With the recent hikes in gas prices, I figured it was time to trade in my old vehicle and purchase something a little newer. Hoping to escape the overall cost of driving, I went ahead and purchased a ...
With the recent hikes in gas prices, I figured it was time to trade in my old vehicle and purchase something a little newer. Hoping to escape the overall cost of driving, I went ahead and purchased a 2002 Mazda 626. (2.0L LX) At first glance, I was taken by the smooth lines and attractive classic sedan styling. Upon sitting in the car for the first time, it was obvious the designers had long-term travel in mind. The seats were comfortable, and all the creature comforts were within arms reach. There was ampple space in the center console to place my favorite CD's, charge my cell phone, and keep any necessary travel companions.
I took the car out for a test drive and had an enjoyable ride. She embraced curves and held corners well, but I was a little disappointed by the underpowered nature of the car. I guess you have to sacrifice somewhere, considering the car averages close to 30 miles per gallon overall, which was the original deciding factor for me to ultimately buy another car in the first place. When I left the lot, the car had just a shade over 31000 miles. Not bad for a five year old car, I figured it belonged to an older person who just simply didn't drive it as often.
The first long trip I took in the car... (which I am still on) ended about 190 miles from the starting point. Leaving Norfolk, Virginia and headed to Portland, Maine, I felt as though the car could handle the 625 mile drive. But, alas, I was mistaken. On Delaware highway 1, with the music and the cruise control on, I was on my way home to surprise my family on Mother's Day weekend. (Being the last chance I get home before I deploy to the Persian Gulf for my second tour over there) It was there, that the overdrive light began flashing, and the car shuddered. I pulled over, and consulted the owner's manual, which stated that there was an electrical problem with the transaxle. (Already? At 34000 miles? I thought to myself.)
Unfortunately this is going to be an expensive fix, considering my warranty was only the required 30 day 1,000 mile that is included in eveery used car purchase in Virginia. But I am thanking my lucky stars that there was a family who has taken me in until I can get this thing repaired. Hopefully in the future, I won't be so naive, and I will purchase the extended warranty. I would recommend that to anyone who does purchase this model.