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2001 Mazda 626 auto trans has a FORD transmission(
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By Aldo Medal
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1996 Mazda 626 Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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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.


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The best I ever had
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By JMP
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1996 Mazda 626 Sedan DX 4dr Sedan


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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!


Best Features

Great on gas, handles nice, and very reliable!


Worst Features

Needs more power!


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Great Car 96 626ES
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By vic miller
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1996 Mazda 626 Sedan ES V6 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Swift performance, maneuverability, leather interior, moon-roof, and sound system.


Worst Features

A/C


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Reliable Used Vehicle
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Leif Wanager
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1996 Mazda 626 Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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This was my first Mazda and I have been impressed with its performance and reliability. It's fun to drive. Great for a non-boring A-to-B commute.


Best Features

It's quick. Takes tight turns. Good sound system. I like the electric-adjustable mirrors. Great air conditioning unit with "sway" feature. Handy cruise control.


Worst Features

I don't care for the "auto down" driver-side window.


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Mazda 626 -- Very Reliable
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By Jrock
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1996 Mazda 626 Sedan LX V6 4dr Sedan


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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


Best Features

5-speed manual; leather interior; nice looking car


Worst Features

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


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