Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Well, I don't know about the US, but the same cliche runs in the automotive community here in Saudi. "Oh, don't buy a Mazda! Parts are too expensive.
But having owned five Mazdas (four 6's and a Miata) over the past five years, even though there's a single Mazda dealer for the entire kingdom, parts are pretty darn cheap - sometimes even cheaper to buy from the dealer than to buy them from the independents. The oil filter for my 6's and my Miata costs the equivalent of about six US dollars, which is a little more than half what I'd pay for it at a typical gas station run by Yemenis.
Here's another story for perspective. I once crashed my first 6 into a concrete median. Ended up with a scraped wheel (which was aftermarket anyway), a bent steering knuckle and an impact-pitted wheel bearing. The dealer replaced the entire steering knuckle, which comes out of the box with the bearing already pressed in, while I supplied a replacement wheel. Final tally, including labor: the equivalent of about 190 US dollars. It horrifies me to even think of what that might have cost me with, say, an Accord.
Other anecdotes? Two replacement windshields - including labor, at the dealer - cost me less than $250 each, and even less than that at an independent installer. The Miata's broken windshield cost me even less. Brake pads... about $50, including labor. Two front brake disks cost less than $200.
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