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Mazda Millenia



  • I just had the knock sensor replaced in my 01 P under warranty. Tt took about 4-5 hours add parts and I can imagine it would run $650 at the dealer at $80 an hour.

    Also had a problem with blower noise in my car and I was able to get rid of it by removing the cabin filters located under the dash passenger side (un screw a 10 or 13mm nut). Un plug motor connector next to the filters (it is the circular thing to the right). Then removing the fan motor and blower by unscrewing three phillips screws at the bottom of the motor . The motor just slides down and out. There was a built up collection of leaf particles and pine needles in the blower fan blades. After cleaning the fan and blowing out the filters with compressed air all was as quiet as new.
  • un_yzun_yz Posts: 12
    I heard that the front grill of 2001/2 Millenia S Special Edition is different from other Millenia models of the same year. Is it true ?
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    I have not seen any '01 or '02 with a grill different than the one on my '01 P. It may be true, but if so the difference must be subtle. Maybe someone else knows something I don't on the subject.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I think the Special Edition had a body color grille and the Std Millenia has a chrome grille. The fit is the same but the chrome part is much cheaper from Mazda. Go figure...
  • un_yzun_yz Posts: 12
    Thanks fwatson and maltb. I think all the mill s special ed comes only in black and they have chrome colored grill.
  • tig2002tig2002 Posts: 81
    I purchased a used pearl white 2002 Millenia P about a month ago and am absolutely happy with it. I paid $15,750 with a little over 15K miles on it and think this is a good deal. I checked the CarFax before I made my final decision and the records showed that the car was first registered as a rental car with no accidents or any damages at all. However, the "too good" purchase price made me a little suspicious and I decided to check if the car had any painting jobs done in the past and found out that the front and rear bumpers have been re-painted (some paint below the head lights and tail lights). I also noticed that there is a little sign of white paint above the rear wheels on the body (inside the quarter panels) on both sides. However, after looking closely I cannot find any sign of replaced body parts. I do not see any difference in painting jobs on edges of the body parts, i.e. quarter panels, doors, etc. The only other thing that also made me suspicious was that I found small stickers covering holes on both fenders (under the hood) that are painted with the fenders. Do you think this is an original factory painting? Is the white paint inside the quarter panels from the factory painting? One guy after looking at the painted bumpers told me that this is normal for the rental cars and that the car rental companies usually re-paint the bumpers just to cover some minor scratches before selling the vehicles. Do you think this is the case? I don't think that even after finding out that there was some painting job done to the car I will stop loving it, but I hate to find out that the car was involved in major car accident and the CarFax did not show the accident. Your response would be greatly appreciated.
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    " Do you think this is an original factory painting? "

    No way. The factory paint work on a Millenia is is immaculate as is the fit of all body panels. Anything short of perfect does not seem to get past the factory inspection. Your car has obviously been partially repainted.
  • tig2002tig2002 Posts: 81
    Thanks, fwatson! Do you think the fenders are repainted too? If you have a Millenia, does your car have stickers as I described in my original message? If my fenders are repainted even under the hood, that probably means that they have replaced, but I do not see any sign of replaced body parts and any signs of damages under the hood. If the paint above the real wheels is not original, is that possible that it is just because of the rear bumper painting? And finally, the signs of paint below the head lights means that the head lights are original, and most likely, even the bumper is the original one. Don't you agree? Any comments from others would be appreciated.

    P.S. I purchased the car from Budget Car Rental Auto Sales, from the original rental company. However, dealer did not know anything about painting jobs (of course he would not tell me even if he would know...)
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    There is one hole on each front fender under the hood that has a painted over piece of masking tape. I don't know why, but that is factory original.

    My car is Platinum silver, but the exterior paint is used only on the outside surfaces of the car. All underhood, inside door edges and underhood are in a different gray paint. My guess on that is that the exterior paint is very expensive and so is limited in it's use.

    It sounds to me that your car was simply repainted in places to get rid of either rock chips, bumper nurfing in parking lots etc. You have apparently given it a pretty good going over, so I think you would know if there was any panel replacement. My guess is that the paint under the fender wells is due to a lazy painter not doing a decent job of masking those areas off before repainting the bumpers, because the bumper wraps right up to the rear fender wells.

    If the overspray under the wheelwells bothers you, you can get a can of flat black exterior paint and paint over it. Just don't let it overspray onto the pearl exterior or you'll be worse off than you are now. I took flat black, high temperature barbeque grill paint and painted the muffler and tailpipe so they don't show from the rear. It doesn't sound like much, but it basically hid the muffler from view.

    Good luck with your new car.
  • tig2002tig2002 Posts: 81
    Thank you, fwatson! I hope I will be enjoing my Millenia for long time with no major problems. I posted a positive review on Edmunds, but for some reason it takes long time for them to really post it.
  • un_yzun_yz Posts: 12
    To continue with the discussion regarding the front grill difference between 2001/2 Mill S Special Ed and other Mill models of same year, it seems that the horizontal elements of the grill are slightly slanted downward for other Mill models. The horizontal elements are more parallel to the ground for the Mill S Special Ed. Hence the front view of the models look slightly different, for other models the front seems more tapered downwards.
  • mazfan1mazfan1 Posts: 26
    Un Yz- I went to and regarding the gille it is different. The special edition model has a titanium-finish to it and on the console inside the car.that what set it apart from the regular chrome grille on the P and S model.

    I Love The Millenia!!!!
  • mazfan1mazfan1 Posts: 26
    1.I got a question did mazda offer a new full range traction control system on the S model starting in the 97 model. I read at that the base and the L model comes with a optional regular traction control feature the S comes with a full range traction control is that true are is both traction controls the same in all three models?

    2.The new built-in glass antenna for 97 does it really provides better radio performance than the 95 and the 96 model automatic antenna on the side of the trunk?

    P.S: Please let me know if you have a answer!
  • tig2002tig2002 Posts: 81
    Does anybody know what is the disadvantage when using regular unleaded gasoline versus recommended Premium one, except the decreased performance? I usually use Chevron and consider it as the best. Tried to use Costco gasoline once - my Altima (sold long time ago) was choking, and the car even stalled on me - the worst gasoline I've ever used. Any other brand suggestions except Chevron?
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    For almost 10000 miles I have run regular unleaded 87 octane exclusively in my '01 P. It has run flawlessly with no power loss compared to the 93 octane fuel supplied by the dealer as the first fillup. I have always bought at whichever station has the lowest price, all the way from Hess and Racetrack to Shell and Chevron. Absolutely no difference in performance from different brands.

    Perhaps that Costco had some water in their tank. ALL gasoline is the same regardless of brand, with small differences in additive package. But ALL are required to meet federal standards. The only advantage to a higher octane fuel is it's antiknock properties. If your car does not knock on 87 octane, there is no advantage to paying more for 89, 91, or 93 octane fuel. Any performance difference due to the ECM changing timing etc is totally un-noticable in the Mazda 2.5 V-6 in normal use.
  • tig2002tig2002 Posts: 81
    Fwatson, thanks for your response. I noticed a little engine vibration at idle speed and thought that this is due to a lower octane rating of the gasoline (87) that I use.
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 1,967
    About the question about the rear electric mast antenna and rear glass antenna here's your answer. Those cars with the electric antenna 95-97 (I believe)the signal switches automatically between the mast antenna and the rear glass antenna depending on which is receiving the stronger signal. For those that only have the antenna in the rear glass, the diversity system switches between the left and right antenna grids embedded in the rear glass. Again, the stronger signal determines which side is the receptor. My 96 Millenia had much better radio reception (it had both the mast antenna and rear window antenna) than did my 98 Millenia. Both had the BOSE audio system. The 98 only had the grid antenna in the rear glass. Both were wonderful cars. Of the two, my 96 (black, 2.5, Bose, tan leather, heated seats, trac control) was my favorite.

    2010 Pilot EXL-RES, 2013 Accord EX

  • mazfan1mazfan1 Posts: 26
    THANK YOU!!!!!! SDA!
  • heybradyheybrady Posts: 75
    I have had my 99 P for about 6 weeks and absolutely love it. All my new coworkers kept praising it and claiming how they must be paying the new hires a ton of money. Just another testament to the beauty of this car.

    Anyways, my moonroof window is not tinted at all, just regular glass. Are all Millenias made this way or do some come with tinted moonroofs from the factory?

    I am contemplating tinting the roof myself to reduce the sun's baking effects when the roof is closed but the fabric shade is pulled back. Anyone have any advice on doing this?

  • phild_masonphild_mason Posts: 98
    heybrady, I also noticed this when I got my Mil '01 last spring. I think it is tinted some, but not like it should be. I haven't done anything but wish it was darker and think about doing it at this point.
  • ronco59_1ronco59_1 Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 Millennia I bought last year and have notice a lot of Road Noise. It is very distracting and almost embarrassing when carrying passengers. Does anyone know if this is a tire related issue or just a common characteristic of the Millennia? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks!
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    There is no doubt it is tire noise, but could it be filtered out?

    I also own an '01 P which has Michelins as original equipment. While it is quieter than any other car I have ever owned, those V rated tires do make a goodly amount of noise on some of the coarse pavements. Not needing to drive 150 MPH on a regular basis, I plan to replace them with an S or T rated tire when they wear out. That will be quite awhile though because they show no appreciable wear after almost 10000 miles, and I put less than 7000 a year on the car.

    Can the noise be filtered out? Maybe, but I have never ridden in any car with performance tires that did not have tire noise. And even my American floating barges with soft tires had the same problem.

    If you try a tire change to a quieter design, how about letting us know how it turns out.
  • rmck46rmck46 Posts: 8
    I have 00 P 2.5 engine,23000mi.Have ringing -whinning noise from trans 40-59 mph.Took into dealer service they say trans needs to be replaced.Replacement will be a"remanufactured" not new ,warranteed for 12 mos/12000mi.Huh?
       There is a tsb for this type noise that mentions shift cable tansferring trans sounds to cabin.
        Has anyone had this problem?Did you have it corrected?
       Trans shifts fine 98 % of the time.Warranty expires next month.Any suggestions?
  • dominick33dominick33 Posts: 14
    If I were you I would get the trans replaced as quickly as possible. My 2001 P had problems shifting and a blinking HOLD lamp in the dash at 3K miles. I had the trans replaced with the "remanufactured" part and it has been great ever since. The rebuilt trans is all that is offered by Mazda so you might as well go for it now while you have the chance. If you wait, it will cost you ~$3500 to have the job done at the dealer.
  • ronco59_1ronco59_1 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the information/confirmation of it being tire noise. I, like you, would be looking to change my tires but I only have 29K miles at this time. I will look into different tires after that, to substitute for the V rated. One other thought on the tires, I used to own a 1989 Corvette with the low profile high performance tire and they never had this much noise. Of course it didn't have the ride of the Millennia either!!!

    Other than the tire noise, I truly like the car style, performance, ride, the way it drives, etc. It's probably the nicest car I have owned.

    Thanks again for the information fwatson!
  • I have a 2001 Mill without the CD changer. Can a straight swap be done with an OEM changer? The owners manual talks about them like they interchange.

    Does anyone know the part number of the changer? I thought I might look around for a salvaged one.

    Also how do you open up the dash to get at it. One thing about the Mill the dash is pretty buttoned up in terms of exposed screws, etc...
  • phatpatphatpat Posts: 22
    About a 2 months ago my hold light began blinking followed by the check engine light coming on. I immediately thought of transmission problems in my future. After turning the car on and off the blinking stopped, after disconnecting the battery cables and replacing them the check engine light cleared. I have had no problems with the car ever since. Has anyone experienced this with an S model? Again, this happened once and I've had no problems since. Any info is appreciated in advance. Thanks. Also, I have about 85,000 miles on the car so far and haven't had too many problems otherwise.
  • fairwoodfairwood Posts: 91
    Just signed up a few days ago, glad I found this site. I have a 2000 Mill S with 37,500 miles on the clock. I have only put about 150 miles on it in the 8 days I have had it. I notice that the temperature readout for both inside and outside temp seems to be full of BS, reading higher than reality. Is this common? Also I would like to change the digital readout from C (celsius) to F. There is no mention of this switchover in manual nor is there a button to push etc. Surely they wouldn't have two different pc boards, one for cars destined for metric countries and a different one for Imperial measurement countries.
    Any problem with adding injector cleaner in next full tank of premium? Also the driver's power seat still feels a little low at full up position (I am not that short but would like it a little higher). I raised the passenger seat up to its upper limit and it feels much better. Has anyone dug into this "problem"? Yes, I know the dealer is the one to see but I thought I would pick the brains of all smart Mazda owners. !! Thanks in advance folks.
  • fairwoodfairwood Posts: 91
    I am disappointed that no one has taken the time or effort to respond to my questions above. Surely someone out there must have some thoughts!fairwood.
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    I do check in here as do a few others. Problem is that I don't have an answer to most of your questions. There aren't that many Millenia owners as compared to Camrys etc. Only about 20000 were sold in a year, which puts us in a pretty small class of model owners. Mine is an '01P.

    I have my auto-air set at 77 most of the time and it seems fine. I am 5-10 and have no complaint about the height of the drivers seat. It would be nice if it was a couple of inches longer in the thigh support though.

    A mechanic is going to have to answer the rest of your questions. Good luck.
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