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Old 04-29-2010, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How long do/should Mazda6's run?

I'm falling in love with these cars more and more by the second. I'm just curious as to how long they usually run? I'm interested in a 2003 Mazda 6s that has 116K miles on it. I'm wondering if I'll get some good life out of it, or if I should just look for something newer with lower miles. Help please!

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my frind has a 2004 with with 180k hope that helps
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You should always try and find one with the lowest mileage possible but if you know that it was driven well and taken care of, then the car can last for over 150,000 miles.
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A properly maintained Japanese car can run for a very, very long time, without drivetrain problems or rust. But the drivetrain warranty typically goes only out to 60,000 miles and then, somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 miles, to keep them reliable and working well they all require replacement of the things that wear out: rubber suspension bits, shocks/struts, belts, hoses, water pumps, timing belts, etc. That's why you see many Japanese cars for sale with somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 miles. When faced with the choice of investing a couple of thousand dollars in an old car with low Bluebook value or buying a new one, most people get rid of the old one, no matter how well maintained it was to that point.

That's why having the full service history is far more important than the shine on the tires and the quick silicone finish on the exterior. And why most dealers want to know NOTHING about the problems on a car that's traded-in, unless they're going to certify it as pre-owned under a manufacturer plan and cover it with a real warranty.
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Have not had any problems with mine so far, except for a fender bender that is getting fixed this coming Thursday. Got 87,000km on it and so far all it has is a small oil leak that is barely noticeable.

Cars go depending on the care you give them. I did about 160,000km with my '94 mx6 V6, and in 5 years had to put about 5K$ on it. About 2K was for the ZE, transmission, fidanza flywheel, and high output alternator instead of paying 800$ just to change the timing belt. The rest was brakes, spark plugs, spark wire, brakeline, distributor cap (x3), broken turn signal lever, and other maintenance.
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