I've had a wonderful experience using my car. It still stands solid after 12 years of use, almost on a daily basis (bought it used). It's my only car and I'm not even thinking of buying another yet. The AC is superb, the seats are well designed, has a box and tray apart from the glove compartment that allows the additional advantage of resting my right arm while driving. The car's speed is incredible at its age. It routinely shames several other car makes on the highways. Whatever the terrain, I'm never worried in my 626. Rarely develops faults. Just routine maintenance- change of oil, filter and spark plugs + flushing of radiator and AC condenser + regular engine cleaning.
Arm rest, 5 speed, 2.2L engine capacity, fuel economy.
Better support for front bumper (easily detaches with use, Improve on Cam-shaft design (sometimes valves become stiff, causing clicking sounds when running the engine), Better suspension system
My car was purchased by my parents new. I have driven it since 2000. I was an abusive teenager to the car when i got it with over 170,000 miles. It now has 256,xxx miles and runs great. Very little has been replaced. In the 5 years I have had it I have only had to change the original alternator and radiator. The transmission was replaced at approximately 200,000 miles. Aside from this the car is 100% original. Still runs great, with plenty of power and great MPG. The interior shows very little wear and looks great! I love the car! The fold down seats make the car very versatile. I have a '98 Escort ZX2 and prefer to drive the '90 Mazda.
Fold down rear seats, oscillating vents! Lots of storage, supportive seats. Quality materials throughout the cabin, Great MPG! Smooth power delivery.
Could handle a little better, headlights need longer beam.
I bought this car when it had 213,600 miles on it, and it ran great! Even after driving it another 6,000 it was great. I read that this car often survives 280,000+ miles. When I was driving it, I felt like it had at least 100,000 miles less on it. I applaud the designers of this vehicle. Unlike some other car companies these days, Mazda designs their cars to last!
I really enjoyed the oscillating vents when there were two people in the car. As the vents pivoted in the front, everybody was comfotable. The A/C is also one of the coldest I've ever felt. Even if the car had been outside in 90 degree weather, I still had to to turn it off after 5 minutes.
At 203,000K last week, someone totaled my car in a parking lot. What a loss! I was given this car at 140,000 miles from my boyfriend's father, and it was a great car for me. I used it extensively for work, and it was without fail reliable, fun (for an early-90's family car) and safe. I did have to put some work into it, replacing the original transmission, the radiator and a ball joint & axle shaft, but that was not much for a car this age. It was going to need some work soon on the emergency brake and the door seals, due to two New England winters. I'll miss this car.
Hatchback with fold-down seats -- I brought home seven-foot tall Christmas trees in this car. Reliability. Map lights.
I just hit 176,000 on the odometer and
bought the relatively rare Japanese
built 5-door hatchback in April of
1990. I still have the original clutch
like others here and A/C. I did have to
have the A/C switch replaced as well as
the EGR valve mentioned by others
around 130K. This reliability has been
outstanding; Rather, I have only had
normal maintenance of the oil, anti-
freeze, CVjoints, timing belt, tuneups,
etc. other than the items above. I have
never replaced the manual transmission