1991 Mazda 626 Gets a Makeover Fit for an NFL Player

Football_field_02While Alfred Morris was busy on the field working as a starting running back for the Washington Redskins, DC-area Mazda engineers were spending 275-man-hours remodeling his car.

So what car does the NFL player drive that would take 275 hours to restore? A 1991 Mazda 626 named Bentley, which he bought during college from his pastor for $2.

Morris was loaned a 2014 Mazda6 in exchange for his 1991 Mazda 626 with his Florida Atlantic University parking decal (which expired last year) still in the rear window. Sounds like a pretty smart trade on Morris’s part, but what was Mazda thinking?

No, there isn’t something in the water over there on the east coast. The exchange was an inventive public relations move as the restoration process, dubbed the Alfred Morris project, was recorded.

By the time Morris was given back the keys to his car, Bentley had undergone a heavy duty makeover inside. Fitting in light of its name, the car received leather seats with quilted, cross-stitching. A new audio system complete with a touchscreen was another of several updates the car received.

You could say this is one purchase that paid for itself.

We don’t have any tricked out 1991 Mazda 626s left in our inventory here at Bakersfield Mazda. We do, however, have other models that share some of the same great features we think you’ll enjoy, including the 2014 Mazda6.

What Does My Engine Light Mean? Bakersfield Mazda Engine Service Discounts

In the world there are currently around 20 million people driving vehicles with check engine lights on. Do you know someone whose check engine light is currently on? Are you one of them? Avoiding getting it checked, because it could be an expensive fix? Avoiding the check engine light could be one of the worst ideas and turn into a very expensive problem if not taken care of right away.

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When the red, orange or yellow check engine light comes on, it can mean anything from an expensive fix like a bad catalytic converter to an inexpensive fix like a loose gas cap. Usually the light turns on due to your engine releasing a hazardous amount of pollutants into the air and something needs to be fixed. With one in ten percent of all cars with their check engine light on and on average waiting three months to have it checked, that small light can be the symbol of harm for the environment.

CarMD has published the most common Check Engine light codes up to 2010 and what each average problem should cost. Common problems with engine when gas light comes on:

  • Loose gas cap
  • Spark plug wires
  • Mass air flow sensor
  • 02 sensor

As scary as it may seem, once the check engine light comes on, the best thing to do is immediately take your car, truck or SUV to a dealership. The Bakersfield Mazda Dealership in Bakersfield, CA has highly trained Mazda technicians who specialize in fixing engines. Schedule a service with the Bakersfield Mazda dealer today! Come in by November 30th, 2013 and fine a Fall Engine Service Special for only $25.95!

Mazda3 Breaks Mazda Records

Since the 1970’s, Mazda has been selling lots of cars in North America. Just recently, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Mazda reached a great milestone of selling their 10 millionth vehicle in the United States.

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Mazda was nothing but ecstatic and had to have the 10 millionth Mazda car sold added to their Mazda heritage collection. The 10th million vehicle sold was a 2013 Mazda3. The customer who purchased the small car was then upgraded to a 2014 Mazda3 for free, so that the 2013 Mazda could be added to the collection.

In 2004 the first ever Mazda3 was launched and has been a success ever since. As a whole Mazda Motor Corp. has set aspiring goals for the small and safe vehicle which were just released. This year, Mazda plans to sell 500,000 Mazda3 vehicles alone. Mazda is confident their sales goals are attainable seeing that the Mazda3 contributed to 30% of sold Mazda vehicles last year.

The newly designed 2014 Mazda3 has become a top segment leader. With greater fuel economy, innovative technology, top safety features, comfort and style, there is not much to complain about the all new Mazda3. Stop by your local Bakersfield Mazda dealership in Bakersfield, CA today and take the Mazda3 car for a test drive!

IIHS Ranks Mazda3 as a Top Safety, Rating 10, Small Car Pick

2013 is here and well into the year. With winter about to take place, are you considering a new car, truck or suv? Today, small cars are becoming more popular with the rising gas prices, but hopefully safety at the top of your “must have” list. In 2012 there were 25,580 fatal crashes. These accidents occurred from drunk driving, speeding, distractions and bad weather. Mazda engineers have recognized this tragedy and wanted to create a small fuel efficient car the drivers and passengers can feel safe in. This year, the Mazda3 tops the Insurance Institute Highway Safety (IIHS) lists Top Safety Picks for small cars.

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2014 Mazda3 Redesign

It is rare to have a 10 point rating from the IIHS rankings. Taking into consideration the toughest safety tests including moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover and rear impact, the car must score a good score in all areas of occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests. Car models can rank anywhere from poor, marginal, acceptable to good marks. The Mazda3 has past all of these test with flying colors and has received a 10 for a combination other features including top performance, quality, reliability, style, technology and comfort.

MSN Auto reviews the small car with top safety ratings, fuel saving SkyActive technology, great power, style, comfort and more. At the Bakersfield Mazda Dealership in Bakersfield, CA find new and used Mazda3 models. The 2014 Mazda3 is a small sedan available in one of five different trim levels for optimal customization. Stop by the Bakersfield Mazda dealer today and see what you think!