“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”

I took my 2004 Mazda 6 wagon in to the dealer for an airbag recall. They went through the car thoroughly and presented me with a $4585 quote for fixing all the miscellaneous quirks.

Illustration for article titled Mazda Maintenance Mitigation

It's everything from replacing control arms to fixing engine mounts and doing throttle body cleaning. The big one was $2000+ for engine resealing. I already spent quite a bit last year on it replacing ignition coils etcetera. I can probably get a better deal at an independent shop (I have an appointment for Monday), but I know a lot of these issues are real.

The Mazda 6 has been a relatively fun driver, and was a good value when I bought it, however the long term quality does not seem to match up to the other Japanese brands


See: http://tradeinqualityindex.com/vehicles/Mazda…

At this rate I could almost finance or lease a new car. The bulk of the quote is labor costs, but I don't have the time to do it myself. At what point does it not make sense to keep this car running? I wonder if I bite the bullet and do the maintenance / repairs, will it give me a few more good years?


What would you do?

EDIT - list of repairs:

  • Battery cable repair (lots of corrosion): $285
  • #3 motor mount: $299
  • Left front control arm: $384
  • 2 Michelin Tires: $488
  • Automatic transmission flush: $194
  • Engine reseal: $2125
  • Throttle body clean: $89
  • Fuel injection service: $123
  • Pollen filter: $68

Share This Story

Get our newsletter