Flashing CEL can mean only one thing rampg, your van has an engine missfire that is severe enough to cause damage to the catalytic converters. Van should not be driven if at all possible as the more it is driven with the missfire occuring the more the damage to the converters and they are very expensive to replace. A missfire code should be stored that should give some direction as to which cylinder is causing the problem. P0301-P0306 will indicate cylinder # or P0300 will be a random missfire.
Thanks for the information. At least now I am better informed at what to expect. Sounds like a couple of hundred dollars just for starters. It's also due for the 72k mile check-up. A few hundred more... not to mention the unknowns.
The 2002 and later MPV use an ignition coil for each cylinder that are priced in that range rampg. 2000-2001 MPV use a coil pack and plug wires to each cylinder to deliver the spark. Still way overpriced if you are being quoted $228 for the coil only. GY01-18-100 has a dealer MSRP of $138.28 and is even cheaper at www.onlinemazdaparts.com for $110.62.
Are the spark plugs or plug wires also being replaced?
I got the ignition problem solved and I was installed a new cord set among other things. Only there's one strange thing. The cord set just lies there right on top of the engine. My Pathfinder has all lines in the cord set nicely hung in the air from some plastic brackets of sorts. I understyand this is so because the cord set, if let in touch with the engine, will deteriorate and become britle from the extreme heat. Am I right?
There should be some brackets that route the wires around the valve covers and along the manifold and motor mount area. Couple of pics below of what it should look like. First is of the wires correctly routed and installed in plastic brackets. Second pic is of the wires removed so you can see what the brackets look like a little better. Does your engine not have these??