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    Default Buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT - High mileage

    Hello,

    I'm considering buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT (manual, pretty much fully loaded, sunroof, leather, etc.) from a local used car dealer for $5000, but the only hitch is that the kilometers seem incredibly high - 260,000 km (!). I just wanted to get everyone's oppinion: are these kilometers waaay too high?

    The car itself is in mint condition. A bit of rust on the metal part between the windows, but other than that, the car runs and looks great. Considering how relatively new the car is, the only way that I can fathom running up so many kilometers is if they're all highway kilometers (which is a good thing). I ran a carfax report, and there aren't any issues - only 1 owner, no accidents. I haven't had a chance to look at maintenance records, but there shouldn't be anything major.

    I'm on a budget, so I'm basically looking for a good quality car that will last me for at least the next 4-5+ years...I'll basically only be using it for getting around the city, so I won't be putting on that many additional kilometers.

    So my question, is the car worth it for the price? Should I try bartering even further down (initially it was listed at $6000), or is there a high chance i'll experience a lot of problems (not sure about the reliability of mazda3's). I just want something reliable, so my other option is a 1999 honda accord (manual)...

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    Default Re: Buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT - High mileage

    EDIT: It's a Mazda 3 S (not GT). sorry about that

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    Default Re: Buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT - High mileage

    My 2 cents ....stay away ...thats a crazy amount of kilometers and even the best cars begin to need major fixes at this high of KM. At the end of the day its your choice however with that many k and car is showing rust I would stay away.
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    Default Re: Buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT - High mileage

    That's a lot of KM's.

    My concern would be that you may sink more money in the coming months for repairs for a car with that many KM's. If you know a good mechanic, I would suggest
    them having a close look at the vehicle before you make your decision. ( Engine, Transmission etc )
    I can't see how this car will last you 4+ years with the avg. of 20+ KM of driving per year.

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    Default Re: Buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT - High mileage

    +1

    Quote Originally Posted by GTA Fine Cars Inc. View Post
    That's a lot of KM's.

    My concern would be that you may sink more money in the coming months for repairs for a car with that many KM's. If you know a good mechanic, I would suggest
    them having a close look at the vehicle before you make your decision. ( Engine, Transmission etc )
    I can't see how this car will last you 4+ years with the avg. of 20+ KM of driving per year.

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    Default Re: Buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT - High mileage

    Get a CarProof report. Carfax never has all the information.

    But that's a crazy amount of kms that's twice as many as my 04.
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    Default Re: Buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT - High mileage

    I think you can find a car with lower mileage. Lots out there. Don't limit yourself to a couple of choices because that's a lot of money.

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    Default Re: Buying a used 2006 Mazda3 GT - High mileage

    A car with that many K on it isn't worth 5 grand. Especially a mazda 3

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