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Mazda 626, Sedan
Aug 04, 2002 (4:31 pm)
I am shopping for a 626 ES--though if I wait long enough I might get tempted by the new 6 model. A seeming oddity I have found--on dealer inventories on Mazda's website some models are designated as "MC6" rather than as LX or ES. Does anybody know what this means? I emailed the dealership about this, but the message was returned because their mailbox was full (nice being responsive to customer inquiries).
Also would be interested in anybody's experiences with 2002 626s, pro or (especially) con.
Aug 06, 2002 (2:34 pm)
I purchased a 626 earlier this spring, I was shopping for an economy car, but the price on a 626 was only slightly higher, so I went for it. I am glad I did! Good stuff: ride, handling, comfort, economy, quality, reliability record and PRICE. The so-so: looks, stereo and maybe performance. I have a 4 cyl 5 spd which is OK, but not if you are into speeding on a regular basis. There is really nothing I would classify as bad. Of course a person has to have their goals set and find a car to fit those goals. If I wanted performance I might have gone for a Sentra SER Spec V. More luxury I would consider a Camry (less noise inside). I am very happy with my choice. It fit my needs and price. Nothing can beat the prices on a 626. All others in this class sell for lots more. Big discounts on the eve of the new 6. Other cars in this class are new and get sticker or near sticker it seems. Camry, Altima were new for 2002; Accord will be new in 2003. NO discounts on the outgoing Accord model, it's still a Honda with a Honda price (and attitude from the dealer). I have no regrets, but lots of satisfaction!!!!
Aug 06, 2002 (10:21 pm)
Thanks for the input on the new 626. I'm driving a '94 LX with the 4 cyl and auto (driving in LA, having a stick just makes you pine for the wide open spaces), and I've been happy with it, despite having had to fix just about all the known bugs on this model year, with the exception of the infamous transmission. On the 2002 ES, I've just been given a quote for the INVOICE price, minus the 3k rebate. Mighty sweet. I'll probably go for it.
BTW, my auto dealer gave me the reason for the MC. He said that, for some unknown reason, Mazda decided to change the trim designation from ES to MC halfway through the model year, so I guess that means if you come across a 626 MC V6, it's a 2002.5 model, if that means anything.
Aug 07, 2002 (7:57 am)
So have you actually seen this yet? Does it say "MC" on the trunk, rather than ES?
#1158 of 2044 Speeding on a regular basis
Aug 07, 2002 (4:22 pm)
Once you get up to speed, the 626 is actually pretty good at it, if only because it's so innocuous-looking that the gendarmes don't notice it; it's the polar opposite of, say, a red Corvette.
Still, you don't win many stoplight races with this car, especially with the four.
Aug 07, 2002 (8:36 pm)
Haven't actually seen the car yet. But the dealer says it's an ES.
And I agree, windowphobe, it's fun on the freeways, whether it's the 4 or 6. Once you get it up into overdrive, the 4 just kinda skims along. Very enjoyable, though I'm looking forward to a little compare/contrast once I get V6. You can take the handling for granted, too, until you do what I did and rent an Impala on a vacation. Frightened various family members taking some curves a little too fast with my mumbled defense, "My 626 coulda taken that no sweat." The zoom zoom in action, although with that styling it's like a wolf in wing tips and a bad business suit.
Aug 08, 2002 (4:07 pm)
Fortunately, when you drive it, you're on the inside and don't have to look at it.
Actually, I don't think it's that bad, though I'm on record as insisting that the 2000 facelift was heavy-handed and overwrought - too much shiny stuff grafted on. Unfortunately, you had to buy that brightwork to get the suspension and steering tweaks in the '00. A fair trade, yes, but it runs counter to what I imagine as the spirit of Zoom².
Aug 08, 2002 (9:41 pm)
I was actually invited by Mazda to be part of a focus group for the new 626 design soon after I bought mine back in '94. I gave it a thumbs-down, told them the current design was unique and part of what attracted me to the car in the first place while the redesign seemed calculated to bland in with every other Japanese sedan on the road. Was not invited to stay on for the small-group discussions. I got a hundred bucks and didn't even have to work a full day. But I guess they didn't need any naysayers in the crowd that day.
Now here I am buying one. So I guess looks aren't everything.
Aug 09, 2002 (5:12 pm)
Although I agree that the 626 is kind of dull, it is not ugly. It is clean, neat and well balanced, a design that will look good for years. Since I tend to own cars for a while, that is important to me. What can you really do with a four door sedan design anyway? It is limited. Nissan took a bold route, which is good, however the Altima may look dated quickly. Like their current truck design. The tail lights on the Altima are a trendy item which will not age well. The Accord and Camry take a very conservative approach. I had to look at the total package and see what fit me the best. Other people may make other choices, for other reasons. That is fine. I like my choice!