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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,551 miles

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2002 Mazda MPV engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Mazda MPV Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 022007


  • 7,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Mazda MPV. As soon as the warranty expired, the contact experienced failures with her vehicle. The dealer stated that the vehicle had major engine failure. Since the summer of 2007, the entire vehicle vibrates when driving 40-50 mph and stalls when approaching a stop. The vehicle is able to be restarted. The dealer stated that cylinder three was misfiring and informed the contact that newer models have been upgraded. When the vehicle stalled, the check engine light illuminated, but there was no brake or steering failure. The contact also smelled rotten eggs in the passenger compartment. The transmission was repaired and the catalytic converter was replaced, in addition to other small failures. The vehicle began rusting within the first year of being purchased. The VIN, purchase date, engine size, number of cylinders, transmission type, powertrain, and fuel system were unknown. The current mileage was 67,000 and failure mileage was 7,000.

- Fredonia, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 202002

MPV 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,102 miles
Oil burning smell was filling the cabin of the van whenever it was running. Brought the van in to have them find out what was happening, they put dye in the oil to track an oil leak which was leaking on the exhaust directly behind the engine. Returned a week later to find out they believed it was the timing cover and ordered parts to replace the gasket. Returned a week later and left van to be repaired. Two days later we picked the van up and drove home. The next day the smell was back. Called the dealership back and had to schedule another apointment (a week later) which they said they could not find any leak. There is fluid (possibly transmission fluid ) leaking on the other side of the engine. I have another apointment scheduled to return for other issues such as the dash lights flickering on and off when vehicle is cold, and a thumping noise in the front of vehicle. This van only has 14000 miles on it and I do not need it to catch on fire...

- Brunswick, ME, USA

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