Avoid automatics at all costs
By HankMcStanky on
Vehicle1998 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan
ReviewThis was my second 626. The engine has been mostly fine, blew a head gasket at 85,000 but that feels like a fluke. The door seals, mentioned by many others, are annoying but no big deal. The trouble, as you've guessed, is the automatic transmission, made by Ford, which completely fell apart at 90,000 miles, took $2500 to fix, and has been back in the shop 3 more times in the next 12,000 miles. Some apparently break as early as 60,000. It's sad, because I really liked the car up until the fateful day it was towed to the shop. Look for a manual, which is what I'll be in the market for as soon as this one breaks again.
Best FeaturesHandles nicely, lots of cabin room, huge trunk, smooth 4-cyl, big gas tank, comfortable seating.
Worst FeaturesFigure out how to make a reliable automatic transmission, do a better job with the glue on the door gaskets.
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