On October 27th, 2007, 5 days after driving the car 1,200 miles to my new place near Orlando my car broke down while driving around town getting things for the apartment. My guess is the timing belt tensioner allowed the belt to skip a few teeth and killed the engine when I shifted into second gear. It wouldn't be the first time this car has had the problem. Thankfully the valves cannot reach the tops of the pistons on a Mazda KL engine.
Unfortunately I haven't yet found out what happened because when I called for a tow back to my place the truck driver had not properly secured the vehicle to the flatbed, nor was the parking brake applied, and once he hit his brakes the car rolled forward into the bar on the back of the cab.
These were taken minutes after the accident, if you can call it that (I wasn't even in the car). The bar was level with the front of the headlights and bent them opposite directions. The driver-side light still went up and down, but caught on the hood. The radiator was still intact, but the fan shroud broke and the radiator support was caved inward.
Does this look totaled to you?
I had the car taken to a local body shop for an estimate so that AAA could find out what to do with the car. The damage totaled $3,293.19. Apparently the wrecker company didn't want to pay that and took it to another body shop for the work, but I have yet to hear from them about it. It's now been 4 months since I last drove the car.