"i own this car for a little over 4 years and i can safely say that this is the best, worry free car one can buy for the money. i bough it used with about 8500 miles on it and now i have about 89000 miles on it and, other than brake work, i didnt spend any money on any out-of-schedule maintainance. I only have two problems with this car, one it is really under powered. 2 litre engine with 125 hp for a car that wieghs about 4000 lbs? naw, not good. also there is a little drumming noise coming from the rear struts but according to mazda and my mechanic, thats nothing to worry about. something common in most of 626. But over all i will recommend this car to anyone. great everyday commute vehicle."
"We've owned our 2000 Mazda 9626 for 10 years. We bought it used with 15k miles on it. It has mostly minor repairs done to it, except when a repair shop didn't replace the oil plug after an oil change and fried the engine, so it has a newer engine in it (they replaced at their cost). Once it hit about 100k miles, we noticed a rough vibration when it's at a stop and the air conditioner is going, but we put it in neutral and the vibration stops so we're assuming it's a motor mount problem these cars are known for, but we're told it's a inexpensive fix as long as it's addressed sooner than later. Overall, it's been a reliable vehicle, comfortable enough to drive in. We plan on selling it to our niece as we move on to another newer car so she can have a reliable vehicle as her 2nd stepping stone car. Highly recommend this car unless you need a lot of sitting room in the back and storage, although trunk is good sized."
"I have owned this car for 7 years since it had 14K miles (repo) and now it has 105K miles. This has been a very dependable car for me. There are a few things that I have had issues with, but they really aren't a big deal. For example the vents stop swinging every now and then and you can't move them manually. ALso, the moonroof broke several years ago and I barely used it before that. As far as mechanical issues, the transmission does jerk every now and then and about once a year it decides that it won't go in reverse. All you have to do is turn off the car and turn it back on and it works fine. Other than that, just a few minor repairs. I would definitely own another Mazda."