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Engine light goes on

I've had to replace 2 ignition coils this year. One in Feb and 1 in Dec.
I have only 67k miles on the car. A co-worker also
had to have an ignition coil replaced before 60k.
Judging by all the postings, this is a defect. Why hasn't a recall been issued?

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  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem. 2003 mpv with 3L v6. 2 coils failed at about 58K miles and I'm just in the middle of chasing down #3 now. This is definitely a chronic problem. One mechanic I've spoken to has a theory that as the spark plugs age, resistance goes down and these coils are sensitive to that. Replace all the plugs if a coil goes bad. Note, the ecu won't throw a code and activate the check engine light until the coil almost totally packs it in and you're running on 5 cylinders. Until then you have an intermittant and hard to chase down misfire.

  • winfreytax Jan 26, 2009

    I have the same problem, 2 coils, with 90,000 on our 2003

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    U are asking the wrong people, contact the US dept of transportation. They may have a web site, my brother has one of these vans and he has not had any problem with the coils, u and one friend does not mean a problem, suspicious maybe, just a little.

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I've had this problem for the past year. I've had the PCV recall (TSB # 2204H) issue fixed. http://mazdaforum.com/recalls-and-tsbs/make_MAZDA/model_MPV/year_2003/id_2204H/TSB.htm . German Mazda dealer said it was the Ignition Coils so I replaced all the Spark plugs and all 6 Ignition Coils and I still had the problem. In another posted Tech Service Bulletin it specifically addressed this concern. TSB # 01-023/05 , Engine Misfire Detection Procedure http://www.mpvclub.com/tsb.php?id=172 . Basically, the Mazda maintenance crew has to scan it for Misfires and then if this is the problem, fix it in accordance with the Mazda Workshop Manual (section 01-03 No. 11). I'm statoned in Germany, so it's been a real pain and I'm still trying to get this problem fixed. Should be easier stateside. Hope this helps.

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They'll only issue a recall if its a safety issue or a cheap fix. If it failed after only 10-20k miles you might have a case....otherwise I guess the manufacturers are a 'lil broke right now....

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