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#2276 of 2547 2001 626 V6 oil burning problem
Mar 23, 2007 (9:20 am)
I bought this car last year with only 32K miles on it. One of the first things I noticed was blue smoke when starting it after not being run for a few days. I talked with my local service guy (mazda dealer service writer); he said this was very unusual for this engine. He suggested that I put Mobil 1 (10w-30) in it and see if that helps. Well, it does seem to have helped. But, it still seems to go through more oil than I'm used to for a car with only 44K miles (current mileage). My questions are: 1) Do any of you readers have experience with the V6 burning oil at low mileage? 2) In all respects, the car seems to have been well taken care of by the original owner, but could they have really screwed up the engine by not changing oil or ??, and 3) Do any of you have trouble determining the oil level in this engine on the dipstick? When I change the oil I put in exactly what the owner's manual says to put in, which is 3.9 quarts. But, after putting in 3.9 quarts the oil level on the dipstick is below the add line. Whats up with that?
#2277 of 2547 Front hub bearing, 1997 Mazda 626
Mar 25, 2007 (2:19 pm)
How hard is it to change the front hub bearing (driver's side) on a 1997 626 with 5 speed? The bearning has been noisy, now it sounds like a 747 is flying above me. Thanks for any advice
#2278 of 2547 Steering Problem
Apr 04, 2007 (6:43 am)
My 1995 626, auto trans, 2.0 is such a chore to turn. backing out of the drive way is terrible. I do not know what I need to do to fix the problem. The axle is not bent but the tires sometimes rub against the fender and thats what is causing the problems. What do you suppose it is that I need to fix to be able to turn correctly with ease again? Arms,driveshaft,alignment?
#2279 of 2547 Re: 2001 626 V6 oil burning problem [joellein]
Apr 05, 2007 (5:58 am)
I have a '99 ES V6 with almost 170k miles on it. The car has always used a little oil since I bought it new. Not excessive by any definition, but between 3k oil changes, the oil level would come down from "FULL" on the mark to 3/4 way down to the lower line. So about 3/4 of a quart per 3k miles. I change oil every 3k miles and usually I do not need to add oil between changes, but the oil level will be pretty close to he low mark by the time oil is changed. The oil usage has not gotten any worse since new and I do not see any blue smoke coming out of the exhaust upon cold startup, which means that the valve seals are still good. Mazda says that minor oil usage like this is normal for these cars.
You need to make sure that the car is parked level when you check the oil level because you can get really erroneous readings when the car is parked even on a very mild incline. BTW, it takes 4 quarts of oil to refill the crankcase (with a new filter).
#2280 of 2547 Re: Steering Problem [philj57]
Apr 05, 2007 (6:02 am)
First, do you have the OEM size tires/wheels on the car? Oversize rims and tires can cause these problems. Your alignment, especially the front toe setting would have to be grossly out of spec to have this happen.
#2281 of 2547 Re: 2001 626 V6 oil burning problem [p100]
Apr 05, 2007 (6:27 am)
Thanks for the information. I've about decided to just live with what seems to be excessive oil usage since the car runs so good. And with only 45K miles it should have many more years of good running as long as I check the oil frequently. I know this is anecdotal, but my son has a '96 MX6 with the 2.5 liter V6 and it doesn't use any oil between changes (currently with 85K). He also uses Mobil 1 and lets it go up to 7,000 miles between changes. That car was the one I was comparing my V6 to.
#2282 of 2547 considering purchase of 2000 with 74k
Apr 05, 2007 (6:42 pm)
Looking at a 2000 ES 4 cyl. with 74k. Will this likely be a reliable car for my new driving son, or will it probably come with a host of troubles? I assume the owner is getting rid of it for a reason....I have emailed him to see if the timing belt was ever changed, and asked for proof. Can a mechanic tell by looking? What else should I worry about. Also, sizewise, is this more like a corolla or a camry? Mom's look for saftey and reliabilty, the kid is looking for cool. Hard compromise to reach!
#2283 of 2547 Re: considering purchase of 2000 with 74k [whitall]
Apr 06, 2007 (5:48 am)
I bought my 2002 with 92000 km on it last July because it was a 4-cylinder / 5-speed and because it was about $5000(CAN) less than an '02 Accord or Camry. It holds its own on all fronts against these cars, except for its high depreciation rate. The regular maintenance schedule must be followed (not cheap). I have spent $1700(CAN) so far doing this for 30000 km of usage. My mechanic says count on a lifespan of 300 000 km. The real issue seems to be with the automatic transmission. If this is the case with you, negotiate the vendor to a much lower price and walk if there is no agreement. The Blue Book shouldn't be too high for a 2000 to begin with. The car is not fast or cool but I love driving it. As for your kid, tell him he's lucky to get the car in the first place, as long as he does his chores!
#2284 of 2547 Re: considering purchase of 2000 with 74k [e44]
Apr 06, 2007 (6:21 am)
My brother has a '95 626 LX 4 cyl, 5 speed. It's been a very reliable car for him, and not much expense. It has about 137,000 miles now. He got it about 4 years ago with around 90,000 miles. I think he's had to replace an axle or two, routine maintenance stuff, and probably a brake job. That's about it. It's not the coolest car on the road, but not bad either, especially with alloy wheels and sunroof. The only thing I don't particularly like about his car is that the driver's seat sits very low; I like to sit up higher in the "cockpit", which my '01 ES does with it's power seat.
Apr 07, 2007 (8:03 am)
I have a 95 MX-6, with the 4 banger and 5 speed manual. The car has 186,000 and runs like new. I also consistenly get 31 to 34 mpg.This car is the same as a 626 mechanically.If you find a good one used grab it. The only issue I'm aware of with these cars is automatic transmissions.
Mine was hit a couple of times and the body work repair was not up to spec. I plan on driving it until it dies and I get hit with a repair that makes sense to say I'm better off putting the money into a new vehicle.