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Mazda 626

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  • Anyone have a line on a discount supplier of genuine Mazda parts? I use www.irontoad.com for my other car but they unfortunately do not carry Mazda OEM parts. Help...

    By the way, have a 90' 626-LX with 86K that runs and looks like a jewel. It has been a wonderful (if not plain-Jane) family vehicle for 10+ years. None of the mechanical problems that seem so common on the later year models. Now if I could only get the power antenna to stop breaking and the power door locks to work, again.
  • Time to trade that bad boy in.
  • Roebuck Mazda in Birmingham, Alabama sells parts over the Net, usually at a fair chunk off OEM list - plug wires for my '93 run $60 or so, versus around $100 - though I don't know how extensive their inventory might be. www.roebuckmazda.com
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    If there is a moonroof, you'll find it tight. Sans roof, it'll be fine.

    I'd get it with the fix, and the paperwork along with whatever service warranty comes with that.

    -juice
  • emptyremptyr Posts: 1
    Bought my 97 626 LX-V6 in May. Very pleased overall with the car. I am concerned that the power roof seems to move tediously slow compared to Jetta roof and others I've owned previously. Is this common to the roof, or am I looking at a replacement here soon.

    thx emptyr
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It does move a bit slowly, it seems, but not unacceptably so.

    If the engine is off, it seems to move slower on battery power alone.

    -juice
  • wjm1wjm1 Posts: 33
    I don't know about the deal (seems ok for me), but I have '94 626 ES and I'm 6'5'' or so.
    Overall it is ok, but the moonroof takes too much headspace.I can only feel so-so comfortable if the seat is lovered at its max. And even then my hair is touching the roof (and I'm not a hairy guy:) )
    My 2c
  • skibry1skibry1 Posts: 174
    I'm 6' and long waisted and my first mod to our
    Doubleought LX w/a clutch was to elevate the
    rear-view mirror button up into the darkened area
    of the windsheild for I was robbed of a sightline.
    1 or 2 more upward clicks of steering wheel
    movement and this honey would be perfect.....but
    I'm pleased with our Freeport rocket.Another mod
    was to build up the headrest restaint 3" so the
    top of seat was parellel to the tops of my ear.
    This is the minimum for optimum protection from
    whiplash
  • I drove a Double-Ought today with the moonroof, and I banged my head over a couple of washboards passing themselves off as traffic lanes. Enough, I decided. The one I wound up buying has a perfectly boring, solid roof.

    (And I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I have said before in this space that I think Ford, or perhaps ZF (which is their partner in the Batavia, Ohio transmission plant), has finally swatted the most egregious bugs in the CD4E. Now I have one of my own.)
  • skibry1skibry1 Posts: 174
    During the Hunt I learned about lost space aloft
    due to power and gear tracks overhead so I too
    opted for the plain jane roof and added a manual
    open sunroof.I enjoy the style,ventilation and
    the sun beaming into our cruisemobile.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I have a manual pop-up roof on my Subaru, and in fact it increased head room slightly.

    Mine's an ASC roof from Adler & Mandell in Rockville, MD, if anyone cared. $300 installed, but spend another $30 on a wind deflector.

    -juice
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I saw a used 1997 Mazda 626 S V6 automatic sedan with only 40K on it for $10,900. That sounds like a good price, but I am worried about the transmission's reliability. Is it any better in the V6 than in the Four? Also, does the 6 use a Ford automatic tranmission like the Four does?
  • barich1barich1 Posts: 52
    The 626 V6 uses a Mazda designed and built transmission. It is far better than the one in the four. There is no reason to be worried.

    In addition, the 1997 was the last year for that body style, so they probably had all the bugs worked out by then.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hey guys, we just picked up our 2nd Mazda.

    We have a '95 626 ES, V6 w/5 speed, and on Friday we bought a used '93 Miata MX-5 C package. It's pretty sweet!

    -juice
  • I bought a 1996 mazda 626 used one year ago.I check consumer reports before purchase and it did not say anything about the a/t problem. Since the purchase I have had numberous problems. The oil sending unit went bad two months after I bought it (it had 45,000mi when I got it) then the check engine light came on. I immediately took it to the garage and they told me it was an emmission problem - that was the first code that came up - they serviced the emmission system and the light went out. Two weeks later the light came back on while driving on the interstate. Just as I got off the exit the car died. Engine running - no accelleration - you guessed it!! $2000 later and new transmission I am not happy. I am the second owner of the vehicle and I would like to know who at Mazda I can talk to to get some help with this situation. bty it has 65,000 miles now. I have just made a deal for a 2001 camry le - good bye 626 and good riddance!!!
  • Like a number of high-performance engines, the 2.5 is calibrated to give best performance with high-octane fuels. There is a knock sensor on board, so the engine will compensate for the low-suds stuff, but you won't be getting the performance you paid for.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    eddie: we gave up on premium fuel on our '95 when we had the fuel system clog up on us anyway. Now we use 87 octane and haven't noticed a difference, frankly.

    Look at it this way. Octane measures not quality but the resistance to pre-ignition. That means 93 takes longer to burn than 87 octane does, by definition. If 87 ain't knocking, way pay more for slower ignition?

    Karen: you shouldn't say goodbye to Mazda - say goodbye to FORD, who manufactures that failed transmission.

    Look at how many Tribute/Escape owners are whining about trannies that slip and fail, already. That plus 7 recalls. Mazda shouldn't have let Ford use their tranny.

    -juice
  • Just donated my '89 626 at the 226k mark. Blew a radiator hose and toasted the head gasket - decided to give up. This was a GREAT car, on par with my '67 Catalina, and '69 VW.

    I've shopped Camry (own a '95 Camry not so great) where my dealer will give me one at cost, also Nissan Honda.
    I really want another 626. The '89 had a 5 speed 4 cylinder with not much extra. Can I still find a 2000 around like that. Where would I go to look or would I just call dealers. I'm in suburban Chicago.
    After scrolling through here, I realize I'll probably only be happy with a Mazda. Anyone want ANY new Toyota except Sienna at cost. I can get you one.
    Thx.
  • The front-wheel-drive Nextourer employs a 3.0-liter dual-overhead-camshaft V-6 with Sequential Valve Timing, which is claimed to optimize torque at low and medium engine rpm. The transmission is a toroidal-style continuously variable transmission (CVT). Unlike other CVT-style transmissions that replace the multiple gears of a conventional transmission with two variable-diameter pulleys and a drive chain, the Mazda’s toroidal variation uses input and output shafts and planetary gears — and is claimed to provide improved responsiveness and quiet operation. It operates as an automatic transmission but offers a clutchless-manual mode that allows sequential shifting my means of Formula-One-style wing-shift paddles on the steering wheel.
    The front-wheel-drive Nextourer employs a 3.0-liter dual-overhead-camshaft V-6 with Sequential Valve Timing, which is claimed to optimize torque at low and medium engine rpm. The transmission is a toroidal-style continuously variable transmission (CVT). Unlike other CVT-style transmissions that replace the multiple gears of a conventional transmission with two variable-diameter pulleys and a drive chain, the Mazda’s toroidal variation uses input and output shafts and planetary gears — and is claimed to provide improved responsiveness and quiet operation. It operates as an automatic transmission but offers a clutchless-manual mode that allows sequential shifting my means of Formula-One-style wing-shift paddles on the steering wheel.
    This should be implemented in the cars as well. I have heard of such a tranny before. It might even provide some stability in tranny complaints. Beacsue if you think about it, the tranny seams to be the ONLY major complaint that Mazda owners really have.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Here's another solution: stop using a Ford product. ;)

    -juice
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