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1998 Mazda 626

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 19/Hwy 26/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: United States

1998 Mazda 626 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.4
Out of 10

Based on 351 Ratings for the 1998 - 2002 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    7.9/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.0/10

Great Commuter Car

By on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great visibility, great seats, good punch (V6)"

Cons: "MPG is at best average"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car from my grandmother over a year ago right before I started working full time, traveling 40 miles daily. Great car to commute in. Not especially quiet, but can cruise all day long. The seats are the best part of the car, I have never had such comfortable seats in a vehicle although this is the ES V6 with leather seats (cannot say for the cloth versions). The A/C works well enough though if you are not moving its not as effective. Very smooth car with the V6. A little loud on the highway but with a four speed automatic what do you expect. Mileage is ok, I get around 20-25 depending on how much city driving I have been doing vs. highway driving. The interior is nice but nothing note worthy. I have the Bose sound system which is great for how old the car is but the only way for my ipod to play is through the 12 volt adapter with a fm transmitter which leads to static coming through. If you are an audiophile it would be best to replace the system to access ipod like sources. CDs work great if you still have them (single disk slot though). Traction control works great for winter driving. We had a bit of ice last winter that was trouble some but the car doesn't slide much and stays on track. Now for what's gone wrong. Nothing major really so far considering it has ~50,000 miles. There was a leak in the coolant reservoir that had to be taken care of, and I have replaced the gauge lights that work the speedo and tach etc. I only did the big lights but there are also 14 small ones which I did not replace but a few of those went out soon after and I will have to replace though eventually. The big problem I have right now is a valve cover gasket leak that is slowly loosing oil (but compared to cars with >190,000 miles it's hardly anything) but it burns off on the exhaust right below and makes the car smell horrible but only at idle. It's a $500 fix from my local firestone that I need to get around to getting it done. Not great but I understand that this stuff happens. Not exciting car to drive at all, but the V6 has a bit of punch when pushed, but as I said before it drives smoothly for being a main stream midsize car."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

VERY NICE CAR ALL AROUND

By on Friday, October 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 147,950

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "NICE AND ROOMIE"

Cons: "NO SUNROOF"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I DRIVEN THIS CAR ALL OVER AND ITS BEEN A GOOD CAR TO ME. OIL CHANGES AND THE LIKE NOTHING MAJOR. GREAT MAZDA CAR."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

has been reliable,very few repairs, no accidents

By on Thursday, October 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 161,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "good ride good milage for a six cyl. large trunk"

Cons: "radio nobs missing. will need car mats."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Has been a reliable vehicle. Loved it when it was new. Radio nobs are missing but it works and sounds good. Right front signal light lens missing and light needs to change.(hit traffic cone) leather interior(gray) intact. Headlight lenses are a bit foggy from age. No dents,some minor scratches. White with gray leather interior."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

The Mazda!

By on Monday, September 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 153,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "She rips!"

Cons: "Just kidding she doesnt rip."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Owned it since 100k, currently has 153k on it. Perfectly good teenager car if you dont mind above average upkeep/small problems. Gas mileage isnt something to brag about but it good be worse. Comfortable car, dont hesitate to buy if you get the right price!"

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great price performer

By on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 153,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price/performance, sporty look and feel."

Cons: "A few reliability issues (e.g. Security System)."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This has been a great car. The 626 ES came with all the creature comforts (leather seats, power seat, CD, 6-way speakers, moon roof), with a sticker price of only $24K, but had a $2K rebate at the time. V6 engine was very sporty, great pickup, but decent gas mileage. Aluminum wheels, and design gave it a sporty look and feel, but the 4 door still made it practical for hauling kids (and then became the extra car for them to share). The only detractor was some funky issues that arose with the security system, where if the car stalled, it would disable the engine for a couple hours. I discovered cleaning the fuel injector avoided the stalling problem (which then cured the security system issue... but took a while to come to that conclusion!)."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

best vehicle ever

By on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 251,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this car was giving to me as a graduation gift in 2007 it is now 2014 and it is still running no problems as long as you do your regular maintenance. this car takes me every where I need to go!!! I have been up and down east cost with my mazdA!! It has never let me down!!!"

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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