Mazda’s From The Beginning
Motor Works opened to the DeKalb and Northern Illinois public in March, 1984. Sturdy vehicles like the 323, 626, and the B Series Pickups were soon populating our repair bays; their frugal, no nonsense design constantly impressing us.
- Mazda R&D would soon introduce two luxury cars; the 929 and the Millenia which sported a unique Miller Cycle Engine.
- Ford vehicles including the Courier Pickup, the Probe and later model Escorts were all Mazda built and rebadged under the familiar American nameplate.
- In 1989 Mazda built a world class small sports car called the MX-5 Miata. Having owned and loved one for over 15 years, I could write a book on its virtues. But to keep things short I will quote two authoritive sources:
1) Car and Driver magazine has voted the Miata into their Annual Ten Best Cars 14 times. Numerous other magazines have given it similar accolades.
2) Jeremy Clarkson, English automotive critic and star of the BBC TV show Top Gear writes: “The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX5 is perfect. (Several sentences of additional superlatives follow.) The only reason I’m giving it five stars is because I can’t give it 14.”
Tools And Schools
Mazdas employ the latest automotive technology. Our technicians receive constant training to stay current with their ever changing systems. Our commitment to the brand includes thousands of dollars of unique tooling and computer scanners. In addition, we have three ASE Master Certified Specialists on staff. Motor Works is determined to be the Dealership Alternative!
From The Smallest Service To The Biggest Repair
We offer everything from light bulbs to transmission overhauls, “check engine lights” to motor replacements. We are comfortable with all the manufacturer’s models and strive to deliver the service you deserve.
Mazda owners in DeKalb and Northern Illinois choose Motor Works because of our reputation for excellence, we hope you’ll choose us too.
If you would like to bring your Mazda in for repair or service please schedule an appointment online or call us at 815-756-2882 to speak to our friendly staff.
The Car From Mars
One day, back around 1985, a most unusual sports car made its first visit to Motor Works. It was a bright yellow Mazda RX7. The gorgeous lines caught our attention immediately. We couldn’t wait to start it up and hear it “roar”. So en mass we surrounded the car and clicked the key. What an odd, disappointing sound greeted our ears. There was no roar. Instead there issued a loud whoosh noise, like a powerful vacuum cleaner.
With little enthusiasm I took the initial road test, and almost passed out from astonishment as I hit the gas. This car pulled with the seamless power of a rocket sled! Smooth as glass with a 7000 RPM red line, the acceleration never seemed to stop. This RX7 could have been from Mars, it was so different.
Popping the hood back at the shop, the RX7’s secret was revealed. We beheld our first look at a Wankle rotary engine; a near vibrationless engine without pistons. The entire staff was intrigued beyond words.
As the years past, we would occasionally have one of these exotic beauties come through our doors for service or repair. Like Pavlov’s dogs, the urge to drool was unconscious, unconditional, and performed with relish. I hope the short poem below will shed some light on this very male conditioned reflex.
To drool over fast cars is a manly occupation.
Speedsters align in enormous persuasion.
A flared fender here, a hood intake there,
Excite every car buff, even those losing their hair.
Salivation is an art, and part of a plan,
To entrap men’s feelings as fast as it can.
So they make hasty decisions when buying a car,
That breaks down with home being much, much too far.
Wiser and poorer, these new owners feel,
That disaster has struck with them bending a wheel.
But as soon as it’s fixed, their love again races.
With drool on their lips and smiles on their faces.
Thanks, Marty Fay