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Old 01-15-2015, 11:43 AM   #111 (permalink)
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The few protoges I've looked at had missing suspension components, as in completely rusted away. Make sure you check out underneath, carefully.

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Old 01-15-2015, 11:53 AM   #112 (permalink)
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Yeah, good point P-hack. My cousin had the same model and got rid of the car after the rear strut mount rusted and broke completely free.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:53 AM   #113 (permalink)
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Agreed - I've looked at a bunch, and get the distinct impression that rust issues on Mazdas of that vintage are atrocious.

I think we know where the guy who designed the Swift/Metro/Firefly chassis went to work afterward.

On the other hand, I also stopped looking at those cars because their mileage really isn't very good.
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:11 PM   #114 (permalink)
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And check for noisy CV joints as well. I don't know if they are just poorly designed or more expensive to replace than on other older imports so people don't have them fixed, but every older FWD Mazda I have ever driven or checked out has had noisy CVs for some reason.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:30 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Looks like they might have been on this sight before! Kamm, wiper deflector, plastic over headlights, rear seat removed.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:40 PM   #116 (permalink)
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Okay, I lol'd at the description when I got to the front view. What exactly is that giant I-Beam bumper doing on a car with plastic covered headlights and wipers?
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Interesting!

I'm going to question the effectiveness of that air dam:



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EDIT: cowmeat, ya beat me to it.
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Yeah, i'd put that air dam in the corral personally.
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Id post the craigist link for mine up its for sale but I am a new member 92 civic cx 140000 1600 obo in orange county ca
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:37 PM   #120 (permalink)
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Feel free to post the link -- just replace the http and www with other characters & we'll figure it out.

Post a dedicated thread/ad in the for sale section too, if you want.

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