2002 Mazda Millenia S 2.3 Supercharged from North America

Summary:

Great car just bad luck this time

Faults:

O2 sensor (All 4) at 137,000

Transmission issues (Torque Converter) at 140,000

Transmission issues (Overdrive Solenoid) at 141,000

Transmission issues (internal leak) at 150,000.

General Comments:

This is not the first Millenia I have owned. The first model was a 1997 standard Millenia with the 2.5 in it. I have zero complaints about that car, the only problem I had with that car was the O2 sensors (which is common for a Millenia) and when I traded that car in the mileage was well over 250,000.

Now the current Millenia I own is a total different story. This one is the 2002 Millenia S (Supercharged). Nothing but issues from day one. I flew up to NJ to pick up this car and drive it back to SC where we currently live and the problems started in Richmond VA. Went to pass a car and the check engine light came on. I thought nothing new just a O2 sensor I'm sure. Got home and that's what the light was on for. Just went ahead and had all 4 of them done at one time (475$ parts 200$ labor). Thought OK just like the last one but I'm sure that will be the only issue.

Well a few thousand miles later I am going down the interstate here and heard a pop noise and once again the light was on. Back to the mechanic I went. He said it has a TC code which is the torque converter. Took it to a Mazda dealership to verify and sure thing that's what it is. Since it was a big job I had the dealership do the work. (1,489$ part 1100$ labor).

Back on the road again not a single noise or warning something was wrong and the light came back on. Just went right to the dealership with it this time. Now I have a OD solenoid that has gone bad. You can't just buy that one you need to buy the entire kit. Lucky for me its external parts so they only had to take off the pan. (900$ parts 900$ labor).

As the story goes on yet again the light came back on the other day. Went to Mazda yet again (now were on first name bases) and they said the transmission has an internal leak. Now I have to rebuild the transmission. I have not had that done yet but my estimate was 2,900$.

So if you have been adding up the totals were up to 7,964.00. Now if you look at Kelly Blue Book the car is worth 7,785.00 with my mileage and under good condition.

Other than the transmission issues I have had everything else with the car is top notch. Engine is real strong; no oil leaks, no smoke or anything like that. The inside of the car is GREAT nice leather 7 speaker Bose system is very nice. The only option that is not in this car is the nav system with the integrated phone. And all of it is great quality down to the carpet.

I just happened to get one of those cars that is having a lot of issues. I also posted a review on the 1997 model I owned and that was 9-10 all the way down the board. I couldn't of said better things about that car. So I know that Mazda makes a great product it just seems funny that I get a S model and have transmission issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2008

2002 Mazda Millenia S 2.3 from North America

Summary:

I love it!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Very reliable, comfortable, and it MOVES! I get a lot of comments as to how nice it looks.

Nice leather seats, I really like the heated seats and BOSE stereo system.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2007