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Mazda MPV: Problems & Solutions



  • eddie777eddie777 Posts: 33
    From what I've read, the most common cause of the sulfur smell is the brand of gas you're using. This seems to affect a lot of different models but the MPV seems a little more suseptible to it. I think the easiest (and cheapest) thing to try is to just switch brands for a few fillups and see if that helps.
  • tomj5tomj5 Posts: 209
    My MPV has 133 miles on it. No sulfer smell. I stuck my nose in the exhust pipe and didn't smell anything.
    Also, no vibrations, no rattles, very smooth tranny shifing, no oil drips, quite smooth brakes, very quite responsive engine.
    Zoom Zoom!!
  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    Ok, first 100 mph now your sticking your nose in the exhaust pipe!! I know you like your MPV but seriously, keep your nose where it belongs and not in the exhaust pipe! ;o )



    Zoom-Zoom! Wanna race??
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    Been a bit since I posted...last was on this link and nobody replied. Actually, it was a week before anyone even got on this link again after me. Back to my question on the heat coming in under the steering wheel?
    Anyone have that issue, with the thermostat dial on cold, outside air set coming in, vent set to dash and no ac turned on. Our temps hit the 70's here in MN. over the weekend and it got oppressive in the drivers seat without the ac turned on!! It really happens on start up from a stop after the unit has been sitting for a bit.
    I can put my hand under the steering wheel and feel the heat coming through. Sometimes it blasts in through the Defroster vents too.

    Would love this extra HEAT in the winter here, but not now!!

    Also, anyone notice how the headlight lenses scratch easily? I mean, I wipe with wet terrycloths and they still are starting to mark up.

    The sulfur smell is really only once in a great while. I WISH I could hold onto the NEW CAR smell though. It's starting to fade away...booo-hooo.

    Ok, let's wait and here some replies again;-))

    Isinc, I know you're always covering the threads well and good for some lol's.

    Otherwise, 4.8K miles now and still love the unit - Zoom-Zoom.
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    I'll take a stab at this, but it's only a guess. When you drive for a while, obviously, the engine and coolant get hot. When you shut off the engine, and go shopping or whatever, that heat has to dissipate to somehere, and the coolant holds it heat well, being 50% water. Also, the air in the heating ducts just sit there, insulated and hot, waiting for you to return.

    When you come back to the van, loaded down with Gucci bags (or Walmart, lol), and crank up the van, the blower motor kicks in, and out comes the hot air! I'm not sure why you feel it under the steering wheel is, that maybe there's a vent there (I've not looked, but the MK-I vans did), or a joint in the ducts in the dash has come loose, b/c they're just thin plastic tubes.

    Re: new car smell, you can pick up air fresheners that will give that to you, at Walmart and other fine stores.

    The headlight lenses, being a plastic-like material, are going to scratch. I know some people that have used mild compounds, or Klasse even, to remove or fill the scratches in.
  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    I have had the same thing happen with my MPV. The vent always seems to blow hot air if I keep it on outside circulation. I have never felt under the steering wheel (sounds a little kinky)to see if warm air is blowing out of that area but will try it later when I go out and I'll report back. Try placing it on inside circulation and see what happens. I generally don't use my vent much only because I have the moon roof. So if the air isn't on then I use the moon roof and rear windows down. It's a nice breeze. In the old days, it was 4/70 and that was the best you could hope for! (4 windows down and 70 mph).

    Heres a question: Does anyone who has the moon roof ever worry about birds flying over head? We all know how birds are and I was just curious. It hasn't happened to me, but considering that the MPV has a huge gaping hole in the roof for the moon to shine through, it was something that I thought of. Ok, ok, no I don't get out much! Sheesh!

    Headlight lenses......Frankly, I haven't washed my MPV yet ("the crowd is in disbelief and Lsinc slinks away in shame"). I had the dealer detail it but it is due for a bath and I'm in a quandry as to wether I should wash it myself (yucko) or take it down to our local detailer and have it done. I'm actually afraid (yes, I'm a chicken) to take it through the car wash. Don't want to damage my MPV that I have to drive until my 7 year old goes into college! (Yuppers, the realities of being married to a financial analyst!) So with that entire disertation that you really needed to read through (not) the answer is No, my headlight covers are not scratched. Check back with me in 11 years. Not only will I have scratched lenses but I'm sure I'll be missing some parts as well......I mean the car, NOT ME!!!

    New car smell.......I not only lost my new car smell but in it's place have a horse stable smell to mine! My 10 year old rides horses so my every waking moment (except when she is in school) is spent at the barn. Maybe I should market an air freshener "Horse Barn Smell" and see if anyone buys it! }=o ]`

    Luckily, I thought this all through and placed plastic on the floor of the van with thick matts to protect the carpeting. =o ) Sometimes I even amaze myself!

    Ok, I think I hit all of the questions and even answered them with some semblance of accuracy? LOL, I stayed out too late last night....zzzzzzzzZ

    Just over 3k and still loving my MPV that hauls $#@#$% on the highway and handles like a Corvette! Yahooooooooooooo! Zoom-Zoom!

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Is mostly outgassing chemicals - better to open the windows (and moonroof, but watch for birds!) and let it air out.

    I hauled some cedar fencing the other day; van still smells good.

    Steve, Host
  • bob57bob57 Posts: 302
    Turned 46K in '01 "Red" last week. Happened to glance at the odometer when I was accidently cruising 80 out of town. Mine just wants to cruise at that speed - very stable.
    "Finally" have a problem. Of course, it might have been self abuse... I replaced my air filter with a generic three weeks ago (the only one Auto Generic Supply had) It was like Fred's Fantastic Famous Filter Fedora - or something like that. My gas milage went down ~ 3 mph. I pulled the filter back out thinking I put it in backwards, upsidedown, sideways (martinis do that to me...) but it was correct. I'll check with Mazda or what was the other one - K&N? Are some of you still running with that one? Any insight?
    At any rate, my wife still enjoys jumping out of her '00 Sienna and sneaking off in the MPV. "That's a fun car to drive" is always the comment.
  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    1. After we stop in our 02 LX for a period of time, we also experience what seems like a long period until it blows cool. However, it does cool. Perhaps there is an issue with the temperature selection dial? All the way to cool may be incorrect?

    2. We always use Baking Soda to remove the "New Car" odor. Generally, two pie plates on the front floor pans with one box each. Remove each morning prior to work. Change every 2-3 days for a week or two. It should help.

    If you have a garage, park the auto with the windows down for the first two weeks.

    Mark. : )
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    K&N is the other supplier. Your favorite, non-Generic auto supply house should have them, or K&N directly. I think the dyno-proven hp gain is 50hp for that... 50 more if you have a 'Zoom Zoom' decal on your ride. No, seriously, I don't see any measurable improvement, although I like K&N's products, and you can clean, re-oil and reinstall the filter, for the life of your car.
  • mlbaron27mlbaron27 Posts: 3
    Okay I know I'm a woman and for some reason that make the service department think I don't know anything about my car.. Well the transmission is slaming into gears and the check engine light came on that's the first time with only 155 miles. The second time we had all five of our children in the car the check engine light came on and they said to drive the car so we did. But then the over drive light was on and the check engine light,but the over drive light was flashing.. 400 miles .. So know the MPV is at the dealership again.. Funny thing is we used to own a ford windstar and we traded it in for the MPV.. Our rental car is a ford windstar.. thanks for listening any advice please... Melissa
  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    Ok, I went out today and it was around 80 degrees outside. Great day! But anyway, the vent was fine. It was blowing the hot air from outside because that's what the air was "hot". In any event, I reached under the steering column and no hot air. I then proceeded to turn on the a/c. I'm a whimp and hate to sweat! =o )

  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    They do make a real nice Oil Filter. Filtration down to 15 microns, and 12gpm flow rate. Was the top filter in Bob's most recent tests.

  • scott31scott31 Posts: 292
    We just got our MPV in late Feb, and the check engine light came on last week. They said it was the throttle linkage sensor, and they (Mazda) knew all about it. I didn't want to drive the van with the light on. Roadside assistance took great care of us.
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    My three year old thinks it's fun to climb up on the back of the MPV and pull the rear windshield wiper down so that it is pointing down. Problem is now the windshield wiper doesn't turn. Seems to have no tension. Any suggestions on how to get it to work again that don't involve bringing it back to the dealer would be appreciated. I think the motor is running but the arm doesn't move.
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    You may try tightening the nut that holds the wiper arm on. Just lift the small cover off of the wiper arm, near its base, and you'll find a small nut. IIRC, it's a 10 or 11mm nut.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    try duct tape...

    For the MPV, try what doc said.
  • kdt82002kdt82002 Posts: 2
    I put a CD into my 03 MPV radio and there were moments when the sound repeatedly went dead silent for a few seconds and then the music came back. Thought it might be a bad CD so I turned on the radio and it had the same problem. Moments later the sound was coming out of the left speaker only and then the right speaker only. Then the front speakers went dead and only the back speakers worked. And I did not make any adjustments(fader, balance, volume) to the radio when it was acting strange. After 10 minutes of this malfuction, the radio/cd player worked fine again and has been working fine ever since. Can anyone explain what happened? Could it be some kind of radio interference? Loose wire?
  • jolly2jolly2 Posts: 17
    My MPV still has a sulfur smell that's as bad as ever with 12,000 miles,and probably won't ever go away. I'm thinking of taking a loss on it and trading it in (if anybody will take it) after only owning it a year. Beware potential MPV buyers.
  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    12,000 miles on our 02 LX. Never had the smell.

  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    My MPV has been fine. No sulfur smell. Sorry you're having problems. Other then the smell does it run ok? Have you had any mechanical issues with it?

    Just curious.

  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Don't forget that the sulfur smell is not unique to the MPV, as many cars exhibit this 'feature' nowadays. I still blame it mainly on fuel, and you could probably graph complaints of the smell by geographic region, the worst being California.

    Just my 2cents.

  • prlamzprlamz Posts: 78
    At the risk of contradicting the coffee addict from the frozen North, California is not one of the states involved with the smell problem. The imported oil of choice here is Iraqui, because it's very low in sulfur to begin with.
  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    Ok, I can't handle this heat thing any longer!
    I'm taking it in to see what's the deal. I did the recirc trick and it helped a little. But I drove 10 miles today in 80 degree heat with the moonroof open, windows down and heat blasting out of the side dash vents ALL THE WAY! How long does it take to clear out the heat in the ducts??? This sounds lame to me. Why is Mazda the only one that has this issue? All cars get hot under the hood.

    Heck, I've had cars with no AC and they cleared out to outside temp within a minute or so.

    Posted 24.5MPG on a 600 mile romp this past weekend...pretty loaded down too...a positive thing!!

    Yeah, the lap thing sounded kinky...but it's another story for another thread I guess;-))
  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Oh, I didn't type what I meant to type.. thank you for catching my goof. I was meaning that Cali is regarded to have the worst swill, but didn't mean that to say that it would represent the worst smell issue. I'm tasting my Sketchers right now. ;)
  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    All kinky stuff aside........;o ) (Wonder if I should start a discussion on that?) Only kidding Steve!! :o )

    I am totally perplexed on your "heat" issue? When you run the a/c does it still come out hot? Do you have the 4 Season Pckg.? I'm assuming the answer is yes to the latter considering you live in a warmer area. My MPV doesn't have the issue to the degree (no pun intended) that your's does.

    Keep us posted on how you make out at the dealer. Oh and if you should be having warm, rain free weather, could you send some my way? I'm sooooooooo sick of this rain! I may need to trade my MPV in for a boat! LOL!

    Good Luck!

  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    Oh coffee addict from the frigid north....... ;) how do thy Sketcher's taste?

    I go now! :)

  • tccmn1tccmn1 Posts: 278
    When I use the AC, it works great!
    Just when I have the thermo dial to the coolest position, no fan on, vent set to ANY position....and then I play with the recirc button to no avail.

    We'll be taking her in on Friday. Suppose to stay around 80 here for a bit. We have been having our wettest May in many years here too...but it's been drying out lately.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I usually run the A/C to clear the heat out of the vents for a minute or two and then just set it back to vent. I haven't had the trouble you have.
  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    I'm not so sure. I was out there on a four day hop two weeks ago, and I noticed an odor?
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