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Mazda 626



  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    That was my point exactly. If the manufacturer doesn't say the engine requires 91 octane, and it doesn't knock running on 87, and you're satisfied with the reduced power output, then I would use 87.
  • jumpmomjumpmom Posts: 11
    Hi all- We did get the Galaxy Blue 2001 626 LXV6 yesterday! Complete with ZOOM-ZOOM sticker but I have to decide where to put it! :) We ended up getting one with the 2LX (premium package) after all. It was here in town on another dealer's lot and the next closest one without the 2LX (in the Blue) was in Kansas! Our dealer made us a very good deal on our trade so we didn't have to move up too much from our price point for the 2LX. And just to make sure I would be very happy I had a moon roof, today was warm and sunny so I could test it out.. ZOOM ZOOM! :)

    Also the original dealer had installed something called a Tap Lock- seems to be kind of a backup key less coed entry system ($699!!) We are not sure if our dealer knew it was there- the car was delivered at 1:00 and we picked it up at 2:00. The add on was on a separate sticker from the window sticker taped facing backward on the window sitcker so we didn't notice it. They didn't mention it and didn't charge us for it and we didn't discover it until last night -when we were sitting in the car sniffing that new car smell after the kids went to sleep ;)! Seems like it could be useful in some weird circumstance but not something I would have payed for. And believe me, we re checked our buyer's order and invoice to make sure! What do you think- is it worth keeping or is it just strange that they didn't mention it? Could it cause some sort of problem?

    Anyway thanks for all of your help during this process- maybe I do not hate car shopping as much as I thought!

    To panditchee- Sounds to me like you got a great deal!! We payed $20,099 + TT for what sounds like the same car - that was S-plan plus a $500 local rebate and the 0% for 48 months. So you beat what I thought was a really great deal by almost $400! Congratulations and have fun! ZOOM-ZOOM!

    To other owners/regulars to this conference- If I am wrong and we didn't get a good deal please do not tell me until next week OK? I want to enjoy this new car/good deal feeling for a little while but then learn from any mistakes for next time! (Not for me, I plan on keeping this car for 8-10 years but my husband will probably have to shop soon!)
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I hope your 626 gives you years of enjoyment. I assume you got an automatic? :( Oh well, one more manual trans for us freaks.

  • sharon27sharon27 Posts: 3
    What a nice, informative forum. I just (yesterday) picked up a new 626 LX V6. I drove at least seven other cars, many of which were possibly more attractive on the outside, but I don't sit there. I didn't get the premium package, but I did get a deal I couldn't resist --in fact I was looking at the four cylinder model and bought the six because it cost me less than the best deal I had found on a four. BTW, for whoever is keeping count (was it you, maltb?), make mine a 5-speed, please. (I was shocked to find that some cars in this class size could only be bought in automatic.)
    Thank you all already for the on-going discussion about grades of gas for this nice car. I suppose I'll experiment and see if I notice a difference in performance. Does anyone have an opinion about whether it's worth watching the gas mileage to see if I get better value for the higher octane, thereby reducing the cost difference?
  • I wouldn't expect the mileage to suffer greatly with the cheap stuff; the engine has lots of adjustment range and can presumably adapt to any reasonable fuel.

    I do expect, however, that the first few tanks will not necessarily be representative of the next hundred or so, as is fairly typical of new cars.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I agree with windowphobe, your new car will have significantly worse mileage than expected. With all the tight tolerances that need to be worked in the extra load usually shaves off a few MPG.

    And Congrats Ray, the V-6 M/T looks like a real sleeper, but really does a number on a few unsuspecting hot rodders. Of course the real joy is being able to keep the RPMs up around the turns and launching out into the straights. I know it's a family sedan, but when I had my V-6 M/T I just couldn't resist.

    Happy Motoring!
  • samdad1samdad1 Posts: 1
    We took delivery of our fourth Mazda since 1979.
    In December we bought a 2000 LX V6 from Gallo Mazda in Worcester, MA. We have been using 87 in it with no ill affects. Neither of us speeds and with 4,000 mile on the car we are getting 21mpg mixed city/highway. We still have a 1997 626 lX 4 cylinder with 96,000 miles (it is on its 3rd auto transmission, all under warranty. We bought the 2000 with some hesitation but since the engine/transmission are more robust and since we liked the car as much as a Passat we took a chance. In 1979 we bought our first 626, the 80hp sedan, which we kept until 1985 (95,000 miles) when we needed a wagon (A Colt Vista which did not measure up)And I bought a 1982 GLC Sport which we kept for 100,000 plus miles and sold to our baby sitter who used it for for more years.
    For a time we switched to Toyota (Camry Wagon, Corolla Sedan and Geo Prizm GSI, my favorite).
    Our Subaru Legacy with 146,000 miles is for our kids.But we have been satisfied with our Mazdas and in two years I'll get a Protege ES, the closed thing to my Geo now on the market
    (or a used Miata). I've almost never used premium in any of these cars, perhaps one tankful a year if he station is out or regular.
  • atomtanatomtan Posts: 4
    Hi all. I have two days left on the lease of a 1998 626 lx 4 cyl. I have taken great care of the car,oil change every 3k,waxed twice a year,just had new tires and front brake pads put on. The gas mileage is great being that it is a 5 speed. I average 28 mpg city and 37 hi way. The residual is 10.9k on a car which wholesale is anywhere from 8.3k to 8.9k. My lease co.will not budge on the 10.9k price. Should I take a a gamble and extend the lease for up to 6 months banking that the lease co.will negotiate since the glut of lease turnins is growing and the auto auctions may become over saturated giving lease co.'s an incentive to negotiate. Or should I become a member of this 626 club asap and purchase it wednesday?
  • moimememoimeme Posts: 28
    I'm in a similar situation. I adore my leased '98 626 ES-V6. I just purchased a new, loaded Audi A6 4.2 but still enjoy my Mazda a great deal. That should let you know how incredible a car the 626 is!

    I just extended for 6 months too. Keep in mind that your residual price for the car will decrease accordingly. You don't have too much to lose unless you got a bad deal on the lease...
  • mrxbromrxbro Posts: 2
    Has anyone heard of this car? It seems Mazda put out this 5-door hatch back in the late eighties and early nineties and then dropped it. Does anyone out there know anything about this model? Reliability? Sportiness? (I've searched around the net and have found little info available. Mazda seems to be making a nice looking new 626 hatch back for sale everywhere but in the US.)
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I know a little about it...Nice car and the 626 GT were always fun to drive. As far as a midsize hatchback in the US, the demand is just not there. Europe has always been a hot market for practical cars, but the US is too stuck on sedans. Maybe with the influx of small hatchbacks comming here we may see some midsize as well.

  • This was, indeed, a 5-door version of the 626 sedan, and generally it was fitted with Mazda's hottest four-banger of the time - a turbocharged 2.2-liter SOHC 12-valve four delivering 145 hp. When the fourth-generation 626 was launched for model year 1993 (and production for North America moved to Michigan), the GTs were left back home in Japan. As partial recompense, they gave us a new V6, but I still like the looks of the 5-door, and I wish they'd bring one here to supplement the new 5-door Protegé that's due out Real Soon Now.
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    windowphobe6, how soon is "Real Soon"?
  • Automobile magazine (4/01) says it's "an '02 model due later this spring".
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The new Protoge is more of a wagon than a hatchback, though they won't call it either.

    I don't care - I like wagons. Should be a fine vehicle.

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    The name of the vehicle is Protege Sport Wagon and it will be in dealers toward the end of Spring or early Summer.

  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    I see some conflicting info.
    What's the official name?
    Some say the vehicle will be officially called the Protege 5.
    BTW the car is a true hatchback, not a wagon.
  • hkchanhkchan Posts: 420
    You're right about the conflicting information, but the last thing I heard (not necessarily correct) is no wagon in the name. I've heard Protege 5 (could be one word), 5-door Sport (that's what's on Mazda's web site right now and no Protege in the name) and Protege Sport Wagon. I'm sure I've missed a couple.
  • vadpvadp Posts: 1,025
    How about that model?
    It used to be the MPS.
    What's the current designation? MP3 or Protege MP3?
    It seems they can't make their minds. :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    vad: the reason I consider it a wagon is because I believe the roof extends farther back then in the sedan. A 5 door hatchback is basically a sedan with a glass hatch.

    The Protoge looks like the roof extends back a bit. Not much, but enough to distinguish itself from the sedan.

    Check it out here:


    PS Familia Station Wagon - doubt they'll give it that name!
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