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Zombie car that I love.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By hassef
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2001 Mazda 626 ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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Owned this car for 11 years. I purchased car used as a dealer demo with 7K on it. At first thought I had a lemon, door trim peeled off, radio broke, O2 sensor went and a sway bar linkage broke, thankfully all under warranty. Now in its 12th year the car has given up the ghost and is a rolling zombie that refuses to die! This year had to replace the CV boot and axle (my fault regular maintenance would have spotted cracked boot and saved me $), the oil pan rusted out, front struts gone, check engine light is on, exhaust almost rusted out and engine leaking oil from a gasket. Saying all this I still loved it. Has out lived all my other cars and cost the least in maintenance.


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Now the family beater, used for light duties and will do so until it finally decides to die. Next car will be a Mazda.


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Good Car For The Money
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By Chris
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2001 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my car four years ago with a little over 70,000 miles on it. In that time, the only big repair I've had to make is replacing the axles due to the CV boots, which were busted when I bought it. Other repairs were minor, including new spark plugs, plug wires, new battery, and a valve cover gasket. Regular maintenance has kept it on the road and relatively problem- free. I trust it to get me to work and back and to occasionally drive almost the full length of Texas and back, which I've done a few times now. The car isn't sexy, but the looks have held up for close to ten years now. Not fun to drive because of the 4 cyl engine. It's just a tool to get from A to B, and it's done it well.


Favorite Features

The fold-down rear seat allowed me to pack lots of big parts in the car and shave bundles on oversize shipping as I've been restoring a '66 Mustang in my spare time. It's been a life-saver on out-of-state parts runs.


Suggested Improvements

The turning radius is terrible. Parking and maneuvering in a tight parking lot is sometimes a little harder than it should be.


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Dont buy kee max
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By nokeemax
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2001 Mazda 626 ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car from kee max several years ago, the engine blew before I made it home (less than 15 miles). Kee max buys cars from auction and puts them directly on their lot. After spending approx $2500 on a new engine, this car keeps going and going. It now has over 144,000 miles and still going strong.


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Roomy with good mpg


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A good car overall
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By Al
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2001 Mazda 626 ES-V6 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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From an appearance standpoint, this generation has the best lines compared to previous 626s, and the interior has an inviting look to it, plus it's roomy and comfortable with a great stereo. If you want a car full of high- tech toys, you'll be disappointed. The luxury/power features this model has (ES-V6) have been in luxury cars since the '80s. Reliability is good, except the radiator needed replacement @ 110K. I've heard complaints about the transmission but so far I've had no issues with it @ 156K. The V-6 runs horribly on 87 octane, it needs at least 89. I'm getting clunking from the rear suspension, most likely bushings/struts needs replacing.


Favorite Features

Great looks and paint color (maroon), '80s "retro" appeal, oscillating air vents, electric sunroof, Bose stereo, leather, folding rear seats, roomy passenger cabin and trunk.


Suggested Improvements

Cooling system, V-6 should run better on 87, front seat headrests are too small.


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Piece of junk never buy a 626
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By miami3055
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2001 Mazda 626 LX-V6 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Ok where do I start I bought the car for 4500 and I have put that much into repairing the darn thing. Tranny went out at 117,000 water pump and timing belt at 118,000 2 radiator resivours had bad seals and coolant leaked through. Brakes needed to be done @ 115,000. The car just fell apart right after I bought it and I would never even consider Mazda again for a future car in any model at all. They are cheeply made and also the tranny is a Ford tranny. Umm Mazda car with Ford tranny? tranny has been known to fail in these cars but Mazda says nothing about it and has no recalls on it. Ford and Mazda will never receive any future purchases from me ever


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Umm honestly nothing the tranny is badly timed it takes a few seconds to get it into gear and it jerks when it shifts even after new tranny rebuild. Its just not worth the time or money to buy this car


Suggested Improvements

No Ford tranny if it has known to fail in over 40% of the 626 line. Recall of all trannys to be replaced before you get seriously injured


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Very Reliable Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By missy
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2001 Mazda 626 ES 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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There is nothing fancy about this car but I have had no problems at all with it. Just keep the oil changed and this baby will run forever. It is very comfortable inside with lots of leg room. The leather seats still show very little signs of wear on them. The interior has really held up over the years. I am the only owner of this car but with proper maintenance I think it will run forever! The engine does jump a little which no one seems to be able to fix. But other than that it is great!


Favorite Features

Very comfortable interior even on 12+ hour road trips.


Suggested Improvements

The exterior styling is classic but a little boring.


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Not a winter car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Richard
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2001 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my 2nd 626. It's been a reliable car and gets exceptional fuel economy. It has no frills, but gets me where I have to be... except in the snow. Like my first (1998) 626, it slides all over the place in snow. I've tried several different tires, including snows and there's no drastic improvement. I fear driving on snow-covered roads! The only cumbersome maintenance issue is having to replace a pair of bushings in the rear suspension every 20k-25k. You know when they're worn; the noise is deafening.I've got 105k on the car and really haven't had to put a lot into it. I plan to run it as long as I can up to 200k.


Favorite Features

Great fuel economy, interior roominess, reliability.


Suggested Improvements

Should not need to fuel an economy car with high octane gas, redesign the rear suspension to make it more durable. Put adjustable lumbar support in the front seats.


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Great family Car
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By Dan
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2001 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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We've owned this car for 6 years. We put over 110000 miles on it. In the whole time that we've owned we only had to replace CV boots and a timing belt. It is comfortable and has great trunk.


Favorite Features

The swiveling fan feature.


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Mazda 626ES
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By V Land
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2001 Mazda 626 ES-V6 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 5M)


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Outstanding reliability for 8 years. We did all the preventative maintenance as scheduled and changed oil every 5,000 miles. Fun to drive; responsive. Great Bose sound system. Still a great car after all these years.


Favorite Features

Steering responsiveness. Leather seats, good acceleration, suspension.


Suggested Improvements

A little more comfort in the seat cushion would be helpful...


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Granny tranny
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By sucker
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2001 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Needed rebuilt tranny at 65k. Needed another rebuild 20k later. Trunk leak created by factory defect - leaked water into spare tire well which would soak insulation and cause mildew. Starting to rust around rear tire well. 8k in maintenance and repair costs since I bought it used with 38k mi.


Favorite Features

Initial used car cost, but now I know why


Suggested Improvements

Better tranny, peppier 4 cyl, better mileage


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