1997 Mazda Millenia Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1997 Mazda Millenia S 2.3L from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45380 miles
Most recent distance93908 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Luxury feel until something breaks

Faults:

Cat Converters had to be replaced at 60,000 miles. Ran about $600 each installed. One in-line with exhaust and one on exhaust manifold.

Tensioner locked up at about 83,000 miles and took out the water pump and bearings in the supercharger. Water pump and tensioner ran about $1100.00 and weren't covered by an extended warranty because they are not internally lubricated parts. Supercharger was fixed at no cost out of pocket.

Transmission wouldn't go into reverse around the 89,500 mile mark. A re-manufactured transmission ran about $4,090.00 and the warranty picked up $3,056.00 worth.

Check engine light comes on often. Two dealer diagnostics haven't returned significant data on the problem. Possibly wiring.

General Comments:

Very sleek car has speed not typical to the average four door sedan.

Leather seats, high quality OEM alarm and stock BOSE sound system are attractive features.

Parts are extremely expensive, esp engine related components.

If any of the components in the BOSE system go you are going to be in for a total system revamp. I replaced the stock head-unit all of the BOSE speakers for less than I would pay for one of the individual amps and wiring harnesses. Separate amps for each stock speaker and front door speakers running out of a control unit behind the back seat.

In my experience high maintenance over time, but a fun ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th February, 2004

1st Sep 2004, 14:45

It sounds like I'm in the same situation that you are in, with a '97 Millenia, bought around 46K miles and now currently in the low 90K's. I'm afraid the bearings on my supercharger are starting to wear down, and you mention that you had the same problem... can I ask how you got the dealer to pay for this cost? The cheapest solution I can find is to buy an entire refurbished supercharger for $1800, and that doesn't include labor!

1997 Mazda Millenia L 2.5 litre V-6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.5 litre V-6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance33000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

A blast to own and drive!

Faults:

The CD player refused to operate correctly, Mazda simply replaced it.

General Comments:

This car is a dream to own and drive. It rides well and handles fantastic.

Our's is fully loaded and I recommend getting all the options you can to enhance the experience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2000

18th Mar 2001, 15:12

I have a 2000 Mazda Millenia that eats front tires every 10k to 15k despite regular alignments. Anybody else experience problems like this.

6th Jul 2001, 11:55

I had an 87 626 that went through tires, often after about 250,000Kms, but that was a strut problem.

7th Jul 2001, 08:34

I have a 96 Millenia that has gone through 3 complete set of tires. Car has 61,562 miles and in desperate need of another set of tires. I buy good tires. Last set was Goodyear Eagle GA. Car has had 4 major alignments, but doesn't help. Last alignment was at a premier Honda facility-heard they had state of art equipment.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 7 reviews