1997 Mazda 626 Consumer Review: Good...So far

1997 Mazda 626 - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

54 Total Reviews

DX Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Good...So far
By Bob on


1997 Mazda 626 DX 4dr Sedan


I've just hit 97K on my '97 DX. The temp. sensor had to be replaced (thankfully under warranty) and the front tires wear down quickly. Other than that, my 626 has been good. I am a little worried about the transmission. No problems yet, but reading other reviews, it seems problems start around 100K. It makes me a little nervous. The car is a bit heavy for the size engine. The resale isn't that great (I am looking into a Camry/Accord, possibly trading in the 626 before problems possibly start). Overall, my experience has been good, so no horror stories. But I wish I had known the 626 was built in the same factory as the Ford Probe.

Best Features

Interior is nice, handles well enough. I get good city mileage (26 mpg). Heats up quickly in winter.

Worst Features

Don't partner with Ford. Pick-up could be better.
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