by Mark on Sep 1, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda 626 ES 4dr Sedan
Looking to buy a new (used) car and mentally struggling to part with "old reliable"--think I'll gift to the kids for transportation and expect they can get at least another five years out of the old gal. Bought as year-old used and have had no troubles--simply changed the oil every 4-5K miles and was careful to change transmission fluid every 60K (as recommended by my non-dealer mechanic). Otherwise all predictable and expected general maintenance. Mazda is a winner in my book.
by Diane on Aug 19, 2008 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda 626 ES 4dr Sedan
We bought our 626 new '98 we have had no major issues with this car. Routine expected work and we have had more issues with cars with less mileage then our Mazda. The car is still beautiful rides like it's 4 yrs old and have just had super performance from this car. We bought a Mazda CX9 as well this year and again very pleased - we only drive Mazda now.
by MrNutty37 on Nov 10, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda 626 ES 4dr Sedan
I purchased the car new in 1998, have driven it 115,000 miles, and had very few problems. Left front axle has cracked twice, and the coolant reservoir has been replaced twice. Other than that, almost nothing other than regular wear and tear. The 5 speed is very smooth, and the engine has great power, especially above 3000 rpm. Fuel economy has gone a little downhill recently, but it is a high mileage car. Overall very pleased, and can't wait for the MazdaSpeed 6 to come out next year. Would definitely buy another Mazda.
by Happyw/626 on Feb 22, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda 626 ES 4dr Sedan
I am very happy with my Mazda 626. I
purchased it 1.5 years ago The car has
been very reliable and I have put 22000
miles on it and no problems since new. I
feel that for a $21,000 car new, its an
exceptional value. I am suprised that
the trade in value is only $4100 as it
is a quality car and rates up there with
the higher end ones. I read these
complaints that people have and have to
laugh. They buy the car used, don't know
who had it first, then complain that its
Mazda? Who knows what kind of driver may
have beat the car for the for 50,000
miles. Think about it?
by DM on Feb 27, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Mazda 626 ES 4dr Sedan
Bought the 626 to be different than all
my neighbors who were driving Camry's.
Opted for the 5 speed manual. Never
had any problems with this car for the
first 100,000 miles. After that...just
normal wear and tear. (fuel filter,
brakes, plugs) Love the car and would
consider buying the new "6" that just
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