Better to own 2000 Altima or 2002 mazda 626 5sp?

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Old 03-02-09, 06:22 AM
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Better to own 2000 Altima or 2002 mazda 626 5sp?

Caught between buying one of these cars and I wanted to know if anyone has any knowledge about fixing either??

I wasn't sure where to post this to find info. on repair issues each might have?

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If you ask a nissan lover he'll say nissan and mazda - mazda.
Most cars now if you don't have a "computer" to plug into it you have a hard time trying to figure out the problem.
 
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I'm a Toyota guy, but given the Nissan/Mazda choice I would take the Nissan.
 
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And I'd say the 626..lol. 2yrs of age advantage and a slightly larger car if I remember correctly. I guess it would depend more on what the intended usage is.

Not sure if this is the same body style, but when they first came out, I thought Altimas were ugly ugly ugly!!!
 
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I'm a proud owner of two Nissans. I never knew there was another make?
 
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i own a nissan but, i believe the mazda 6 platform served the lincoln zephry. the v6 is from a ford taurus 3.0.

i own a taurus and it has been very good to me.
i own a 1994 nissan sentra and she has been very good to me.
go with the car you like more.
 
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I wasn't thinkling about the year/body, but you're right, guns, might be butt-ugly.
 
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
And I'd say the 626..lol. 2yrs of age advantage and a slightly larger car if I remember correctly. I guess it would depend more on what the intended usage is.

Not sure if this is the same body style, but when they first came out, I thought Altimas were ugly ugly ugly!!!
i hate the gauges i get tunnel vision.
 
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Wife (pre marriage) had a 93/94? Sentra SE-R...man... I wish I could have talked her out of trading it in. What a runner that was....
 
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Wife (pre marriage) had a 93/94? Sentra SE-R...man... I wish I could have talked her out of trading it in. What a runner that was....
funny my wife keeps telling me to get rid of the sentra
she hates it.
she's now driving a expolice car 2003 crown vic best 150 bucks i ever spent.
 
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2003 Vic for $150? Nice! Thing prolly has a billion miles, but those cars run forever.
 
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2003 Vic for $150? Nice! Thing prolly has a billion miles, but those cars run forever.
93g got it at a surplus auction from a local town.

techically it is bullet proof it has kevlar (sp) panels.
 
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cbuddy2005,
Did you get the answer you were looking for?
Just go with your gut,the worst thing that could happen is you should of bought the other one.
 
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I didn't expect this many responses! Thanx.

The 626 owner says he replaced clutch, Timing belt and H2O pump recently and the car is ok miles wise. (The engine is a v6)

I have a 95 altima and they are pretty decent cars. I like that the altimas have timimg chains.

Do mazdas have impact engines??? I do believe the H2O pump is NOT behind the timing belt as in some cars--a plus in my book!

Is there somewhere I can find pix or a diagram of a Mazda 626 v6 engine on-line? I'll poke around and see what I can find.
 
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Old 03-03-09, 07:12 AM
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Autozone may have componant locations and repair procedures...can't get to it for some reason right now.
 
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at The world's most trusted name in belts, hoses & hydraulics | Gates Corporation I found some really helpful info.

I found out which cars do/do not have interference engines, when the timing belt should be changed, if the water pump is driven by the timing belt, if all drive belts should be replaced when the timing belt is replaced. Nice info. to know
 
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