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Offline bunter

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A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« on: February 10, 2011, 03:13:19 AM »
Hi guys new member here wondering if you could give some help.
yesterday i went to look at a 3 sport silver full leather on 04 plate, 112000 miles on the clock what a family member is selling, He said i could have it for £2300. The problem is there's a few scratches and the sign's of rust under the wheel arches and a rip on the driver's seat.
Do any of you think this is a good deal or should i stay away from it.

Thanks.
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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2011, 07:30:03 AM »
Sounds like a good price if its got a full dealer history. Other factors is it mainly motorway driving etc.

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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2011, 10:44:38 AM »
Pros & Cons
Pros:  Full leather ,  You know the previous driver and can ask questions.  £2300 is a good price

Cons:  112,000  is high.  Rust, just how bad is it ? 

Inbetweens:   Scratches, can be solved.   Tear in seat, can be repaired.   ( it's silver  :D )

If you know how the current owner driver and he/she is not a "boy racer" and generally is sympathetic to the car, then this is not a bad deal.  
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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011, 01:05:11 PM »
Hi thanks for the replies the rust isn't that bad from what i can see looks like a few spots starting here and there, Don't think the previous owner has raced it about, it has full service history but not with main dealer.

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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011, 01:09:03 PM »
There was a recall for rusting arches so it may be worth an investigation because Mazda may do it for free.

Have a seasrch on this forum for rusty arches.

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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2011, 06:18:52 PM »
Hi thanks for the replies the rust isn't that bad from what i can see looks like a few spots starting here and there, Don't think the previous owner has raced it about, it has full service history but not with main dealer.

Thanks again.

I'd listen for a 'tappet noise' on idle, tappets aren't self adjusting. They are checked at 70K, perhaps they were but you don't know as it wasn't a Mazda dealer. That's the only big engine service task that needs doing (timing is chain)

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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2011, 06:26:58 PM »
can you find out what things it has had replaced? with that many miles (by the one owner?) it should be well maintained... i had my old one for 4 and a half years with 98k miles on it, in that time it had new battery, new clutch, and a repair to the throtte body and inlet manifold, and would have needed new brake discs all round (for the first time) had i kept it in 4k miles time

just ask what things its had replaced just so you have an idea if such things are gonna be a concern

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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011, 07:05:10 PM »
Thanks for all the help guys it's much appreciated. I will try and find as much out as i can and i'll listen out for the tappet noise. All the info I can get the better.

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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2011, 12:32:12 AM »
112K miles
Rust in the Wheelarches
Tears in the upholstery
£2300

You have to be joking!

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Re: A Little advice for first time mazda buyer
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2011, 12:32:12 AM »