford Windstar.

    I towed quite a bit with my 1990 MPV. It was rated at 5,000#, and it only had about 150hp, but the frame was understandably more heavy duty on the earier model, and it weighed over 4,000 vs 3,600 for the new van. I had towed snowmachines, a power boat, jet skis, 21ft travel-trailer, and my race car (on a 20ft flatbed trailer), also building materials. No, not all at once.

    I would think (IMHO) that if you had the 4-Seasons package, you'd be better off towing than a van not so equipped. The reason I say this is because the 4-Seasons package includes a larger radiator AND (best feature...) a transmission cooler. This helps keep your tranny from cooking under the added load. Would that be covered under the warranty? Figure your Dutchman trailer will weigh a full ton when you put water, propane, clothes, dishes, kids' bikes, the canoe, your mother-in-law, all in it for a trip. You might feel like your van tows your trailer almost the same that your Corolla does, given similar p-t-w ratios. But, you'll have LOTS more room!


    --java (dispensing nonsense, and fighting crime!)
  • brantybranty Posts: 53
    Just got a "Hidden Hitch" installed on my ES (class 2 hitch). Have used it to tow a sail boat (small dingy and not a great deal of weight - no problem at all. Will be towing a Jayco tent trailer this weekend. The MPV manual indicates that the maximum trailer weight (plus baggage, food, etc.) is 3,000 lb (1,361kg) - that is with the Towing Package. The maximum weight for the van (hitch plus passengers and load) plus the loaded trailer is meant to be no more than 6,982 lb (3,167 kg). Will let you know how I fair with the towing upon my return.
  • Firestone is recalling 6.5 million tires for causing deaths and injuries. Are the Yokohamas (sp?) or Dunlaps part of Firestone?? And if so, what's Mazda/Ford doing about this?
  • auerbachauerbach Posts: 110
    Firestone is now owned by Bridgestone.
    I believe Yokohama and Dunlop are entirely separate companies.
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    The tires covered under the Firestone recall are for SUVs. Your MPVs Yokos or Dunlaps are not associated with these tires, except that they're all round. '-)

    Ford is reportedly doing everything they can to replace the tires for those effected, but Firestone/Bridgestone does not have the inventory to cover it. See the article at for more info.

  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Question: Does the LX with the LX2 (Touring) package have this feature:

    Power locks automatically unlock the doors when the igition is turned off.

    Any knowledge on this? I was asked this question by a fellow MPV owner with a twin van to mine (LX, Touring Package, etc). His does not automatically unlock, but someone he knows w/ a DX w/power option does. Hmmmm.

    I have a Remote Starter on mine, so the van auto locks/unlocks depending on if the igition is on/off.

    Someone knows the answer to this, right? THX!

  • I have an LX with touring package. The doors do NOT automatically unlock when the ignition is turned off.

    For what it's worth, I think this is a good thing.
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