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#1983 of 2044 1997 Mazda 626 LX vs 626 Cronos owners manual?
Sep 09, 2007 (10:50 am)
As a local commute vehicle, I have just purchased a 1997 Mazda 626 LX with 181,000 Km for $1500. I had a mechanic put it up on the hoist and check things over before making the purchase and he gave it a thumbs up, especially the price! I see from receipts in the vehicle that in July/07 the brakes were replaced all round ($450) and in Oct/06 ball joints, a wheel bearing, other steering related components were replaced ($450). The car seems to be running well and the only requirement is a good set of tires all round.
Unfortunately there is no owners manual in the car. On eBay, I have a found a well priced 1997 Mazda 626 Cronos manual. I was wondering what the "subtle" difference was between the two vehicles (626 Cronos vs 626 LX).
Some minor points that I would appreciate if anyone out there with the knowledge could answer:-
1) The yellow "fill" window washer light is showing on the dashboard - I topped it up to "full", but light still shows?
2) The A/C doesn't really seem to be working. For next summer, assuming I still have the vehicle, would a coolant refill solve the problem, or after 10 yrs is the A/C system probably in need of more major repairs.
3) One of the inside courtesy lights in the door, which should come on when the door opens appears burnt out. How do you gain access to change the bulb - does the cover just pop off?
4) One of of the two black plastic squirt nozzles on the hood for the windshield washer fluid is missing - is that easy to replace?
5) For the standard 14 inch steel rims on this vehicle, what would the best tire size choice selection be in all season tire? (right now I have a selection of really bad worn tires, some with old studs from last winter)
5) Given the age (10 yrs) and mileage (181,000 KM or 113,000 MILES)what further maintenance issues would I likely expect to encounter over the next couple of years?
Thanks, looking forward to hearing anyones input.
#1984 of 2044 Auto???or do you stir?
Sep 10, 2007 (4:55 pm)
If its the former a tranny fluid cooler might be worth a thought.Timing belt replace recommended awhile ago,changed
ours at 85K and still looked good. We love ours
#1985 of 2044 95 626 mt replacing pick up coil
Sep 24, 2007 (6:41 am)
just bought a 95 626 dx for 1600 bux 192k runs smooth.but yes but, turned it off for work and sat for 8 hours ,tried to start it and wouldnt fire up,it has no spark at the dist.i fiddled with some elec wires still nothing ,pulled the cap n rotor off and cleaned ,it fired up.took it home where it sat over night, same problem. any ideas ? is it the ign coil
#1986 of 2044 Re: update!!Mazda 626 Idle overheating problems [chacha62]
Nov 15, 2007 (8:16 pm)
Well my car is running like its brand new. The problem the whole time I assume was the radiator. We replaced water pump although it was not leaking, radiator cap, thermostat, reservoir. Car still overheating finally the last thing was the radiator and once that was replaced my car has not overheated. I did take it to the dealership for this work, spent oodles of money cause had time belt changed while water pump being replaced. Freeman Mazda was great, they towed in and gave me loaner even with my car way out of warranty. So I am so happy now and cool yipee!!!! Now to replace to the rear bushings..................................
Mar 03, 2008 (8:34 pm)
Does anyone even have a 626 anymore? Mine didn't make it, but he had a good run. He was an '87 model. A beater to be sure. I bought him with 91,000 miles and drove him until his untimely demise at 232,000. Seven years later. He had long been paid off. There were any manner of suspension problems that kept me guessing, but I learned how to fix almost anything. Now I own an MPV with personality problems, but nothing I can't handle. Frustrates my husband to no end. He doesn't understand. He's a Toyota man. Just curious if anyone was still out there.
#1988 of 2044 Our DoubleOught Freeport w/ leftleg flexor
Mar 12, 2008 (9:46 am)
is still running strong w/ only 90K.I am so looking forward to joining that 6 digit
club some day...never thought about the 200K club but that would even be sweeter!
Check her out http://www.cardomain.com/ride/435244
#1989 of 2044 Re: 626 survivor [superexploded]
Mar 12, 2008 (10:20 am)
Of course! The 626 was around through the 2002 model year. My oldest son has my 2000 626 ES I4 AT at college, so it doesn't get many miles on it except the 400 mile round trip 7-8 times a year. Has about 96k miles on it and is running well. Looks almost new except for a few touched-up scratches, and the driver's seat leather is starting to wear a bit. Bought it a little over 2 years ago with 84k on it. Dealer did the 60k service before I picked it up, so it won't need a major servicing for awhile. So far I've put a transmission cooler on it (no further problems with the tranny after I did that), some rear strut (?) bushings to fix a rear-end squeak, a new driver's side mirror (driver error!), and an actuator for the power locks. And a new DieHard battery last winter. I like how it drives, especially the handling. Good highway car. The I4 is pretty gruff though.
#1990 of 2044 Fairwell to an old friend.
Mar 15, 2008 (8:38 pm)
Well, six years ago I purchased an '02 Mazda 626 ES/V6. I drove it for business for two years, and then stored it for a year before given it to my teenager who took exceptional care of the car. It had leather, Bose, sunroof, etc. I paid $16,000 for it with less than 5,000 miles on it. The only major work was a new radiator and axle. Other than those two items, just general maintenance.
I traded it in last month on a brand new ('07) Honda Accord EX-L 4cylinder w/auto.
They gave me $3,500.00 for the Mazda which with 100,000 miles was still running great.
But I started a new job (sales-125plus miles a day) and didn't want the major maintenance I knew was coming up. (Timing belt, water pump, tensioner, struts) nor did I have the time to get these things done. If you do the math, you will know that it was a very reasonable cost per month to drive this great car.
Good luck to those who are still holding on!!
#1991 of 2044 Re: Fairwell to an old friend. [chuck1]
Mar 16, 2008 (10:15 am)
Seems like a good trade in price for a car with 100k miles.
I am really surprised you were able to find a brand new '07 Accord I4 still laying around! Must have gotten a really good discount on it, huh?
#1992 of 2044 Re: Fairwell to an old friend. [backy]
Mar 16, 2008 (10:51 am)
Yes, it was almost $5,000.00 off sticker!