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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 355 Ratings for the 1998 - 2002 models.

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

Best car I ever owned.

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,091

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reliable, good handling"

Cons: "Needs premium gas to get it to run at peak."

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

"I bought this car new in 2000 and it served me very reliably. When I bought it, both engine and tranny came from Japan. Previous years were Ford transmissions, and had reported problems, but not this combo. The only time it didn't start on one turn was is 2010 on the ORIGINAL BATTERY. Replaced it and zoom zoom. Finally upgraded at the end of 2014. Handling is better than a Honda or Accord of the same year but can't match my current car, an A4. Nothing more than expected maintenance (and yes, expect some service with a car with 150K on it). Engine still purrs. Only really disappointing issue are leaky valve cover gaskets (common on this engine) and because of the design, expensive to replace. (One is under the fuel injection system.) 14 years of loyal service - excellent value."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Don't even think about buying...

By on Monday, April 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,738

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Drives nice, when it actually runs."

Cons: "It's dead in a garage more often than it runs."

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

"This car has had so many issues in the six years my dad and I have owned it. First off, the coolant system leaks, so you get overheating issues. We have replaced the water pump four times in six years, and it has had electrical problems the whole time. When I want headlights I have to pop the hood, get out, and actually wiggle the bulb around to make the driver's side turn on. We've dropped more money than the car is worth thinking this problem will be the last, then 300 miles later theres another major issue. In the past six months we've had to replace the water pump, both drive shafts, fix three different leaks in the coolant system and now replace the fuel pump. It's been towed three times since I started school in the fall, and unless you have AAA this would be very costly. It's just not worth it."

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Soilid as can be

By on Monday, February 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid with at least 100000 miles left to go, easy."

Cons: "Trunk won't close."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

I thought you add more than one photo ... I've got more - just ask.

"I've had this car since '99 and love it. One of the most trustworthy I've ever owned - up there with my late Volvo, but much cheaper to maintain. I was rear-ended last year in a 'hit and run:' The offender took off before I could get his plate. I have it insured for the minimum, so USAA couldn't cover the fix for me. The body repair estimate came up at $850 which, for the value of the car, chose not to have done.The trunk itself ha a dent right in the middle which prevents it from locking - it closes almost completely, but kept it tapped down ever since the accident Mechnicaly, this car been well maintained, all its records are in order, etc. The brake pads had to changed out once but that was it."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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smooth and very reliable

By on Monday, February 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "VERY easy to drive. Great learner car."

Cons: "Not so cute inside interior. Looks a little grany"

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

"This 1999 Mazda 626 LX has given me little to no mechanical problems. It has really only cost me oil and tire changes, and just keeps starting up every day! Its not a powerful car (4cyl) so I have always driven it nice and easy, especially up any hills. This and all Mazdas I would recommend ! Also, I like that there are no blind spots anywhere."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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."

5 people out of 11 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."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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