I made a post about two weeks ago asking for advice as to whether I should flush or change the automatic transmission fluid on my 2007 Mazda6. This is my wife’s car and was given to her by her cousin for free. It has 142,000 miles and the transmission fluid is dark. I took the advice from all of you and asked a shop to perform a full inspection of the vehicle.
The results? Oil and coolant leaks everywhere, with the coolant leaks being top priority in repairs for aprox. $500ish. So here I am wondering how can someone take his car to the dealership, have them do the regular maintenance and “repairs”, pay $500 to $1000 every bill and still have all these problems?
Should I fix these and keep the car? I used KBB to determine the aprox. value of the vehicle and says the car is worth $2600. The shop didn’t gave me the price on any of the stuff I needed to replace… Except when I asked him which should I fix first, which was the coolant leak. By the looks of it I am expecting to pay about $2000 to keep this car in “somewhat decent condition”.
They also recommended a change of fluids instead of the flush because the flush can cause the transmission to slip.