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By Mazda Fan on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 237,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great handleing, hugs the road!"
Cons: "no rear passenger cup holders,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought this car previously owned at 180,000 miles. I've had it for about 5 years and it has around 237,000 miles on it now! It's never left me stranded, and even kept control once when I blew a tire on a highway!! Little to no rust which is amazing considering the salty conditions of our roads in the winter in NY. Overall this is an amazing car and it's definitely made me into the Mazda fanatic I am today! Will definitely be a Mazda owner for many years to come!"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Brett on Monday, January 06, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: unrepairable damage
Pros: "Fast, reliable, powerful, accommodating, nimble"
Cons: "starter is hard to reach, cramped under the hood"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"After having owned this car as my first car for three years, my review is distinctly positive. the chassis is very maneuverable however there is a bit of body roll. It runs smooth and if you want to get on the gas, the acceleration is good for this type of vehicle (lx, cruising, family, commuter etc.). I was very rough on the car, I drove it fast and hard. The repairs that were necessary were conducive of my driving habits (control arms, joints etc). It only tapped out after rust damage from the winter here in NY."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Rick James on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 151,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"good car....saves lots of gas. all in all . a descent car."
By dave235 on Friday, June 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks, feel, reliability"
Cons: "None, really."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought my 626 four years ago with about 100k miles, and have driven it to 190k. It is now in the repair shop, having thrown a rod that punctured the engine block. Until this point, it had been extremely reliable, having needed mostly just routine repairs or those expected with age: A worn front wheel bearing, split boots on half shafts, a broken timing belt at 160k miles, warped front brake disks. It is a beautiful and graceful design inside and out, ergonomically well laid out, very easy and pleasant to drive. All controls and interior parts are still attached, nothing has fallen off yet. The leather of the seats is a little stiff and slick, but durable, still looking great in its old age. Even though I live where roads are lasted in the winter, there is not yet any visible rust. I still love to climb in and drive it away. Though it is a heavy midsized car at 4000 pounds, the 2.5L V6 gives it good acceleration AND good mileage, 24MPG combined and 27 on freeway with a 5-speed manual transmission. Ride is smooth, cornering is sharp, steering is easy, crisp, and precise. The only driving issue is that it's too easy to chirp the front tires on starting and to skid while braking (Mine has no ABS). This may be due to a poor choice of tires on my part: I got the hard-compound 80,000-mile variety rather than tires optimized more for sticky handling. All in all, I love this car better than any other I have owned, making for a difficult decision whether to replace the engine or the car."
12 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Jim37015 on Saturday, April 13, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 197,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cheap on gas,low maintenance,comfy,dependable"
Cons: "Rotten Ford Tranmission, shame too."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Its the only killer of this car. I bought it used and had the timing belt changed out($525). Drove it all over and out of town and got great gas mileage. The only downfall I found so far is a major one is that Mazda let Ford do the transmission. Now its not wanting to hit OD. I found out on the web if you own this car and are not having any trans problems get a trans cooler asap. The transmission was too small for this car and over heats. They can be had for less than $50 and can save a ton of money in parts and labor. As we all know if the transmission is broke, your looking at anywhere from $500-$850 and most of that is labor at $65-$75 an hour,maybe more with todays crooked repair shops since everything cost a suspiciously minimum of $500."
21 people out of 22 found this review helpful