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Mazda MPV: Care & Maintenance



  • You can switch over to synthetic at any time or switch back for that matter. Synthetic and dino are completely compatiable. My personal preference is the synthetic/dino blend. I used to use 100% synthetic all the time but found that it tended to leak around gaskets. A little dino blend seems to keep the gaskets and seals from shrinking and leaking. Also a big factor is expense. Synthetic blends are way cheaper than 100%. I would suggest that in order to have some idea what percent synthetic you're getting or to adjust for temperature range that you change oil using one or more quarts of 100% synthetic and finish filling with dino. Most manufactures don't label their blended product with the percent of synthetic vs dino. Hope this helps. OM
  • I just had them installed in my 2000 MPV @ 49000 miles. My local garage charged me around $150 labor to do this, and I thought that this sounded a little high. I provided the parts. Any comments out there? The mechanic told me that it's a difficult job on the MPV, as several things need to be removed and replaced in order to get to the back plugs.
  • bigdadi118bigdadi118 Posts: 1,207
    In Edmunds's Mazda 3 section, I saw posts that Mazda said synthetic oil will void Mazda's B2B warranty.
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  • lazyfoxlazyfox Posts: 90
    Does Mazda recommend the use of synthetic oil?
    No. Mazda does not recommend the use of synthetic oil. To determine which oil should be used for your specific model, consult your Owner's Manual. contactCustomer#15
  • goldgary1goldgary1 Posts: 10
    Does anyone have the programing code to program a 1998-MPV keyless remote.

    Thanks, Gary
  • Hey,

    Can anyone tell me where you fill up the transmission fluid. I know my car is low but I'm not sure where to fill it. It's the 93 model but I assume later models would be fairly similar.

  • We bought a 2004 ES in August after reading all the Consumer Digest ratings which included the 2004 MPV as "Recommended." Now, the latest Consumer Digest ratings have removed the MPV from "Recommended" status and rate the transmission as unreliable. Did Mazda change transmissions after apparently having years of good ratings? We previously had a Dodge 2000 Caravan which also had lousy transmission ratings. We changed the transmission fluid, as recommended, every 30K and never had a problem. Is the issue with the MPV transmission a similar one? Or, do we need to rethink purchasing the extended warranty? Thanks!
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    Don't go underground on this one grubbs.Consumer Reports didn't rate the transmission unreliable. It was rated less reliable than the average new model.All the data collected by Consumer Reports was from April of 2002 until March of 2003.So, the reports on reliability are for the 2003 model. The transmission problem you are speaking of is a rough shift between 2nd and 3rd gear.Affected 2% to 5% of MPV's that were scored in the survey.Affected mostly 2003 and early 2004 models. Taking the van in to have the TCM "reflashed" or reprogrammed fixes the hardshift problem. are free to Zoom Zoom with an unincumbered mind.
  • Thanks for the info. I also found some good info on the subject on the "Town Hall" site.
  • I want to purchase the rear bumper plate for my 2004 MPV. Can i easily install this myself or should i have the Dealer do it for me. What about the bug deflector, should i get the dealer to do that as well or can i do myself.
  • Just bought a 2004 MPV, 18,000 Kilometers. I have only had for 2 days. I have been reading all this talk about "hard shifting" between 2nd and 3rd gear. Not sure what i should be looking out for and at exactly what speeds. What will this hardshift feel like, will it be obvious that something is wrong or subtle?
  • steveeaststeveeast Posts: 158
    Don't worry, you'll recognise it if it happens...
  • We have a 2002 MPV with 62,000 miles. The transmission is now slipping into nuetral whenever it gets above 45 mph. What could have caused this and could anything have prevented it. And what will need to be done to repair it if anyone knows?
  • johnbullusjohnbullus Posts: 4

    here is my concern: I could not find any recommendation for transmission fluid change in owners manual. Went thru all the pages. Dont see it. So does it need to be changed? If so, why Mazda (as manufacturer) does not include this on maintenance schedule?
    Now, dealers recommend to change it every 30k if not even every 15k miles! Are they so much money driven?
    Please comment on this.
    Who is right? Who do you trust? What do you do?

    Just to add something, I have a Honda Civic, and a very good mechanic - a friend. Both him and owners manual for Honda suggest changing the transmission fluid at 90k miles. I understand this. Makes sense.

    But the difference on Mazda really puts me into trouble... :confuse:
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    It is my understanding that unless you operate your Mazda under severe conditions(towing, a lot of driving in mountains etc) there is no need to change the transmission fluid. Though it still should be checked every so often.Despite this...some people still like to do a fluid change every 60,000...just to be on the safe side.
  • bobbyveebobbyvee Posts: 1
    Am about to replace my wore out dunlops w/ Yokohamas new AVID TRZ 22560TR17s. Research indicates good allround all season performance, w/ 80,000 mi. wear.Discount Tire quoted me 481.16 for 4,includes tax, lifetime rotations, flat repair. It is not a directional tire and looks pretty good too. Oh, I'm driving a 2003 MPV ES. Hope this helps.
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    The Yoko Avid's do seem to be becoming popular as replacements on the MPV. Keep us updated - let us know how they look on the van and how it drives/feels in varying conditions.

  • rickyd1rickyd1 Posts: 1
    Has anyone changed there own transmission oil? I can't find the oil drain plug. Help.
  • itchyitchy Posts: 2
    The check engine light on my 2003 MPV just turned on yesterday while driving. The mileage is around 28,500 miles. It has had no problems to this point except for the harsh shifting I read about on these forums. I plan to take it in next week, but was hoping someone could clue me in on possible reasons for it to turn on. I am going to have the software upgrade at the same time :P
  • subearusubearu Posts: 3,613
    I replied to your other thread.

  • mpvguympvguy Posts: 2
    You do not say whether you have had the PCV recall work done yet. My 2003 had its check engine light come on just before 30,000 miles. A few days after (though not immediately after[?]) having the recall work done, the light went off.

  • daddioof4daddioof4 Posts: 50
    I need to remove the back door panel on the driver side. The inside door handle has me stuck. How do you remove the door handle in order to remove the door panel?
    Thanks in advance for any advice!!!
  • daleinncdaleinnc Posts: 7
    Hello all. I am the proud new owner of a 2003 MPV ES Mazda. Expanding family recently has moved us into this vehicle. So far we love it. I have a couple of questions though. Our MPV has 30k miles and needs a couple of things....

    1) Tires need replacing...seems odd at 30k, but the fronts are pretty worn.
    any suggestions on replacements that have a great ride?

    2) we have noticed the sulphur like smell a couple of times. I have read in some forums that this problem seems to come from the gas we use, not neccesarily the Cat Converter...any thoughts?

    3) where is the easiest place for me to get an owners manual?
    4) how in the h@ll do you remove the spare tire? I am sure when i get the owners manual i might have an explanation!

    5) How do i get bulletins to see what recalls have been sent out and if i need to have anything done..

    Thanks for all your help. will check back soon.

    Dale in asheville NC!!
  • jc9799jc9799 Posts: 70
    Dale, congrats on the new ride. I may not be of much help, but here goes...

    1. Not surprising, if you got the Dunlop 4000's. According to the consumer reviews at Tire Rack, they seem to wear out pretty fast. As far as replacements, sorry, the MPV is my first minivan and it's only got 1000 miles on it.

    2. Can't help you there.

    3. Did you buy from a dealership? I would guess they would have one.

    4. I haven't even checked my manual on the how to.

    5. I believe that Edmunds has that info if you go to the specific make, model and year.

    Told ya I wouldn't be much help.
    Good luck.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,443
    1)yeah, the OEM Dunlops wear out pretty quickly. 30k isn't to bad. The Michelin Hydroedge or Harmony would be a good bet. Try for suggestions and ideas...don't know what your price range is. Hydroedges are expensive $130.
    2) pass
    3)google mazda owners manual,,,or call e-mail Corp Mazda
    5)ask your dealer, google Mazda mpv recalls and tsb(technical service bulletin)

    Congrats and good luck on your MPV
  • nlsnls Posts: 65
    3. I bought one from E-Bay.

    4. The spare tire is underneath the vehicle, below the middle row passenger side seat. There should be a small opening in the carpet to operate a winch mechanism to lower the spare tire.
  • daleinncdaleinnc Posts: 7
    thanks to all the post to my questions. I did find that winch tool of a thing hidden in the rear seat. will see if i can figure it out myself. I will ebay or go thru local dealer to get me a book though.

    the tires that came on it are the Dunlops so i guess the wear on them is common.

    thanks again..
  • nlsnls Posts: 65
    Some folks have had the winch mechanism becoming inoperable because of rust from road salt, or because of a plastic part in it breaking. So you might have to exercise some caution. One recommendation is to grease it occasionally so that it doesn't get stuck.
  • daleinncdaleinnc Posts: 7
    thanks again for the info. will check on the winch thingy.

    UPDATE ON TIRE INFO.....after reviewing due to the suggestions from many of you...i believe i have found another great option in tires for the MPV. rates the Goodyear Assurance Tripleedge as the number 1 tire overall and the Michelin Hydroedge as the number 2...only problem is that it didnt list on that the Goodyear comes in a 17 inch rim size...which my MPV has (225/60/17). So....after calling a couple of local dealers, one of them found that they could get the Tripleedge in the 17 size....of course...they are expensive...about $165 a tire...but they appear to be the top ranked tire.

    Just thought I would share in case some of you were like me and thought that you only had a couple of options with size 17's (and a couple of them werent very good options either....more Dunlops or the Continentals!!)
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