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Mazda Millenia



  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    I have found over 46 years of owning many cars that the only reason to take a car to the dealer is in the event of a recall or other free repairs. There are plenty of certified machanics working in independent shops for far less than a dealer charges for the same work.

    Anyone calling himself a mechanic, that can't do all the maintenance and repairs on a KLZE engine better stick to working on bicycles. Changing the timing belt and or water pump on a KLZE (2.5L) would require no more knowledge or effort than any other transverse V6 engine, including a Toyota. The spark plugs and wires are downright simple to replace by anyone that has any mechanical ability at all. The engine in my '01 P is far more accessible than my last two V6's, a '90 TBird and that trouble prone '95 Olds 88 I mentioned.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Interesting, I was going to recommend to him the Millenia S because of the power, and excellent gas mileage. I've seen a few '96s with only maybe 65-75K on them. Is the miller cycle still a risk with that kind of miles? Or does mileage like that for an 8 year old car mean it probably already has had problems? I think the 2.5L is kind of whimpy, I would probably lead towards recommending an old I30 over that...
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    Quote: "I think the 2.5L is kind of whimpy"

    This has been suggested before, and everyone has their "needs" (not quoting you). The 2.5 is in no way wimpy, unless you have a "need" for excess power. It takes a tiny fraction of 170 HP to propel a 3400 pound car. The only "need" for more power than the 2.5 has is ego gratification. I have about 15000 miles on mine, and never have I "needed" more power under any condition. If I were inclined to run in stop light Gran-Prix races, maybe I could understand the "need" for 0 to 60 in less than 8.5 seconds in a family car. Under all but racing conditions, the MMP is a fine performer. I have had some "wimpy" cars, but this is not one of them. Perhaps, just as in the '70's horsepower war (musclecars), the perception of decent performance is being lost when compared to excess.
  • heybradyheybrady Posts: 75
    Lexusguy, this car is your your brother's daughter, right? I am assuming she is a younger driver (why else would he buy his daughter a car?). She will be just fine with the 170, trust me. I cant say for sure if the mpg on the supercharged engine is more or less than the 2.5, but I remember some past posts saying that in warmer weather the engine does not seem as repsonsive than when it is cold. Also, the S engine requires premium gas, while the 2.5 requires regular. May not seem like much, but gas is up around 2 bucks now, even more on premium. Finding a mechanic to work on the Miller Cycle may prove to be a task. From what I read here, alot of mechanics just shake their head when they see one of these. The power of the 2.5 is just fine. You wont be squealing the tires, but it does the job. The only time it is "slow" is off the line. Acceleration to pass or merge is great, the MM really takes off at higher speeds. Hope this helps.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    The other reason I liked the S was that it seemed to come with everything standard, the alloys, leather, Bose stereo, etc. Finding all of that on a regular 2.5 car seems to be hard. Also, the S does get better mileage, though its a small difference. He would most likely take it to the Mazda dealer in town, so I dont think finding a qualified mechanic would be a problem.

    I suppose my own impressions of the Millenia engines comes from when I checked out one for a friend a few years ago. She just knew she wanted "something in the 30s" and was intimidated by the number of choices, so I went along for the test drives. We tried both the NA and the S cars, and It seemed to me like the 2.5 was kind of meager for a 6, it felt like the Accord 4cyl. She ended up with an '02 Acura TL.
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    You are right that the 170HP 2.5L MMP is down on power as compared to a 3.2L TL, which is a wonderful car. But paying $8000 to $10000 or so less, goes a long way toward soothing that power disadvantage. It is especially at a disadvantage powerwise compared to a 3L, or now 3.5L Maxima. I haven't driven a TL, but it still makes a very favorable impression on me. For my taste, the Maximas I drove the weekend I bought my MM rode like Army tanks while the MM drove very nicely yet was firm rather than float a boat wallowing. I also drove others, and except for the more power some seem to need, I was highly impressed in every way by the MMP, especially styling and overall fit and finish. I was afraid of the complication of a supercharger, having drag raced as an errant youth, so I shied away to the other side of the lot from the MMS.

    My point is not that the MMP does not have less power than those cars. Rather that it is not wimpy in normal driving. It was stated above that it is slow off the line, and compared to those two it is. But compared to say a Viper, those two might be called wimps. It is a matter of perspective, and from the perspective of normal street use the MMP is a fine all around performer. Just not a hot rod so to speak. It is an outstanding highway cruiser, and that initial impression of a fine car at a super bargain basement price has endured for almost 15000 miles. I would make the same choice today if I was choosing among the cars I tested in September of 2001. Absolutely no regrets.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Hmm, I dont really remember being bothered by the I30 driving experience, but that was awhile ago. I suggested a J30, which is as cheap as a MM, to him but she didnt want RWD, (it gets snowy up here) and its odd-ball styling leads to a tiny trunk, no bigger than my XKRs. I'll check out the 2.5 car again. Thanks.
  • j30j30 Posts: 30
    My last car was a Infiniti J30 and I drove that for 5 years before getting a awesome deal on a close out 02 L or P or whatever you guys call them. The J30 had a 3 liter with 210 horsepower and from the seat of my pants I can not tell the difference driving the 2.5 even from the line. As for the non S models not coming loaded, the only option my car had was the self dimming mirror and you know it has alloys, leather and granted a non Bose stereo but again it sounds just a good as the Bose that was in my J30, maybe just not as loud but as I get older I should be trying to preserve my hearing. I now have 23,000 and the only thing the car needs is oil changes and tire rotations. I plan on having this car for the next ten years. Good luck helping your friend get a car, but don't blow off the 2.5

  • freebirdfreebird Posts: 77
    Put 4 adults in a car with the 2.5L and you will understand the "...kind of whimpy" statement.
  • mazdafreakmazdafreak Posts: 27
    Just purchased mine w/42,000 miles.Really in mint condition.However i'm concerned about the fact that when i start it in the morning a little bit of white/blue smoke puffs out of the exhaust for
    a few seconds only. Just had an oil change done on it! Maybe it was overfilled? i don't know? Maybe we're dealing with something more serious?
    Apart from that this car is a beauty to look at and to drive.
    All suggestions are welcome.
  • cappettacappetta Posts: 7
    I am going to get the 60K service done now because I do not know the previous work done to the car; I did get a solid quote for the timing belt and tensioner replaced for $350 w/ a 1 yr warrenty. I do not think that is too bad. I will admit that the cost of parts is not that cheap, yet on the other hand they are not extremely expensive. I am doing all of this extra work to the car to maintain its current condition. As with anything, it requires much care to keep in top shape. I will say that the car is very nice and I am happy with it, even after putting $1200 into it within 3 weeks. I probably sound very stupid but if you drove my car, you would do the same.
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639

    Quote mazdafreak: "However i'm concerned about the fact that when i start it in the morning a little bit of white/blue smoke puffs out of the exhaust for a few seconds only."

    Probable answer:

    Quote: "#3039 tomekk Apr 28, 2004 (4:12 pm)
    BTW, supercharger leaks tend to be internal anyway."


    From what I have over the years, that is the most likely cause of your white/blue smoke. It isn't necessarily a major problem, but if it becomes one, it is very expensive. Maybe some "S" owners will jump in here with more information.
  • cappettacappetta Posts: 7
    I just got a 96 about 3 weeks ago. I have invested about $1200 into it already. To me this is not a bad thing. My car runs SMOOTH and I want to take care of it. It has 107K on it. I did not know the previous work done to the car, so I picked it up at the 60K services. The only reason why is because the kid that traded this car in, cut the springs to lower the height. This killed the shocks. I replaced all of the springs and shocks for about 850. The parts for the mazda millenia are somewhat costly, not crazy expensive. Some of the parts are copyrighted by mazda, which makes them available through only mazda (ie:struts).
    I have read about the O2 sensors continously expiring and causing the engine light to come on. I think that if the car seems to ride smooth and the engine sounds good with minimal leaks--go for it. I love mine.
  • cappettacappetta Posts: 7
    Thanks it is the 2.5L; I will check those out. I think it is a gasket leak, very minor leak. I will have it looked at in the near future.
  • tomekktomekk Posts: 310
    " a little bit of white/blue smoke puffs out of the exhaust for a few seconds only." - that's OK on S engine, just watch your oil consumption and change it every 3K miles - if you don't, then contaminants in the oil will eat away supercharger seals and you'll have a real problem ... that's per my service advisor.
    So, again, puff at start-up is normal for lysholm superchargers and nothing to worry about.

    How much did you pay for it, if you don't mind telling us?

    Tomek ('01 S with 40K miles)
  • mazdafreakmazdafreak Posts: 27
    Thanks! Lets wait and see if other owners could help!
  • mazdafreakmazdafreak Posts: 27
  • cotton88cotton88 Posts: 4
    Just a quick question for the group- I bought a 2002 Mazda Millenia new back in Sept. 2002- have 4,000 miles on it- received a notice from the local dealer that I had passed the warranty check up mileage point (6,000 miles) and I should contact the dealere ASAP to schedule a mandatory inspection- or I could jeopardize the warranty coverage. Is anyone aware of this mandatory warranty check up after 6,000 miles- or any mandatory warranty check up at all?

    Thanking you in advnace
  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    Unless Mazda changed the terms of the warranty, there is no dealer required warranty service. My 2001 Owner Manual specifically states that the service need not be done by the dealer, and may be done by the owner. I have simply manitained mine myself following the charts in the Owner Manual, and feel safe that my warranty is in no way violated. But I do keep all receipts and fill out the boxtop that accompanies new oil filters. I keep all those items in a "baggie" in the glove compartment along with the manual.

    The dealer I bought from, as well as other solicitors have sent me many letters trying to convince me that I "must" do this or that. But at least in my case these have been nothing but sales pitches.

    Go to and answer a few questions to register. This is the official Mazda site and should give you any information you need.
  • rpdrpdrpdrpd Posts: 36
    Time for my first oil change on my 2001 MMS. I have put 4000 miles on it since buying it in January. Car now has 9000 miles total. Since the Mazda dealer is out of the way for me, I am taking the car to a Honda dealer around the corner from my office.

    I read the manual about using 5W-30 based on NJ temperatures the next few months. I am assuming Honda service can figure out what oil filter the Miller engine needs. But I would like to hear from you about the brand of oil, whether I should use synthetic oil, and if 5w-30 is the right choice. The Honda service guy said he has "Honda oil", which apparently is 5W-20. But he said he can get 5W-30 if thats what it takes.

    Or do I bag the Honda dealer and go to Jiffy-Lube.
  • mazdafreakmazdafreak Posts: 27
    I'm thinking of flushing down all fluids (Transmission, Engine, Axle) and replace them with the appropriate synthetic Lubricants.
    I've done it in the past on other with great
    results of longevity. What do you guys think about it?
  • scgamecockscgamecock Posts: 7
    Need a little help. Considering a used Millenia and can't decide if I want a 1999-2000 or a 2001-2002 model. Please provide some pros and cons of each. Thanks!
  • rpdrpdrpdrpd Posts: 36
    I leased a 97 Millenia base for 2 years, and I recently bought a 2001 MMS with 5000 miles. I have always like the Millenia and wanted to get another one when the time came.

    I think the 01-02 styling changes greatly enhanced the car. The interior color schemes, the electroluminescent dash, the in-dash 6 cd player, the cycling on and off of the heated seats, the center console and cupholders, the headlight and hood designs, the taillamps, the suspension and handling changes...all of that I think are great improvements. I don't remember my 97 driving and handling to the high degree and fun factor as my 01, but that could be selective memory.

    Either way, though, I think the Millenia is the best car for the price in its class, and even better than cars above its class. I didn't really give much thought to the 01-02 changes until I actually saw and drove the 01. The decision for the 01-02 was made at that moment.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    "For 2001, Mazda made some changes to the script. Number one on the list was freshened exterior styling that included more shapely fenders and bumpers, a new hood and grille and updated headlights and taillights. In addition to the more aggressive exterior design, the Millenia got a 35 percent increase in structural rigidity for better handling and ride quality. Minor changes to the interior include a power lumbar support driver seat, leather-wrapped shift knob and slick red and white Optitron gauges."

    Most of the changes are cosmetic and fairly small. Though the new gauges mimic Lexus' electro-luminescent style and look very nice. The steering wheel got stereo controls, and the radio head unit was changed (for the third time)with a larger volume knob and the return of a tuning knob, that sort of looks like the original 95-96 head unit (which I always thought was better than the 97-00 head unit. Thats really about it. The Millenia was a strong competitor in '95 when it was introduced, but by '01, it had become outdated. The power figures didnt change, and Infinti, Acura, and Lexus surpassed the Millenia S' 210hp and 210lb\ft of torque. The S is also not that quick, Edmunds '01 test put it at around 8 seconds 0-60, which is just average. I would suggest cross shoping an Acura TL, which has more features, is sportier, and has more power. (The Type-S has A LOT more power). Infinti's I30\I35 is less sporty than the Acura, and is probably a closer match to the Millenia (and shares its less than stellar residual value) but also has more power, especially with the 3.5L engine for '02, and is generally roomier.
  • rpdrpdrpdrpd Posts: 36
    Scgamecock, if you follow lexusguy's advice and cross-shop, please let us know about all the prices you come across. I bought my 2001 MMS with 5000 miles (not a typo)in January for $17,000 from a Mazda dealer. The Infiniti dealer down the street had a 2000 I30t with 45,000 miles and would not budge off of $19,800. Both cars were certified pre-owned cars.

    I will give you that I wish the MMS had memory seats, autodimming mirror, auto-on headlights, an indicator light for the fog lights, and maybe even more horsepower. But I am amazed at the prices for used I30's and TL's. I do like the Millenia's profile, the way it looks overall, and that they are not everywhere on the road.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    That dealer was trying to rip you off. I've seen several '01 I30s around here, one with 29K miles, for $15,9.
  • scgamecockscgamecock Posts: 7
    I'm in the southeast so I hope you're fairly close by.
  • rpdrpdrpdrpd Posts: 36
    Lexusguy, I checked around a few Infiniti dealers in my area (NJ) and the price for the I30's were about the same, very high teens for an 00. I never saw an 01 with that kind of mileage for $15.9. Anyway, I am glad I stumbled upon my MMS. I am very happy with it.
  • mazdafreakmazdafreak Posts: 27
    Hi Guys! Guess what!
    Just got back from the nearby dealership and unfortunately they had bad news for me.
    The Supercharger has to be replaced (re: Blue/White smoke coming out of the exhaust when cold) of course, the supercharger isn't under warranty anymore 3years/40k miles.This is gonna cost around 2500.00$.
    I'm really pissed off...Unbeleivable.
    Oh well! still love the car. just as my wife:)
  • poppiepoppie Posts: 9
    Hello everyone,

    I am thinking about purchasing a 95 Millenia with 127000 miles on it. The seller says that it is a very reliable car and that the car is in good condition.

    Just wanted to see what anyone thinks and any advice or suggestions would be helpful.

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