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I am considering buying a 2000 mazda millenia (not the S type) with a damaged engine. I was considering this because of how inexpensive the car is (1000) and the cost of replacing the engine seemed relatively cheap (1175 for rebuilt engine, 6 months, under 75 000 miles) labor approx. 600. Also, some electrical problems, some relays got burnt and interior lights won't turn on. Everything else is in good condition, transmission etc, and the body and interior are in mint condition. Does this sound like a wise thing to do?

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Jackie, If a vehicle is in really good condition (body, transmission, computer, electrical, etc.) and it needs a new engine or rebuilt engine (that comes with a warranty), I would not be scared to do this. But it does raise a red flag with me when you say that this car has some electrical problems. Have you had your trusted trained and ASE Certified auto technician thoroughly look the car over and give you their blessings? Because I can*t see this car, you need someone who is qualified to "see it" and then and only then will you be able to get your question answered. $2775 gets you a car with an engine. But if it needs more, then it will cost you more money. You want to know what your getting yourself into before you go down that road. All My Best, Amy

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Jackie, Just keep in mind that any private sale is almost always considered *as is*. I highly recommend having a qualified technician go over any vehicle you are considering purchasing and getting their professional opinion. They may charge you a small fee to look at it, but it almost always saves big bucks in the long run. Suzanne

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