Had one of these as my first car, bought it with 197,000 miles and experienced one problem after the next. The car had horrible power steering problems, brakes went bad after one month, then the alternator left me stranded in a busy intersection. Once all the problems were fixed...Very reliable car, gutsy little engine and very well made. I was upset when this car got stolen from me only 6 months after buying it...but life goes on and so does Mazda....Zoom, Zoom!
The V6 was very strong and gutsy.....faster than you what u would think for a mid sizer.
Less tacky appearance, more of that Mazda sportiness and charm.
I was given the car when it had only 37k miles on it now the car is only 52k miles and I've replaced the alternator about 3 times after being left in the middle of the streets several times, the transmission is leaking rivers of red oil, the axis is been always a problem and each day is worse and worse and the car's engine is always getting hot. Each time I try to correct the problem, it comes back like 2 months later. I've spent 1000s of dollars in fixing this car and NOTHING. In fact, I'll never buy a Mazda again in my life, this is a true disaster. Seriously, stay away from the 626!
Good air conditioning, despite the couple of fixing I've done to it.
I think the people deserves better quality cars, a car in which we can trust.
I bought this car new. Got an excellent deal because nobody wanted a V6 with a 5 speed. This car is a blast to drive. We had it now for 9 years with no major problem. Most expensive repair was replacing the timing belt, other than that basic maintenance. I would buy this car again.
I purposely bought this car to last me
many years and to put 200,000 miles on
it. It's been 6 going on 7 years and I
have 150,000+ and it's running strong.
Feels like the day I bought it. Only
routine maintenance with a few small
problems over the period of time as
well. I would drive this thing into
the ground and get a few more years out
of it, but my wife just got a company
can and we have to get rid of one.
Unfortunately it's ol' reliable.
I bought the car as a replacement for
a 91 Mazda 626 GT which was
totalled... but the 91 saved my life.
The 97 is not nearly the crisp
handling car that the older one was.
The v6 is a necessity - it's a
powerful motor, although hampered by a
transmission that is slow to react.
Stock stereo is weak. Handling is
better than most family cars of the
size, and I still like the way it
looks. NO major repairs have been
needed on mine, it just works right
V6 power, swinging vents on the AC,
Sunroof, nice alloy wheels and 16
meats help road grip. Awesome passing
Go with a manual tranny and plan on
buying a good aftermarket stereo if
you like it loud.
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