I AM NOT TRADING MY CAR, JUST PARTS AND LABOR FOR THE 626!
It's a trade, of sorts.
Parts and labor on his 96 Mazda 626
-Complete tune up ($80-100)
-Replace front lower control arm on the passenger side ($85)
-Driver side wheel bearing ($53)
-Figure out where the a/c is leaking and fix it ($100-300)
-Windsheild wipers ($10)
-Makes it pass inspection (failed visible smoke but nothing else, little puzzled about what that might be)
-Coolant flush ($30)
-Checking crap out (used car he just bought) including struts and auto tranny
-MP3/CD player and install ($125)
Yeah, I alerted him about rings and such, he put out a rough estimate of 50-150 he got from his mechanic for the smoke (I'm assuming he's thinking it's either o2 or cat) and said that if anything was wrong besides what he specificed he'd go out of pocket on buying that stuff.
I'm asking if I should buy those parts and do the work in exchange for the second car. I'm working on a price list right now, kids, hold on!
I think that a good deal you have $600 in parts plus your time and that a clean Nissan. You could probably flip it pretty quick if you wanted to. On the Mazda the transmission is the weak link. So if you have to fix or mess with that it could be expensive. http://www.nabiki.com/sstalker/626_tranny.asp
Thanks for the link, I'll get reading it now. I'll prolly have to pay more on the bearing since it needs to be pressed and less on the a/c since I'm thinking diy should be easy to do talking to a few techs. I'm looking for someone I know to advance buy it because if I miss anything on the 626 I can pay the difference on it or take it to my old shop to complete the deal.