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Old 01-22-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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Hello everyone!

A little bit ago I made a post asking for advice regarding my current car situation (or lack of car situation.) To which I got a lot of good advice, namely that I should get a cheap car now and save for my dream car if it's that important to me.

I liked this advice and I've been searching around for a little while now for $2k cars. Not a lot that I'd be interested in looking at showed up, but just yesterday a 1993 MX-6 popped onto the radar. To be honest, I knew nothing of the MX-6. I thought it was a typo at first.

I did a little research on it though and discovered that it appears to do very good concerning reliability. It's not terribly slow, given the day and age and price of the thing. Which brings me to the next point. This car is advertised in "Like-new" condition needing only an alignment. It has a lot of miles (130k) which makes me question if it's really "like-new," but I'm gonna go check it out tomorrow in any case.


The things that excite me about this car is:
  1. What appears to be a great price for what you get
  2. I like Mazda quite a bit
  3. The car is apparently quite easy to modify and gets pretty great results from minor modifications (10hp from a cold air intake alone.)
  4. A small close knit community means it is socially acceptable for me to wave at other drivers of MX-6s


So, my question is this:
Do you guys have any opinions or experience on the Ford Probe or the Mazda MX-6?
Most of the stuff I find is on the MX-6 forums, so it's definitely got a little bit of a pro MX-6 bias.
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Fun little cars, I like them alot. They can look really good when done right

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Old 01-22-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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Fun little cars, I like them alot. They can look really good when done right
Yeah, I thought so too. The body style reminds me of a less curvy RX-7 FD. I'd be buying one of those if I didn't care about reliability
Thanks for the input!
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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It's kind of like a FWD 240sx, hence much cheaper
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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It's kind of like a FWD 240sx, hence much cheaper
I suppose so. Is that a good thing?
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:34 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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It was a platform mate to the Ford Probe and the Mazda 626. Any car of that age and mileage is likely to need work, but at least parts shouldn't be hard to find.
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:40 PM
 
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I really liked those when they came out...heck they still look decent.


Not sure what transmission it has, but for some reason I seem to recall those and the Probes had issues with automatic transmissions.....a manual should be fine
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Old 01-22-2016, 02:58 PM
 
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I really liked those when they came out...heck they still look decent.


Not sure what transmission it has, but for some reason I seem to recall those and the Probes had issues with automatic transmissions.....a manual should be fine
I saw that the auto was much slower than the manual, but I didn't see anyone mention the problems. I'll have to check on that.

Guess what? It's an ..... *wait for it* ..... ATX ...
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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130k is not that high for a 23-year-old car. I'd be more concerned with the lack of modern safety equipment if that's a factor, traction control, stability control, head/side airbags, etc. For an inexpensive car, though, for a few months, until you're in a position to buy the car that you want, it might not be too much of an issue. I'd factor it at about a six-month use cycle, and if you run into a major repair, dump the car.

I knew someone who had one of the MX-6, and it was not a bad car for the era. I seem to recall someone else I know who had a Probe having more little issues, but that was likely due to the Ford parts bin on some of the issues.
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:14 PM
 
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130k is not that high for a 23-year-old car. I'd be more concerned with the lack of modern safety equipment if that's a factor, traction control, stability control, head/side airbags, etc. For an inexpensive car, though, for a few months, until you're in a position to buy the car that you want, it might not be too much of an issue. I'd factor it at about a six-month use cycle, and if you run into a major repair, dump the car.

I knew someone who had one of the MX-6, and it was not a bad car for the era. I seem to recall someone else I know who had a Probe having more little issues, but that was likely due to the Ford parts bin on some of the issues.
Yeah, I think that's good advice. I was really hoping to take a look at it yesterday or today and potentially buy it monday if it was as good as they claim, but the guy is pretty hard to work with.
I emailed him a Friday morning asking about the car and got a response within 15 minutes saying "Yeah! I still have it, you can check it out Saturday!"
Then I tried to find out when and where would work and I never got a response. Saturday comes along and he asks if I can check it out Sunday instead. Now it's Sunday and I haven't heard from him again. So... I'll probably have to move along. It's a bummer though. I would have been pretty happy to have a nice condition car for the price.
Most of the other cars in the price range are Chevy Cavaliers and rusty accords.

EDIT:
I found a few other good condition cheaper cars.
I found a Ford Explorer with 125k in pretty decent condition.
I found a 98' Dodge Dakota Sport V6 with 140k in good mechanical condition, but the paint on the hood and roof is fading.

From a cursory search, the Dakota sucks gas. I haven't found a lot on it yet, but it sounds like the v8 has tranny issues, but the v6 is pretty solid. I'll need to do a bit more research. The owner of the truck has been extremely responsive, which wins some points for me (it all comes down to the truck though, of course.) I'm gonna be moving out in 5 months or so, and having a truck around would make life significantly easier, so that's definitely something to think about for me.

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