I bought my 626 used with 61k already
on it.I have had the timing chain
replaced, belts, rotors, brakes and
maintenance on a regular basis.
i keep reading about the transmissions
(mine is the automatic) and I consider
myself blessed at not having any
trouble with it and I am at 101k and
I do suggest that anyone owning the
automatic get the transmission fluid
pumped out and replaced on occasion to
increase the life of the automatic as I
do, it seems to help.
I think the rear spoiler gives mine a
somwhat sporty look and i really like
the (electric) moonroof also the huge
amount of trunk space is fantastic.
I would suggest that they redesign the
dash to some degree ( I am 5ft9 and
when i have the steering wheel where i
like it some of the gauges arent very
Lastly, make a powered drivers seat
common equipment and not an option as
do many manufacturers now.
Not a bad car for the price. Stay
away from the automatic transmission
models--they have a long history of
premature failure. Luckily, ours came
with a 5 speed.
Unless you're very concerned with gas
milage, try to find a V6. I've found
the 125hp four cylinder engine very
Where the 626 shines is in handling.
I've been very impressed with the way
the car corners
Stock stereo is very good. The stock
alloys are also nice, as well as power
moonroof and spoiler. They give the
626 a very sporty look.
Hore horsepower for the four cylinder,
as 125 is not only weak, but well
behind the Camry and Accord. Also,
height-adjustable seats, though I
heard it was available in later models.
This 98 626 has never reqired any
repairs except an ABS sensor @30K. It
is a 5 speed manual which seems to be
more reliable than the automatics. I
change the oil every 3000 miles and
keep up with scheduled services and
have yet to have a hint of a problem.
I'm a little worried about the Ford
connection as my well cared for
Windstar's engine blew up after 61,000
miles. The car has plenty of pep with
the 5 speed and appears to be utterly
reliable...more trouble free than my
Honda accord which puts it in good
company. It also handles well in snow
and ice but will bog down in the
really deep stuff.
fit and finish, large trunk
key should unlock all the doors at
once. I didn't like the origional
bridgestone tires. They wore like iron
and rode like iron. A set of michelin
tires improved the car's ride and