Review 3 of 131|
from Blue Ridge Mazda
Year / Model Reviewed:
2002 Mazda Millenia S
Exclusivity...I don't see one on every corner.
Quality interior...layout and material.
Asthetics...doubt we'll see another of the like.
The S gets intown milage...under 20. Hwy...about 27.
Wierd 4 speed tranny setup...could have used a 5 speed auto.
I bought the car new in 2002 and have used it sparingly in the last 4 years (only 25KM). It's not a standout performer (7.5 sec 0-60 with a top of 155) but holds it's own in highway acceleration. Definately a looker as fewer and fewer are seen on the road today, compliments all the time. First thing I did was change to synthetic oil and tranny fluid and that made a big difference (probably was the tranny fluid) really smooth shifts and better (noticably) performance. After 7500 miles...the oil is still clear. Guess that's a good sign. Overall...it's an okay car. It's fast enough for me...the S is a much better performer than the L, has the comfort I'm wanting...and the price was right. Looked as a maxima SE for a few grand more and while the performance was great, it lacked the subtle 'refined' look and feel of the millenia....and they are everywhere!!! So I got what I got and I'm not complaining. So far...no problems, knock knock. It does have a unique tranny...4 speed with a mazda exclusive 'hold' button to lock in a gear. Would have preferred a well designed 5 speed auto with trip, but that's getting picky for a car i spent $25K on. Got used to it and it's become fun to drive...but take practice. Overall...it's a keeper for me as resale of mazda's are tragic, but I knew that when I got it. I like to think that as the next few years go by...I'll have one of the few S Milli's on the road. And its looks are timeless.
Similar Products Used:
Tested the following:
TL...better all around, but more expensive.
330XI...really good, but really pricy.
Maxima SE...a lot of car for the buck, good alternative.