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.
14 inch wheels: I can buy 4 tires for
what someone with 16" wheels pays for
Cupholders were conspicuously absent.
Later 626's had airbags--much better
than the motorized belts
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.
Acceleration decent. replaced CV
joints at 100K miles and AC fan at 120K
original clutch. routine maintenance
only (brake pads, timing belt, oil,
etc). Seems to have another 100K+miles
Straight up the best car I've ever
had. Just a jewel of a car.
Reliability. Build Quality. Fuel
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
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?
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$$$.
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.
They could have used better paint.
Paint is the only thing that is not in