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#14 of 63 that's the only thing keeping the rust down
Sep 06, 2002 (6:23 pm)
if the engine is gone, and it's an 87, shoot, sell it for parts. it's obviously not done you any good in two-plus years, why keep it around as a winter home for mice? the existing ATF is not rotting, and it's the only thing keeping the tranny from turning into a rusted block of ugly.
#15 of 63 Marvel Mystery Oil
Sep 17, 2002 (5:17 pm)
does wonders at wicking away moisture and even cleaning up rusty parts. According to the bottle, it's safe to use as oil additive or gasoline additive. Diesel guys swear by it, as do motorcycle buffs (winter storage)... might want to put a few drops in each of the cylinders through the spark plug holes. Only downside is that it might foul your plugs when you go to restart.
#16 of 63 Reopening ...
Aug 09, 2007 (9:36 am)
This subject has come up again, so I'm digging this out of the archives - cough, cough, sure is dusty!!
There are some excellent tips here.
#17 of 63 Re: Reopening ... [pat]
Jan 15, 2008 (8:57 pm)
Thanks for reopening this thread, Pat. I'm new to this edmunds.com forum.
I'm looking at a new Mazda3, and a dealer near enough to me (although not as close as my first choice) is offering $2750 off MSRP for the 2007. Will the car's having sat on the lot - probably without even being started - for many months (if not over a year) warrant considerations or does its being a brand new car with under ten miles preclude any worrying whatsoever?
Also, is revving the engine to redline while it's still brand new and cold a serious no-no, or okay a few times? Salesmen always seem to want to do that to showcase the power. (I've test driven two of these Mazda3s already and a few other cars, and it's always the same...and these are 4 bangers!)
Thanks in advance for your replies, and feel free to offer any advice about this car you may have.
#18 of 63 Re: Reopening ... [lucas8]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 16, 2008 (10:52 am)
If the car has never been sold, then the warranty starts when you buy it (date of service).
I don't think sitting around has hurt the car. They really don't sit around on a dealer's lot as much as you think. They are always being started and moved around. And if it only has 10 miles on it, that means it wasn't used as a demo and so wasn't subject to abuse.
So I don't think you have anything to worry about here.
#19 of 63 Re: Reopening ... [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 16, 2008 (11:42 am)
Speculating that the cars are driven the same way when they're moved around the lot, does that pose any problem long term, or am I just looking for a reason not to buy this car?
#20 of 63 Re: Reopening ... [lucas8]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 16, 2008 (12:05 pm)
You mean the 10 miles? Isn't that what you said was on the odometer?
#21 of 63 Re: Reopening ... [Mr_Shiftright]
Jan 16, 2008 (1:58 pm)
I actually don't know the two candidate cars' exact mileage; I just guessed logically for a new car. In my euphoria, I decided not to consider that they are probably demo cars owing to the 2007 and 2008 being exactly the same car (I believe). Being a pessimist when it comes to large purchases, I want something as pristine as possible, although such a generous rebate obviously sways my decision making. I called the dealership offering this deal and am awaiting a call back regarding the exact mileages. The result will not influence my decision greatly; in fact, I should be able to get an even better deal should the car be a demo.
#22 of 63 Re: Reopening ... [lucas8]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 16, 2008 (5:22 pm)
new car engines are pretty sturdy so unless some lunatic lot boy drove it there's not much to harm. I guess you could check for tire burnouts by examining the inside of the wheel wells or looking for soda cans and cigarette butts, but I doubt you'll find very much. You know, as long as it has full warranty, hasn't been hit and repainted and doesn't have too many miles on it--what's not to like if there's a fat rebate coming?
#23 of 63 Problems starting my car.....plesae help!
Apr 12, 2008 (2:40 pm)
I've been unemployed for the last 4 months and haven't been driving my care more than once every week. This morning the car wouldn't start! It's an 04 350z with almost 60k in miles. I haven't gotten the car serviced so I'm hoping it's just the spark plugs or something but to be honest...I don't know what the heck I'm am doing. The starter is working and it almost catches. Now I can't even get to an interview and I'm screwed! Anyone have any ideas?