"its a decent car for being 14 yrs old ofcouse its going through its repairs but the cost of repair is definitely doable i just switched the timing belt, water pump, headgasket, belts, seals, a radiator flush the alternator and a new battery all for 700 bucks.."
Pros: "fun to drive, comfortable, folding down seats."
Cons: "no cup holders in back seat, lifter noise."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this car for several years, I purchased it with 135000 miles and have driven it up to 180000 miles It has a 5 speed manual transmission and has been fun to drive, It used to get close to 35 miles to the gallon, however lately Ive been getting closer to 31 mpg. Also lifter noise has become a bit of a problem. but beyond the noise the car still runs great. This car is also good for moving large objects, The back seats fold down and enable you to get surprisingly large things in the car. I have transported, windows, doors, and 10 foot boards in this car with the trunk closed."
"motor mounts wear out early (50,000 mi.) CVC joints (boots broke and replace all) Car shakes in idle, converters are expensive and it has two one on the manifold that cost $160 and one on the exhaust that is around $60. The Autotran. was jumping at start and shift itself from low to high gear, jerk, jerk, found to be a loose wire in tran panel under diff. somewhere. Repair was $160 (cheap) but never was the same. Just a run around town short distance car. When starting car it made a clank sound as if the flywheel was loose. Spent too much for repairs from 1998 to 2005. Should have dumped it after 3 years or earlier. Paint cracked on hood after 2yrs. interior held up really good but only one driver."
"Excellent vehicle. I've had the 95 626LX 5spd. since 1997. Great gas mileage (32-36 Highway) Closer to 30MPG around town. No major mechanical issues. Replaced routine parts - struts, brake pads, tires, plugs, timing belt, etc. Only complaint is leaking roof near windshield."
"I bought my 97 Mazda 626 used in 2002. It came with a few dents but in overall decent condition. To this day, there has only been minor cracking of paint , otherwise, the exterior has kept it's shine and looks good. I've only had one issue with the engine which was a leaking radiator. Other than that, the engine is top notch and zippy (yes, the "Zoom,Zoom" applies!). The only drawback is that it's tough to keep the interior maintained. It easily gets dirty and some of the plastics (footboard, etc) have come loose. All in all this is an excellent car to buy used."