Bought my 99 626 V6 as a preowned with 84K miles on it and have driven over 22k miles since then. No major repairs other than spark plug wires. Regular oil changes and fuel additives like injector cleaners and gas treatment keeps the engine running smooth.Very reliable and friends riding in the backseat love the comfortable seats.
Swinging A/C vents. Auto power off for the headlights. Decent factory installed stereo.
I bought this car used for $9,900 last June (2004). It had 10,800 miles on it then and currently has 22,500. I have had no mechanical problems. I am 6'4"+ so the vehicle gets a bit uncomfortable on 1-hour+ rides (leg room). There is not really ample room for adult passengers in the back seat, I think the '02 Protege has more space. The V-6/5-spd is quite peppy, especially on the highway. I average between 26-29 mpg. The interior is simple and functional. The exterior design is nice, but the paint scratches easier then other cars I have owned and the door molding paint is fading. The suspension is sporty, but can get uncomfortable on bumpy roads.
The 5-speed manual is fantastic! The V- 6 engine performs very well. I like the interior and dash design and layout. It performs great on the highway. For the cost it is a great car and has been very reliable for me. I plan to keep it around for a while.
There are hardly any aftermarket upgrades for the V-6 Mazda 626. I know the Mazda 6 has about the same driver leg room so that could be improved upon. I know the Accord and Camry are a lot more roomy & comfortable-but more expensive.
We purchased this new a year ago for
$15,000. Being our first new car we
wanted to be careful. We looked at
the Accord and Camry and really would
have liked an Accord, however for the
V-6 model we would have shelled out an
additional 6-8 grand. We've had no
troubles with it and really have had
fun. We took off on a 2500 mile road
trip not too long after purchase.
Interior is clean and simple.
Exterior is also clean and simple. No
qualms with anything.
Clean simple interior, everything
labeled clearly and within easy
reach. Sound system isn't too bad.
Nice materials used, not all cheapy
plastics like the Chevy and Fords
This is a moot point since it is no
longer being made, however the cup
holders are in a dangerous place which
hampers shifting our manual
transmision. It isn't as quiet as the
Accord either and has less power. Gas
mileage could have been better. (got
around 28-29 on the interstate.)
Have 2002 626 LX V6 for about a year.
Exterior look is very stylish, easy to
recognize. Acceleration and handling
are great, no need to slow down on
highway turns. 626 V6 version has
Japanese transmission, so go for it if
you are afraid of Ford tranny. No
mechanical problems so far (closing to
10K on it). The cost is 5-6 grand less
than 6-liter Camry or Accord. Easy
Originally had a 4-cylinder and traded
up to a 6- cylinder.Lots of pep and
STILL get 26+ miles per gallon! ( Even
when driving at 80MPH!)
Have over 63,000 miles and my wife has
over 83,000 miles on her same model
with no problems on either car.