- 2003 Mazda Protege5
So I just bought back my 03 P5 after selling it last year and I plan on fixing it up and making it a nice daily. Some backstory, my family purchased it in 2012 from the dealer as my sister's first car with 130k I believe. When she moved onto another car I started driving it every once in a while but when it started giving me problems last January I sold it. As my mechanical knowledge grew I regretted selling it and so a couple of weeks ago I contacted the new owner and said I'd be interested in buying it if he ever decided to sell it. He told me that he had let someone drive it and they slid into a curb. He assumed there was frame damage and planned on scraping it, so I went to look at it and saw a very badly bent control arm but the unibody looked straight. So I bought it back and here we are. It has a very long service history, always serviced at the dealer up until we bought it in 2012. However it has burned oil and smoked out the exhaust since we bought it in 2012. I've got parts coming that should be here Thursday. I ordered inner and outer tie rod ends for the drivers side, drivers side control arm, spark plugs, exhaust gasket, and sway bar link. There's the lengthy introduction now I'll post some pictures.