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Mazda 2.3L engine issue question

I posted this in the Toronto forum. Yes Yes the more opinions the better!

Anyways I read the common issues with this from APA about the engine burning more oil then usual at 80-100,000 km, and then comes engine failure.

I am almost set up to buy my 2004 Mazda 3s 2.3L, but I was wondering, I don't really have to worry about the engine failure unless I check the oil every week correct? Or maybe even sooner then that just to make sure it isn't burning oil? Also I read changing it with heavier oil also helps too.

I mean whatever damage was done to it, for example someone not doing oil changes regularly won't just one day have this vehicle's engine blow up right?

Because from what I understand is that the oil has to run really low while you are driving it in order for the engine to fail- in this circumstance. Im not saying that there won't be engine issues by chance, I just mean in this circumstance.
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Your questions don't make a lot of sense. Just because a car has oil doesn't mean the engine won't blow. There are tons of other issues that could cause that. If knowing the oil history of the car was all a person had to concern themselves with when buying a used car, it would be a simple world.


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Your questions don't make a lot of sense. Just because a car has oil doesn't mean the engine won't blow. There are tons of other issues that could cause that. If knowing the oil history of the car was all a person had to concern themselves with when buying a used car, it would be a simple world.
Oh yes I do know that. This is just one possible issue of many but it's also a major reason why most engines fail. And apparently this engine is known for it within the 2004-2007 years of mazda 3 and 6. I think I am being understandably paranoid.

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I kind of think you are being "over" paranoid. If there is something about the car that freaks you out, walk. There are always a ton of mazda 3 on used lots.


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I kind of think you are being "over" paranoid. If there is something about the car that freaks you out, walk. There are always a ton of mazda 3 on used lots.
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The 2.3L is a very good/robust engine and should last a long time if taken care of. They typically burn oil though as you mentioned and I think a good amount of premature failures are simply due to careless owners who run them dry and never or rarely check their oil level. I have to add around a 1/2 quart every 1,000 miles. The engine now has 172,000 miles on it and still runs great.
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The 2.3L is a very good/robust engine and should last a long time if taken care of. They typically burn oil though as you mentioned and I think a good amount of premature failures are simply due to careless owners who run them dry and never or rarely check their oil level. I have to add around a 1/2 quart every 1,000 miles. The engine now has 172,000 miles on it and still runs great.
My question is if the previous owner didn't always take care of the oil at regular intervals will that cause permanent damage on the engine? Or can I salvage it by taking good care of it and making sure I always check the oil-just in case it has already started to burn oil?


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My question is if the previous owner didn't always take care of the oil at regular intervals will that cause permanent damage on the engine? Or can I salvage it by taking good care of it and making sure I always check the oil-just in case it has already started to burn oil?


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If the engine/car was poorly maintained or neglected then the life of the engine will be affected, no doubt about that. You can't undo wear n tear. Typically you can tell how well the previous took care of the car by looking it over and also looking over the maintenance records. Talking directly to the previous owner is another very useful fact finding tool. That is why some people only buy private sale used cars. You can get direct feedback from them and also you avoid the dealer price markup.
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If the engine/car was poorly maintained or neglected then the life of the engine will be affected, no doubt about that. You can't undo wear n tear. Typically you can tell how well the previous took care of the car by looking it over and also looking over the maintenance records. Talking directly to the previous owner is another very useful fact finding tool. That is why some people only buy private sale used cars. You can get direct feedback from them and also you avoid the dealer price markup.
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