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2001 Mazda 626 Sedan

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


Review

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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Not a winter car
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By Richard
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2001 Mazda 626 Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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 Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

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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Granny tranny
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By sucker
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2001 Mazda 626 Sedan 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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Class problem with auto trans
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By Goopie
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2001 Mazda 626 Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

We bought this car out of the Hertz fleet with 26K on the clock. It was reliable early on, needing only a plug wire set and fuel pump (both replaced under warranty). Now at 100K mi the transmission failed to the tune of $2000, even though I have had it flushed twice and have been running Amsoil synthetic ATF since about 50K mi. Perhaps it would have failed sooner if I hadn't been proactive about the service and premium ATF. It is a Ford CD4E trans and is infamous for failing in this car. Mazda is apparently not standing behind it; there are no recalls and of course now it is out of warranty. The engine has been reliable but due to the trans failure Mazda has lost a customer forever.


Favorite Features

Roomy and handles relatively well though I would not describe it as "fun to drive". The 4-cyl engine is noisy and lacks torque, but gets reasonable fuel economy. Nice looking body style still holds up.


Suggested Improvements

Why list any? They don't make the 626 any more. We just bought a Honda. Now that I have paid to have the Mazda trans repaired it will be my daily driver and I will run the sucker into the ground, then junk it.


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