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Mazda 626, Sedan
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!
#1163 of 2044 RELIABILITY,cost looks and fun
Aug 10, 2002 (5:44 am)
Back in Doubleought when looking to replace our 14yr old car(12 of which it resided in our garage) the above criteria was why I'm now a proud member of this discussion group.We test drove several autos.
Our sound decision keeps zoom/zoomin' along with only regular visits to our mechanic's shop for oil
change,tire rotate,filter checks,etc. and his coffee!! The latter was for me not our 130 ponies.
Thumbs Up USA Bryan
Aug 10, 2002 (8:12 am)
A lot depends on whether it's important that your vehicle Make A Statement for you. Personally, I'd rather make my own statements rather than delegate the job to an inanimate object, even one with which it's possible to bond. (Sandy and I have done two extensive road trips totalling around 9000 miles, but I'd never ask her to speak up in my behalf.)