Overall the car has performed fairly well. After first purchasing the car the check engine light went on. The car also ran rough. Just today I learned the car had a leaky heater coil; had it by passed for a 100 dollars instead of replacing the whole thing for about a thousand. The A/C on the car is wonderful; cools in about two minutes flat. Gas mileage is about 18 miles to the gallon. The paint is not very good on the car. I would recommend it for a first car for let's say a college student. If you are a real commuter I would not buy this car; instead I would by a Nissan or Honda - two much better cars.
The air conditioning is wonderful, the basic stereo is pretty good.
The power on the car needs improving. The transmission could shift a bit more smoothly.
We have purchased Ford's, Pontiac's and even Chevrolet's, they were OK, but when we purchased our Mazda 626, we fell in love with it. It has only left me stranded once; the transmission went out at 62,000 miles. I was angry, but I found out later because being an ex-rental car, there is NO telling how the other drivers treated the car. Other than that, the Mazda 626 has been a wonderful car, so Zoom Zoom.
I like the fact when I am getting on the freeway, well, let's say it ZOOMs and leave it at that.
The only improvement I would suggest is perhaps thicker seats.
I bought this vehicle new and it has been a headache. The transmission had to be replaced at 24,000 miles, the steering column twice, the timing belt at 1,000 miles, and a few other things. The engine light keeps coming on, fuel economy stinks, and the transmission is still bad. All in all, $4,000 bucks have been put towards this car. I still think something's wrong with it and I can't figure out what.
I purchased my 626DX brand new and have
had great luck with the car. I know
have 80k miles on it and have had no
problems with it. My only complaint is
the car is very underpowered with the
4cyl even with the 5speed. The interior
is roomy and comfortable for long
trips. Great gas milage!!
Gas mileage!!! Good looking car for the
price. 5 Speed manual is smooth
shifting. Air condition is awesome with
the power vents that circulate the air