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Hello,

I was looking at a ´94 EGT with 95,000 miles, but after finding an uncomfortable amount of twist and tape wiring jobs throughout the car, I´ve decided to look elsewhere.

I´ve found a nice, cared for ´95 EGT that´s stock with 145,000 miles.

What´s a realistic life expectancy for the 1.8L motor?
 

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for a 95 thats alot of milage. I have a 91 with 120 thousand on it. I am not exactly sure of the life span of the 1.8 engine, but i think that might a bit high for the age of the car. I would drive it and see if it makes any weird sounds in the engine or throughout the car. it also makes a difference if they were highway or city miles. If it is mostly highway than it might be alright.
 

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My 92 EGT has 87,551 or so miles on it and it runs like crap. for now. but thats because right after i bought it the timing belt snapped. High mileage cars don´t necessarily mean they´re done for. Look for an old lady´s car. they baby them and have husbands that take really good care of them. Really i can´t believe you´re finding EGTs left and right, i know of 4 EGTs besides mine around my city, and i don´t see 2 of them anymore.
 

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I have a 92 EGT with almost 200,000 miles on it. It´s bored .030 over and is a constant rocket. Have no problems with oil, compression, or smoke. Mazda made a stout motor for the 2nd gen scorts. Just tune it and change the oil regularly and you should get alot out of your motor.
R´s - Mark
 

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Will K. An avid autocrosser had his engine rebuild at 200K. the shop he took it to was a well known race shop (does national team work and such). When they took it apart they found that it was still mostly in spec. So I´d say damn good. If well taken care of it should last a long time. I´d agree that staying away from twist and tape jobs is a good idea. IF thats how they did electrical god only knows what else they did.
 

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Well I´ve heard of guys with a 1.9L sefi (like in my 95 LX waggy) who have gotten over 370K miles from it. Just change the oil... I guess.

My scort has about 127K miles on it and it runs like buttah. It´s always smooth, but I don´t drive it hard much, and I take good care of it. I´m planning on upgradint to synthetic oils soon.
 

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If taken care of properly, the 1.8 has an amazing amount of life in it. I had my first mechanical at 244,000 miles, a broken exhaust valve spring, and decided to go through it completely. The crank and cams still measured into factory specs and although the first compression ring showed some blow-by, the second compression ring did not.

One of the reasons for the longevity can be attributed to the fact that it was designed to be turbocharged, so it is somewhat overbuilt for the stock 127 horses. Acura Type R knuckleheads bragged about their oil cooling jets under the pistons, while our 1.8 has had them since 1990, or so, when Mazda first began using it. We also have some semblance of an oil cooler. Most folks have never noticed it, since it only appears to be a base for the oil filter.

Do your homework on the history of the particular car, oil changes, repairs, what kind of guy you feel the owner to be, etc., and it will help you make the decision. It would be adviseable to have a mechanic take a look and run a compression test on a car with a number of miles, as well. You can never be 100% sure, but you can eliminate some of the variables in buying a car, if you are willing to put in the effort.

Oh, yeah, I have 269,000 miles on the car, now, and am completely jazzed about my rebuild. For comparison, I am running dead nuts even with two of my buddy´s cars, an Audi S4 and a Honda S2000. Not bad for the Rodney Daingerfield of cars..."It don´t get no respect."

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I have 165,000 miles on my ´95 EGT. The cool thing is I am the original owner and the car has not been in the shop [ever] except for routine work.

It still runs like new.
 

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LX is a cheap engine. No I mean block is good but Ford used cheap parts especially camshaft . When it´s about 250K you must rebuild it. Otherwize you´ll get to the point of no return. I´m in the process of rebuilding my 1.9 engine. But 1.8 is much better designed and good parts are used. replace oild every 3-5k. keep it clean and don´t abuse it and it´ll go up to 400k with no problem. But still rebuilding is always good.
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