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Mazda 626



  • rponsetirponseti Posts: 35
    I tried their site and the page loaded, but I wasn't able to click on anything. None of the links would work. Guess I'll try again later. Thanks for the info!

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572

  • Hi,

    I continually hear a grinding noise when I turn the steering wheel either when the car is not in motion or in motion. Anyone heard of this, and what should I tell the dealer to look for?


  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Sounds like what you get when you are low on fluid. If that's not it, it's probably the pump.

  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    They've since metamorphosed into Trussville Mazda, and they may not have fixed every last link on their Web site yet.
  • dado1dado1 Posts: 3
    I have a hunter green '94 LX V6 automatic and I love the way it drives. It has 150K miles on it now and it is still quite peppy though not as much as it used to be.

    A/C compressor is gone and clicking away like mad when the AC is turned on and you can't drive highway speeds when it is hot out with the A/C on or the car will over heat. Driver's side window jams on the way up and down and needs manual assistance, as does the drivers side rear window.
    Rear suspension is out of whack so a decent alignment is impossible and tires are chewed through in no time (Eagle GT 2's expensive). OK so those are the problems and if anyone has any cheap fixes let me know as the dealer wants $350 for the window regulator replacement and $700 for the AC and another $700 for the rear suspension all of which I thought were way too expensive and as this is the family's back up car (or at least will be when our 2002 Odyssey arrives) I didn't bother getting them done.

    OK despite the above and the increasingly expensive service visits I really like this car and the way it handles. I have maintained it very well but have driven it really hard and it has served me very well and is comfortable despite being 6'4" and 240lbs.

    Basically it has really spoiled me. I just test drove a Volvo T-5 and found it so lacking in the low end torque compared to what I have been used to and even tried a BMW 528i wagon and while that was peppy the connection with the road wasn't as good as I feel with the Mazda nor was the visibility. Interior driver space was also an issue.

    Perhaps I have been driving the Mazda for too long and everything else is going to feel strange and lacking in some way.

    Does anyone have any cheap fixes for the above problems and as this is now my car to play with does anyone know of any after market mods like a chip, super charger, exhaust, upgraded brakes, sport suspension kit, etc.

    I saw that CR has this down as one of the cars to avoid, makes me doubt them as other than the issues mentioned above the engine in this car has been really great and trouble free (02 senors did get replaced).

    FWIW I have had no problems with the fuel system to date and have always used 93 octane. I absolutely noticed a difference in performance the one time that I tried a few tanks of 87 and 89.
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    Most serious speed goodies are pitched at the Probe/MX-6 sisters rather than at the 626, but they're out there. The Yahoo! 626 club (registration with Yahoo! but no fee required) is a hotbed of discussion of such things.

    Over on the 626 topic in Maintenance & Repair, you can hear from lots of grieving owners of '94 models.

    There is a detonation sensor in the V6 which permits the use of lower octanes, but, as noted, at a price in performance.

    I'm having trouble imagining what sort of rear-suspension ills would run up a $700 tab, unless it includes replacing four links and both struts.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,148
    Is the dealership the only place you've gotten an estimate from? $700 for AC seems extreme to me (as well as the suspension, as windowphobe mentioned). Go to the junkyard and get that window regulator. This is your car to mess with, so don't be afraid to pull it apart, I say. (well, I'm not talking about anything vital here - just the door or wherever the heck that regulator is.)

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • rponsetirponseti Posts: 35
    I have a '99 626 LX 4cyl. And I'm getting right around 28mpg with about 90% of that highway driving. I have an hour commute each way and it's pretty smooth sailing, not much traffic. Was wondering if this was about the average. I do drive between 75-80mph. I know that doesn't help. Anyone getting better than that?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,148
    hmmm... i would have expected better. do you have a stick or auto. I don't know what others get with the 4-cyl, but I get 25mpg with the 6-cyl and automatic (also an hour commute each way with no traffic). If 28 is normal in the 4, I'm glad I didn't sacrifice the six-cyl in the name of mileage.

    Also, what grade gas you using? I use regular and, supposedly, would get even better mileage with higher grade.

    How many miles are on the car? My '99 definitely got better over time. That 25 number didn't even start happening until I got the odometer over 30K miles or so.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • rponsetirponseti Posts: 35
    I have a '99 626 LX 4cyl. And I'm getting right around 28mpg with about 90% of that highway driving. I have an hour commute each way and it's pretty smooth sailing, not much traffic. Was wondering if this was about the average. I do drive between 75-80mph. I know that doesn't help. Anyone getting better than that?
  • rponsetirponseti Posts: 35
    It's an auto with 58k miles. I also use regular gas. I guess that's about as good as I'm going to get. Just changed the spark plugs and airfilter and not much improvement. Thanks for responding.
  • jmnygaardjmnygaard Posts: 48
    I'm also surprised you don't get better mileage. My '87 (4 cyl, man.) with 136,000 miles gets 30mpg or better. This is mainly highway driving, speeds of 70-75mph, 2000 ft. to sea level and back nearly every day. Do look for the mileage to improve will age.
  • mazdafan1mazdafan1 Posts: 1

    First let me mention to all that your forum has been extremely helpful, thanks! MY question: I have the opportunity to purchase a one owner 2000 Mazda 626 ES V6 automatic with 7200 miles (being sold since unexpected child on the way). It has moonroof, Bose system (with single CD disc slot, leather and the seats have SRS Airbag on them so I assume side airbags. Not sure yet if it has ABS or traction control (wife has to ask her husband who is traveling. For all intent and purposes the car is mint, no faults. The firm price is (non-negotiable) is $16,400 . I would appreciate your feedback on it's value and asking price and any suggestions one may have. Thanks in advance!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,148
    Well, according to the Edmunds pricing, that looks to be about $18K for a certified pre-owned from a dealer. figure that would be about $17K with some haggling. Considering that, $16,400 seems a little high.

    Best thing to do is go over to the Real-World Values board and ask Bill and Terry to give you the trade-in and private sale prices on the car. ABS and traction control will make a difference, but probably not too significant.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • jstandeferjstandefer Posts: 805
    If the front seats have the SRS label on their sides, then the vehicle is also equipped with ABS and traction control. Those three options are all bundled together in a single package and cannot be had seperately.

    The price seems fairly reasonable to me. Edmunds TMV pricing shows an average for a certain area. The question is... how much do you value the vehicle? A brand new 2001 model with the equivalent equipment can be had for about $22,500 with some serious negotiating. This vehicle only has 7,200 miles on it and you are saving over $6,000. Ask yourself... what else can you buy for $16,400? Certainly not a new car as nice as this. You can find a used car for this much, but how often do you run across one with mileage this low? I say go for it!
  • We have the chance to purchase a 2000 Mazda 626 ES with 6700 miles from a dealer(leased vehicle - one owner - a little old lady) for $16,450 out the door.) We've also been looking at 2001 LX's at Carmax for $16,600 (out the door) with about 10K miles. I like the leather seats in the ES, but my husband thinks we should buy the newer vehicle. Any feedback on the different models or which one you think is a better deal? Thanks for any input!
  • jmnygaardjmnygaard Posts: 48
    I would tell the Mazda dealer that you can get a 2001 Camry for ony $150 more than he's offering you the 626 for , and see if he doesn't come down on the price. I'm looking at an ad in the Sunday paper here for a "new" 2000 ES 6cyl with leather, moonroof, Bose CD changer, alloy wheels, all power for $16,977, so the used ES you're being offered seems a little bit over priced.

    Also, you need to consider how long you plan to keep the car. If you want to sell it in a few years, the Camry, even with more miles, will probably be worth more.

    I'm really love my 626, but if the Mazda dealer doesn't come down in price, the Camry might be the better deal.
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