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Mazda 626, Sedan
Oct 10, 2002 (7:50 am)
I am shopping for a used car right now, and I'm very nervous about it as I have never owned a newer car and never taken on car payments. I want to buy a car that will last 150,000+ miles. I am looking seriously at a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant ES and a 1999 Mazda 626 LX 5-spd manual trans. (I prefer manual for handling in the snow and it's usual lack of tranny problems) The asking price on the 626 is $9995, and it has 34K miles on it. the Galant is $10995 with 20K miles on it. Either way, the price/milage seems good- is this a great deal or just average?? Also, what are your thoughts on the longevity of either car?
Oct 10, 2002 (4:31 pm)
Which, coincidentally, is right here at edmunds.com; click on "Used" and follow links as needed.
Ten grand strikes me as just a tad high for an LX, even with the lux package, though 34k is way low mileage on a car this old. This little four-banger is sturdy; minor ailments tend to creep in between 60k and 100k, but 150k isn't at all out of reach. I have no experience with the Mitsu, though a friend of mine who has owned two Galants swears that they're the second-greatest thing since chopped liver.
#1203 of 2044 re: headlamp covers
Oct 10, 2002 (7:39 pm)
I have heard that you can use turtle wax rubbing compound on headlamp covers to remove most of the yellow. They won't look new, but they will look substantially better and you will be amazed at how much brighter your lights are.
#1204 of 2044 Transmission Flush
Oct 11, 2002 (3:24 pm)
Hello all. I had a strange experience the other day. I went to get my transmission flushed (as opposed to dropping the pan and only changing 3 qts.) and the shop (Precision Tune) said they couldn't do it because they didn't have the proper fittings for that transmission. (99 ES V6 AT)Has anyone had this happen? Have any of you flushed your transmission and if so with what company? Thanks for all your help.
#1205 of 2044 '95 626 Stalling
Oct 14, 2002 (7:06 pm)
I have an intermittent stalling problem that has occurred several times over the last few months. It may last for one or several days. The car will stall at idle. Keeping the rpm's up using the accelerator will prevent it but it stalls so abruptly that it is usually impossible to avoid it at intersections. One of my thoughts is the fuel filter which hasn't been changed in a while. I don't know the difficulty of this. It doesn't seem to correlate with gasoline fill ups. Any other thoughts?
Oct 14, 2002 (7:34 pm)
I bought a used '95 4 cyl 626 in '97 with about 30K miles on it at that time. I'm now driving 200+ miles/day and have over 160K miles on the car. The only maintenance has been normal wear for a vehicle with this many miles. The car has been very dependable for me.
Oct 15, 2002 (8:30 am)
Just my personal experience, but I absolutely hated the Galant ('98) my wife had for 4 years. A real POS. Not really any specific major problems, but a lot of rattling, rough running, false warning lights, parts wearing out, etc. Had my 626 ('99) right around the same time and it was just a world of difference. The 626 felt much more solid and never gave a moments doubt as to its construction. We also both felt (and anyone else who took a ride in each car) that the Mazda was roomier on the inside.
Oct 15, 2002 (8:33 am)
My exact thought when reading your problem before getting to your suggestion was the fuel filter. So that makes 2 of us.
Real easy to find out. You can remove it and then blow into the receiving side. If there is no resistance, than that's not your problem.
Oct 15, 2002 (12:24 pm)
The most likely culprit is the EGR valve. When they fail, they cause an abrupt intermittent stall whenever the engine gets close to idle speed. My friend is having this exact same problem on his 93 MX3. His stalling only occurs when the engine has been run a little while and is at normal operating temperature. It's not a cheap fix. If it's bad, expect to pay around $200-400.
#1210 of 2044 Another possible culprit
Oct 15, 2002 (4:38 pm)
The idle air control valve, if really dirty or actually damaged, can cause symptoms like this. Unfortunately, it costs even more than the EGR valve. (I had to buy one for a '93; the part alone was perilously close to $600.)
Let's hope for the fuel filter. They're relatively cheap, if not as accessible as I'd like.