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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2018, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Wife may have killed it

Yesterday, my wife bottomed out my 2008 Mazda 3 2.3L Automatic in a parking lot (I know) and broke a motor mount. By the time she got it home, two miles from the incident, the motor was WAY out of alignment with the rest of the car. This morning I had it towed to a trusted Transmission Repair facility, and I am waiting for word as to whether it is cost effective to repair. I truly like this car a whole lot, but not enough to sink more than a grand in it to fix it.
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Yesterday, my wife bottomed out my 2008 Mazda 3 2.3L Automatic in a parking lot (I know) and broke a motor mount. By the time she got it home, two miles from the incident, the motor was WAY out of alignment with the rest of the car. This morning I had it towed to a trusted Transmission Repair facility, and I am waiting for word as to whether it is cost effective to repair. I truly like this car a whole lot, but not enough to sink more than a grand in it to fix it.
If you don't fix it, what else can you buy for the cost of the repair which will be as nice as your current car?

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+1 on what shipo said. I never understood the customer that didn't have 1500 for repair and maintenance but magically had enough for a down payment and monthly payment for a newer car.

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+1 on what shipo said. I never understood the customer that didn't have 1500 for repair and maintenance but magically had enough for a down payment and monthly payment for a newer car.
Simple explanation, people that can't save money. They can scrape together around $500 for a down payment from family and friends and make a $200 a month payment but they can't manage to have any savings to fix things when they break.
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I don't mean this in a bad way, but the car is ten years old. I still have it, and I will have it for a long time.

Current status:
1) Less than 10K miles on engine and transmission.
2) New axles
3) New brakes with ceramic pads, new rotors, etc.
4) New windshield
5) Interior in pristine condition.
6) New tires and new TPS system.
7) New TCM
8) Ten years of minor paint flaws from Florida

To make a long story short, the engine and transmission were replaced by someone who was certainly not a certified mechanic, but was a "get 'er done" type. The transmission was mounted with some sort of a bracket that certainly did not come from a Mazda, but managed to hold the tranny until excessive vibration caused the aluminum to fail from metal fatigue. When she hit a bump hard enough, it just broke. Everything is now up to factory specifications.

For those who besmirch my intelligence and financial acumen, we are probably not going to be friends here. I have enough to actually pay cash for a NEW Mazda 3. No need for it though. I had a few moments frustration when it all happened, but made no hasty decisions, and business (and life) continues apace.

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Simple explanation, people that can't save money. They can scrape together around $500 for a down payment from family and friends and make a $200 a month payment but they can't manage to have any savings to fix things when they break.
You, sir, made an assumption without enough data to support your premise. I can still pay cash for a new car. I just happen to like this one. while it was being repaired, I found out a great deal more about the car, which made it worth fixing. The grand total actually came to 1800 bucks, and was money well spent.

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You, sir, made an assumption without enough data to support your premise. I can still pay cash for a new car. I just happen to like this one. while it was being repaired, I found out a great deal more about the car, which made it worth fixing. The grand total actually came to 1800 bucks, and was money well spent.

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Um, what gave you the idea that my comment was directed at you or even derogatory? I also own a 10 year old car but could afford to pay cash for a new one if I wanted. It was directed at JavierV who asked a valid question so I figured I would give him my thoughts on the matter. I work as a mechanic and see people do what I mentioned. My best friend's sister junked her car because it needed a $1K cat and rolled the loan into a Dodge Avenger which is going to end up being more of a money pit than her old car. I asked why they didn't ask me for advice/help on the matter but all they say is "We had no choice." I wanted so much to say, "No, you had a choice but forfeited it because you're stupid." I also see people throwing money at a POS that we advised them to get rid off several years ago and now it's a money put but they still refuse to get rid of it.
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Um, what gave you the idea that my comment was directed at you or even derogatory? I also own a 10 year old car but could afford to pay cash for a new one if I wanted. It was directed at JavierV who asked a valid question so I figured I would give him my thoughts on the matter. I work as a mechanic and see people do what I mentioned. My best friend's sister junked her car because it needed a $1K cat and rolled the loan into a Dodge Avenger which is going to end up being more of a money pit than her old car. I asked why they didn't ask me for advice/help on the matter but all they say is "We had no choice." I wanted so much to say, "No, you had a choice but forfeited it because you're stupid." I also see people throwing money at a POS that we advised them to get rid off several years ago and now it's a money put but they still refuse to get rid of it.
Well, since I started the thread, I figured it was about me.

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