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Buyer beware ..do not buy
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By Afaisal
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1996 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan


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Bought it a year ago with 86k. owner
rebuilt transmission at that time.
Drove it out of state a few times.
now, at 108k, transmission fails.
After reading on the web, talking to
owners and mechanics, I find out that
it was a FORD transmission; 1994-97
626 transmissions have design flaws
moking them trouble or failure
periodically. All
Mazda dealers know it; mechanics
know it; most Mazda 626 owners are
suffering through it. A "junk
transmission" is their exact word. I
fixed mine at AAMCO (well know
national tranny place www.aamco.com )
for $1750 and they told me they did
something extra to fix the issue
permanently. Engine power slow.




Best Features

roomy interior and comfortable ride.


Worst Features

Recall the transmission; too many complaints around.


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Is it worth the cost?
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By AngryInPhoenix
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1996 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan


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I dont think so. Have a 1996 626 LX
automatic fwd about 4 months, 93k
miles. After 3k miles, the transmission
is "shot". :-(
Needs replacement - cost $2500-$3000.
Car cost only $3500, am thinking of a
manual transmission for 2 reasons -
reliability of the manual transmissions
and i like manuals.
Runs great, acts like a sports car and
all. But not worth the money because
had to replace the cat converter($600)
and transmission now.
Shows that Ford(manufactures the
transmission) and Mazda are just not
companies worth relying for a
dependable family or fun vehicle.
Take my advice, advice, guys and gals
out there. JUST DONT BUY THIS CAR.
PERIOD.


Best Features

Acceleration, power, feel of sports car with spacious look of family sedan.


Worst Features

Definitely the transmission.


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lemon
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By carless in seatle
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1996 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan


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Replaced two engines (one rebuilt) and
one transmission, 2 air sensors and
the entire exhaust way too soon.
Turned the car in with it's third
catastrophic power train failure with
only 90,000 miles. Very disappointed.


Best Features

The inside design with nice....very quality leather, excellent sound system.


Worst Features

need to completely redesign the engine and tramsmission--big failure


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not worth a damn
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By cbroyals
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1996 Mazda 626 LX 4dr Sedan


Review

I've had nothing but problems with it
since I bought it second hand.I've had
it for three years and I've had the
transmission rebuilt twice.I went to the
Mazda dealership about this problem and
he told me the transmission in the 96
wasn't worth a damn.I just got it back
from the transmission shop and a problem
that I've been having with it for the
past year has rsurfaced the engine light
keeps comming on and the car stalls
again I can't find anyone who can find
the problem, so buyer beware


Best Features

Beautiful driving car when it works .I like the interior and the comfort


Worst Features

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Very happy Mazda owner
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By tradersyd
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1996 Mazda 626 LX V6 4dr Sedan


Review

In eight years, this car has never
failed to start one time. It's peppy and
sassy and responds smoothly. The seats
are the most comfortable car seats I've
been in. I want to buy another like it!


Best Features

lumbar support, air rotating from dashboard


Worst Features

Has always made slight "clunk" after coasting a bit when it is starting up again and can't decide which gear to go in.


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