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Mazda MPV: Care & Maintenance



  • john269john269 Posts: 3
    My dealer recommended cleaning the fuel injectors on my 2003 MPV (for about $100) at 15K and 30K and I declined both times. It is now time for 45K, and I wonder whether others out there think that this is worth it - I do not see it listed in the handbook as a necessary service item.

  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    I don't think it necessary if the van is running fine. Buy a $15 dollar bottle of the Techron Fuel Injection cleaner if you are concerned. Better than paying the dealership $100.
  • tcc21tcc21 Posts: 69
    I know this is an age old question but my check eng. light came on over the weekend for no apparent reason...other than maybe for a 'scheduled maint'? Should I be concerned and run for the dealer immediately or just ignore it for a while.
    Vehicle runs fine....fingers crossed!

    My new front rack is still solid after 2000 miles on it.
    Thank God for the extended warranty I bought!
    Hope that if the tranny goes it goes in the next 18K miles!!
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    I'd get it looked at. Autozone will check it for free.

    The one thing I do know to check for is to make sure that the gas cap is on tight. My check eng. light came on in my Buick and that was the problem.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    My 2002 MPV just turned 5 and is nearing its 60k service interval. I know this is the Biggie but on the MPV it doesn't seem to be as major as on some cars, e.g. no timing belt replacement needed and not even a transmission flush is mentioned in the maintenance schedule. So my question is, what services other than the Mazda recommended services should I do at 60k? Should I do a tranny flush for example? (note, the van has a bumper-to-bumper, zero deductible warranty on it) I'll do a tire rotation since it's due for that, and at the 52.5k service they noted the brakes were getting thin, so those might need work (although no mention of a problem at 56.25k even though they said they looked at the brakes). Also planning on changing the air filters (engine and cabin). Anything else? Also can anyone give me an idea of what a dealer charges for the 60k service?
  • tcc21tcc21 Posts: 69
    I'm the one that had the CHECK ENGINE light on a while ago.
    Finally went into my friendly Bear dealer to see what the issue would be and held my breath. Well, the problem was a collapsed PCV hose assembly with a crack! This had been fixed before at 36K miles under the RECALL!! Now they would not replace it unless I paid the $290 for the diagnostic and the $86 part!! I got on the phone with Customer Service and they acted shocked that it would not be covered, but only would offer me a $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE to use on future Mazda work!! My extended MAZDA warranty - the one that has been so good in the past, would not cover this hose issue....normal maintenance..right!!!
    My biggest issue is that Mazda will not stand behind a recalled and previously fixed part on a SECOND REPAIR! I've never heard of this before. I've owned Dodges, Toyotas, Chevy's and they all always repair the item since they know it's a bad design. Mazda sucks it and they won't budge!
    Anyone else had this issue before???
    Sincerely disgusted Mazda owner with a lemon in the making at 83K miles. If anyone else has had this issue, we should get together and form a group to send letters to the boys of M and let them know this is not right!
  • tcc21tcc21 Posts: 69
    They charge alot! $300 at be ready.
    The cabin filter is about 100 alone to change.
    I bought mine aftermarket out of a Mazda parts place in TX. and had them install. Price was discounted on the part to $45 and the labor was $20. Other than that, they want plugs changed that don't need changing until 100K miles, filter, tire stuff, etc. Be ready. I have the no deduct. warranty too and am flying on that to save some of the pain for the future. Can you tell I'm a bit peeved at MAZDA due to my other issue mentioned on an earlier email? :mad:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    Thanks. Maybe I'll go ahead and change the air/cabin filters myself and try to save a few bucks. I know how to access the air filter, not sure on the cabin filter. I'll watch out on the plugs also--we'll be getting rid of the van before 100k miles (before the transferrable warranty expires) so I might not change the plugs if it will be pricey, and if it's not required by the Mazda service schedule. Tires are good (non original), but brakes may need work (not unexpected for 60k miles). The van is working just fine, fortunately. Bought it used last year. Maybe I got a good one.
  • bob57bob57 Posts: 302
    You're probably going to hate me with this one...

    My 2001 "Red" turned 107,500 (or more - I forget) last week. I have replaced the battery twice, the plastic water reservoir tank (leaked like a sponge), and the drive belt once. Other than that - it ain't broke...yet. It starts just fine on the first spin (Looking where the plugs are located (eeek) hasn't excited me - so haven't touched them). I drive mostly freeways (in Houston more like 4 lane parking lots) and consistent 21~22 MPG with A/C on all the time (Remember - Houston...).

    Of course, Something may go south soon but so far this has been the best auto I've owned. Someone at the factory really did this one right.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    '02+ can have issues with the coils on each plug, especially the rear bank. Tranny fluid should be changed at 60k, at least every 20-30k miles. The cabin and air filters are DIY-ers, no doubt. Glove box just needs to come out for the cabin filter (multiple screws on the glove box). The air filter is just a matter of unsnapping the air box clamps and moving the top far enough off to remove and install the new filter. Be careful with any hoses and connections around the air filter when moving it around.

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    Thanks. So far, the engine purrs along nicely, getting good fuel economy (24-25 mpg on highway trips), so it seems the coils are ok. I've taken the air filter off before to check it, but haven't messed with the cabin filter yet.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    I took my MPV in for an oil change about a month ago. I got a brochere that lists "recommended" services for the 60k service. It was about $460... or $530.... can't recall which. Seemed a bit of a rip off to me though. A lot of inspect this and check that. Have you had your coolant changed? I had my trans. flushed at 24k miles. Even though Mazda does not list a recommendation I would certainly flush at 60k.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    No one is going to hate you bob. We are joyful that your MPV has been the best auto you've owned. I've owned mine for just over 3 years... just turned over 30k miles.

    I am looking to replace my original OEM Dunlops soon...if that makes anyone feel any better. ;)
  • bob57bob57 Posts: 302
    Er..ah..make that 110,500. (Note to self, have eyes checked and move closer to work..)

    I put Goodyear Assurance on my van about 30K ago (insert Bob rechecks mileage here) - very nice tires-smooth-good handling in rain (Houston, again..) 80K warranty. I haven't seen any wear yet.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    I took my 2002 MPV in for its 60k service yesterday. Total cost was just over $500. That is very steep, I know, considering what they did: tranny flush/fill, coolant flush/fill, new air and cabin filters, oil/filter change, full inspection, tire rotation (I told them not to do it as it was just done, but they didn't deduct anything for not doing it), throttle body cleaning (I argued about that, but the service writer was pretty insistent on the value of it), and a few other things. I declined an extra $149 for a "fuel system cleaning"; I'll put some cleaner in the gas tank and save about $146.

    I knew going in that it would be at least $399, not including the cabin filter or TB cleaning. The only reason I went ahead with it is that doing the 60k service at this dealership enrolled me in their "free oil changes for life" program. I figure I'll have the van for nearly 4 more years (until the extended warranty expires) and about 11-12 oil changes. At $25 a pop, that's about $300 right there. Plus they do a thorough inspection during oil changes and a free wash. So I thought that overall it was worth it.

    Oh, and I asked them about a problem with the fuel gauge not reading Full, and they said the fuel sending unit is bad and ordered the part. The extended warranty will take care of that one.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    Any other requirements for the oil change for life? I had to do tire rotations and other manufacturer and dealer recommended services to remain qualified for the tires for life program.

    Also, unless they were giving you a discount on the 60k service, I would ask for $28 (or whatever they charge) back for the non tire rotation.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    At this dealership (Walser Mazda, Burnsville, MN), I think all you need to do is either buy the car there or have the 60k service done there. The oil services are at 3750 mile intervals. Maybe they'll make me do the 90k service there to stay in the program, but since I only put 10k a year on the van, that won't be for 3 years. Oh, I didn't mention I got a free loaner for the day also. And a free wash (and it needed it).

    Actually now that I think of it, they may have taken something off for the non-rotation, since they originally quoted me $399 for the 60k service and then added the cabin filter replacement ($69 including filter) and the throttle-body cleaning.
  • Hey All,

    Are there any special tools needed when doing a break job on a 2004 MVP? I will be changing the Break Pads and Rotors for both front and read wheals. One of my also not so smart buddies said I may need a tool for the Rear Calapers?????? PLEASE HELP
  • I have a 2000 MPV, which was fairly reliable till lately. We replaced the alternator a couple of months ago, and two weeks ago it died on a highway. We had it towed to the dealership, where they diagnosed the engine as dead. To replace it with a used one would be $3K. I don't have the extended warranty. The car was serviced pretty regularly, at least, with oil changes. The funny part is that we had our mechanic look at it a couple of days prior to this happening, and scheduled a 60K tune up for the day after it died. Has anyone heard of an engine dead at such low mileage? I did have an accident about 4 years ago - a huge truck backed into me. Could this have anything to do with it?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    Can you be more specific about how the engine "died"? If it is something that could be traced to a design flaw, vs. improper maintenance, you could push Mazda to replace the engine (at least share the cost).
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    I've read a lot of posts on the MPV, can recall maybe one where the engine died. I'd say the huge truck that backed into you was the precepatator.
  • The dealership told us that they don't know the exact reason until they open it up, which will cost a fair amount as well. At this point we are not sure that it is worthwhile, although this might be a mistake.
  • d5ad5a Posts: 63
    I'm starting to think Mazda due to the MPV having the ford engine its not as reliable as i had wished. Also finding out Mazda dealers dont fix things correctly. I have 8,500 on my MPV and the engine sounds horrible like its running rough. And the steering is loose. Not happy at all. The funny thing is I took it into the dealership for a 7,500 check up and it came out worse then when it went in. I called the dealership and of course they say its all my fault. Not very customer service driven. Regret buying the honda. I took a chance and after seeing the issues from other owners like you I fear mine wont do much better. Being hit from behind should have nothing to do with it at all. Its been four years since you had your acceindent and the engine was not hit and after all that time the dealership would have seen issues due to your acceindent by now. Oups sorry we are talking about mazda how could i forget. Maybe they did miss something lol. Sorry for your issues with yours doesnt make me feel better about owning one.
  • HELP..Water is accumulating on driver's side mat I assume from a/c. Mechanic blew out hose, it is not clogged. It hasn't been raining. It seems to accumulate while driving as opposed to standing still. Any thoughts or experience with this problem
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    Aren't the AC lines and whatnot on the passenger side? The HVAC cabin filter is behind the glove box, which is where the condenser is, IIRC.

    Do you have a moonroof? Perhaps one of the drains which run down each of the front pillars is clogged or broken?

  • Thanks for response...I do not have moon roof. I'll mention your idea of pillar drains to mechanic.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    You'd only have the drains *if* you had a moonroof. So that is not the cause.

    I suppose a bad front windshield seal could cause water to come into the cabin. Not common, but plausible.

    The best way to try and isolate this is to start testing with a garden hose (or an automatic car wash!), directing water at the windshield, cowl, driver door, etc. If none of that yields water in the cabin, then try running the AC for an extended period (preferably when it's humid out so that it condenses more).

  • ag02ag02 Posts: 2
    02 mpv w/ 70,000 miles. noise is like squirrels under the hood. noise doesn't change when rev-ving up the engine. turning on ac doesn't effect it. timing belt? alternator?
  • jlord50jlord50 Posts: 13

    I want to remove the front passenger seat in a 2001 Mazda MPV. The
    owner's manual doesn't contain any instructions. Has anyone here
    done it before? I found the four bolts hidden under platic caps,
    but I am a little concerned about messing up the airbag/sensor.
    Any help would be appreciated!
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