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Hi, I'm from Virginia (USA) and new to the forum. I'm considering buying a '93 mx6 with the 2.5v6 and manual transmission and 200k miles. The car is drivable, but is prone to overheating. It's a one owner car with records, spent a good portion of its life garaged, but after almost 30 years it definitely needs some tlc. I've always liked the look of these cars and was surprised mazda didn't continue with the line. I have some mechanical ablility, for things like fluid changes, bolt on parts etc. I plan on putting around ~$10k freshen it up.

I've been looking around to buy a sporty manual transmission car to drive maybe once or twice a week, doesn't have to be incredibly fast, just fun to drive and looks good. Before I decide to take the plunge, I have some questions about the Mx6.

Are parts readily available?
What are the common problems?
Anything I should inspect on the car that should make me walk away?

Thanks!
 

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overheating can usually be an easy fix. there is thermostat that is an easy change, and the system could have air in it - a good burp would fix that. You don't need to spend 10k to freshing it up, unless that means paint as well. Doing a top down rebuild can be done for about 1k, and if you do suspension, and engine parts, another 1500. Its a fun car, there are enough parts out there to keep you going. Like every 30 year old car, it will need some work
 

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overheating can usually be an easy fix. there is thermostat that is an easy change, and the system could have air in it - a good burp would fix that. You don't need to spend 10k to freshing it up, unless that means paint as well. Doing a top down rebuild can be done for about 1k, and if you do suspension, and engine parts, another 1500. Its a fun car, there are enough parts out there to keep you going. Like every 30 year old car, it will need some work
Thank you, yes I was thinking a repaint and good custom seat covers after I get everything mechanically stable.
 

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Replacing the entire cooling system such as radiator, hoses, thermostat, even water pump is easily within the capability of the backyard mechanic.....and quite inexpensive. All I can say is I have a 1994, and about the year 2010 I decided if I learned to repair it, this could be a lifetime car. Now it has 300,000 miles, I drive it everyday on the highway at 75 mph, and it runs and looks like new. I was able to repaint it by finding a paint booth for rent and buying PPG premium car paints for $ 150. I get asked if I want to sell it at least once a month.
 

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Replacing the entire cooling system such as radiator, hoses, thermostat, even water pump is easily within the capability of the backyard mechanic.....and quite inexpensive. All I can say is I have a 1994, and about the year 2010 I decided if I learned to repair it, this could be a lifetime car. Now it has 300,000 miles, I drive it everyday on the highway at 75 mph, and it runs and looks like new. I was able to repaint it by finding a paint booth for rent and buying PPG premium car paints for $ 150. I get asked if I want to sell it at least once a month.
thanks for the info, I think I'll get the car.
 

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Hi, I'm from Virginia (USA) and new to the forum. I'm considering buying a '93 mx6 with the 2.5v6 and manual transmission and 200k miles. The car is drivable, but is prone to overheating. It's a one owner car with records, spent a good portion of its life garaged, but after almost 30 years it definitely needs some tlc. I've always liked the look of these cars and was surprised mazda didn't continue with the line. I have some mechanical ablility, for things like fluid changes, bolt on parts etc. I plan on putting around ~$10k freshen it up.

I've been looking around to buy a sporty manual transmission car to drive maybe once or twice a week, doesn't have to be incredibly fast, just fun to drive and looks good. Before I decide to take the plunge, I have some questions about the Mx6.

Are parts readily available?
What are the common problems?
Anything I should inspect on the car that should make me walk away?

Thanks!
Forget the worn out engine and buy a used low mile Japanese engine for less than $1000, better yet get a new engine and tranny search "used Japanese engines mazda"
 
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