Not much to say, its been a faily reliable car, except for the water pump and A/C problems in 2000, which, considering the vehicle was 8 years old and had over 100k miles on it . . . Despite the 4 cyl engine, the car can get up and go with ease (all hail the manual transmision). Comfortable ride, even for 9 hour trips. The cruise control seems to lose speed on long, steep hills, but is great otherwise.
I have really enjoyed this car and I am sad to see it go. My wife and I bought this car in December of 95 and it has been a reliable and fun car to drive. It currently has 178,000 miles on it and I think with a little work it could easily go to 250,000. I am only getting rid of it because I need a truck. This car is very peppy for only having a 4 cylinder and gets great gas mileage. Definitely get the manual transmission if you buy this car.
Bought this Mazda 626 5spd in 2006 of March with only 76,000 miles. Now it's got over 87,000 and all I have to do was put gas in it and regular oil changes. I get about 30mpg city/ 34mpg hwy at cruise speeds of 72mph. It's fast to drive, doesn't have the oomph like the turbo, but quick on the go for a basic 4 door sedan. Interior rattles a little but that's average for a old vehicle. Everything works like it should and hopefully it will go a long long way.
This is a fairly decent first car to have, though it has given me a few fits. I got it from my grandparents for $500 with a broken AC unit! So far I have replaced the whole exhaust system, a coil, and other minor tuneup things like spark plugs and distributor and cap. I have put more money into it than its worth, and the check engine light is now staying on (hopefully it's something minor). Honestly with proper maintenance this car is amazing for what it offers. It's quick, comfortable, and it isn't that bad looking.