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Mazda 626, Sedan
Jan 30, 2000 (8:52 pm)
When Mazda introduced the fourth-generation 626 for 1993, they brought in two new engines: the 2.0-liter four and the 2.5-liter V6. The two flavors of the 2.2 (normally-aspirated and turbocharged) were dropped with the old bodyshell.
To frog811: Whether this is a good price or not at least partially depends on the trim level. I'd say $6800 is way too much for a DX, even with mileage as low as this; it's not too unreasonable for the LX, and it might be a screaming deal for the ES, which has the V6 engine. At 60k, it's due for a timing belt change. The '93 is mostly pretty reliable. For one thing, it doesn't have the transmission issues that cropped up in '94 and thereafter. You can expect to replace an oxygen sensor around 80k, and CV boots start to show wear about then. There are a couple of potential electrical gremlins which may crop up, but they may have already befallen the previous owner, so ask if he's replaced the distributor or ignition module, or the idle air control valve. And check the air conditioning, since this is one of the last Mazdas to use the old R-12 refrigerant. Beyond that, there aren't a whole lot of wear issues with this car. The valvetrain will thank you for more frequent oil changes than the manual requires.
Jan 30, 2000 (11:20 pm)
It's too bad, the 2.2 was better. If I remember correctly it had nearly the same HP and was bulletproof.
#17 of 2044 Problem with "OD OFF" blink
Feb 01, 2000 (6:20 pm)
Hello everyone, I've been having a problem and cannot get an answer; previous posts look like youse guys (yeah, i'm from philly)may know about this. On long highway drives, my "OD OFF" light sometimes starts blinking; this doessn't seem to affect anything until I get back into city traffic, then shifting gets rough. up to now, I've been disconnecting the battery to reset the computer (the same way I fix the comp. at work!). This seems to fix the problem for a couple of trips. I took the car ('95 LX 2lt, 4 sp auto) to the dealer, but of course the codes had been erased. The dealer told me he'd be glad to replace the transmission, but, since I did'nt have a spare 2500 on me, I declined. This occurs more in hot weather, than in cold. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions? Thanks, jd.
Feb 02, 2000 (2:11 am)
Something is definitely wrong - either the transmission is getting bad data from somewhere and is responding in kind, or the transmission itself is about to go Tango Uniform. Next time, leave the battery cable in place long enough for the dealer to pull the codes, and make sure he knows you know that they bolted a Ford slushbox into these cars and way too many of them are failing at just about this point.
#19 of 2044 RECALL Notices for 1998 Mazda 626 models
Feb 09, 2000 (6:29 am)
While I'm also doing my research on the 1998 Mazda 626 ES-V6. I found out that there were 2 recall notices for the year 1998: 1) Component: Fuel:Fuel Injection:Electrical; Causing Fault: Asembly, Improperly Installed Location, Preparation; Resulting Fault: STALLS. 2) Component: Equipment:Electric Equipment:Radio:Tape Deck Etc.; Causing Fault: Electrical Short, Electrical Shock; Resulting Fault: FIRE, FLUID, ELECTRICAL, GAS(LPG), GASOLINE, OTHER. I'm not sure what this recall really means.... and if (for 1998 Mazda 626 ES owners) you did have it repaired, did it really solve the problem? Thanks Again.
Feb 09, 2000 (11:59 pm)
Don't worry too much about recalls, as long as they were done you're fine.
I'm not sure when it happened, but ABS was standard back in 95 on the ES, and it isn't now.
#21 of 2044 Checking those recalls
Feb 10, 2000 (3:42 am)
The "stalling" problem comes from a bug in the computer's programming. Under one particular set of circumstances, the fuel-air mixture goes too lean and the car conks out. The recall involves reprogramming the computer.
The one involving the stereo is a little weirder. In general, if the humidity is high, the A/C is on and the window is down (huh?), condensation can enter the head unit, which could theoretically cause a short - and if it's at the speaker terminals, it could cause overheating, and a fire could break out. (I once had a VCR shoot out flames from its heat sink, so I take this more seriously than it sounds.)
Feb 10, 2000 (3:46 am)
Mazda North American Operations can presumably tell you if any particular car has received the fix, since they have to reimburse the dealer for doing the work. And as new incidents occur, there's always the possibility of new recalls.
#23 of 2044 good deal?
Feb 14, 2000 (5:33 pm)
My sister is interested in a 2000 ES V6 demo with 1,700 miles. It has just about everything but ABS. The dealership is asking $18,900. Is this a good deal? What are some things to be on the look out for when buying a demo. How much is taken off for the mileage? She isn't too familiar with Mazda. How are they for reliability?
#24 of 2044 oops!
Feb 14, 2000 (6:55 pm)
my mistake, asking price $21000 NOT $18900. Once again, is this a good deal with 1700 demo miles.