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I own a Mazda Miata 91' MX-5 Automatic transmission. I

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I own a Mazda Miata 91' MX-5 Automatic transmission. I picked it up for $1300 and have spent nearly $1000 at the mechanic to get it back running. He told me the following fixes: Mass Air Sensor replacement: $375, Timing belt adjustment: $300, and control arm replacement: $400. After these fixes the miata is in an ok running condition. but it takes time to build acceleration and must require some playing around with the pedal to so call "catch the gears". Have I been ripped off by my mechanic?
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Mazda Mechanic: 350matt, Engineer replied 4 months ago
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer

I'm not sure what a timing belt 'adjustment' is ? Usually you either replace it or leave it alone . Unless the cam timing had been set incorrectly by someone else?

Did you agree an hourly rate beforehand as to be honest the prices for each of those jobs isn't outrageous but are more in line with what you'd pay at a main dealer where hourly labour rates are $150 / hr

plus the car sounds like its not been fully repaired? as there should be no need to 'play' with the pedals to get it to go

has the auto trans oil been checked for level and condition and if thats OK the sump pan should come off to clean out the filter screen

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Mazda Mechanic: 350matt, Engineer replied 4 months ago

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Mazda Mechanic: 350matt, Engineer replied 4 months ago

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