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Mazda 626



  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hmm, I wonder if they tell that "little old lady" story to customers about all their cars. I wouldn't buy their story or the car.

  • nzigmanzigma Posts: 13
    Hi... I'm looking purchasing either, approx 30,000 miles from a dealership. The cost...approx 10,400 for the LX and 11,000 for the ES. Any thoughts about these pricing levels, with both cars being lease returns. I've heard that certain older 626s have transmission problems and that there is a huge repair bill if the timing belt snaps in these cars. Can anyone profer some advise ? Thanks
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I love when they use those lines... what a joke. It reminds me of the ones they sell as manufacturer owned. Those probably see less maintenance and get more abuse than rental vehicles.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Sam: V6 all the way. V6 has more power, is still fuel efficient, and the tranny is problem-free.

  • johnlwjohnlw Posts: 28
    I posted this on the 626 Troubles Board, and if you will indulge me, I would like to post it here as well to get information.

    Our 1998 626, 4 cyl. auto is about to run out of warranty--end of August. It has been mainly driven by my wife.

    It has about 36,000 miles. I have changed the oil every 5000, did the 30,000 mile service on schedule, and have had the transmission replaced under warranty. I believe the new tranny to be rebuilt.

    I wonder whether to cut my losses now, and trade it in while I can get something for it. The car is nice, sunroof, alloy wheels, roomy, clean. We have garage kept it, polished the paint like new.

    So why trade it in? BECAUSE OF THE STUPID FORD TRANSMISSION! (sorry) I think I can get $10,000 or so. I paid around $18,000, so I will lose money. I am afraid it will need more transmissions.

    Has anyone had a positive experience with this car and transmision? What % fail? We thought it slipped again the other day, but no. We have had three Mazda's in the past twenty years, two have been good cars. Next time we'll get a Honda.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587

    Just don't get a Ford, get a real, pure Mazda. Any V6 model will be fine, or any manual trans.

    Trade yours for a same-year V6, and you won't regret it. I bet it would cost next to nothing to do that.

  • bj02176bj02176 Posts: 115
    I agree this is a pretty good car with the 6, I have a 2001, it does everything as well as my 1999 vw passat 1.8, better, that VW engine sucks, severe hesitation when bolting across intersections Really needed 91 or 93, this 626 is pretty good on 89 and even good on 87. As I keep saying other then the creaking windows no problems. I just don't like sitting this low, however this is such a reliable car at 5000 miles who cares.
  • skibry1skibry1 Posts: 174
    I agree this a pretty good car with the clutch.
    130 horses under the hood I'm enjoying 30mpgs.
    I,ve yet to empty a tank in one cruise at highway
    speed. We're zoom/zoomin' to the sunshine state
    so we'll get some real life numbers.
  • jstandeferjstandefer Posts: 805
    This last Friday I almost traded in my 1999 Protege ES for a lease on a 2001 626 ES-V6 5-spd! However, it seems I have another year to go on my loan to catch up with depreciation. That's too bad because what a car that 626 is! The V6/5-spd combo is amazingly quick and smooth!! Plus, with the dealership selling it for $19.5k after discounts and rebates, it was a heck of a deal!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That is a deal. I think prices have actually gone down since we bought ours, despite inflation. That's pretty extraordinary.

  • cpanzacpanza Posts: 3
    I am in the final stages of purchasing a 2001 626 lx model with auto trans, luxuary pac, rear spoiler, cargo net. The sticker on the car is $21,080. At this point I am getting the car at $17,900 + tax/tags. Should I take it or hold out for a better deal?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    If that is brand-spankin' new, then that's not a bad deal. Is that the V6?

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

  • cpanzacpanza Posts: 3
    No, not a V-6 a 4 cyl. Is that something I should jump on?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    The 6 is a HUGE plus in the resale column (another $1,000 trade-in value on my '99). If that deal was on a V6, I'd be all over it. As it stands, I don't think its an incredible bargain. Its not a bad deal, but not worthy of "jumping on" methinks.

    Sorry, I hope this advice isn't too late.

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

  • jstandeferjstandefer Posts: 805
    Well, it appears Mazda is giving the luxury package for free now. So, here's how it should break down for this car:

    $20,445 MSRP + Destination
    -$2,500 Factory Rebate
    $17,945 MSRP Minus Factory Rebate

    Invoice on this vehicle is $18,780. That means that the dealer is making a $1,620 profit.

    $18,780 Invoice + Destination
    -$2,500 Factory Rebate
    $16,280 Invoice After Rebate

    '$17,900 Selling Price
    -$16,280 Invoice After Rebate
    ..$1,620 Net Profit

    That would be too much of a profit. A fair profit should be between $400-$700 over invoice.

    I have not confirmed that the luxury package is free. Both Mazda's and MSN's Carpoint's website show a $0 charge for the luxury package on the LX 4-cyl. If this is true, it may only be for certain regions (I'm in San Diego). If this discount does apply in your area, the sticker price on the vehicle probably shows a charge for the luxury package because it was printed before this discount was started. However, the manufacturer will apply an extra cash incentive for the dealer to cover the discount.

    If you haven't made the purchase yet, I would give Mazda's customer service a call and check with them.

  • cpanzacpanza Posts: 3
    I did receive the Lux package free off the sticker so the 21,080 I believe excluded that but it included Auto Trans ($800), Cargo Net, Moon Roof Defl. They are adding a real spoiler.

    My final deal was as follows:

    $17,750 price of car

    * I opted for the $1,750 rebate off the sticker rather than the 4.9% financing (ended up with 6.9% locally). I thought I had a good deal, I knew their profit was a little high because I could not account for $500 or so after the 4% profit I had alotted.

    I guess I need someone to tell me, Good deal, Ok deal, Bad deal....I was afrid, maybe for nothing that the Lux package (for free) would dry up but I really do not know.

    Thanks for the Info and advise.
  • jstandeferjstandefer Posts: 805
    OK... When the dealer installs the rear spoiler, it is considerably more expensive than the factory-installed spoiler. Are they adding the moonroof deflector at the dealership as well? Those two probably account for the extra money. It looks like a pretty good deal.
  • jiansbondjiansbond Posts: 1
    I need some help ! I bought a 98 Mazda 626 Lx about 90 days ago. However I have found a big problem with it and I just want to know if all mazda 626 have this problems or is it just mine ?
    The problem is the transmision, the whole car shakes when its trying to shift from one gear to another(Although this doesn't not happen everytime but its does occur very frequently and especially when I have made a full stop and accelerates on a slight hill or trying to acceletae fast E.G emerging onto highways etc.

    Can anyone help me ? anyone know what what the problem is ?


  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's the Ford CD4E transmission for you. Hard to believe how consistently owners complain about those. Seriously.

    I'd have the ATF flushed. They can hook it up to a machine that completely flushes out the old fluid. Should be $60 to $80 or so, and it might help.

    If you're concerned about the long-term, I'd trade up for a V6 model, which uses a proper Mazda tranny.

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    There's no problem. The 626 4cyl automatic comes with the grenade feature. Simply pull the pin and the thing goes poof. You didn't pull the pin did you?

    This board is riddled with opinions against the 4cyl automatic so if you bought the vehicle knowing such, shame on you. Otherwise, I feel very sorry for you and hope you have an extra $2k to dish out. Once you get the new trans, install an auxiliary trans oil cooler and this will prolong the life of the next trans.

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