1997 Mazda 626 Consumer Review: a decent car with Issues

1997 Mazda 626 - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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a decent car with Issues
By dylan117 on


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

Best Features

-Good transmission -decent comfort for a small car -good speakers

Worst Features

-Engine has very poor valve stems, prone to premature wear and failure, and also burning oil causes premature exhaust system rusting -Suspension and running gear seem to not last.
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