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  • In my recent experience the computer was responsible for the fan not operating and destroying the head gasket
  • But by the time all costs were added up, I decided against it

    • by Fallon

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      The 1997 Mazda Millenia S at first glance is a beautiful car. It is the luxury model. This vehicle features a spacious backseat with a pull-down arm rest; the front has bucket seats. Equipped with a sunroof, radio/cd player, automatic windows, leather interior, and a V6 turbo engine, this car makes for quite a nice ride.

      Now lets get down to the nitty-gritty. Out of a 100% scale, only 18% were made to be this particular model. This means that parts are more expensive because it is a “rare” car. At the time of this writing, March 2010, in northern California, no parts could be found. Three re-built engines were located in surrounding cities, and those engines came with a

      30-day guarantee.

      This vehicle has a turbo engine. Because of this it only accepts supreme gasoline only, which as all of us drivers know, is the most expensive gasoline. This car gets 18 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon highway driving. With today’s gas prices, be prepared for a large gas bill.

      Perhaps in different areas of the country additional parts can be found to maintain this vehicle. Where I live this is not the case. Also be aware that if something goes wrong with the computer in the car, it is a dealer part only. This means that it can only be ordered through the dealer and programmed by the dealer. To purchase ...

      • a new computer and have it programmed you are looking at about $2,000.00 (price quote in California).

        A common complaint with this vehicle is that it overheats. It is a 6-cylinder turbo engine. When the fan fails to cool appropriately, you will most likely blow a head gasket. In my recent experience the computer was responsible for the fan not operating and destroying the head gasket. Therefore, a new computer and a new head gasket would need to be purchased. Also, the temperature the car was running was 220 degrees F. with the fan out. This is dangerous.

        If you are thinking about buying this model and make of car, I would give it some serious thought. I am not keeping

        mine. By the time I switched the engine over to that of another vehicle, and replaced all parts to match, I could buy a new car. If you are a mechanic you will come out ahead because you can fix it yourself. If you are an everyday Joe or Jane, the labor will be very expensive if you take it into a garage to have them completely change the engine to that of another vehicle. The only reason why I considered that was because I liked the body and interior of the car. But by the time all costs were added up, I decided against it. There are lots of attractive cars out there with parts that are mrore common.

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