I bought this car thinking I was buying a Japanese car. I was wrong. This model was made when Ford owned 33% of Mazda and made the huge mistake of trying to save production money by installing a Ford transmission. If you don't know American cars are ussually worthless after 100k miles. So I bought a 2001 626, thinking I was buying a used car with relatively low millage and that I should be hassle free for at least 6months. I was wrong. I haven't even had it for two weeks and it is obvious that the tranny will soon leave me stranded somewhere. A new tranny costs about 3k and it comes with a 10yr unlimited milleage from AAMCO. So if you do decide to buy this car negotiate paying around $400, cause you'll soon have to spend 3k on a tranny. Putting your costs at $3,400 which is about 1k over KBB price. I bought this car for $2,940 and was offered $200 by a privete party today. Learn from my mistake. I car's interior looks plasticky and cheap. Outside looks nice though.
I purchased this vehicle from a man in New Jersey who owned since it was new and he never had major problems! I had it for six years and never had major problems! I owned dozens of vehicles and this had been the absolute best car I ever had! This car now has 145000 miles and still drives like its brand new! Oh yeah, standard versions are a lot better than automatics! I love this car and I won't sell it for anything!
When I bought this car in 1999, it had 60K miles. It's performed great and now at 345,000 miles it's still a performer! Other than routine maintenance (timing belt, oil/Valvoline, brakes, struts, radiator, etc.) it's never given problems and the fuel economy nears 30mpg. Its 5-spd manual transmission has never failed and its clutch I've replaced once.
Swift performance, maneuverability, leather interior, moon-roof, and sound system.
Bought the '96 626 V6 5-speed manual new in 5/96. I put 275K miles on it and running strong. Typical fatigue of parts with that kind of mileage, but nothing out of the ordinary. Original clutch, but I feel that starting to go. Has always been very quick and handles well. Only thing I've replaced repeatedly is the auto antenna
5-speed manual; leather interior; nice looking car
cig lighter right behind cupholder - not conducive to today's electronics; CD changer didn't last with car; power antenna motor continually breaks; road noise