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Mazda 626 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 114 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/31 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Mazda 626

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Attractive styling, rear seat leg/foot room, sweet V-6 engine

  • Cons

    Underpowered four-cylinder engine, tacked-on chrome grille

  • What's New for 1997

    LX V6 and ES models gain power and torque, while the four-cylinder LX gets a Lexus-like trim package that includes two-tone paint, chrome wheel covers, leather interior, and other creature comforts. Audio systems are revised and two new colors debut.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
/
  • 31
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

My car gretta...

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan

I've seen a lot of bad reviews on here about the mazda 626 and I just have to say mine has been through my sister and myself and it's still going. It's over 200,000 and we both have put little to no money into this car. After I get another car I plan on giving it to my father to let him drive it till it dies. It may have slight issues but it's over 15 years old so I can't complain. I think my alternator might be going bad now but I'm assuming it was never replaced before so for 200,000 miles and the little cost I've had to spend I say it's not bad.




A decent car with issues

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan

The 626 Would be a great little car, but it seems to always have something wrong. Firstly, by the time I got the car just over 100,000 Miles, A CV needed to be replaced. Later it was discovered that the engine produced prodigious amounts of smoke upon starting after sitting. this is one of the main problems with the car, The 626's of this year are well known for having very poor valve stem seals. The car uses about 2 quarts per 200 miles. After, it was also discovered that the Coil springs on both front sides were actually cracked and about to fall off the mounts, and that both ball joints needed to be swapped out. In my opinion, once these cars get a few miles they tend to lose reliabilit




Built for the long haul

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan

I am a proud 10 year owner of this vehicle. It has been very reliable throughout the years. After approximately 200,000 miles my transmission needed rebuilding which I thought wasn't bad considering the mileage. Also, I had to get my timing belt tensioner replaced a few years earlier, but overall, it has been a great car. I probably would get another one if the prices of the cars would remain low. Unfortunately they haven't and I am still driving my good old Mazda. I hope it will be around for another 10 years.




Still chugging along

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan

Two years on since I last reviewed this car. Yesterday I passed 180,000 miles! Incredibly reliable, comfortable and fun to drive. I hope to get 2 more years out of this gem, then I'll see about looking at the soon to arrive Mazda 2. By that point, I'll have been driving this car for 15 years. Mazda, head and shoulders above the other manufacturers, producing dependable enjoyable cars.




Mazda 626

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan

My family bought this car brand new and it ran pretty well until about 2007 when it started to have several issues (mostly because of age). The interior fell apart (visor fell off, most radio buttons gone, passenger mirror light on all of the time because the plastic part on top fell apart). The cruise control never worked. It shifted into overdrive randomly and was very shaky when this happened. We also had a leaky trunk that lead to a mildew smell. The transmission failed around 150,000 miles and was replaced luckily cheap for around $500.00. Since then the gas and breaks have been very touchy and because of this I hate driving it and am glad that I bought a Ford Mustang :)




Surprisingly good

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Vehicle: 1997 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan

I bought this car at 119,000 miles as a first car and have had it for four years. I am surprised to say that this car has treated me very well. Before I bought the 626, I heard that the transmission can be quite a problem, but luckily I've had no major breakdowns. The only things I've really had to fix were due to the age of the car. At 12 years, this car is still going strong for me.



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Full 1997 Mazda 626 Review

What's New for 1997

LX V6 and ES models gain power and torque, while the four-cylinder LX gets a Lexus-like trim package that includes two-tone paint, chrome wheel covers, leather interior, and other creature comforts. Audio systems are revised and two new colors debut.

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Talk About The 1997 626

1997 Mazda 626 Discussions See all Started By

sikhanda
sikhanda
05-23-2002
I have a 1997 Mazda-626. The dealer wants to change the timing belt and driving belt during 60K mile maintenance service. Another mechanic said that there is no need to change these. Does anybody know...


osorio
osorio
02-23-2005
Where can I find the part numbers for all the engine mounts of my Mazda 626 1997 ???...


alanbiogen
alanbiogen
09-04-2013
I totally feel for you. I own the exact same year and model 626 and I am very familiar with this transmission. I had major problems with it. Most of this car was manufactured and assembled by Mazda...



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