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By dave235 (OH) 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."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful
By Jim37015 (TN) 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."
14 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By NeveraMazda (UT) on Saturday, February 02, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks great, Great gas milage, Drives nice"
Cons: "Poorly made, Always repairs to be made"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"The car was in pristine condition and has been well maintained and garaged keeps for the life of the car. In the past year we have replaced the tramsmission, intake manifold gasket, spark plugs and wires, mass airflow sensor, timing belt,accessory belts, water pump, thermostat, tires, brakes, and now the alternator went out and the transmission fluid is now leaking. This has been a nightmare. I'm sad to say this experience has caused me to have such a negative opinion; I will never ever own another Ford/Mazda."
4 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Michael (PA) on Friday, November 23, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Smooth, Comfortable, Reliable"
Cons: "No ZOOM ZOOM, Headlights fog up"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Bought second handed and put about 20k miles on it, so far no issues. Car is very cheap to maintain and has very comfortable seats. Aftermarket stereos installed do not fit as well as in other cars that I have installed. My manual transmission with the 4 cylinder has no power going up hills, but easily gets around ~30mpg ( with replaced fuel filter and k&n high flow air filter ). For an older car it handles very well around corners, typical of Mazda's. Also moving air-vents! My only Con is no ZOOM-ZOOM."
8 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Misho (AZ) on Monday, November 12, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "very reliable, enjoyable to drive, great on gas!"
Cons: "There is nothing I do not like about this car"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought it with over a hundred thousand miles on it, and it has never given me any issues. Air conditioning still works, power windows and door locks all still function. Great gas mileage, on the freeway it easily gets 35-38 MPG, impressive for such an old car. The clutch is just now starting to give us some problems but this car has almost 200000 miles on it. Great car, I would recommend it to anyone."
9 people out of 10 found this review helpful