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Old 03-19-2004, 08:52 PM
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1993 Mazda 626

Well I need a new car as the cavalier is VERY unreliable(Owned 10 weeks broke 8 times). My friend is selling a 1993 Mazda 626 which he says is very reliable. In a year of ownership it has only broken down once(other people have confirmed this other then the seller). He is selling it for $700. The only problem with it is it needs new bushings in the front. The only thing holding me back is the milage. It has 230,000 miles. Do you think it is worth it? Should I get it? Would it be worth while to try and keep the cav running long enough to get 2-3 grand and get a better car? Any other suggestions?

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One other thing it is a 5-speed manual trans(which I have to learn to drive but want to learn anyways).
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Old 03-19-2004, 09:48 PM
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Keep what you already have and buy a repair manual. All of your problems thus far have been very minor. Fix the little things, don't neglect the car anymore then you already have and the big problems will take care of them selves. Put half of that $700 in your Cavalier and it will take good care of you.
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Old 03-19-2004, 09:48 PM
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well it sounds cheap enough, i thought you just got your car back??
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Old 03-20-2004, 12:18 AM
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well the cavalier has NO power at all. it has a 0-60 of about 5 minutes and tops out at about 70. I don't want a speed deamon but I have a hard time keeping up with people when Im on a highway and everyone is doing 70-75.

Granted everything is minor but I need a car that i can count on to start in the morning for school and for this job(I start monday by the way).

The kid said I can pay him in increments if I want/need to which I probaly will. Probaly just basically sign over my first 3 1/2 paychecks :-D.
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Old 03-20-2004, 12:41 AM
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OK. look at it this way. Your car is a mechanical device. If you get your mechanical device in good working order and keep it there it will last you forever.
I can guarantee you that a Mazda with 230,000 miles is past it's usable lifespan.
If you are so determined to get rid of the Cavalier then use it as a trade in on a newer car or one with less miles and in better shape.

My dad used to say I was throwing good money after bad when I was a kid and always trying to cut corners or swapping cars just to save a buck.
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Old 03-20-2004, 01:24 AM
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your dad was a wise man, and that was a good way to tell you that you were being wasteful.
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And stupid!
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i think with today's youth one has to be direct
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........kind of like how beefy is with his boy, eh. LOL
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vrek,

I think it is a great deal, I bought a 1993 mazda mx-3 and it runs like a new car and I haven't had any problems with it, those mazda engines are and run very good, if you buy this car just maintain it correctly (oil and stuff) and it will give you a chance of getting a newer car later.


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Hey......elbi's back. Good to see you're still around.
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Yeah man, I have been very busy, this is my senior year on college and I graduate on May, so there is a lot of pressure on my shoulders with the stuying and finally graduating. But it doesn't end there I still have one more year when I enter the school of Medical Technology so as you can see I barely have the time to write here. Greetings to everyone (old and new).
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