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Old 06-12-2008, 05:11 AM   #1
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1996 mazda mx6 burning oil

Om contemplating purchasing my first car, it is a 1996 mazda mx6 with 200k. The owner says the only big ussue is it is burning oil, I've heard that that it could just be replacing the valve seal, any insight?
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:59 AM   #2
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Could be, could be more.

Is there smoke coming out of the exhaust?? If so, what color?
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:14 AM   #3
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Not sure, just know that it is burning oil, can you give me the spread?
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:38 AM   #4
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Not sure, just know that it is burning oil, can you give me the spread?
Well if the smoke is gray then its a blown headgasket which generally runs 400-600 to replace at a shop
If the smoke is blue then its bad piston rings which almost guarantee an engine rebuild which is in the thousands.

If there is no smoke there could be a serious problem as well.

The simple things could be a valve cover gasket or spark plug tube seals which cost 15-30 dollars in parts generally and can be done as a DIY but it would take a shop about an hour so figure a general $65/hour flat rate and there you have it.

Advice: look for a different car, you dont know what this could be and you might get away with a cheap fix or be screwed for some money.

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Old 06-12-2008, 10:30 AM   #5
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Advice: look for a different car, you dont know what this could be and you might get away with a cheap fix or be screwed for some money.

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He's right. Especially if you need it as a means of transportation and not a project. Even if the owner tells you what he thinks the problem is, unless you know for sure don't go for it. Take it from someone who's been porked before, trust no one. I bought an 89 volvo which "leaked a little oil out of the pan" Took it home and found it leaked a LOT of oil out of the rear main. Ended up turning her into an enduro car.
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:48 AM   #6
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I've always had a mechanic look at the car prior to purchasing it. In the end, it really is worth the $$ and it will save you the headache of running into problems that you might not know to look for.
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