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Thread: Should I Buy This 3?

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    Jan 2015
    Springfield, MO Area

    Should I Buy This 3?

    08 Grand Touring auto/2.3 5 door, 180k. All leather, Bose, etc. Paint is decent, one small rust spot beginning on the passenger side rear fender well.

    Trans is bad. Has a myriad of transmission codes and the fluid looks like engine oil. Engine seems to run fine, a couple 02 codes but nothing major.

    I've been lurking around CL and Facebook looking for a replacement for my Protege5. Seller will not budge below $800.

    If the thing wasn't purple or an automatic I would've bought it already. I could live with one or the other but not both. Would probably sell it when fixed unless it grows on me.

    Thoughts? I think if I did sell it, I would still be able to make some money, I figure market value is 3500 give or take.
    2002 Protege5 5 Speed, Pure White, FSZE Swap, Konig Incident 17's
    2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 4x4 5.3

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    2014 Mazda3 S GT auto, 2008 MX5 6-speed

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    Mar 2009
    San Diego
    Do you have access to a lift and garage? Have you swapped out a transmission before. Do you have lots of time?
    If you answered yes to all of these, I'd say go for it.
    2014 3S GT, Deep Crystal Blue, Eibach Pro-Kit, Enkei PF01s, Koni Sports, Pirelli P ZERO ALL SEASON PLUS tires, 225/45/18
    2008 MX-5 Touring (Mazdaspeed CAI, HIDs, Progress/Koni Sports/Racing Beat sways, SST Magnaflow muffler and tips)


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