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By fanstrap on Friday, September 05, 2008
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
"This car has taken me far. Better than average dependablity with mostly highway driving but unusual repair issues. Between 90-100k miles required both front axles to be replaced. Alternator conked out at about the same time and timing belt was an expensive piece of prevetitive maintenance. Overall though, much more dependable than any domestic car I've bought. It is fun to drive and really hugs the curves. Gas mileage is quite favorable especially on the highway. (over 30 mpg) The trunk is huge and the ride is nice. Moonroof is a must. A/C is nice w/ extra osculating vent in middle of dash. Rearview mirror with temp & compas is nice but does rattle. Lots of nice storage spaces placement of a/c plug ins for phone & navigation. I would buy another one like it!"
15 people out of 15 found this review helpful
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."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By anonymous on Thursday, December 06, 2007
overall rating 1 of 10rating details
"I have a 1999 automatic and it is the worst car I've ever owned, a money pit. Mazda put a Ford motor in the car that is too small for it's body. The result is transmission failures that could have been avoided. The car should be recalled and everyone who owns one should be reimbursed for the thousands of dollars in repair bills this lemon incurs. I will never buy another Ford or Mazda again under any circumstances."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful