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1990 Mazda 626

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almost like having a free car
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By Glenn {eters
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1990 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan


Review

13 and a half years and 178550 miles-- this car still starts every time. It's called the Mazda miracle; no matter how bad the car looks, it will always start. Would you believe 32 miles to the gallon in suburban commuting (manual transmission). This vehicle still has its original engine, transmission, clutch, exhaust. At $12000 purchase price new, it works out less than $1000 per year.


Favorite Features

14 inch wheels: I can buy 4 tires for what someone with 16" wheels pays for just one.


Suggested Improvements

Cupholders were conspicuously absent. Later 626's had airbags--much better than the motorized belts


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Best Car I've ever owned
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By Jerome81
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1990 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan


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Thats right, I've had this car since it was brand new. Picked it up for ~$11,500 in 1990. 5 speed, ac, cruise. This is the most reliable, costless car I've ever owned, including several Hondas since 1990. 35mpg. Acceleration decent. replaced CV joints at 100K miles and AC fan at 120K miles ($80). original clutch. routine maintenance only (brake pads, timing belt, oil, etc). Seems to have another 100K+miles left. Straight up the best car I've ever had. Just a jewel of a car.


Favorite Features

Reliability. Build Quality. Fuel Economy.


Suggested Improvements

Its old. i got cheap tires on it, but the car leans a lot in turns. Really isn't fun to drive (was in 1990 for a family sedan).


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The most Reliable car
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By mazdagirl
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1990 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan


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I have never had to put a dime into this car other than routine maintenance. It is over 13 years old with 140,000 miles and its just as reliable today as ever. I highly recommend this car.


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reliable
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By batxel
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1990 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan


Review

I would say this is the most reliable thing on the planet earth (manufactured in japan). There's only been small things that had gone wrong with the car that could be done myself. The radiator started leaking at 145,000 and bought a new one did it myself (extremely easy to do). It also burns a lot of oil. I beat the hell out of this car and its still running I was able to get it up to 115 mpg with a/c on so the car is very fast with 115 hp rating. Its also good on gas and has excellent acceleration for a 5-speed 4-banger. It now has 167,000 miles and it runs quite and doesnt shake at all. Will this car ever die?


Favorite Features

Engine & Transmission


Suggested Improvements

cup holder


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Very Reliable Car
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By JetJock
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1990 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan


Review

Mine is actually a 1989 Mazda 626, however they are virtually the same car. The only real difference is the steering wheel and the rear tail lights. This car is as reliable as my Golden Retriever. I did change the radiator, both drive axles, starter, the air conditioning compressor, and repaired the clutch master and slave cylinders. The clutch is original. Overall not bad for almost 200k. Much of the work I was able to do myself for not much Mooolaa$$$.


Favorite Features

Very good fuel economy, 26 city up to 35 on the highway. The car still has great acceleration for a four cylinder. Rear split folding seat that open up the cargo volume.


Suggested Improvements

They could have used better paint. Paint is the only thing that is not in good condition.


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