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Mazda 626

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  • While bathing three weeks worth of bugs and rural road debris off of my 97 ES I managed to get a lot of water in the front end. I had a rough idle for a few moments after I started it up and now the CEL stays lit. I'm sure there isn't a problem, the V6 still purrs nicely, and there appears to be no drivability issues. Short of paying Mazda to diagnose a non-existent problem, is there a way to reset the CEL? (i.e. disconnect the battery + connection?) I know you need the diagnostic tool to retrieve the fault codes, and if there really is a problem the computer should flag it again, no?

    BTW on the colour issue, I'm prejudiced ;) but the timberline finish on my car is a real winner. Even when it's filthy, it looks good. When it's clean, I get nothing but compliments on it's colour. Depending on the light it appears to be any of grey, silver, or a very pale metallic green. Some might call it mundane, but that works to an advantage: the local constabulary rarely give it a second look when you happen to cruise by with your right foot being a little too heavy ;)
  • Bought one of these for my wife about 5 weeks ago. She loves it! Before purchasing it, we looked at an I30 - for about 8 grand more! For the $$$, you can't beat this car! This is our 2nd 626 (we also own a Protege') and have become a Mazda family. From my understanding, the AT's on the V6 have no history of the problems experienced on the 4 cylinder models. Good luck on your purchase!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Richard: congrats on the purchase, your wife should enjoy it.

    Rona: both the engine and the tranny on the V6 models are reliable Mazda units.

    Yes, stealthy colors are nice!

    -juice
  • It won't hurt to pull the negative battery cable and see what happens - unless, of course, you've forgotten the antitheft code on the stereo. :)
  • I'm thinking of buying a 2000 Mazda 626 in Beige Mica but I'm wondering if the door sashes can come in black instead of the standard matching body-color scheme. I think the 626 looks a lot sleeker if the door sashes are black ala the Millenia.
  • Thanks Charles, I did as you suggested and it worked. The light remains out now. I had no fear about the radio, anti-theft and the slushbox are the only two options the folks in Flat Rock did not install in my car. :)
  • I dropped into the Mazda store yesterday, just to see what they had this late in the year, and it wasn't much - one Miata, one MPV, two Millenias (one base, one S), five 626s (all LX fours with automatic), and way in the back so no one would see it, one Tribute. If there was a Protegé, I missed it. (I didn't look for the trucks; since this dealer also sells Fords, I'd have been hard-pressed to tell Rangers from B-Series at a distance.) They didn't have 2001 brochures, except for the Tribute, so I can't tell you what, if anything, is new for this fall in 626land, but I suspect it's not much.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    They're still not selling Tributes? Jeez.

    I don't know if I'd trust the CD4E tranny, though. Especially with a V6 engine and a heavier vehicle, which means the tranny will have to work much harder.

    Anyone shopping for one is better off waiting for a Mazda manual tranny for that V6.

    -juice
  • I bought a '94 LX-V6 for my daughter some months ago, and it also shifts hard between 1st and 2nd, but gets better after it's warmed up. I bought it from the original owner, who maintained it religeously. He had receipts for tranny service every 20K miles, which he recommended I continue.

    I was surprised at how fun this car is to drive...
  • I just purchased a new 200 626 LX and need to let anyone considering purchasing something else should have their head checked. I have never owned a Mazda before and was driving a '91 Acura Integra. I was looking into another Acura or Honda and even considered some other makes but for price, performance, features, warranty-Mazda is it! The 4-cylinder auto isn't as peppy as my 5-spd in the Acura and seems to downshift often when I hit the gas, but that's a small price to pay considering everything else this car offers!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You should change your handle from "readytobuy4" to "boughta4andloveit". :)

    -juice
  • wjm1wjm1 Posts: 33
    So I hope your daughter is still satisfied with the car (after these few months)?

    How many miles she gets with a tank of gas?

    Anybody tried to use on regular bases regular gas in a '94 V6? I have been told it's ok, but the manual says premium...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We switched to 87 octane on our '95 V6.

    Why? Well, after years of 93 octane only, we had fuel system problems anyway, and the dealer said it was probably bad gas. The fuel supply was clogging up and the engine hesitated.

    After new plugs, wires, fuel filter, and a good service, all was well, but we've been using 87 octane.

    There is zero difference. In fact, since it's been cleaned, it's actually a LOT faster now, even with the lower octane.

    -juice
  • She not only LOVES the car, but when I remind her it's actually mine, and I'm only LOANING it to her while I pay for her college, she gets all in a snit and walks away.....ingrate....

    We use 89 octane in it, and get around 280-300 miles between fill-ups. I don't actually know, since I can never seem to get the keys away...

    I actually bought that car so I could have my own car back('97 Avalon). When my daughter started driving, I didn't want her to drive my "farm truck"(86.6 Nissan) since small trucks are too dangerous for a new driver. She had learned to drive in my wife's Safari van, and was quite happy to drive that, so my wife stole the Avalon from me, and I was relegated to the farm truck....someone got the shaft on this...I think it was me...so I bought the Mazda since she was headed to college, and I wanted her in something relatively safe and reliable. So far, so good. Like I said before, that car is a BLAST to drive.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We regularly get 320 miles or more per tank on 87 octane, though ours is a 5 speed.

    -juice
  • So 87 and 91+ gas doesn't make a difference eh? I notice that the manual recommends premium (91 or better) gas for the V6 engine, though some mazda mechanics told me 89 is ok ..... I have only been running 91 or 94 on the V6 so far .... I probably would anyways, to get better mileage.

    In terms of mileage, I have been getting ~ 100km/10L (23mpg) ... and I get ~280 miles per tank. However, with A/C on in the summer I've been getting ~ 90km/10L only .... ~ 10% worse fuel efficiency .... And I do 80% city / 20% highway driving.

    In any case, 320 miles / tank sounds awfully good, esp with 87 octane ..... I drive a 5sp as well.

    #17
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, not for me. The only difference is I haven't need the fuel system cleaned since I went DOWN to 87 octane! :)

    93 octane doesn't contain more energy, so mileage will probably stay the same. Ours didn't change.

    -juice
  • skibry1skibry1 Posts: 174
    Our 4cyl 5spd is fed ethanol regularly.87 octane
    gives us about 31mpg or 365 per tank.I love
    flexing my left leg!
  • wjm1wjm1 Posts: 33
    Thanks for the responce guys.
    By the way - today I left my car in the dealership - to be checked for a vibration I was getting. I suspected tires and they confirmed that. But that's not what I wanted to say - I asked them about the very hard shifting trany.
    "Operates as designed" was the answer...which actually makes me happier.:)
  • I'm petty sure of a 97 626 V-6 I'd like to buy: If there's someone out there who's driving one I'd like to know what you think of it and if (hopefully not)you've had anything go wrong. I drove a 96 and it was the best, most solid, most fun car I've ever driven(I'd have bought except the mileage was too high)Thanks...
  • I loved my Mazda but it was totalled in a wicked accident with a young kid running a stop sign. Air bag did major damage to my face but I survived and need a new car. Does anyone know what actual cash value will be offered by my insurer on a 1998 Mazda (30K) excellent condition, automatic transmission with alarm system. It's an LX.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Appleseed: we're happy with our '95. The only problem was a hesitation that turned out to be the fuel system. Dealer fixed it at the first service, though it was out of warranty, and cost use $400 or so. That was the first out-of-pocket repair for us in 5 years, though.

    Pat: Check kbb.com and Edmunds.com for used car values. There is also a NADA book you can read at a library, I'd suggest.

    Ed: get the V6. See if the dealer will let you trade up without a big penalty. That tranny is a reliable Mazda unit.

    John: I'd have the rotors turned. They're probably slightly off.

    Our '95 does not vibrate when stopping. We got new pads last year, but that's it.

    -juice
  • jfkerrigan- It does sound like it is trouble with the rotors. I had the same problem, but on my 93 DX. I have never heard of it happening on sucha new car, but I would get it checked out If I were you, seeing as how you are under warrenty and all.

    Question- Has anyone seen the new nextour:

    Do you think they should build it? 200hp V6. 185” long
  • I recently bought a '95 Mazda 626 from Carmax and I'm happy with it so far. The only issue is that the O/D (Overdrive) light flashes. It troubles me slightly after reading the posts about the automatic transmission problems with 626s.

    For now I solved the problem by putting black tape over the light. Has anyone else had this problem and what can be done about it?

    Thanks.
  • nclarknclark Posts: 5
    I am seriously looking at buying a 97 or newer 626
    but all this talk of bad A/Ts on 626 is making me worried . Is the problem only on the 4cyl. models
    or is it with both 4 and 6 cyl.????
  • To my knowledge, it's only the 4-cyl auto transmission, so I'd look for a V-6 if I were you.
  • nclarknclark Posts: 5
    That was a quick reply. Thanks. I am only interested in a V-6. That is why I asked. But, is the V-6 the same trany from 97-2000??
  • I'm not sure about that one! I do know the 626 was redesigned in '98, so there is a possibility that the tranny is different.
  • The transmission was redesigned in 98 w/ the rest of the car. It shifts smoother and is supposed to be more reliable. I had a 93 MX6 (same car under the hood) before I bought my 99 626 & there is a huge difference. It doesn't knock your teeth out under hard throttle, & is almost as good as the 5 speed. Try to get a new one if you can, they usually offer good rebates, especially at the end of the model year. I paid about 21,000 for my ES V6, but I've heard of even better deals. I also bought mine in Jan, when they are less willing to haggle.
  • I had a '93 626 and now lease a '98 626 both 4cylinders. I would not recommend on a purchase a 4 cylinder. My '93 transmission went at 80K. I have automatics in both cars. They both shift hard. I test drove a 6 cylinder and I feel that is the only way to go. I went to price a leftover with the $2k rebate for a '00 626 V6 with automatic and luxury package. Got a price of $18k. I still wonder if I can do better than that?
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