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Buyer beware ..do not buy
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By Afaisal
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1996 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan


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Bought it a year ago with 86k. owner rebuilt transmission at that time. Drove it out of state a few times. now, at 108k, transmission fails. After reading on the web, talking to owners and mechanics, I find out that it was a FORD transmission; 1994-97 626 transmissions have design flaws moking them trouble or failure periodically. All Mazda dealers know it; mechanics know it; most Mazda 626 owners are suffering through it. A "junk transmission" is their exact word. I fixed mine at AAMCO (well know national tranny place www.aamco.com ) for $1750 and they told me they did something extra to fix the issue permanently. Engine power slow.


Best Features

roomy interior and comfortable ride.


Worst Features

Recall the transmission; too many complaints around.


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Is it worth the cost?
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By AngryInPhoenix
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1996 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan


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I dont think so. Have a 1996 626 LX automatic fwd about 4 months, 93k miles. After 3k miles, the transmission is "shot". :-( Needs replacement - cost $2500-$3000. Car cost only $3500, am thinking of a manual transmission for 2 reasons - reliability of the manual transmissions and i like manuals. Runs great, acts like a sports car and all. But not worth the money because had to replace the cat converter($600) and transmission now. Shows that Ford(manufactures the transmission) and Mazda are just not companies worth relying for a dependable family or fun vehicle. Take my advice, advice, guys and gals out there. JUST DONT BUY THIS CAR. PERIOD.


Best Features

Acceleration, power, feel of sports car with spacious look of family sedan.


Worst Features

Definitely the transmission.


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lemon
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By carless in seatle
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1996 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan


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Replaced two engines (one rebuilt) and one transmission, 2 air sensors and the entire exhaust way too soon. Turned the car in with it's third catastrophic power train failure with only 90,000 miles. Very disappointed.


Best Features

The inside design with nice....very quality leather, excellent sound system.


Worst Features

need to completely redesign the engine and tramsmission--big failure


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not worth a damn
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By cbroyals
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1996 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan


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I've had nothing but problems with it since I bought it second hand.I've had it for three years and I've had the transmission rebuilt twice.I went to the Mazda dealership about this problem and he told me the transmission in the 96 wasn't worth a damn.I just got it back from the transmission shop and a problem that I've been having with it for the past year has rsurfaced the engine light keeps comming on and the car stalls again I can't find anyone who can find the problem, so buyer beware


Best Features

Beautiful driving car when it works .I like the interior and the comfort


Worst Features

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Very happy Mazda owner
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By tradersyd
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1996 Mazda 626 LX V6 4dr Sedan


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In eight years, this car has never failed to start one time. It's peppy and sassy and responds smoothly. The seats are the most comfortable car seats I've been in. I want to buy another like it!


Best Features

lumbar support, air rotating from dashboard


Worst Features

Has always made slight "clunk" after coasting a bit when it is starting up again and can't decide which gear to go in.


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