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#343 of 455 Re: Transmission on 1990 mazda 323 [chknlou]
Feb 15, 2009 (12:45 pm)
Finding a good used transmission for this year and model car may be like finding a needle in a haystack. If you do find one, you won't really know the condition of it to start with. If the original transmission wasn't serviced properly and coupled with most likely hard driving habits, automatic transmissions of any make will go out at 120,000 km. I would say shop around for the best place and price for rebuilding the transmission. It may cost double of what finding a used transmission and installing it would but then again, you run the risk of a used one going out and you'd be left with having to find another used one and paying again, the cost of installing it. Of course, if the wrecking yard will install it for you and be able to calibrate it correctly linkage-wise, and they knew and verified it is a solid used transmission, then I'd consider that route. Good luck.
#344 of 455 Re: Transmission on 1990 mazda 323 [chknlou]
Feb 15, 2009 (4:20 pm)
Given what new cars cost now a days. A rebuilt tranny would be worth considering if the other maintenance on the car has been kept up. Many of these transmissions were 3 speeds. A 4 speed unit would be more desirable if gas goes back up. The only way to tell is whether or not yours has an overdrive on it.
A four speed tranny will also increase the life of the engine because on the road, the engine does not turn over as much as a 3 speed unit does. Typical of what I have seen in junk yards for a 3 speed ayto has been 95K -150K. The same for a 4 speed standard. Many of these same auto's were poorly kept up. Not uncommon to see a 5 speed standard pull well over 200K miles. We did recently run into an auto unit in the yard with 268K miles on it. It all comes down to how well you have kept the maintenance up. Also. If you do rebuild it, I can not over recommend an additional oil cooler to be installed. It increases the life of the tranny that much more. As for troubles, I have heard little during the years, but we run more standard units than auto's. Ours is well past 275K and we recently pulled maintenance that will soon push it well past 350K. Sure beats new car notes. You may have difficulty finding someone willing to work on it. Stay with lifetime warranty shops for a good job.
Son needs to understand that these units do not take kindly to being abused as well.
#345 of 455 '89 mazda b6 no spark...
Apr 28, 2009 (6:57 am)
My motor gave out at 3k miles.. (wow) and i swapped out the motor and everything else from the old motor to the new one. the new motor has anywere from 40-50k miles. I get electricity everywere on the car/motor, but the ignition distributor is not creating a spark.. Im guessing faulty ign. distr... If anyone ones of anything on this please help me out!! Thanx
#347 of 455 1988 Mazda 323 with 279,000 miles
Apr 29, 2009 (9:40 am)
I just sold my 323 to the third owner. I bought it in 1999 for $ 1000 from the origanial owner. The car runs great and passed emmisions when I sold it.
I never once took it to a shop, did all the repairs and maintence myself. Let me know if you have any ?'s with your 323. Would be glad to help.
#348 of 455 Re: 1988 Mazda 323 with 279,000 miles [smatts40]
Apr 29, 2009 (9:47 am)
as i mentioned earlier my motor was at 300k miles and worked just fine till it died.. i changed it and with the newer motor i am not getting a sprak from the distributor.. i read that it is a common problem with these cars.. wuts wrong with my distributor, or if its dead as well and need to replace it..
#349 of 455 Re: Rough Idling [nean]
May 01, 2009 (7:49 am)
your car could be off by a couple or teeth.. check you ignition distributor timing.. if it off timing since your already there re-check the water seal and itself for any cracks or so..
May 01, 2009 (7:55 am)
do u want to install a rpm gauge.. thats wut i did and its just fine.. umm more or less get use to how your motor sounds and feels like at speeds to get an idea to shift.. (i can send you pics on the rpm installation and ideas where to put it..) lol
#351 of 455 Re: 1987 mazda 323 engine question [metalhead360]
May 01, 2009 (8:04 am)
if its the gtx model(awd ) then you can go with a rotary motor or the awd turbo dohc motor.. If its the sohc motor you have the 1.6L engine or you can swap it out to put in the dohc fwd motor..
#352 of 455 pollen filters
May 23, 2009 (3:01 am)
does anyone know were the pollen filters are on the Mazda 323 because i havn't a clue.