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Mazda 626, Sedan
#994 of 2044 seeking advise from all u mazda 626 lx experts
Jan 13, 2002 (3:44 am)
Hi everyone i am about to buy my first car. I was advised not to buy a new car b/c i will be stressed out about marks and scrathes on it. Well i saw the mazda 626, 1993, and the dealer said that he will sell it to me for $ 3000. the car has 11500 miles, cassette player and looks fairly clean and attractive to me (a new comer to the driving world). please tell me if i am making a wise decision in buying it this week. i also would appreciate some questions u guys think i should ask the dealer before i pay for the car.
#995 of 2044 need ur help mazda 626 experts
Jan 13, 2002 (3:48 am)
i my previous email i meant to say that the car has 115000 miles on it
Jan 13, 2002 (9:01 am)
Things I would certainly do after test-driving but before signing the check:
- If this is an automatic, pull the dipstick and get a look at the fluid. If it's grey or brown or smells burned, walk away.
- Check all the electricals - make sure they work. Not all of them are easy to fix when they don't.
- If a little red light on the stereo comes on with the power off and the keys out of the ignition, ask the dealer if he has the antitheft code for it. Otherwise, first time you have to change the battery, the stereo is going to demand this code, and if you don't have it, you go tuneless.
- Consider bringing in an independent mechanic to look over the car. This will probably cost you $100 or so, but diverting you away from a car that's about to run up six grand in repair bills is well worth it. I yield to no one in my admiration for the '93 626, but not even I would put up with that.
#997 of 2044 Bad Luck Lately?
Jan 14, 2002 (7:33 am)
Well, another round of repairs and $819 later, our 626 is back on the road (new left front hub and wheel bearing). I'm kind of disappointed, to be honest.
The thing was perfecty reliable for about 5 years, but the last 2 years have brought on $2 grand worth of repairs, and 3 visits to the dealer. Not too happy about that.
It only has 70k miles too, on a '95 V6/5 speed.
Oh well, a good car otherwise, but I hope the streak of bad luck has ended.
#998 of 2044 $819 for a hub and bearing???
Jan 14, 2002 (9:30 am)
OUCH? You are going to have to give up your dealer loyalty at those prices.
I count about $175 in parts and 2.1hrs of labor. So at $819 that works out to roughly $300/hr for the labor.
Please restore my dealer confidence and say there is more to it.
Jan 14, 2002 (10:11 am)
Already made that decision. Basically we went back after they had fixed the right front axle boot, thinking it was the same problem again (so it would have been free). Not so, so we got nailed for yet another repair bill.
I will have to check the invoice, but I think that was it. These are the same guys that charged $220 for an O2 sensor, parts only. On-line I found it at Trussville Mazda for $160, and aftermarket it was $70 at Trak Auto.
Never again will I go to that dealer.
Jan 14, 2002 (10:34 am)
I forgot about that! that could have been a result of them not torquing the axle properly. Was that on the same side that they did the repair? Now I'm full of curiosity.
Jan 14, 2002 (11:20 am)
No, different side. I was hoping it was the same side, so they'd cover at least part of the costs.
It lasted for 70k miles, not horrible but less than expected.
Jan 15, 2002 (4:44 pm)
My wheel bearing replaced only due to an accident cost $130.00. How much was yours.
How much was that wheelhub?