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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about buying a 2010 hatch. Thoughts?

New to the forum and wanted to get some opinions on a 2010 hatch with 160k miles. Anything I should look for in particular before making the purchase? Any problems down the road that I should expect? The carfax with the car shows it has had very regular dealership service nearly its entire life so that makes me feel a little better about it.

Thanks for any advice.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 02:51 PM
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Are you saying that oil changes are listed on the Carfax at regular 7.5K (or less) intervals? My understanding, from feedback posted on other forums, is that oil changes rarely show up on a Carfax. But perhaps Mazda is an exception, and does update the data source that Carfax uses for their report. If so, knowing that oil changes were done regularly would be a big plus in any car buying decision.

My daughter's 2011 3i 2.0L is a very solid vehicle, and has had zero issues beyond routine maintenance. That said, any 7 year old vehicle with 160K is very likely to have some problems going forward, and will need either DIY time, or some $$ expenditure if you don't do your own work So if you're willing to live with that, IMO that Mazda is as good or better than anything else in the same age and mileage category.

2011 3i 2.0 A/T 93K miles (daughter's ride which I maintain)
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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The Carfax shows very regular visits to the dealership from where it was purchased for oil changes and a lot of other service like a transmission flush and coolant flush throughout the life of the car. I am thinking it was very well taken care of but I thought I'd check to see if there are any normal issues that I may miss on inspection. We're going to look at the car tomorrow.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-18-2017, 11:25 AM
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1thing to check is wether the engine is running quitely.and transmission is shifting smoothly.and zero noise is heard when your test driving it
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