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I have a 1997 Mazda Capella which has been a very reliable means of transport (in spite of being stolen twice!!) About three years ago the dirver's electric window refused to open and I had that fixed at considerable expense. Now, all the other electric windows (3) are refusing to open and the air conditioning does not work. (It is the middle of summer here.) It is very hot in the car. I am a single mother with a young child. Is it worth getting the windows and air con repaired? I am reluctant to part with the car, but if the cost is prohibitive I will have to. I can manage without the air con, but not the windows. Can anyone help me or give me any idea how much it might cost to get window mechanisms repaired? I would be so grateful. Crocodile Annie

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Since your window works, first thing I'd try is to have either the other front or the opposite rear window fixed, which will give you some cross ventilation.
That will be 1/3 the cost of having all 3 done.
Sounds like it would be a good thing to talk around to your friends and find an honest mechanic, because replacing your window motor or regulator shouldn't be horribly expensive.
You might be able to find a used part or two to do the job,.
The air conditioning also could be checked by an honest mechanic, and maybe would not be too expensive. Maybe all it need is recharging.
Here where I live, we have to have air conditioning.
I don't recall that your Mazdas have major a/c problems, that means if it is fixed, it should last for several years.
However, big repair garages can charge you an arm and a leg to fix everything.
That's why I recommend you find a mechanic and befriend them.
One more thing.
You say your car is a '97.
An inexpensive older car will soon be needing repairs.
If you buy another car, and it is not expensive, parts will begin to fail on that one too. ;-(
If it were me, I'd stick with the car you have.
Blessings on you and yours.

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    beneedham Jan 15, 2013

    thank you david, your advice is really helpful, i am grateful, happy new year!



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