2000 Mazda 626 Consumer Review: 626 - Everything but the trans

2000 Mazda 626 - Consumer Review

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626 - Everything but the transmission
By JohannDS on


2000 Mazda 626 LX V6 4dr Sedan


The 626 has decent handling and good road feel for a midsize. Steering is crisp and braking excellent. The six cylinder is not exactly powerful, but adequate for passing trucks at highway speeds without shifting out of overdrive. You can get onto the highway and up to traffic speed safely. The transmission, however, is truly diappointing. It shifts rough through every gear, and the shift from first to second in stop-and-go traffic is jarring. It's been back to the shop 8 times for this, but I was told it was operating within specs! Worst shifting car I have ever driven. Because of this, I won't buy another one.

Best Features

Styling and handling. It securely maneuvers like a much lighter car, at least in dry weather. It's actually fun on windy roads. (I guess this is where the "zoom zoom" comes in.) Great value for the long list of standard features.

Worst Features

The OEM tires are designed to last, but tires with more wet traction are definitely needed. With original equipment, drop your speed by 20% or more compared to dry pavement or risk sliding. Especially in the snow. Whoever designed this 4 speed automatic for Mazda needs to be replaced.
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