I recently went to look at a 2014 Mazda2 with 55,000 miles on it. I took it for a test drive, where it performed admirably, and to a mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection. He said it needed a few things (brake pads especially) but that it seemed to him to be in good shape.
Before making an offer to the seller, I decided to pull the CarFax report (I know, I know – I should’ve done it sooner). There I found quite the surprise: at ~36,000 miles, the car’s engine was removed and replaced! Alarmed, I called the shop that effected the repair. The mechanic I spoke to assured me that the replacement engine was brand new, and had come straight from the Mazda factory. He replaced it, he recalled, at the behest of its then-owner – a rental agency – after a renter had driven it over some obstruction, punctured the oil pan, and continued to drive it without any oil. When I asked the mechanic if he’d have any reservation buying this car, he said “absolutely not.” In fact, he pointed out, I’d be making out well, considering the engine has only ~20,000 miles on it.
So I’m hoping to get some advice. Am I crazy to still be considering this vehicle? Would I be crazy to NOT consider the vehicle? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. . . .