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.
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
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