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Thread: My new work car. 1989 MX-6 80,000 miles

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    2013 Mazda CX-5, 2.0 Manual Transmission, 1989 Mazda MX-6

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    My new work car. 1989 MX-6 80,000 miles

    Seems to run perfect. It will need a lot of maintenance work, all fluids changed, timing belt kit, outer axle boots torn. But the biggest problem I found is mice that made it their home. The elderly woman that owned it drove about 1,000 miles in the last 10 years.
    So I first found a nest in the air cleaner. Not much of an issue, but I removed the HVAC fan because of noise, and found a nest clogging it. So I will be pulling out the dash and doing a thorough cleaning.
    I will be doing all the work myself so it won't be expensive, just time consuming.
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    Wow that is an awesome find. The exterior looks to be in pretty good shape at least!

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    I am still putting things back together, but finally pulled the dash and cleaned the duct work. The main clog (from the mouse nest debris) was at the A/C evaporator coil. Now all clean. The fan blows strong now and heat and A/C (r12) still work.
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    Another update of my mx-6
    Turns out the cv joint boots are not torn so don't have to worry about it. So I am just about done with this car. Its now a reliable daily driver.
    Here is what I did
    1. Alternator. Mazda does not sell it anymore. So went to rock auto and got a denso. Which is basically the original Mitsubishi alternator rebuilt in Japan by Denso. So I confident in that part.
    2. Replaced water pump, timing belt, thermostat, all coolant hoses, spark plugs, and wires (both NGK).
    3. Changed transmission fluid. Still have to get to the power steering fluid change.
    4. Did a rear brake drum to disc conversion. Found a Ford Probe LX with a V6 at the U pull it. Pulled them during the half price weekend.
    5. Front brake pads and disc turned.
    6. Clutch master and slave replaced. Brake and clutch lines have clean fluid. They looked like coffee when I got it.

    Cosmetically.
    I cleaned up the wheels and painted the center caps. ( the paint was gone and just had the yellow plastic )
    Added a red pinstripe tape to the black molding all around the car. There is a grove in it where it fits perfect.

    And trying to get my Polk component Mobile Monitors on the rear deck, Crutchfield website said the fit. But the torsen spring for the trunk lid is in the way. So figuring out a way to remove the springs and put in lift support dampers.
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    My new work car 1989 MX 6 80000 miles

    Ive been doing a lot of research in this area because soon Ill be in the market for a CX-5 for the future wife and possibly a Mazda 3 for myself as well. After driving these cars, it really seems Mazda has stepped up their game since they split from Ford. Reliability information is still missing on a lot of sites, but a few have shown very little problems. mostly flashing the infotainment system with an update

    Any Mazda owners have experience with their Skyactiv series and any input that would keep me from purchasing one of these? Ive considered the other half with Honda and Toyota. The Accord has always been a personal favorite since it was my very first car at 16, a 1990 teal one with a sunroof The rock solid reliability and only needing to change a belt at 100k miles was insanely awesome.

    Im looking for the same kind of life of the new Mazdas. Ones that will go 200k miles pretty worry free with putting high quality synthetic oil in the engines, and only filling up at top tier gas stations along with regular maintenance and checking fluids/tire rotations, etc.
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    I wouldn't say Mazda stepped up their game. They have always made great cars. I like driving my 30 year old mx-6 more than driving the cx-5. So much so I sold the cx-5.
    As far as reliability I drove my 1990 626 to almost 400,000 miles before I gave it to a friend. And it was still running great.

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