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Mazda 626



  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    Runs $430 out here in the flyover zone.

    I'm one of those people who changes tranny fluid and green coolant every two years (although my current 626 has the orange stuff), but then that's just me.
  • Went to visit my dad for Father's Day and while there, had to move his 626. I was amazed to see that the car had 499,689 miles on it. Does anyone have a Mazda with more miles? I'm just curious!
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    What year is this 626? (The highest mileage I'd heard of up until now was about 350k.)
  • mrdetailermrdetailer Posts: 1,118
    Be grateful your dealer is willing to be agressive in his service checkups. My son's service guy just followed the regular schedule on the Tranny fluid -- inspect. Well what was fine at 30,000 is not fine at 60,000. Based on his experience I would immediately flush out the fluid on your transmission, and put in sythetic and add lubegard. see

    At least give your tranny a fighting chance. I now have lubeguard in a transmission that was damaged in a wreck and it smoothed it right out. I have gone 40,000 since then. Replacing other fluids like brake and power steering also is a cheap way to avoid expensive repairs later on.

    I learned the hard expensive way that it is much better to spend some money on maintenence, rather than a full repair later.
  • Windowphobe6 - The 626 is a 1987... and it has now passed the 1/2 a million mile mark. I wonder what kind of trade in value it has??? Maybe Mazda would like to buy it!
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    No doubt it would bring only a pittance from a dealership, but I'm pretty sure Mazda USA would like to hear about it, if only because they're weary of hearing about tranny failures on '94s and could stand some good news for once.

    At the very least, the owner should write it up for My Mazda, or whatever they're calling that page these days.
  • cali01cali01 Posts: 1
    Considering buying an 626 LX hatchback 134k miles. Great interior and appearance. Any probs with this make and year?
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    The last of the second generation, they're mostly pretty nice, although I'm leery of the automatic - this was Mazda's first G4A-EL 4-speed, and it was totally revamped for 1988, so if you need repairs, you'll have to come up with a whole bunch of '87-only parts. The sticks are fine. The engine is a nicely square 2.0 with fuel injection, though I believe it predates HLAs, in which case you can expect an occasional valve adjustment (every three years or so).
  • My brandnew (june 2001) Mazda 626 1.8i hesitates.
    Milage: 1500miles/2300km
    It slightly accellerates end deacellerates.
    As if my foot is nervously trembling on the gas pedal.
    Several MAZDA dealers told me:
    all new injection cars have it,
    and they can't do anything about it.
    Will be over after 15000km.
    Anyone similar experience?
    Does it really get over? When?

    Pls mail to:
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Unfortunately, most of us on this board are in North America and do not have the 1.8 like the European 626. I have not heard of the same issue on the 2.0L.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Update on my valve ticking - I changed the oil last week and it did quiet down a bit. The old oil was pretty dark - worst I had ever let it get, actually.

    I went with Dino 10w30 and the valve tapping is less noticeable. I had used 10w40 last time (not much different, really). It's summer so I didn't want to go with 5w20.

  • jmnygaardjmnygaard Posts: 48
    I'm driving an '87 626 with 136,000 miles on it. I love this car, but need something with 4 doors and air bags, etc., now that I'm a mom. When I bought this car, everyone else was talking about the Camry and Accord. It seems it's still that way. Does any one have an '01 626? (I want a standard.) Any problems? How does it compare to the Camry and Accord? When I bought the 626, I thought I got more for my money than the other two offered.
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    (Paging Mr Kubrick...)

    cprentice mentioned having a 2001 626, and there are a couple of us with the very-much-similar-but-slightly-older 2000 model.
  • tdreotdreo Posts: 17

    I bought a 2001 LX 4 cylinder automatic in February. This is my fourth Mazda and I like the car. I have had only a few minor problems with it. The only complaint is that I get an oil smell sometimes. The dealer did some "repairs" to correct the problem but it's still there. It's going back (again) the week after next for this problem. You know, if there is a car on the lot with even one problem I'll be the guy who picks it!
    A few small things that I don't like, there is no power lock switch on the passenger control panel, the clock is part of the CD player and there is no dash indicator for the auto transmission gear. Since you want a manual the last item won't be a issue for you.
    As for the Camry or Accord, I like the Camry although you'll pay a bunch more to get the same equipment. The Accord is a different story, I sold my '92 to get the 626. I had a bunch of trouble with it and this stopped me from considering a Honda again. Hope I didn't ramble too much!

  • jmnygaardjmnygaard Posts: 48
    Thanks, Tony!
  • bj02176bj02176 Posts: 115
    I have a new 2001 626 v6 auto with the 16 inch wheel upgrade. No problems except creaky front windows, not a big deal to me. Gas mileage is as indicated at this point (4000 miles) Handling and bracking is excellent. With it's standard tires it is not that good in snow, also tends to hydro in severe rain. Acceleration and highway passing is very good. Fit and finish is also excellent. I traded a 2001 Tribute, a real crap car, after 5000 miles. I got tired of running back and forth to the dealer for various problems. Have yet to go back to the dealer. It is certainly better then my last accord, a 1998 ex model. The only complaint I have is that the riding position seems to be lower then most cars on the highway, very tough to get use to after coming from a so called "SUV".
  • windowphobe6windowphobe6 Posts: 765
    This has been mentioned a couple of times before, and since I've not noticed any particular tendency to do this in my car, which was actually pretty darn good in what snow we had last winter (maximum depth maybe five inches through the worst drifts), I'm wondering if maybe I've got different tires from the rest of you - Bridgestone Turanza EL41, P205/60R15 90H in my case - or if I've simply managed to avoid the worst-case scenarios up to now.

    (Potential side issue: I run 34/30 on tire pressure, slightly above Mazda's recommendation.)
  • rponsetirponseti Posts: 35
    I have '99 626 4cyl. automatic. It's been great so far. (58k miles) I was wonder if anyone knows of place, besides the dealer, to get factory floor mats. You know, the ones with MAZDA imprinted on them. Just looking to save a few bucks if possible. Thanks.
  • tdreotdreo Posts: 17

    Look under parts.

    They sell mail order and have the 626 mat set for about $55.


  • 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: 21,984
    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.)

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • 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?
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