I have 186,000 miles on my Mazda 626 and I am very fond of her performance. The engine runs quietly and reminds me of a purring kitten while being driven. It runs smoothly and is powerful while driving. It reminds me of a turbo engine. I am very pleased with it and will keep it as long as she continues to be a reliable vehicle.
Strong engine, sporty look, alloy wheels. Enjoy radio and speaker system. Great AC system and blows out very cold despite the age of the car.
Headliner has fallen down. Better glue to keep headliner in place. Unable to read the digital display on the radio and clock. It would be nice to improve those areas. Exterior paint has faded. Suggest improvement.
I have mine with all options, Leather, sunroof, power window, central lock, ABS, V6 2.5L, 4 wheel disc brake...and the most important...5 speed manual. This car so much better than Honda Accord. Has a lot of power but still have good MPG. My wife's car is Honda Accord 97. It's an automatic; it seems lame, bored, doesn't have power and has worse MPG even though the Honda has smaller engine (2.2L). This Mazda 626 has better suspension and better build quality compare to Accord. I bought this car based my experience with my previous car, a Mazda Protege LX 1.8L. It has all options. Has more than 200.000 miles but the engine still run like new...bravo Mazda. My next car probably will be a MazdaSpeed 6.
The engine; the V6 2.5L has a lot of power and good MPG. The 5 speed transmission is so strong; probably because they were built by Japanese Mazda. The auto transmissions were built by Ford ... so you know the quality.
We bought this car when it already
over 10 years old and about to crest
150K miles. So far we've replaced the
front tires, the negative battery
lead, and a headlight bulb. It has
incredible pickup and a good, stiff
suspension. Body and panels are still
tight and well maintained. Last owner
obviously took care of it. If you
bought a used car that already had
damage to it, do you think it will
somehow be all better because you own
it now? It still has years of abuse,
so don't judge it on how the last
owner did not maintain it well.
Powerful engine (for its size/weight),
decent MPG for a V6, nice sound system.
Tilt steering wheel and adjustable
seat height ovbiously made with
shorter people in mind (I'm 6'3")
Paint starting to wear through, we can
see the machining marks under the base
I bought my 626 2 years ago, thinking
Id found a quality vehicle. But since
I bought it, Ive had to replace 2
front axles, tie-rods, crank seals,
cam seals, oil pressure pump, brakes
needed work twice, rear sway bar, all
the drive belts, the entire exhaust
system had to be replaced,new ignition
module, and there's a lot of other
repairs Ive made to it. Ive basically
bought the car over again, after all
the cash I spent on it. It has a lot
of zip, so its fun to drive but it
doesnt have the tightest ride.
Overall, a disappointment.
probably the factory stereo and the
A good car overall. Anyone who drives
it usually remarks on how smooth and
quick the V6 is compared to even new
cars. It has gone through 2 water
pumps and is starting to get some
extra 'old car' noises but it keeps on
going. It also tows a 1000lb trailer
quite easily and the 'hold' function on
the auto tranny is useful for towing.
The tranny is starting to shift a bit
harshly but still seems robust. We've
had other cars that shifted the same
way and never failed.
The swing vents are nice. The V6 and
the gear ratios that suit it. The
variable intake runners, gives a nice
rush above 5000rpm. ABS works very