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    Mazda 626 LX 1999 v4 2.0 auto
  1. Engine Light P1744

    Hi Guys, I have a 1999 Mazda 626 LX v4 2.0. It has engine light with Pcode of P1744. I have replaced the gasket and even re-did the compression rings. But this code keeps re-appearing. The car drives OK with this code. Every 300 miles, the code disappears for 300 miles and then reappears again after 300 miles. Few questions: 1. Is it safe to drive with the code P1744? 2. What is the cheapest way to remove the code P1744? 3. After the P1744, how long it takes for the car transmission to die completely, so that I know when to get a new car.
  2. Bad Compression After Head Gasket Job??

    Hello guys, I have a mazda 626 LX 1999 v4 2.0. My mechanic changed the head gasket and now he is saying there is no compression. Asking another $500 to put new rings and grinding. Is this car worth it. Had done the same thing in Sept 2016, by the same mechanic. But he is saying that at that time he only did the 2 pistons. Now he had to do another 2 pistons. I have paid so much to this mechanic. Initially it started with changing the fuel pump $375, but then he said that he is seeing oil in spark plug and asked another $245 to change the head gasket. Now asking another $500 for the rings and to restore compression. Is this car worth it? He is also offering that buy a used car from him and he will give me a discount on what work he has done and dump this car. Mazda is just horrible. Never buying another mazda again.