Mazda Millenia Problems

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Mazda Millenia Problems
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The Mazda Millenia was a full-size car that made its debut in the North American market in 1995. Designed as an entry-level sedan, the Millenia never received as much recognition as the entries from Toyota's Lexus and Nissan's Infiniti luxury brands. Nevertheless, the car had few common problems, and it never had a recall during its seven-year production run.

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Engine

Some 2.5-litre V6 engine-equipped Mazda Millenias may have problems with the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve passages and distributor, and some supercharged 2.3-litre V6 engine-equipped cars may experience failure of the Lysholm compressor oil seals. When the EGR valve passages are plugged, the "Check Engine Light" in the car is illuminated, the distributor fails, and the engine fails to start or stalls when it does. Failure of the oil seals can cause the engine to consume an excess amount of oil. As of June 2010, the cost to repair the valve passages, the distributor and the oil seals is estimated at £9 for parts and £76 for labour, £232 for parts and £50 for labour, and £2,633 for parts and £202 for labour, respectively.

Spark Plug Wires

Some 2.5-litre engine-equipped Millenias may experience failure of the spark plug wires. As of June 2010, the cost to repair them is estimated at £70 for parts and £16 for labour.

Brakes

Some Mazda Millenias may have a failure of the anti-lock brake control module. This problem will cause the ABS indicator to illuminate. As of June 2010, the cost to replace the module is estimated at £734 for parts and £105 for labour.

Model Years Afflicted

Most of the Mazda Millenia model years--from 1997 to 2002--are afflicted with the (EGR) valve passage/distributor/compressor oil seal problem. Only the 2000 and 2001 Millenias suffer from the brake problem, and the spark plug failure is restricted to the 1995 to 1996 model years.

Purchase

Car editors recommend the later model years of the Mazda Millenia because of design refinement and improvement. However, from a mechanical standpoint, it appears that the first two model years of the car—the 1995 and 1996—are more reliable than subsequent entries. In fact, the supercharged 2.3-litre engine, billed as the more advanced of the two engines available for the Millenia, proved to be the more problematic one, as well.

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