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#1133 of 1420 Tired of getting reemed by the dealership on extended warranties
Aug 06, 2007 (2:10 pm)
I recently bought a 2003 mazda protege from a mazda dealership and got pressured into buying their extended warranty. It was for 3 years or 36.000 additional miles at a cost of $1,750.After leaving the dealership I realized I got screwed. I should of done some shopping around for a third party warranty. Can anybody suggest a reputable broker that might be able to help me recoup some of my money. I've heard many horror stories so I thought someone out there might be able to help.
#1134 of 1420 Re: Tired of getting reemed by the dealership on extended warranties [roadrunner96]
Aug 07, 2007 (7:18 am)
I don't buy extended warranties on anything but that doesn't seem too bad. In any case, just tell the dealer you regret buying the warranty and if they are reputable, you can maybe get your money back. If not, let it go.
#1136 of 1420 Re: extended thoughts on warranties [iamz]
Aug 08, 2007 (1:47 pm)
I don't buy extended warranties ... just tell the dealer you regret buying the warranty and ... maybe get your money back. If not, let it go.
I also don't buy extended warranties but considering the car is over 4 years old a 3 year warranty may not be such a bad idea and the cost does not seem to be unreasonable.
Aug 08, 2007 (3:43 pm)
I don't think it sounds that great. 4 years is still fairly new. how many miles are on the car? what will you be at in 36k. What are the chances of a major failure in that time? I have a friend that bought a 7 year warranty for somewhere around $1500 or $1600.
#1138 of 1420 re:warranty [nunya_b]
Aug 09, 2007 (8:57 am)
4 years is still fairly new
Is 5, 6 and 7 years new also? This is a three year warranty for a 4 year old car; the chances of the car experiencing a problem increases with age.
7 year warranty for somewhere around $1500 or $1600
That seems like an unusually low price for 7 years. I wonder if your friend's warranty was for a new car. In that case, the extended warranty would only kick in after year 3 and be equivalent to what we are talking about here. That would also make sense from a price point of view.
#1139 of 1420 Remote diagnosis request . . .
Aug 13, 2007 (11:33 am)
Would anyone care to venture a guess as to what would cause a very loud, embarassing squeal lasting from 15-30 seconds after start-up of an '03 Pro 5 with 86K miles? I assumed it was the accessory belt in need of replacement or tightening, but both the Mazda dealer and an independent mechanic INSIST that the belt is not loose or worn out. the timing belt was replaced at 60K. The squealing doesn't happen every start-up, but does happen quite frequently, and seems to self correct (after waking the dead).
#1140 of 1420 Humming Noise
Aug 13, 2007 (11:50 am)
Any idea what would cause an intermittent himming noise when reaching about 70 mph. The car runs like a champ, but once at 68-70 mph it makes an intermittent hum, that comes and goes.
#1141 of 1420 Re: Remote diagnosis request . . . [isseyvoo]
Aug 13, 2007 (1:04 pm)
The squealing doesn't happen every start-up, but does happen quite frequently
The issue in diagnosing intermittent problems is catching the problem. A mechanic that I trust recommends in these situations to leave the car at his (the mechanic's) garage to let him try to recreate the problem over a few days.
Better that than throwing money at a problem.
#1142 of 1420 Re: Remote diagnosis request . . . [isseyvoo]
Aug 14, 2007 (6:14 am)
If they are sure it is not a belt, I'd suspect it's a bearing. Try and lubricate the bearings on your alternator and air conditioner compressor.