1997 Mazda 626 Consumer Review: Glad I Got the 5 Speed
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1997 Mazda 626 - Consumer Review

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Glad I Got the 5 Speed
By rjgonzalez on

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1997 Mazda 626 LX V6 4dr Sedan

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After reading the other reviews, I am glad that I got mine with the manual transmission. It has the 6 cylinder, so it is more fun than the 4 and I average in the uppper 20's around town and in the 30's on the highway. I have over 100K miles on it and I haven't had any major problems, but have had to replace the CV joints at 90K and the rear stablizer bar end link. It still has the original battery at 5 1/2 years, though I will replace it before winter. The clutch still feels tight at 101K and the engine still runs smooth and doesn't burn any oil. I have had to get pieces of the exhaust system replaced, but so far has only cost me about $100.

Best Features

Styling is subdued.

Worst Features

Cupholders should be hidden when not used. No door lock switch so you have to pull or push the driver's button to lock/unlock the other doors.
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