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Old September-28th-2017, 01:50 PM   #1
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2010 Catastrophic Engine Failure @ 104K Km's

Hi Everyone,

This is my first post here on the TM3 forums, and unfortunately, not under the best of circumstances to say the least. I've owned 2 M3's in the past 10 years, both of which were purchased brand new. First one I bought was a 2008 model but got into a serious not-at-fault accident with it about a year and change after purchase and the car had to be written off. Worked out perfectly for me as it gave me an opportunity to pick up the newly redesigned 2010 model that I was eyeing while I had the 2008. I've been driving and enjoying the car every since, and did all my regular oil changes up until a couple of months ago. In the past few days, I noticed a really sharp scratching sound coming from the engine compartment so I brought it in to my mechanic who broke the news to me that my engine was essentially shot. Something to do with the piston possibly being being and scraping along the wall of the chamber (please excuse my incorrect usage of mechanical terms as I'm not an avid car guy).

I couldn't believe my ears when he said this as the car has not even 104K clicks on it, and I did all my regular oil changes as scheduled. Most of my driving was between North York and Mississauga and back over the course of the first 7 years of ownership, and in the last year, I've hardly put any mileage on it as I've been self-employed and using the vehicle infrequently. My mechanic says that he recommends I stay away from Mazda as they are known for having engine problems and is steering me towards a Toyota (of which I'm not big fan of the styling) or a Honda (I really do like the styling of the new 2016/2017 Civics so that's what I'm leaning towards).

I'm considering getting another Mazda 3 as I do like the newer models as well, although I realize that I could end up subjecting myself to the same disappointment down the road if I do that, but I would really only consider that if Mazda is willing to meet me part way and either: 1) replace the engine on my existing car so that I can sell it for a reasonable price, 2) offer me a decent trade-in value for my car (as though it were working properly) towards the purchase of either a used 2015/2016 model, or even a new 2017/2018 unit if the discount is tempting enough. I guess my question to you guys is would you even entertain doing what I proposed above if you were in the same situation, or should I just cut my losses and move on to a more reliable brand?

P.S. If anyone is in the market for a nice fixer-upper, hit me up! Lol.
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