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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-05-2020, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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So thinking of making my 1st M3 purchase

Found this little gem, I know the mileage is high but I hear these cars are really reliable and it is a standard and in the body year I like. Am I going to regret picking this thing up?

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SPORTY AND VERY WELL MAINTAINED MAZDA 3 HATCHBACK !!! CARFAX CERTIFIED WITH NO ACCIDENT, NO DAMAGE HISTORY, PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE COMPLETED AND IT COMES WITH EXCELLENT TIRES.

SERVICE INCLUDES NEW CLUTCH KIT, PREMIUM NGK SPARK PLUGS, VALVE COVER GASKETS, SWAY BAR LINKS, SWAY BAR BUSHINGS, REAR MAIN SEAL, FRONT AND REAR CERAMIC BRAKE PADS, FILTERS AND FLUIDS REPLACED. IT LOOK'S AND RUN'S GREAT ! PLEASE CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Found this little gem, I know the mileage is high but I hear these cars are really reliable and it is a standard and in the body year I like. Am I going to regret picking this thing up?

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SPORTY AND VERY WELL MAINTAINED MAZDA 3 HATCHBACK !!! CARFAX CERTIFIED WITH NO ACCIDENT, NO DAMAGE HISTORY, PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE COMPLETED AND IT COMES WITH EXCELLENT TIRES.

SERVICE INCLUDES NEW CLUTCH KIT, PREMIUM NGK SPARK PLUGS, VALVE COVER GASKETS, SWAY BAR LINKS, SWAY BAR BUSHINGS, REAR MAIN SEAL, FRONT AND REAR CERAMIC BRAKE PADS, FILTERS AND FLUIDS REPLACED. IT LOOK'S AND RUN'S GREAT ! PLEASE CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION.

What year? Miles? Engine? any details whatsoever? lol.
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What year? Miles? Engine? any details whatsoever? lol.

Sorry, Im not dumb I promise... trying to do this while "working" and attempted to post the link but I cant yet.


2004

230k miles
manual shift


lets see if i can add it yet


yeah I cant.



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  • MILEAGE
    237,999
  • DRIVE TYPE
    2 wheel drive - front
  • ENGINE
    4-Cylinder
  • TRANSMISSION
    5-Speed Manual
  • FUEL TYPE
    Gasoline
  • MPG
    22 City / 29 Highway
  • EXTERIOR
    Blue
  • INTERIOR
    Black
  • STOCK NUMBER
    2024713
  • VIN
    JM1BK143841101414

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Good looking car. I'd like to see the engine bay, interior, and possibly underneath. What's the selling price? What are you plans?

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Good looking car. I'd like to see the engine bay, interior, and possibly underneath. What's the selling price? What are you plans?

no plans really, like that body style more than any... aside from the 2020s. only thing I'd do would be change the audio system, lower it and tint windows.


it'll be my daily driver.



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All the new parts installed....




engine bay



as for price, 4k

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Since you don't list your location it's not really possible to tell if you're getting a good deal. Overall, that car looks like it was well cared for.

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Since you don't list your location it's not really possible to tell if you're getting a good deal. Overall, that car looks like it was well cared for.

Oh sorry, Im in Tx. and I like the car... i guess only concern would be the 236,000 miles it has on it.... as dependability of the engine.

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Oh sorry, Im in Tx. and I like the car... i guess only concern would be the 236,000 miles it has on it.... as dependability of the engine.
See if you can pull the plugs and check for oil on them. I've posted on here (many times) about the valve cover gasket having been redesigned. A sign of the OE gasket is oil on the plugs, burning oil, etc. I caught it in time on my car, but many people here ended up replacing their engines due to the oil consumption issue. The 2.3L engines seems to suffer the largest failure rate. There are many threads which detail swapping to a 2.5L engine. Rear trailing arm bushings is another.

Overall, check the NADA on that car as the price seems steep. I have 185K miles on my car and will drive it until it can no longer roll. I still have the 2.3L engine in it, replaced the rear trailing arm bushing, and have even had the transmission rebuilt. Love driving the piss out of that little car and will upgrade the engine if I have to do so.

Other than the price, I don't think you can go wrong on that one. If you don't mind working on it, which it doesn't appear it will need mechanical attention, I'd be all over that thing like white on rice.
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See if you can pull the plugs and check for oil on them. I've posted on here (many times) about the valve cover gasket having been redesigned. A sign of the OE gasket is oil on the plugs, burning oil, etc. I caught it in time on my car, but many people here ended up replacing their engines due to the oil consumption issue. The 2.3L engines seems to suffer the largest failure rate. There are many threads which detail swapping to a 2.5L engine. Rear trailing arm bushings is another.

Overall, check the NADA on that car as the price seems steep. I have 185K miles on my car and will drive it until it can no longer roll. I still have the 2.3L engine in it, replaced the rear trailing arm bushing, and have even had the transmission rebuilt. Love driving the piss out of that little car and will upgrade the engine if I have to do so.

Other than the price, I don't think you can go wrong on that one. If you don't mind working on it, which it doesn't appear it will need mechanical attention, I'd be all over that thing like white on rice.

Ok, I'm going to look at it tomorrow.



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SERVICE INCLUDES NEW CLUTCH KIT, PREMIUM NGK SPARK PLUGS, VALVE COVER GASKETS, SWAY BAR LINKS, SWAY BAR BUSHINGS, REAR MAIN SEAL, FRONT AND REAR CERAMIC BRAKE PADS, FILTERS AND FLUIDS REPLACED. IT LOOK'S AND RUN'S GREAT ! PLEASE CALL US FOR MORE INFORMATION.


As for the rear trailing arm bushing........ can I visibly see if it's good or bad?

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Update: went and looked at it today, and while it looked pretty good, it wasnt as nice as the pics indicated.



Issues off the bat were mainly cosmetic


rear 3rd brake light lens busted
every door handle was loose, even worse the passenger side was just super loose (like there's some return spring on it that was way worn down)

heavy scratches on the hood
headliner was pretty filthy
carpet had holes in it
split in dash (looks like it was designed to be that way, but due to age was curling)
some type of water damage in the radio display
Jinky steering wheel cover to hide how worn out the steering wheel was
shifter knob worn to where it's basically clear/white plastic

Not sure the door locks worked 100%


overall fit and finish was bad, like it's just been heavily used so everything creaked/rattled when touched


As far as engine
it seemed fine, but had a little random rough idle when sitting at a light, not constant but would every now and then would "hiccup"
wheel bearing or brakes squeaking when driving (brakes as would stop when applying the brakes).


pointed out some of the stuff to him, but most importantly mentioned the engine part to his response "yeah probably an engine mount" but didnt offer to fix it....


I told him "I liked the car but for all the issues I see that I'll have to repair/replace on top of the high mileage 4k was a bit too high." He sat there and stared at me and offered nothing less, so I simply handed him the keys and said "thanks, but I'm going to have to pass".


And I bounced.


I will also add that Ive found others sold by individuals that are 5yrs newer, have half the mileage that this one does and look well maintained for less money....but automatics. I'll keep looking till I find what I want.
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