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.
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.
Cooling system, V-6 should run better on 87, front seat headrests are too small.
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.
Steering responsiveness. Leather seats, good acceleration, suspension.
A little more comfort in the seat cushion would be helpful...
Very reliable and no problems at all in
first 15 months of ownership. My only
complaints are a very whimpy V6 (165
hp) that uses premium gas, and stereo
has bad reception and sound for a Bose
system. Main problem is antenna built
in rear window. Aside from those issues
it is a very nice car and well built.
nice looking car
. Increase HP on V6
. Drop that "antenna in window idea"
. add some ABS brakes. It is not even
. put a decent stereo in the car. The
name may say Bose, but this is not a
quality system. Also only 4 speakers.
. standard on top of the line ES V6
model that retails for 26K. Come on!!
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