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626 (1979 - 2002) MSRP: $ 16000.00
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Description:
The Mazda 626 is a mid-size model that carries the authority of being fully imported from Japan. Built to a high standard, it is frequently reported by its owners to be trouble free for years on end.

The Mazda 626 is offered as a four-door sedan with 2 engine options; a 2.0-liter, 125-hp 4-cylinder or a 2.5-liter, 170-hp V-6. Also choose between a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. ABS is standard.

The 626 replaced the 616/618 and RX-2 in 1979 and was sold through 2002, when the new Mazda6 took over as Mazda's large family car.

 
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Reviewed by:
jstew


Review Date
May 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
Less than 1 month

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Review 1 of 255 , from Wisconsin

Price Paid:  $10995.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
2002 GLX

Strengths:
Very comfortable and has lots of room. Stereo sounds great. Easy handling and performance. Interior is decently stylish.

Weaknesses:
Not very quick off the stop.

Summary:
Sharp looking car, I've not had it long but it runs great and quietly too.

Similar Products Used:
1994 Geo Prism



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Reviewed by:
BLANCH


Review Date
September 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Value Rating
 1 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.43 of 5, 7.00 votes

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Review 2 of 255

Price Paid:  $15995.00 from HERTRICHS

Year / Model Reviewed:
2001 626 ESLX

Strengths:
DEALERSHIP

Weaknesses:
MAZDA,ROTORS BRAKE EMERGENCY BRAKE

Summary:
THIS CAR HAS NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS i AM ON THE 6TH SET OF ROTORS IN A YEAR,NOT TO MENTION TWO SET OF CALIPERS I CALL THE COMPANY WITH NO AVAIL DONT EVER BUY ANOTHER ONE

Similar Products Used:
FORF TAURAS



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Reviewed by:
Hal


Review Date
July 8, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
Less than 1 month

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5.00 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Review 3 of 255 , from Chicago, IL, US

Price Paid:  $14000.00

Year / Model Reviewed:
2001 /626 LX 4cyl

Strengths:
good quality, good & responsive handling, roomy, pleasant looking, comes standard with all the nifty stuffs.

Weaknesses:
ABS & side-impact airbag is not standard, pricy if without the discounts, 4 cyl.

Summary:
I was looking for a new to 1-yr-old mid-size & down. The order of importance for me is comfort (driving & interior room), price, mpg, and power. All else being equal, I would sacrifice comfort a bit for something doesn't look like one of those zillions of Taurus & Accord on the road. Test-drove 626 LX4, Camry 4cyl, Taurus, Accord DX4, Civic, Focus SE. Bought the 626.

The 626 is the only stick & I find it fun to drive. Everything feels right and the steering is precise. 4 cyl is lacking in power during stop-and-go suburb driving but a stick allows me to ramp up the RPM at low gear when I feel like it. Highway driving is smooth and quiet - the main noise is the low hum from the engine, which is fine for me but others may want something quieter. The factory tires are Brigestone Turanza and have quite a bit of grip.

The exterior looks great, has a somewhat up-scale look but also a down-to-earth, natural feel in it. The car stands out among the countless Taurus/Accord but it is not deliberately flashy. The interior is roomy and comfortable - I specifically pay attention to the size of the interior when choosing a car because, while I am 5'5, my brother is a 6-feet-tall basketball player. Some reportedly have problem backing because of the low-front-end design but I found no problem and can see blind spots clearly and easily as well. Some other nitty-gritty stuffs that are great: standard AM/FM/CD, oscillating vents, 60/40 fold down rare seat with fold down armrest, big trunk.

If they were the same price, I would have chosen the Camry, which accelerates faster and is quieter. At the time, though, the price tag for the 626 I test-drove was way below invoice even after consumer rebate. Looks like the dealer have got a huge factory rebate/incentive not listed in the consumers report, maybe because not many people in the suburb would consider a stick. The car has only 7 miles on it when I test-drove it (added 30 doing that).

Overall, it's a great car, fun to drive (especially if you get the V6), comfortable, roomy, doesn't look like "one of those" on the road, and doesn't look deliberately flashy either.

Similar Products Used:
Handling: Good-Camry 4, 626 LX4; Fair-Accord DX4, Taurus, Focus SE, Civic
Driving comfort: Camry 4, Taurus, 626 LX4, Accord DX4, Civic, Focus SE
Noise: Quiet-Camry 4, Taurus; Fair-626 LX4, Accord DX4; Noisy-Civic, Focus SE
Interior room: Taurus, Camry 4, 626 LX4, Accord DX4, Focus SE, Civic
Exterior look: Focus SE, 626 LX4, Camry 4, Taurus, Accord DX4, Civic



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Reviewed by:
Yvette


Review Date
July 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Review 4 of 255 , from El Paso, Tx

Price Paid:  $10995.00 from local dealer

Strengths:
Ergonomical very comfortable picks up speed fairly quickly

Weaknesses:
none as of yet

Summary:
I love to zoom,zoom,zoom. I own a 2000, 626 and absolutely love it. The rev of the engine and the smooth driving makes a typical route a little more exciting. I enjoy every minute I get to drive it.

Similar Products Used:
Nissan Altima



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Reviewed by:
wvjimbo


Review Date
May 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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5.00 of 5, 6.00 votes

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Review 5 of 255 , from Charleston, WV

Price Paid:  $15900.00 from Lester Raines

Year / Model Reviewed:
2000 626 V6 LX manual

Strengths:
Price, acceleration, availability of manual transmissions, high level of options with LX (a/c, cruise, AM/FM CD w/ good speakers, remote door and trunk entry), nice center flip down console in back seat (my kids love it)

Weaknesses:
Drivers seat is so-so, styling is bland, rough coasting in first gear, no door lock control on passenger side, gas mileage less than rated (I get 22 mpg city or highway, but I have a winddragging bike rack on top)

Summary:
The best buy in V-6 Japanese sedans. The Maxima is a better car, but not $6-9000 better. The 165-170 (depending on exhaust system) horsepower on the V-6 provides plenty of acceleration with a car this weight. Mazda makes plenty of these with manual transmissions, whereas it''''s not available at all with a V-6 and a manual on an Accord, and is hard to find with similarly configured Camrys and Maximas.



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